Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Rainbow Serpent

Miss J has been teaching us about the Rainbow Serpent. It is a Dreamtime story, explaining how Aboriginal people believe the mountains, river and animals were created. She gave us each a part to illustrate and we have put them together to make a complete story.

Last week, we wrote expositions about whether cats or dogs make better pets. We were trying to persuade Mrs N to get one. After brainstorming lots of reasons why dogs are better than cats, or cats are better than dogs, we chose our best three reasons and wrote about them. Today, we used paper plates to make cute cats and dogs for our display.

Each week, we get ten spelling words to learn and then Mrs N tests us on Fridays to check how well we learned them. We know about this great site where we can practise our words using the "look, cover, write, check" method. We can add our spelling list words and do as much practice as we need! We also do activities in class in our spelling groups to give us some extra help.

Miss J has been teaching us about number stories this week. A number story is a way to ask a Maths problem. We need to use the information in the story to work out the answer. Sometimes, it's tricky to decide whether it's an addition or subtraction problem, but there are certain words we can look for to give us clues. Here are some examples:

Samantha has 2 dogs and 3 cats. 
How many pets does she have altogether? 
2 + 3 = 5
Samantha has five pets.

Tieg had 4 pencils, but he lost 1
How many pencils does he have left?
4 - 1 = 3
Tieg has three pencils left.

Here's a really fun website that's a lot like Mrs N's favourite video game - Frogger! A question appears at the bottom and we need to move the frog to the answer without letting it get hit by a car, or fall in the water. We love finding fun ways to practise our Maths skills.

Love from The Smarties and Mrs N

1 comment:

  1. Paige's GrannyAugust 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Your blog is always full of interesting facts. I love the photos of the Smarties and the work that you all do