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Homework Weeks 2 & 3

SPEECHES:

Over the next 2 weeks, there is a change in our homework expectations. All students will need to write an important speech. The details for these speeches are given below.

As we expect a high standard from all of you, there will be no other homework set this week apart from your reading log.

Next week, we will expect you to reflect on the Space video as well. But there will be no Hotmaths or 100 word challenge homework tasks during the next 2 weeks.

Your teacher will take you through the expectations of your speeches. The expectations are given below, but please have a chat to your teacher if you are unsure of any aspect.

Year 5 School Captain Speech

Towards the end of each year, we elect the school captains for the next year.

Now is your chance to use the skills you have been learning in class masters to convince your teachers and peers of all your wonderful qualities that would go towards you becoming an important leader of our school.

Each year 5 student is expected to prepare and present a speech to the 5-6 students outlining their strengths as a leader and what they would bring to the role of school captain.

The criteria and process for becoming school captain are outlined in this document:

School Captains Application and Selection Process

Please download it and read it to get an idea of what you might write.

Speeches will be presented in Week 4 of term (29 October).

All speeches should be emailed to your teacher before the 29th of October, and posted on your blog after you have presented it.

Feel free to speak to your teacher, this year’s captains or last year’s short-listed candidates if you would like advice on creating an outstanding application.

Year 6 Valedictorian Speech

Preparing for Graduation: The Valedictory Speech

With the end of the year fast approaching there are a few key events to prepare for. For our year sixes none is more important than graduation. A key element of the evening is the valedictory speech.

As Grace Fleming explains on About.com the terms “valedictory” and “valedictorian” come from the Latin valedicere, which means “a formal farewell”. Grace goes on to explain “the valedictory should fulfill two goals: it should convey a “sending off” message to the members of a graduating class; but it should also inspire graduating students to leave the comfort and security of their school with a full heart, and to embark on an exciting new adventure.”

This year all year 6s will be expected to write a speech, even if they don’t intend to deliver it on the night. All year 6 students will read their speech in front of all the 5/6s on a date to be announced. You will need a printed copy of your speech to be handed to your teacher by Monday 29th October

For some suggestions go to Grace Fleming’s full article at http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm

 

The internet is full of tips for writing a valedictory speech. YouTube also has many worthwhile samples.

wikiHow includes the following suggestions:

  • Keep it in perspective.
  • Avoid trying to write something that doesn’t reflect your true self.
  • Be open to what the rest of the grade is thinking.
  • Create an introduction.
  • Thank those people who have made a difference in your life and the lives of other students.
  • Add in memories.
  • Acknowledge others.
  • Stay out of cliche zone.

To fully unpack each of these go to: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Valedictorian-Speech

 

The website about education(http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm) also provides advice around:

  • Know Your Purpose
  • Compile a List of Highlights
  • Writing the Speech
  • Use Anecdotes and Quotes
  • Plan for Time
  • Tips for Preparing to Speak 

 

Finally http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/style-and-usage/writing-your-valedictorian-speech.html has general tips for Valedictory Speeches including how to begin writing it, getting feedback and involving your peers.

For an example of a recent speech given at an MPPS graduation check out http://grace2012.global2.vic.edu.au/

 

Cosmic Discovery – Goals

This term our Science Space Unit is based around the Teaching Standards below. Use them to make personal goals for yourself- what are you interested in learning or getting better at and how might that link with any of these standards. Set yourself a goal for each of the Science Understandings, and 1 other goal that uses this unit as a way to get better at something you know you want to improve.

Science Understanding

Science as a human endeavour

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives

Earth and space sciences

Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the Sun)

Science Inquiry Skills

Recording and processing

Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data

Analysing & Evaluating

Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem

Communicating

Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships

Homework Week 1 (Term 4)

Due on Monday 15th October

Welcome back! It was great to see everyone returning for our biggest and best term yet. We have a lot to get through, both with the work we need to cover and all the extra activities that are part of the upper primary years.

Think about the goals you set today. In order to achieve these goals you will need to put in place a plan to get there.

This week you need to do:

  1. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  2. HotMaths Task (on decimals)
  3. Book Review – Please write and publish a book review based on the book you completed for Literature Circles. Think about the characters, plot, themes that develop, comparable authors (text to text connections). If you give a star rating make sure you explain what the rating stands for.
  4. 100 Word Challenge (Set yourself a writing goal at the start) 

    Latest prompt

    Remember you must include these words exactly as they are written here:

    …it reminded me of a time when…

Homework Week 9

Due on Monday 17th September

This term we will be working on our Class Masters presentations (see this link). Each week you should work a little on your speeches. Make sure you are in contact with your debate partners so that your debate shows teamwork and your arguments follow on from each other. In the week your speech is due, your Class Masters homework is your highest priority. If you are finding it difficult to complete your tasks, make sure you come and see me as early as you can and we’ll modify your homework as needed.

