History Of The Alphabet – Aitch NOT Haitch!


1. What did the BTN story explain?
2. When and where did the Phoenicians live?
3. What did their alphabet look like?
4. The Phoenician alphabet included both consonants and vowels. True or false?
5. What did the Greeks add to the alphabet?
6. Who spread the alphabet around Europe and England?
7. Which letters did the English include?
8. Different languages used different _______________.
9. Not all languages use the alphabet. Some use…
10. Name three things you learnt about the alphabet watching the BTN story

Extension: Today emojis are used in a similar way to hieroglyphs, communicating thoughts and ideas through images. Design your own set of emojis and include meanings for each emoji. Emoji characters can include facial expressions, hand gestures, objects, places and animals. Design a message, which can be displayed in our classroom. 🙂 🙂

Bonanza Binary Numbers Game!

Test your knowledge of binary numbers with this very addictive game. You simply look at the numbers on the right side, and then use your mouse to highlight the binary version on the left side. You can highlight in any order, enjoy 🙂

Comment below with your name, and answer the questions:

What was the highest level you reached?

What strategies did you use when you were playing the game?…

Dangerous Journeys to School

Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted.


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Click here to see how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.

The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. However, the lack of funds and recurring natural disasters in many countries make it difficult to provide children with the solutions they so desperately need. Written by Julija K (Bored Panda.com)

After looking at the 25 different journeys to school (see link above), write a snapshot (in your draft book) telling the story of one of these students going to school or write a snapshot of how you get to school. When your draft is completed revise, edit and then publish as a comment on this post.

Reading an information text

Today you will use the knowledge you have gained about Information Report text features and structure to help you read and answer questions in a text titled ‘Fashion Rules’.

(Source: http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/S5854/index.html)

Fashion rules!

Teenage boy wearing casual clothes Three female fashion models

Australian children think that fashion is important. And it’s not just the teenagers. Children as young as five now like wearing the latest styles. However, research shows that this is costing parents a lot of money.

In 2011, Australian parents spent an average of $550 on clothing for each child under the age of 12. This was an increase of 25% from 2010. Most of the increase has been caused by the purchase of trendy clothing, which is often more expensive. Sally Hayes is the manager of a large chain of Australian department stores. She says, ‘Children, especially girls, are no longer interested in wearing boring clothing. They like dressing in styles that are worn by pop stars and other celebrities. If they see something in a magazine or on the internet, they want to be able to buy it the next day. We supply what they want’. Recent favourites are short skirts, torn fabrics and high heels.

Boys are also keen to look the part. Boys prefer coloured jeans and t-shirts that are worn under open shirts. Adelaide mother Angela Jackson says, ‘My 10-year-old son is a keen skateboarder who wants to look like his skating heroes on television. As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him’.

Children’s health expert Dr Paul Telford worries about the amount of money that families are spending on their children’s clothes. ‘Many families are struggling to make ends meet,’ he says. ‘Parents tell me that they buy trendy clothes for their children because they want them to fit in with other kids. I think it would be better if children wore sensible clothes that did not cost too much. This would mean that families could spend their money on things that are more important, such as books and holidays together.’

Two of Australia’s biggest department stores predict that by 2016, families will be spending over a billion dollars every year on children’s clothing. The increase will be the result of more advertising on television and the internet that encourages kids to follow the latest fashions.

 

Read ‘Fashion rules’ then answer the questions in full sentences and with detailed answers.

  1. What does the text suggest about fashion?
  2. What does it say about boys? Girls?
  3. Angela Jackson says, ‘As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him.’ What does this suggests? Can you work out her attitude in what she says?
  4. Write 2 facts and 2 opinions from this text.
  5. Look for the reasons that Dr Telford gives for his opinion about kids’ fashions. What do you think are the words that best describe him?
  6. What is the importance of mathematics in this report?

Writing Buddies

Today the year 6’s had a Mega Writer’s Workshop focussing on using Writing Buddies to improve their writing. The Learning Gallery was buzzing and it was amazing to see how focussed the students were on helping each other, well done year 6’s! 

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The students generated the following guidelines for Author and Writing Buddy:

Author
* tell your buddy what you would like to improve on
* attentive listening
* record feedback given
* use feedback to improve writing
Writing Buddy
* attentive listening 
   – show with body language
* give constructive feedback:
   – start with positive
   – what can they improve on? Make it clear and detailed (can use 6 + 1 traits to help)

   – end with a positive

All of the students took on the role of Author and Writing Buddy. They gave and received constructive feedback about their writing and then used the feedback to improve their pieces.

Why is it important to receive feedback from others about our writing?

25 most dangerous journeys to school

children-going-to-school-around-the-world-35Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted.

Click here to see how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.

The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. However, the lack of funds and recurring natural disasters in many countries make it difficult to provide children with the solutions they so desperately need. Written by Julija K (Bored Panda.com)

After looking at the 25 different journeys to school (see link above), write a snapshot (in your draft book) telling the story of one of these students going to school or write a snapshot of how you get to school. When your draft is completed revise, edit and then publish as a comment on this post (don’t forget to type into word first).