If you walked in to our math session, you would see students engaged! Today we were focusing on measuring length. Students completed activities in teacher time involving estimating the length of lines using a personal referent for a centimetre (little finger), then paced out metre steps to measure distances between objects in the room. The independent activity involved students measuring between points on a map with their ruler and answering relevant questions.

### Maths Rotations

## Tuesday, August 25, 2015

### Resources

Please check with your child if they have run out of anything. Several students are in need of a glue stick. If you kept some books home at the beginning of the year, now is the time to send them in.

## Monday, August 24, 2015

### Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 - we are on the home stretch of the term!

Our English focus for this week:

Our English focus for this week:

- Create a plan for Rowan of Rin chapter. Talk with your student about their plan - Who are the characters featuring? Where is their chapter set? What is the main problem that will occur? Who is going to have a fear of something and what will that fear be?
- Begin first draft of chapter (assessment)
- Use strong verbs in our writing - Ask your student to use their 'brain thesaurus' to give you a better word for 'went', 'ran', 'said'.
- Spelling - hard g / soft g (Week 7 list has been added to Spelling City)

- 9 times tables
- Measuring length
- Measuring mass
- Reading graduated scales

- Flip, Slide, Turn
- Symmetry
- Fractions

## Monday, August 17, 2015

**Spelling City**

I have added our Week 6 spelling list to SpellingCity.com. There is also a Spelling City app available.

Jump on and practise this week's spelling!

**Eight times tables**

## Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Spelling: Contractions - shouldn't, wouldn't, couldn't / Suffix - 'ion'

**7**times tables

Recognising equivalent fractions

## Monday, August 10, 2015

__Super Challenge Words__

accommodation

suggestion

communication

suspension

explosion

comprehension

persuasion

musician

politician

electrician

__This is not required homework.__

All these extra tasks are focused around work we are doing this week in class.

Practise converting mixed number fractions into improper fractions. Make a table in your book and write both fractions.

http://www.mathplayground.com/fractions_mixed.html

Practise recognising equivalent fractions. Write the equivalent fractions in your book.

http://www.mathplayground.com/Triplets/Triplets.html

## Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Make sure you write the question or print this post and glue into your homework book. This is not required homework.

**1.)**List the first five multiples for each of these numbers, separating the numbers with commas:

6

15

10

30

11

_____________________________________________**2.)**Up and Down Staircases

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down.

4 blocks make an up-and-down staircase with 2
steps up and 2
steps down.

How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5
steps up and 5
steps down?

Explain how you would work out the number of blocks needed to build a staircase with any number of steps.

_____________________________________________

**3.)**How many addition signs should be put between digits of the number 987654321 and where should we put them to get a total of 99?

### UNSW Science Competition

Earlier in the year some of our 4F students participated in the UNSW Science Competition. Well done especially to Sam who received a Credit, and Ellen who received a Distinction.

### Math Strategies and Concepts

Here are some explanations of strategies and concepts that we have been working on this term. I will also add these to our Math page for future reference.

Students often find the division facts the most difficult. I cannot stress how important it is for students to practise their times tables / quick facts and to understand fact families.

Students often find the division facts the most difficult. I cannot stress how important it is for students to practise their times tables / quick facts and to understand fact families.

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