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21 07 2014

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Working from 2D to 3D

3 06 2014

Very gradually, over many weeks, with Mrs S we have been working on creating a 3D object from a 2D image.

We started out with an ordinary, coloured ink blot. We used some fine tip markers to turn our blots into a character by adding features, arms and legs. Each blot ended up looking quite different.

After we had finished these Mrs S challenged us to turn our 2D characters into 3D characters. We had been exploring 3D objects in Maths. 2D means two dimensional. A 2D shape can be measure two ways and has no thickness. 3D means three dimensional. A 3D shape can be measured  three ways.

We used a pompom as the base for our 3D characters. To create our pompoms we used two circles of card with a hole in the middle of each one. We wrapped yarn around the discs until they were so full that we could not add any more yarn. We cut the yarn around the edge and tied it off. It was hard work but the end result was worth the effort as our pompoms were fluffy, full and ready for us to add the features we needed to create our characters.

As part of our work we needed to identify the different 3D objects that were connected to our character and sketch out the nets that represented these objects. We found out that many of us needed to use lots of different sized cylindrical objects as we worked hard to create our characters. We sketched out the nets in our books and also listed the materials we would need to add all our features to the finished pompoms.

Have you made something from a 2D image which ended up being a 3D object? What nets were involved? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Imagine If We Were Powered from Space…

22 05 2014

We have watched this video with Mrs C and afterwards we created posters showing what Hobart might look like in the future if we were able to meet our energy needs from a space based solar farm. Our posters are on display in the corridor outside our classroom.

energy 4

Energy 1

This term in Science we are exploring energy. We will be looking at different sources of energy and how these can be used to generate electricity. On the wall in our classroom we have some questions to guide our thinking.

energy 2

What are you curious about when you hear the word electricity? What sources of energy have you heard about? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Looking At Angles

15 05 2014

In our Monday maths time we are looking at angles. Last week we refreshed our memories by doing a quick quiz about acute, obtuse and right angles. Watch the video below to have a bit of fun while remembering the types of angles we have studied.

The point of an angle is called the vertex and two straight sides or arms meet at this point. The angle is the amount of of turn between each arm.

parts of an angle

Degrees is the unit of measurement we use when describing the amount of turn between the two arms. We use a protractor to help us measure angles. The BrainPop website has a good video to watch. It explains angles and how we measure them. The following video shows us how to use a protractor to measure and create angles.

Which angle did we talk about last week that is not mentioned in the videos that Mrs S has shared in this blog post? What information can you add in our comments that will extend our knowledge of angles?


Exploring Our Weather Data

13 04 2014

We have been very lucky to have some of our blogging friends adding data to our spreadsheet over the last few months. Last Monday while our Grade 6 students are away on an excursion the Grade 5 students had time to explore the collected data.

First of all Mrs S gave out a print out of each sheet from our master spreadsheet and challenged us to work out which marked dot on a map matched our data. We had to read the data carefully to find some clues to the locations and use our prior knowledge about the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to help us. The dates confused some of us because the month was written before the day.

We then created some visual information based on the data from our spreadsheet and began adding this to a collaborative Google Doc. Even though we worked hard on Monday we have not finished adding our graphs and charts. We experimented with using MS Excel to create some of our graphs and learnt some new skills. Others chose to create a calendar with icons or  a chart. Take a look at our work so far.

It was interesting to see the similarities and difference in our weather around the world.

What does our data tell us? Please leave a comment sharing an observation you can make from the data we have presented.

Exploring 3D Objects

6 03 2014

We have been working with 3D objects with Mrs S. 3D means that an object has 3 dimensions. We can measure it three ways. One of the things that we did was to make a cube which is a very special rectangular prism. A cube is a prism where all the faces and edges are the same.

By Cube.svg: Image created by H McKenna based on source code by Marcelo Reis.derivative work: Cristianrodenas (Cube.svg) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

We used rectangles to create our cubes and needed 12 rectangles for each cube. We needed to fold each rectangle in half before gluing them together to make our cubes. We were able to see the insides of our cubes as the faces were not solid.

Creating cubes from rectangles

Creating cubes from rectangles

Once we worked out the construction technique we modified our design by making it smaller or larger or changing the shape. One group managed to make a triangular based pyramid. It is almost a tetrahedron but it does quite fit the definition of this 3D object as each face is not quite the same size.

When we were creating our transformations of the cube one group made a very large cube which is now hanging up in our classroom. They worked carefully to measure out each rectangle needed to created their very big 3D object.


We did not use the usual technique for making 3D objects. This is to create a net using the 2D shapes that are needed to make the 3D object. The net for a cube is 6 squares and there is more than one way that the squares can be arranged so that they fold up to make a cube.

How many different nets do you think there are for creating a cube? What shapes would you need to create a net for a square pyramid?

A New School Year Begins

9 02 2014
Clip Art created by Bev Evans https://twitter.com/bevevans22

Clip Art created by Bev Evans https://twitter.com/bevevans22

Time has flown by and February 2014 is here already. Here in Tasmania we have just finished our summer school holidays and are getting ready for a new school year. Our class blog welcomes some new students and our record of learning for this year is about to begin.

Over the summer break Mrs S spent time relaxing, reading, creating, listening, chatting, resting, thinking, fishing, cycling, celebrating birthdays and enjoying the company of her family. Mrs C spent time gardening, swimming, reading, creating, resting and enjoying the company of her family.

What do you enjoy doing over a summer break? What long list of verbs describe your summer fun? Please leave a comment to tell us about your holiday activities.

Christmas Crafting

15 12 2013

Even before the start of the school year in January Mrs S was planning one of our Christmas crafting sessions. She found this great idea on a blog that she visited and collected all the pieces we needed to create our very own Christmas Angels. Mrs S experimented with different types of hair and decided that we were clever enough to make our angel’s hair out of wool. She found another tutorial online and we all managed to create some very fancy hairstyles for each angel. Some of us found making the hair very frustrating but we all persevered and got there in the end!

Here are some of our angels on display in our school corridor before they headed home to decorate a tree or table or mantlepiece.

Why do we make angels at Christmas? Do you have a favourite Christmas ornament? Why is it your favourite? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts. 

Inspire Us Mondays – Some last words

23 11 2013

We have come to the end of Monday Speakers and there are just a few words and a video to share that we have not yet put into a post. All of our speakers have done a great job searching for something to make us think. Sometimes it was very difficult to find a video that would add value to  the work our class was exploring. The last video we saw was fantastic. Our speaker chose to follow up the work we had done with our animations and found a great example of an animated wooden artist’s doll. Take a look.

We had a few words that also related well to our research work on migration to Australia after Federation, Remembrance Day and Mathematics.

Have you enjoyed our Monday Speaker posts? Was there one video that caught your attention and made you think? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Remembrance Day

9 11 2013

At 11:00 am on the 11th day of the 11th month we take time to remember all the men and women who have died fighting in the wars in which our country has been involved. In our one minute’s silence we honour those who served their country in times of war.

This video clip from BTN explains  why November 11th is a special day.