Friday, 19 October 2018

Rounding numbers DLO

WALT: round large numbers and decimals
In this task I did a DLO on rounding numbers, whole and decimals. I includes the basic rules of rounding and also 4 examples. 2 of whole numbers and 2 of decimals.

Rounding Numbers

WALT: round large numbers and decimals

In this task we played two games to do with rounding. One was rounding whole numbers and one was rounding decimals. I found this task easy because one you know how to round numbers it becomes really easy.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Perfect Paragraphs - Turtles

In this task we had to pick a unique or weird creature and write an explanation text using the traffic light paragraph system.

Turtles are a unique creature. There are no other creatures like it. No other creature has the ability to live in water and also on land. No other creature has the ability to remove the salt out of salt water. No others creature gender depends on the temperature of their nest… crazy right?

Turtles have an extremely fascinating build. Whether it be their rock-hard shell or their soft under-shell. Did you know that Turtles actually have 2 shells? The shell on top is called carapace, this is the harder of the two shells. The shell that not everyone knows about is located underneath the Turtle and it’s called the plastron. The purpose of this shell is to keep its internal organs in place. Perhaps one of the more interesting facts is that they can retract their heads into their shells when feeling scared. However, turtles didn’t always have the amazing body that we know and love today.

Turtles have been around for nearly 250 million years!!! That's a lot long longer than humans. The first turtles actually had teeth. However, due to evolution, this feature disappeared over time. Not only teeth but also when the first turtles were around they actually had no shells, they were just protected by their rib cages! It’s so weird to think that the iconic turtle shell came millions of years after turtles came into existence. They’ve been around for such a long and they aren’t leaving any time soon.

It may come as a surprise but there are over 300 different species of turtles in the world. The largest being the Leatherback sea turtle weighing in anywhere between 250 kg and 700 kg. It is also approximately 2 meters long! However, not all turtles are massive. There is a turtle called the Common Musk Turtle. It weighs around 600 g - that’s the same weight as a Basketball. Size isn’t the only difference between different species of turtles. There is a species of turtles called snapping turtles. They don’t have teeth but they can grasp onto you and use their powerful heads to pull a chunk out of you. They lie at the bottom of swamps and murky lakes waiting for the perfect time to strike. Turtles come in all shapes and sizes.

In conclusion, turtles are such a unique creature. They have such a fascinating anatomy. Not only that but they have barely evolved in the 250 million that they have been slowly walking on the earth. They also have their own special attributes, whether it be being massive or being tiny or perhaps it could be the fact that some of them could rip chunks flesh right out of you. They truly are one of the most special creatures on the planet.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Earthquake Saftey

Tomorrow is the national Shakeout. This means that everyone nation wide will practice what to do i case of an earthquake. I made a DLO on what an earthquake is, what do to before an earthquake, what to do during an earthquake and what to do after an earthquake.

Organizing Paragraphs DLO

We did a task about organizing paragraphs and we had to crete DLO on it. I worked with Sione. I found this task easy.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Astria – Countdown to Impact

A teacher in another school has recently blogged that:
“Students don’t learn much playing this game called Astria – Countdown to Impact: Their time could be better spent doing other things”.

I partly disagree with this statement because Astria is a learning game. If the goal wasn't to learn then it wouldn't be classified as a learning game. The main learning aspect of Astria is to understand how to identify a reliable piece of text. Not only that but you can also learn new vocabulary such as the word schematic. Also this game makes you think about the best way to solve a problem, you also must give evidence as to why you choose that solution and not one of the others.
However, I do see where this teacher is coming from and understand them. They may of had higher expectations for this game after using games such as StudyLadder, Mathletics or other games like that. They could've believed that this game fell short of games such as StudyLadder because of the reason that this game has ending and once you finished the game you have to restart and you would just be replaying the same story over and over again. However with games like StudyLadder there is no end, the longer you go you different types of questions. They may have been under the impression that it was going to include different types of learning such as maths, writing, science and technology.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Teacher Strike Infographic

WALT: create an infographic to show our understanding

In this task, we created an infographic about the teacher strike using the information we got from our survey. We used a variety of presentation styles e.g. pie charts, bar charts, donut charts, words, fractions, percentages etc. 

Whilst doing this task I realized that many teachers have big classrooms and also that the majority of them agreed with the strike.

I worked by myself in this task and I think I did quite well because I managed to catch up to the rest of the class really quickly. Also once I figured how to do it efficiently it became easy.