Homework Task

Hey Guys

Wow, we have been so busy lately setting up your own blogs that I’ve been rather slack on adding posts to the class blog! The class blog will have a somewhat different purpose now as you children will be blogging about classroom tasks, activities and happenings, so therefore I won’t need to.

Instead you will find links to things that I want you to look at, videos to watch or websites to explore. I may also post details of particular tasks that I want you to complete. Today’s post includes most of these things. Take a look below.

In regards to your student blogs (which you have had for almost 2 weeks) there are lots of things that you need to learn. So far we have touched on the basics and most of you have a fantastic blog set up. We will be continuing to use class writing time next week to add posts and pages. Adding widgets and other bits and pieces will be something that you can fiddle around with at home, like adding a voki to your home page.

I came across this incredibly helpful blog this morning and would like you to put a link to it somewhere on your own blog. I suggest creating a page underneath your Websites main page and calling it ‘Helpful Blogging sites’



Once you have done this I would like you to spend some time exploring this site. Don’t forget to click on the tabs along the top to check out the different pages. I don’t expect you to read everything on this site however I would like you to scroll through ALL of the posts and read each heading just so that you can get an idea of what the blog contains.

Lastly please comment on this post by responding to the questions below:

Did you find the link useful? Why/Why not

Which post from the blog do you think will be most helpful to you and why?


Angles are Everywhere

Over the last week Grade 5B have been learning all about angles, or I guess I should really say they have been revising what they already knew about angles. They were very clever cookies when it came to identifying different types of angles and even knew how many degrees each angle should be.

We used lots of different things to model different angles, from string, to our bodies and even skipping ropes outside. We then spent time searching for angles out in the school yard. We found HEAPS!! We tried to focus on acute and obtuse angles as we tend to see right and straight angles everywhere!! See if you can identify the angles in the following slideshow.

After we had become familiar with angles again we looked at the following question:
This question proved to be more difficult than we thought and there were a few steps and understandings that we needed before we could begin.
First we needed to know how many degrees there are in a circle. Well that’s easy I hear you all say, there are 360 degrees in a full turn
Then we needed to think about how many sections there are on a clock. We looked carefully and decided there were 12.
Now we needed to work out how many degrees there are in each section. To work this out we divided 12 into 360 to get an answer of 30 degrees. So when the time reads one o’clock the acute angle is 30 degrees. The reflex angle is 330 degrees.
We were then able to work out the two angles for 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 10:00 and 11:00. Can you remember what they are? See if you can set this up in a table.
Now we want to explore the question about right angles! We know the two obvious answers are 3:00 and 9:00, but we’ve been told there are 20 others!
Use the following interactive clock to see if you can work out some of the others: http://www.visnos.com/demos/clock
Now use the following clock to make the times that you think made a right angle and check them: http://nrich.maths.org/content/03/03/penta1/clock.swf
The following website has heaps of great games where you can practise your understanding of angles: http://jmathpage.com/JIMSGeometryangles.html

What have you learnt about angles?

How many of each angle did you see in the slideshow?

Were you able to discover all of the times that make a right angle?

What did you think of the page of angles games? Were any of them useful?

Passive Energy Houses

Hey Guys,

As you are now aware, over the next few weeks you will be designing your own passive energy houses. Before doing this though you are going to need to do some research to find out what all of this is even about. The following websites will give you a place to start:

http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/7-stunning-passive-houses (Awesome pictures!)

http://kidsresearchexpress-2.blogspot.com.au/2008/09/passive-solar-heating.html ( kid language for solar heating)

http://www.passivehouseplans.ie/what-is-a-passive-house (dot points and short paragraphs to explain)

http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design (easy info)

Share the following information with your mums and dads

Hi Mums and Dads,

So, by now I hope you have heard all about our Passive Energy Houses and have seen the design briefs. All of the students are very, very excited about starting the Passive Energy House project.

Here is the outline of the project.

  • Students will work in groups to research, design, plan, and construct a house that uses the 4 elements of passive energy design
  • They are restricted with the size of the house (so we don’t end up with any Ben Hur houses). Length=500mm max, width=400mm max, roof space 3000mm squared,
  • The roof must lift off or be hinged,
  • Uses solar energy to power a globe,
  • Has a water collection and storage system.

Students will be provided with solar panels, globes and wiring, cutting boards, stanley knives (used under supervision) and things like sticky tape, masking tape and staples.


Don’t be surprised if they come home asking for foil and foam!

What do YOU (kids and parents) think of our next project?! Do you have any questions?

What does the term Passive Energy mean?

Did you discover any other interesting information (either from your parents or from websites)?

Our Sunny Day in the City

Wednesday the 30th of April saw all of the Grade 5’s travel to the city in order as part of our investigation into Victoria’s Immigration history. We went to the Immigration Museum and the Sandridge Bridge

The Sandridge Bridge is a bridge in Sandridge Square in Southbank. It’s a tribute to Victoria’s Immigration history. It features 128 glass panels and 10 gigantic steel sculptures representing each period of immigration. If you’d like to read up on the history of the bridge, you can visit THIS website.

Inside the Immigration Museum, we viewed 7 different exhibits ranging from a massive ship, a timeline as big as a room, lots of interactive touch screens, videos and movies, photos, pictures…..The whole experience was a little rushed though, I think many of us would agree that it would be a fantastic place to explore on a weekend or over the school holidays.

I’m looking forward to reading your 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reflections on the excursion on your own blogs (coming soon!).

In the mean time, I’d like you to share your favourite thing from the excursion- make your comments 10/10!

P.S- Gigantic thank you to Danielle, Gabi, Debbie and Tash who were able to come on our excursion with us. Our parent helpers really help ‘make’ our excursions.