Saturday, July 2, 2016

Term Two Evaluation: Monster


Read Aloud Books:
Picture Books -
** See list of picture books read to Monkey as Monster listens to all or most of them**

Chapter Books - 
** See HSIE and/or PDHPE for list of chapter books read aloud**

Independent Reading:
see written list ~ 

Other Reading Activities:
Reading Eggs online program
30 - 60 minutes of silent reading daily

(We enjoyed a Fairy Tales unit)
Snow White & Rose Red
The Sleeping Beauty
Michael Hague's Fairy Tales
The Frog Prince
Hansel & Gretel
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Read-To-Me Book of Fairy Tales

Institute For Excellent in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

Over the course of the term Monster wrote several paragraphs using the techniques set out in this program.  Topics included: Ancient Egypt, Aesop's Fables, Penguins

Foundation Handwriting Year 4

We are using a Grammar textbook (The Grammar Ace) this year and so far it is working out well.

daily oral review of weekly lists as sourced from year 4 lists on the internet
(20 words per list)
written test taken every Friday

Maths Plus Year 6 Textbook
Units 10 - 18 covering the following topics:
geometric patterns, prime and composite numbers, triangles/angles, area of triangles, multiplying fractions, decimals to thousandths, chance from zero to one, square numbers, adding decimals/money, decimals, percentages and fractions, line graphs, calculating volume, 4-digit multiplication, equivalent number sentences, drawing rectangles and squares, 24-hour time/timetables, subtraction of 4- and 5- digit numbers, comparing and ordering fractions, drawing objects from views, metres, centimetres, and millimetres, 4-digit multiplication, and and subtract fractions, potentially misleading data, using a scale, extended multiplication, expanding numbers, mass and capacity, symmetry review, order of operations, add and subtract fractions, chance from zero to one, construct and draw 3D objects, subtracting decimals/money, roman numerals, measuring angles with 360 protractors, volume and capacity
Diagnostic Review 2

Other Math Activities:
Khan Academy website
Cool Math Games website
Variety of maths games - uno, Phase 10, Rummy-O, Monopoly (he was banker), etc

Independent Reading:
Muderous Maths: The Mind Bending Basics by Kjartan Poskitt

Scripture and Character Building:
Bible Read Aloud:
Deuteronomy 27 ~ 1 Samuel 9

History - 
All books read below were read aloud as part of our Australian History and Ancient Egypt Unit Studies
Pearlie's Pet Rescue
Pearlie the Spy
Pearlie's Ghost
Meet Lina
Lina's Many Lives
Lina at the Games
A Lesson for Lina
Meet Marly
Marly's Business
Marly and the Goat
Captain Cook's Apprentice

Stories From Ancient Civilizations - Egypt
Technology in Ancient Egypt
At Home With the Ancient Egyptians
National Geographic Kids: Everything Ancient Egypt
Mangy Mummies, Menacing Pharaohs and the Awful Afterlife
Pharaoh - Death & Life of a God
Horrible Histories Awesome Egyptians
Cleopatra: Powerful Leader or Ruthless Pharaoh
Cleopatra: Usborn Famous Lives
Mummies & Pyramids

Watched documentary on National Geographic channel - about new museum being built in Egypt

(Books below were read in observance of ANZAC Day in April)
The Beach They Called Gallipoli
One Minute's Silence
Do Not Forget Australia
A Day to Remember
Simpson & His Donkey
Jack's Bugle

(Books below are Aboriginal stories)
Nana's Land

Geography - 
(We enjoyed a mini unit about Antarctica)
No Return: Captain Scott's Race to the Pole
Scott of the Antarctic
Sophie Scott Goes South
Ice, Wind, Rock
Ice Trap! Shackleton's Incredible Expedition
One Day on Our Blue Planet in the Antarctic
Antarctica Discovery
Exploring Antarctica: The Frozen Frontier
Antarctica: Human Impacts

Watched documentary special on Nat Geo People
"47 Below"

Science and Technology:

The following books were read aloud:
Frogs Close Up
Tadpoles to Frogs
Ants Close Up
Usborn book about Ants
The Book of Australian Birds
Super Storms
Real Life Monsters: Creepy Crawly Creatures
Real Life Monsters: In the Rainforest

walk to and from the library
walk to and from the shops
walk to and from various parks
free play at various parks
riding scooter
soccer skills with dad

Read Alouds:
(We attempted a mini unit on nutrition)
Why Shouldn't I Eat Junk Food? Usborn
The ABC Book of Food
Meats, Fish, Eggs, Nuts and Beans
Grains, Bread, Cereal and Pasta

**We quickly abandoned our mini unit of nutrition. Sadly the books available for children still stress that fat is bad and LOTS of grain based carbohydrates are good.  Term three we will focus our attention on where babies come from and the changes involved with puberty.**

Creative Arts:
crepe paper craft
"May the Fourth" R2D2 craft
paper plate penguins and spiders

Weekly attendance of church and Sunday School
Numerous play dates with friends of multiple ages

Other Activities:
Played a variety of board and card games
  • Rummy-O
  • Mancala
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Skip-Bo
  • Phase 10
  • Chess
  • Memory
  • Blokus
  • Blink

Term School Holiday Events:
Library ~ Roll the Ball games day
Attended State of Origin Game 3
Pupil Free Lego Day

** Due to all three boys and I coming down with a cold/cough the second half of the term was much more basic from a structured learning point of view and we utilized much more natural learning as we focused on resting and healing. **

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