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Tuesday 05/10/21 – Reading

Learning Goal: I can identify the features of fantasy books.

Fantasy books and stories are very interesting to read. We can get lost in our imagination, seeing make believe characters and settings within our minds.

Fantasy is the opposite of realistic fiction. It is a genre of writing that is impossible to happen in our world. Some examples include Harry Potter, The BFG, James and The Giant Peach, Matilda, Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games.

In these books we are taken away to a magical and mythical land. Sometimes fantasy books have giant characters, or characters with powers (Matilda and Harry Potter) and sometimes they have make believe storylines, like a giant peach floating around like a hot air balloon.

First, take a look at the reading below:

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Next, answer the following questions: 

  1. List all the physical characteristics of the Giant
  2. How was Sophie feeling when she saw the Giant?
  3. What makes the BFG a fantasy?

Then, think of the following fantasy books that you have likely read (or watched the movie) previously. 

  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Harry Potter 
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Matilda 

Can you think of the reason why each book is a fantasy. We know the BFG is a fantasy book because it’s about a giant old man. Use the following sentence stems to help you:

  • I think Harry Potter is a fantasy book because … 
  • I think James and the Giant Peach is a fantasy book because … 
  • I think Matilda is a fantasy book because … 
  • I think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a fantasy book because … 

Challenge: Make up and draw your own fantasy character. Think about what characteristics your character has. 

Work sample to upload to OneNote: your completed sentence stems, and the challenge if you did it.

Tuesday 05/10/21 – Maths

Learning Goal: I can practise my addition and subtraction strategies. 

First, to warm up your brains play a game of Wishball.  Click on one of the links below:

Next, refresh your memory of which strategy you were using when completing addition and subtraction questions.

Here you will find all the videos of the various maths strategies we have explored in class:

Use your preferred strategy, or challenge yourself with one that you haven’t used yet, to solve the following addition questions. You might start with the first column, if that is too easy you can move on to the next column. 

2 digit 3 digit 4 digit Decimals
32 + 56 =

13 + 54 =

42 + 28 =

77 + 16 =

16 + 53 =

23 + 37 =



354 + 321 =

567 + 121 =

755 + 427 =

598 + 952 =

545 + 632 =

466 + 527 =

4567 + 2345=

5942 + 1239=

7654 + 9365=

10372 + 6201 =

1093 + 3919 =

33.42 + 0 .8 =

66.88 + 44.2 =

108.1 + 12.55 =

1993.1 + 0.627 =

783.5 + 0.66 + 4.4 =

44.5 + 123.123 =

986.2 + 0.008 =

0.006 + 0.05 =

Then, use your preferred strategy or challenge yourself with one that you haven’t used yet to solve the following subtraction questions. You might start with the first group, if that is too easy you can move on to the next group.

2 digit:

No renaming   Renaming
  • 79 – 12 =
  • 56 – 34 =
  • 68 – 46 =
  • 64 – 51 =
  • 83 – 19 =
  • 91 – 87 =

3 digit:

No renaming   Renaming
  • 368 – 246 =
  • 564 – 351 =
  • 479 – 357  =
  • 675 – 462  =
  • 873 – 595  =
  • 651 – 567  =

4 digit:

No renaming   Renaming
  • 4579 – 1357  =
  • 7675 – 4461  =
  • 9984 – 7287  =
  • 6762 – 4784  =
  • 38753 – 29249 =

Finally, can you solve one of the following worded problems. 

Buffalo Sports was having a huge sale,

  1. At the start of the day they had 578 bikes in the store, but then they sold 164 bikes.  How many did they have left?
  1. They started with 468 Adidas bags in the store, but then they sold 225 bags.  How many did they have left?
  1. They had 3928 footballs, they then sold 1157 of those on Monday. They sold 109 on Tuesday. They sold 204 on Wednesday and Thursday.  How many did they have left?

Don’t forget to upload your answers to OneNote.


Tuesday 05/10/21 – Wellbeing


Learning Goal: I understand how emotional responses differ in strength. 

First, read and learn about different levels of emotions. 

Strong emotions are those emotions we feel deeply. They can be positive emotions like excitement and happiness or negative emotions like fear or anger.

These emotions might start out weak, but then build up to be stronger and stronger over time, or they might become strong very quickly. Strong emotions can be harder to manage. We need to use our strengths and our skills to help us manage how we express our strong emotions.

Next, we can think of emotions using a thermomotor scale. If your emotions are at the top of the thermomotor, then you are experiencing a strong and deep emotion. If you are in the middle of the thermomotor then your emotions are heightened, however not too strong. If your emotions are at the bottom of the scale, you’re not experiencing strong emotions. You are quite calm and relaxed. 

