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May, 2016

  1. Fraction Mathematics – Wednesday

    May 31, 2016 by Mr Richo

    Click on the link below to find our latest fraction activity. You may use peer support if needed.

    You may choose to print the document if you wish.




    May 31, 2016 by Mr Richo


    Here is a scenario that we have created for homework.

    Scientists have told us there is a fault line right through the Greensborough area. We are unsure when or if an earthquake will occur. You need to prepare a survival kit and plan so you are ready to respond.
    Think about the services that may be affected in the Greensborough area – how will this impact your survival plan?

    Create an infographic that displays the following:

    10 items that you will need to take with you in order for survival – give a reason why each item is included your survival kit.

    Find a clear map of Greensborough, insert it into Explain Everything and locate important services such as hospitals, medical centres and shelted refuge areas.

    Draw your escape route from your home – what is the safest and fastest way for you to leave the area?

    Create a checklist of ‘must do’s before you leave’ – this could include taking medication and collecting important photos and documents…

    Here are some examples of infographics:

    Check out the links below for some helpful ideas:


  3. Fraction Activity

    May 31, 2016 by Mr Richo

    Extra challenge – they can be done in class or at home. Warning! They are a difficult level for Grade 5.

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    addition of mixed numbers

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  4. Homework Week 7

    May 25, 2016 by Mr Richo

    Natural Disasters


    Read the explanations below (you have been given hard copies)

    Cyclone book part2

    Cyclone book

    Underline the keywords from the questions that you will use in your answers.

    Complete your answers in your homework book.

    a. Approximately how many cyclones strike Australia each year?
    b. What temperature does the ocean water need to be heated to for a cyclone to form?
    c. What causes the winds to rotate?
    d. What happens if a cyclone runs into other strong winds?
    e. When is Northern Australia’s cyclone season?
    f. What does the Australian cyclone scale go up to?

    Task 2-homework book task

    In your homework book -divide the page into 2 columns.

    In the first column copy the information from the DAMAGE COLUMN.

    In the second column draw a ‘cartoon’ showing the type of damage that category causes.


    Task 3. Ipad task.

    There are many types of instruments used to measure our weather. Go to the link above and write a sentence explaining what each of these instruments measure. Find a Google image to go with each description.

    1. Thermometer
    2. Barometer
    3. Rain gauge
    4. wind vane
    5. anemometer
    6. weather balloon
    7. weather satellite

    Task 4.  Bureau of Meteorology

    Screen capture the map of Victoria and describe what you see.

    Is rain heading Greensborough’s way? Find Watsonia, it is our nearest suburb.


    Continue on with Spellodrome and Mathletics tasks.

  5. Education Week – Open morning

    May 17, 2016 by Mr Richo


    Your job is to explore how tectonic plates move and keep the world connected.

    Draw the countries on your mandarin skin – your mandarin is representing the Earth. Carefully peel the mandarin so that most of the skin comes off in one piece and place on blue paper. Using Stop Motion, take a series of pictures displaying the 3 tectonic plate movements – convergent, divergent and transform.

    Hopefully the websites below will help you.

  6. Homework Week 6

    May 17, 2016 by Mr Richo

    Homework tasks for this week-

    Spellodrome– the list selected by your teacher this week is suffixes- ion endings. Complete the activities on Spellodrome.

    Continue the list in your homework book– write a list of 20 additional words with the ion ending. Use joined writing!!!!

    To prepare for your information report head to Spellodrome-Writing Fun- select information reports and read through the examples before you write your own.

    Mathletics focus this week follows on from our fraction work in the classroom- work through Mathletics fractions task.


    Research a recent natural disaster and write your own information report using Pages.

    (eg. Japan or Ecuador earthquakes)

    Include in your report a map and a photograph. Write a report on the impact the natural disaster has had on the population and the environment.

  7. Earthquake Graph

    May 16, 2016 by Mr Richo


    Over the next few weeks in class, we will be looking at statistics. Today, I want to see what you know about using statistics and data to create your own graphs.

    Visit this website , it tells you the largest earthquakes from the year 1990 – 2014. Using this data, create a graph displaying the varying magnitude of each earthquake, per year.

    For example, the largest earthquake in 1993 recorded a magnitude of 7.8 in comparison to the 2003 earthquake 10 years later that recorded a magnitude of 8.3.

    Once you have graphed the varying magnitude, write down 5 statements according to your data – for example, ‘According to the graph, the earthquake with the highest magnitude is ______’. You may wish to take this further and graph the damage done by each quake..

    You will need to think about the following:

    • What is the most appropriate graph to use?
    • How will you label each axis?
    • Create a rough draft first.
    • Now use grid paper and create a final display piece.

    Don’t forget to reference the website.

  8. Education Week – Bring a mandarin

    May 16, 2016 by Mr Richo

    Education Week- open morning

    Don’t forget to be an organised learner – bring the mandarin and be ready for an interesting morning on Wednesday.


  9. Athletics Day Monday!!!

    May 14, 2016 by Mr Richo

    Don’t forget to pack a good lunch and drinks.

    Can someone message Sasha as she might have forgotten? Her dog is sick and she was away.

    Enjoy your weekend kids.

  10. Reading Response Menu

    May 13, 2016 by Mr Richo

    1. Tell what you like or dislike about one of the characters.
    2. Rewrite the ending differently: ie sadly, realistically, outrageously,
    3. Imagine what you would have done when……
    4. Rewrite part of the story as a news report. Set it out as you would see in a newspaper.
    5. Write a different story around on of the characters
    6. Write a letter to the author expressing your views about the book
    7. Explain how this book compares with another by this author
    8. Paint or draw scenes from the book
    9. Design an improved cover for the book and explain why yours is better
    10. Make a poster advertising the book
    11. Write an advertisement about the book
    12. Record or video yourself reading a dramatic part of the book
    13. Make a model of the hero/heroine of the story
    14. Make a cartoon strip about the main episodes of the book
    15. Draw a map of the main location of the book
    16. Make a mind map to explain how all the characters fit into the story
    17. Make a family tree to show the relationships of the characters
    18. Write a diary entry for one of the characters
    19. Design the front of a newspaper with different items about the book
    20. Write a poem suggested by the mood or atmosphere of the book
    21. Research to find out something about a part of the book
    22. Work out some interview questions to ask a character during a T.V. interview
    23. Draw the characters in the clothes that they would wear during your favourite part of the story
    24. Make a list of the things you would take with you if you were to join in the story
    25. Make a diorama of a scene from the book
    26. If you were a parent/teacher of the main character, what would some advice be that youwould offer the main character
    27. If you were to make a T.V. program about the story, who would you choose to act out thecharacters from the book

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