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Writing Students began to study the use of description as a writing tool to add detail and interest to their compositions. They viewed good examples, discussed the structure and language features of descriptive writing and jointly constructed descriptive texts about pelicans, aliens, clowns and Mr Lund!

Wri ti ng Fun by Jenny Eather - helping kids write using text organizers. http://www.writingfun.com/writingfun2010.html

Spelling Sound bingo and partner trace were used as extension spelling activities this week to reinforce phonological and visual knowledge of words.

“The infamous Lord of the Sith. His black metal body echoes fear throughout the galaxy. His red light sabre blazing as a symbol of power, fear and destruction. He once was a handsome young Jedi Knight whose greed for status and authority turned him into what he is" An extract from Darth Vader. A joint description by 6L

HSIE Students created a display “What I think I know about Antarctica” and reviewed where Antarctica is located on the globe using Google Earth

Mathematics Challenges for the Week Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.

In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.

PDHPE Students were introduced to the unit “Emergency Procedures”. Discussion included: What are common emergency situations and what is our responsibility if we are there at the time of the emergency? Students were asked to discuss and record in small groups possible emergency situations that may occur in these places - Kitchen, Bathroom, Beach, Pool, Park, Road The students, as a whole group, shared what they discussed and created a list of the major categories of childhood injuries.

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Writing Student's used description as a writing tool to compose descriptive diary entries about Douglas Mawson's epic Antarctic sledge journey.

Check out Peter's diary entry

Talking & Listening Daily English rotations have students viewing "Behind the News" reports and then demonstrating their understanding of current affairs.

Mathematics

Behind the News - 16/11/2010: Podclass http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3062524.htm

HSIE Small groups of students researched the experiences of Australian Antarctic pioneers Douglas Mawson, Captain John Davis, Louis Bernacchi, George Hubert Wilkins, Richard Casey, Walter Hannam and Philip Law. The class then created a timeline of Australian Antarctic explorers for display.

Students applied their knowledge and understanding of large numbers to work mathematically on many tasks. Our Mathematicians were also required to be proficient using formal operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication by 2 digits and division.

This is our timeline of Antarctic Pioneers Students also investigated the interactive website from the Museum of South Australia about Sir Douglas Mawson and wrote a short review of his Antarctic adventures and achievements. The class watched a short video about life inside Casey Station, an Antarctic station. Important facilities and jobs necessary to sustain an Antarctic station were recorded. Multiplication Grand Prix was used as fun activity this week to improve speed and accuracy with times tables

Game - Grand Prix http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/GrandPrix.htm Mawson's Hut - H O M E http://mawson.samuseum.sa.gov.au/homepage.htm

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Reading Boy Overboard is the text 6L are studying Term One. It has a strong political dimension that discusses life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule and Australia’s response to refugees seeking safety, protection, and opportunity under our flag. Reading activities will enable students to move beyond a literal encounter with Boy Overboard, towards developing more reflective responses and making links between their reading and writing.

Maths Concepts associated with fractions such as equivalence, mixed numbers and improper fractions were studied this week. Students attempted fraction Sudoku and an equivalent fraction jigsaw and played an interactive game on mixed numbers to build their knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills.

Art Students used wordle.net to design word clouds with positive thoughts about themselves

HSIE Students had to solve the mystery "what is happening to all the krill?" The booklet “Who’s Eating Who” about animals in the Antarctic ecosystem was useful in their investigation. A class Antarctic food web was made for display. Students used the food web to predict what would happen if one of these animals became fewer or extinct

PDHPE Small groups of students were given hypothetical emergency situations and asked to create a list or a plan of the things to do in this emergency situation. Information from the different groups was collated and a general class action plan for use in most emergency situations was made. The St. John's Ambulance DRSABCD Action Plan was viewed.

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Talking & Listening

HSIE Students, in small groups, gathered information about the Antarctic climate and weather events from credible internet sites and pasted it into a program to display on the interactive whiteboard. Questions which helped to focus their investigations were: 1. Why is Antarctica so cold? 2. How does wind make Antarctica cooler? What is the ‘wind chill factor’? 3. Describe blizzards and whiteouts. Why are they dangerous for explorers? 4. What global problems are impacting the Antarctic environment? 5. What would happen if Antarctica was not cold?

Antarctica is a very beautiful place but it’s not really a great area to live. It is so cold, there's scarce plant life and only a few animals can survive. So if that’s the case, why are increasing numbers of scientists heading down there to do research? The class discovered it’s all to do with saving the planet.

Reading & Comprehension We explored character development in our class novel Boy Overboard.

Nelson, Thomas, Tilak and Emily using the interactive whiteboard

Spelling Students have been developing their knowledge of spelling words recently by participating in activities such as crosswords, word frames and spelling bingo. These activities supplement the spelling workbooks completed for homework each week.

Students regularly publish written work

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Writing Students have been researching their favourite Australian Antarctic pioneers. Firstly, they brainstormed questions to focus their research. Then they gathered information from credible sources. The purpose, structure and language features of information reports and biographies were studied all before the class wrote their first drafts! The published reports also showcase the ability of the class to create pleasing visual presentations using Microsoft Word. They look amazing!

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Students have formed small groups and are working towards presenting role plays which deal with emergency situations and appropriate first aid responses.

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Writing The class were practising their persuasive writing this week by applying for the position of Station Leader at Casey Station - an Australian Antarctic facility.

HSIE Students began their design and make an Antarctic base project this week. Some groups used Google SketchUp to plan the layout of their facilities.

Written by Rory

Written by Emma

Written by Chris

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Mathematics Writing Students studied written discussions this week and viewed good examples (as seen below). They began to gather arguments for and against commercial fishing in Antarctic waters in preparation for writing their own discussions on this topic.

Students played 'Doughnut Fractions' where every member of a team must end up with a set of four dominoes which join together to form a "doughnut" where touching ends have equal value. For example:

The winning team in action!

Interactive games we enjoyed this week... Power Pods and The Hare & the Tortoise

In Mathematics this week students also needed to calculate the percentage of cards in a deck which were red or black, a particular suit, royal, aces or even numbers. Decimal equivalents were also calculated.

HSIE Students have completed the planning phase of their project and this week began to construct their Antarctic bases. The coop eration and group working skills demonstrated by all in 6L has been a pleasure to observe!

Rory, Thomas and Heidi showing how to work together effectively

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Chelsea, Cooper and Holly building their runway


Writing Students have been researching environmental issues significant to Antarctica such as global warming and commercial fishing. They hav e been analysing the perspectives of various groups of people and have presented their findings as written discussions.

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Our Antarctic Bases

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Adventures of 6L Term One