This week you need to do:

  1. Your Class Masters debate & prepared speech – Please note that this week, debates will be held on Wednesday.
  2. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  3. Literature Circles reading and preparation – this was started in class. Please make sure the work you do is of a high standard. No homework on scraps of paper will be accepted. You may use your computer or homework book. All work must be completed using the role expectations as a guide (see this link Literature Circle Roles 2018)
  4. HotMaths Task
  5. 100 Word Challenge (Set yourself a writing goal at the start) 

    Latest prompt

    Things to consider:

    • Whose hands are these?
    • Why are they underground?
    • What are they holding?

     

 

Homework Week 7

Due on Monday 3rd September

This term we will be working on our Class Masters presentations (see this link). Each week you should work a little on your speeches. Make sure you are in contact with your debate partners so that your debate shows teamwork and your arguments follow on from each other. In the week your speech is due, your Class Masters homework is your highest priority. If you are finding it difficult to complete your tasks, make sure you come and see me as early as you can and we’ll modify your homework as needed.

This week you need to do:

  1. Your Class Masters debate & prepared speech
  2. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  3. Literature Circles reading and preparation
  4. HotMaths Task
  5. 100 Word Challenge (Set yourself a writing goal at the start)Latest Prompt

    We have 5 very interesting words for you to put into your writing. It might help to set out a small plan first so that you get them all in!

    STAIRS   RIVER   PINK   COOKED   NERVOUS

 

Homework Week 6

Due Monday 27th August 2018

This week we have very little homework set.

  1. Read!!!!  Please make sure you have read at least 5 times for the week for at least 30 minutes each time. You need to bring your reading log to school on Monday and it must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  2. Prepare for your Literacy circle sharing on Monday. This means you must read the allocated section and complete the tasks for 2 different roles (as set in your group). You need to write this up properly in your homework book, not a scribble done on Monday morning.
  3. Prepare for Classmasters debates and speeches.
  4. Practice your multiplication facts.
  5. If you have outstanding Hotmaths tasks please use this week to catch up.

 

Homework – Week 5

Due on Monday 20th August

This term we will be working on our Class Masters presentations (see this link). Each week you should work a little on your speeches. Make sure you are in contact with your debate partners so that your debate shows teamwork and your arguments follow on from each other. In the week your speech is due, your Class Masters homework is your highest priority. If you are finding it difficult to complete your tasks, make sure you come and see me as early as you can and we’ll modify your homework as needed.

This week you need to do:

  1. Your Class Masters debate & prepared speech
  2. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  3. Literature Circles reading and preparation
  4. 100 Word Challenge (Set yourself a writing goal at the start)

Latest 100 WC Prompt

The prompt this week has been set by Aidan, a student from Morrinsville, New Zealand. It will really get you thinking!

…why would I do that?…

Remember to plan your homework week early, and come and chat to me if you’re having any issues.

Homework – Week 4

Due on Monday 13th August

This term we will be working on our Class Masters presentations (see this link). Each week you should work a little on your speeches. Make sure you are in contact with your debate partners so that your debate shows teamwork and your arguments follow on from each other. In the week your speech is due, your Class Masters homework is your highest priority. If you are finding it difficult to complete your tasks, make sure you come and see me as early as you can and we’ll modify your homework as needed.

This week you need to do:

  1. Your Class Masters debate & prepared speech
  2. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  3. Literature Circles reading and preparation
  4. Hotmaths-division
  5. 100 Word Challenge (try to set yourself a writing goal at the start)

Latest 100 WC Prompt

This week you have five individual words to put into your writing. They can be in any order but ALL must be included. They are:

…Flame   Ice   Lime   Regularly   Clock

Remember to plan your homework week early, and come and chat to me if you’re having any issues.

Homework Week 3

Due on Monday 6th August

This term we will be working on our Class Masters presentations (see this link). Each week you should work a little on your speeches. Make sure you are in contact with your debate partners so that your debate shows teamwork and your arguments follow on from each other. In the week your speech is due, your Class Masters homework is your highest priority. If you are finding it difficult to complete your tasks, make sure you come and see me as early as you can and we’ll modify your homework as needed.

You will also need to work on your 2 roles for literature circles. This link will take you to the literature Circle role descriptions if you can not find your paper.

This week you need to do:

  1. Your Class Masters debate & prepared speech
  2. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  3. Literature Circles reading and preparation
  4. Hotmaths-division
  5. 100 Word Challenge (try to set yourself a writing goal at the start)

Latest prompt

Special prompt #2 (18)This is a magic door. You have to decide where it is, who put it there, what it leads to & what happens when you walk through it!

Remember to plan your homework week early, and come and chat to me if you’re having any issues.

Homework Week 1

Week 1 (Due Monday 23rd August)

Welcome back to school. I hope you had a great break. A big welcome to Charlie – it’s great to have you back after your term away.

Homework for this week is:

  1. Reading 5 times for the week (remember to record pages read, time read and ask your parent or another adult to sign it for you)
  2. Practising your multiplication facts. Make sure that you have a goal to spend some time each day doing a little practice.
  3. Preparing for your Classmasters debates and speeches. You should have these details in your diary but it is posted on the blog for you to check. Please let me know if you find any errors.