Saturday, April 27, 2019

Term One Evaluation ~ Monkey


Reading ~
* You can see from my weekly reviews that we read LOTS of books, aloud and independent.
* A book list is included in Monkey's portfolio with a list of all books read each term.

Writing ~
We still use, and LOVE, our Institute for Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

In Term One, Monkey wrote paragraphs on the following topics: The Fox and the Stork (narrative), light (non-fiction), The Thirsty Cow (narrative), Lenses (non-fiction), The Lion and the Mouse (narrative), The Ant and the Dove (narrative), and The Mouse's Tale (narrative).

Spelling ~ 
We continue with Ozspeller lists that I source online.
Monkey is working through the Year 5 lists.
He has an oral quiz Monday through Thursday and a written test on Friday.

Handwriting ~
Foundation Handwriting Yr 4

Grammar ~
This year we are reviewing Junior Analytical Grammar
Term One we worked through units one through four: nouns, articles and adjectives, pronouns, and prepositions.


Maths Plus Yr 5 Textbook
Term One units covered the following topics:
Revising 3-digit Addition, Multiplication Facts, Recognising Angles, The Kilometre, Addition and Subtraction Strategies, Thirds, sixths, and twelfths, Revising polygons, Calculating area, Revising 3-digit subtraction, Revising division facts, Picture graphs, Cubic centimetres, Addition and subtraction strategies, Expanding numbers to 6 digits, Grid references, Revising mass, Multiplication strategies, Problem solving, Chance experiments, Naming prisms and pyramids, Revising 2-digit division, Number patterns, Dot plots, am and pm time, Two digits multiplied by one digit, Equivalent thirds, sixths and twelfths, Protractors, Metres and kilometres, 4-digit addition with trading, Missing numbers, Drawing objects, Picture graphs, Division strategies, Mixed numerals, Classifying three-dimensional objects, column graphs.
Diagnostic Review 1


Below is a list of the science related books we read:

"Fact Cat: Light" by Sonya Newland
"Light: A Question and Answer Book" by Adele Richardson
"Physical Science in Depth: Light" by Alfred J. Smuskiewicz
"Food and Farming: From Farm to Table" by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
"Food and Farming: Feeding the World" by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
"Science Answers: From Sun to Bulb" by Christopher Cooper
"The Book of Australian Minibeasts"  by Charles Hope
"Food and Farming: Farming and the Environment" by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
"Light and Colours" by Gerard Cheshire
"Light and Colour" 
"Food and Farming: Farming in the Future" by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
"Light and Dark" by Exploring Light
"Shadows" by Exploring Light
"Reflecting Light" by Exploring Light
"Earth's Changing Surface" by Australian Geographic Science
"Food and Farming"
"Food and Consumers" by Hazel King
"Common Brushtail Possums" by Greg Reid
"Frilled Lizards" by Greg Reid
"Fairy Penguins" by Greg Reid
"Kookaburras" by Greg Reid
"The Book of Australian Birds" by Charles Hope
"Introduced Species in Australia" by Kay Crabbe


Monkey began and in-depth and intense Australian history unit.
This should take us two years to complete.

We read the following books as part of the unit study:
"Lost! A True Tale From the Bush" by Stephanie Owen Reeder
"Australian Geographic History: Convicts of the First Fleet" by Margaret McPhee
"Meet Nellie" by Penny Matthews
"Australian Geographic History: The First Colonial Governors" by Kenneth Muir
"Nellie and the Secret Letter" by Penny Matthews
"Birrung the Secret Friend" by Jackie French
"Australian Geographic History: Governors, Squatters and Battlers" by Joel Weston
"Nellie's Quest" by Penny Matthews
"Australian Geographic History: Major Events in Colonial Australia" by Stuart Bremer
"Barney and the Secret of the Whales" by Jackie French
"Nellie's Greatest Wish" by Penny Matthews
"Meet Poppy" by Gabrielle Wang
"The Secret of the Black Bushranger" by Jackie French
"Barney and the Secret of the French Spies" by Jackie French
"The Secret of the Youngest Rebel" by Jackie French
"When the War is Over" by Jackie French
"Poppy at Summerhill" by Gabrielle Wang
"1844 Do You Dare: The Last Horse Race" by J. Moloney
"Poppy and the Thief" by Gabrielle Wang


We read the following books as part of geography this term:
"A Focus on Rainforests" by Jane Hinchey
"A Focus on Dry Forests and Woodlands" by Jane Hinchey
"A Focus on Deserts and Grasslands" by Jane Hinchey
"Temperate Forests" by Greg Reid
"The Big Book of Antarctica" by Charles Hope


Monkey spent LOTS of his free time during the term sketching and drawing.


We did a very short unit on safety.
"Children and Safety in Australia: Safety at Home" by William Day
"Children and Safety in Australia: Safety Away From Home" by William Day
"Children and Safety in Australia: Safety Online" by William Day


Term One Social Events:
Celebrated his brother's 13th birthday
Attended a baby shower for a close family friend
Attended Good Friday church service
Attended Easter Sunday church service
Bingo event at the library

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