# Guest Post by Will and Ben G MATHS (ESTIMATION GAME)

In maths this week we are focusing on ESTIMATION. Today we played a game called ice ice maybe. We played this game in groups of four, one person played on the computer and the other three played it in their maths book and then they rotated until everyone had a go. Here is a link to the the game

ice ice maybe

We had to create icebergs for the penguins to jump on based on estimating the equations on the screen. The higher levels got faster and faster. Here is some of us in action:

# Guest Post from Paul, Emma and Bianca

This week in literacy, we have been looking into the features of a picture story book. Our class, 5/6  M and M have been split into groups of up to four and have taken turns in sharing their picture story book that they have chosen to study. As well as discussing our picture story book, we also had to create a front cover for our litracy book along with a  favourite picture and sentence. Here are Paul, Emma and Bianca’s front covers for our literacy activity which were chosen by Mary as the best picture story book front covers.

# Picture Story Book Discussions

Today we began the first of our Picture Story Book discussion triads. We chose a leader and the leader read his/her story to the group. We then worked together to discuss some of the important elements and features of the book. Some of the things we focused on were:

• plot
• characters – their traits, looks, actions, attitudes
• setting – how it impacts the story
• themes
• messages contained within the story
• illustrations and their relationship to the text
• rich language

Here are some photos of us in action!

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Do you have a favourite picture story book? What makes it your favourite?

Caritas Australia had a look at our reflections on Ditosa and this is what they tweeted:

# Ditosa’s Story

Today we watched Ditosa’s Story from the Project Compassion Website. Each year, Caritas put together a story to tell what the Project Compassion funds have achieved for a community. You can watch Ditosa’s Story here:

Here are some of our reflections after watching the story and considering the questions What does this story mean to me and What can I do?

This story made an impact on my life and showed me how lucky I am to live the way I do. I can easily walk to a tap, I have proper education, I have good shelter, enough food to survive and many other amazing things that I am extremely lucky to have. by Grace

Ditosa’s story has really touched my heart and my mind. It is hard to imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have parents, education and not much food or clean water. I want to do as much as I can to donate to Caritas so that I can help lots of other poor communities around the world. Everyone has the same rights to the essentials in life. by Bianca

To me, this story means that I have to be grateful for what I have because there are people everywhere who don’t have everything they need. To help these people in need, I can put money into the Caritas box as often as I can. I can do this by whenever I do a job put half of the money in the box. Then the poor can buy what they need with the money. by Hannah G

This story means donation won’t really help me but can make a HUGE difference to the little village in Mozambique and to Ditosa’s family. Knowing there are people in the world is sad, with others in the world driving Ferrari’s and living in mansions when there are people who don’t have clean water and can’t afford food for the family. Even donating 5c can make a difference and help Caritas make the world a better place. by Paul

After I watched this clip I felt that if my family lived there, I would be very proud of my family and my community and me, because the community has developed so, so much. So I think we should spend more time on raising money for communities like this one and make people’s lives so much better. by Harriet

What can YOU do?

# Reflections on Australia Day

This week, we reflected on what Australia Day means to us. We started by watching a series of video clips about what others thought about the meaning of Australia Day. You can watch them here. We thought about these clips in two different ways:

What is familiar to me and what feelings or experiences expressed might I share?    and

What challenged my thinking?