Thursday, 24 September 2015

Using what I know

WALT: think about what I already know before I start reading

Success Criteria:
  • I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
  • I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
  • I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
  • I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read

Photo of KWL (from the group) and/or draw it

How I am going

I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
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I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
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I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
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I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read
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Thinking about what I already know helps me because: we have discussed the book and my brain is ready for the new stuff in my book.

It was really hard when: I have to listen to the ideas of the other kids.

Something that really helped me was: thinking about what I am doing so I am doing the right thing.

Something new I learned was: talking and thinking before I start can help me.

Kerri Thinks
I am pleased that talking and thinking before you start reading helps you as a reader. It helps you to better understand what you read and to make connections to other stories and you.
Your next learning step is to listen to the ideas of other kids. In the group we need to work together share together and learn together.

Fractions and Problem Solving

We have been learning all about fractions and what a fraction is. We decided that a fraction is fair. It needs to be the same shape, same size or the same number. 
We have also been doing loads of thinking and problem solving in our maths. We think problem solving is hard but we are very proud of our learning!

WALT: find the fractions of sets and shapes.
Success Criteria
  • I can use what I know to solve problems
  • I can use a picture to show my thinking
  • I can use materials to show my thinking
  • My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)

How I am going

I can use what I know to solve problems
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I can use a picture to show my thinking
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I can use materials to show my thinking
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My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)
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Reflection

My favourite part was: we kept doing problems and practising and it got easier and easier each day.

It was really hard when: to work out what one quarter was.

Something that really helped me was: my teacher and practising lots and using the jelly beans.

Something new I learned was: that 1/4 is 1 piece when there are 4 pieces altogether. Fractions are fair shares, they are the same shape, same size or the same number.

Kerri Thinks
You have a clear understanding of 'half and not half' and have used this understanding to help you with other fractions. You share your ideas in the group and can use materials to show your thinking. 
Remember when problem solving, slow down and think about what the question is asking and then think about what you already know. Lots of thinking and drawing pictures can help you solve tricky problems. Your next learning step is to have a go, take a risk - it doesn't matter if you are not always right. That can be how you do some great learning!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Rangatiratanga

We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initative).

This is what we think Rangatiratanga is...
  • Helping new kids –showing them what to do and where things are
  • Doing something without being asked
  • Helping
  • Solving problems for ourselves… thinking
  • Leading by example… showing by doing
  • It is not being a bossy boots
Rangatiratanga (Leadership and Initiative) - it is all about thinking and making some choices for ourselves.

I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initiative) in the classroom.
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I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initiative) in the playground.
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My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: by including some friends in my games.

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: at writing time I get on with my writing and do a lot of thinking.

It was really hard when: at play time because there are so many kids around and I don't really know what to do.

Kerri Thinks
Rangatiratanga is all about thinking for yourself and leadership. We talked about leading by example, this is when you are doing the right thing and making good choices. Great thinking Eva, you do a lot of thinking during writing and you get on with it. It would be great to see this kind of leadership in other areas too... you could make sure you do all the must dos on your i time chart (not just the bits you like!)

Sunday, 6 September 2015

My Brother Blake

Writing
In High5 we have been practising writing to describe. That means we are trying to get the reader to see what we see, we are using our words to create a picture. We have been adding details to our writing to help make the picture clearer.

Task:
Our job is to do this planning and write our own story about a person in our family that is special to us.

Success Criteria:
  • I planned my writing 
  • I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
  • I did some fixing by myself
My writing:

How I am going

I planned my writing
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I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
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I did some fixing by myself
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Reflection

My favourite part was: being able to share about someone in my family

It was really hard when:  I had to add lots of details because you have to think a lot.

Something that really helped me was: that I knew the person that I was writing about. My plan helped me to remember all my ideas.

Something new I learned was: how to do some fixing so my writing makes sense.

Kerri Thinks
What a fabulous story about Blake. I know that it can be tricky to add loads of details to your writing but you have done it!  You have given the reader lots of ideas details about Blake and how he makes you feel. Your next learning step is to do more fixing by yourself. Sometimes fixing includes changing some of the words so they are more powerful (juicy) or adding some more ideas. This is a tricky step but you are ready for it!