Then, think of 5 situations where you would be feeling strong emotions. Remember, emotions can be positive or negative. Draw the following table or download the template: Emotions Template

Emotions Situation
  • An example for thrilled:

I found out that I was placed in class next year with my 3 best friends. I was thrilled 

  • An example for afraid:

I was shopping with my family and couldn’t find them. I was all by myself for a while. I had to ask others for help. I was very afraid

Finally, place your situations or examples on the thermomotor scale, ranging from 1-10. Remember that number 1 would be low levels of emotions and 10 would be very strong, deep emotions. 

Emotions Situation Thermomotor Scale
Thrilled I found out that I was placed in class next year  with my 3 best friends. I was thrilled.  8
Afraid I was shopping with my family and couldn’t find  them. I was all by myself for a while. I had to ask others for help. I was very afraid.  10



Friday 17/09/21 Today’s Schedule

Last Day of Term 3! Woohoo! We made it!

Welcome to the last day of term 3! You have done an amazing job this term with all the challenges we have faced. You have shown resilience and the work that has been produced has been outstanding. 

Today is our last day of our Survivor Challenge. Here is the schedule for today and your activities that will follow. 

Today’s schedule:

9:00am-10:00am: WebEx meeting with all Grade 3/4 classes. Join the following room at 9:00am:

10:00am to 11:00am: your teacher’s WebEx room will be open for you to drop in, ask questions and share work. 

11:30 to 12:00pm: your teacher’s WebEx room will be open for you to drop in, ask questions and share work. 

12:00pm-12:30pm: Join your teacher’s WebEx room to celebrate the end of term. This can be to chat, play games or to eat party food. Enjoy

Activities for the remainder of the day are listed below. You may choose as many activities to complete as you would like. It’s up to you.

Below are some sound recordings explaining some of today’s tasks.

Click play below to listen to the explanation of your reading:

Click play below to hear about your Hip Hop task:

Click play below to learn about the Origami task:

Click play to below listen to the explanation of your science task:

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Healthy Thursday

Goodmorning 3/4s! Today is a special day for me because we are going to celebrate all the amazing things we can do for our health and fitness.

When we look after our health then our lives are great! We can feel relaxed, happy and energised. You are going to be learning about different kinds of health today. In Reading, you will be learning about our mental health. In Writing and Maths, you were be learning about healthy eating. In your creative activity, you will be practising your physical health through exercising.

3/4B already know that I am also a PE teacher. Having a health and fitness day is really special to me and something that I am passionate about. I believe that we can do 1 thing everyday that’s good for our health.

Have a great day!


Thursday 09.09.21 Reading

Today your small group lesson will be Reading. We are going to be reading ‘The Red Tree’ by Shaun Tan. Please watch this video clip before joining your small group today.

Remember to bring your Reading book, pencils and anything else you need for your small group.

The Red Tree : Tan, Shaun, Tan, Shaun: Books

Finally, read your JRB or Book Club Book, make notes, ask questions, write down your thoughts and opinions. If you have already read the section that you are up to, maybe read it again to get a good understanding of what is happening.

Thursday 09.09.21 Writing

Learning Goal: I can write a recipe with the correct structure.  

Today you are going to write a recipe. The purpose is to inform your audience how to make or cook your favourite snack. Here are some examples: 

First, make sure you include the following structural features in your writing:

  • A heading 
  • An introduction to your recipe
  • Ingredients
  • Method/Instructions 

You must also make sure you include the following language features:

  • Time connectives (for example: firstly, next, then, now, finally)
  • Present tense verbs (stir, place, mix, chop, etc)

Next, start planning for your recipe. You might like to jot down some ideas about a snack or meal that you have made in the past. It could be a favourite sandwich, dessert or fruit salad. You might like to bake something with a parent or caregiver. If you are stuck for ideas, watch the following video clip about how to make pancakes. You can write your recipe titled ‘How to Make Pancakes”

Then, begin writing your recipe. Make sure you include all of the language and structural features mentioned above. 

Challenge: Can you make your recipe a persuasive recipe? How can you convince others to eat and make your recipe? You might use your persuasive techniques that you learnt during our persuasive reading and writing unit. 

Thursday 09.09.21 Science

Learning Goal: I can build a bird’s nest. 

Different types of birds lay their eggs in different places. Some build tiny nests in bushes, some build enormous nests in tall trees. Some lay their eggs directly on the ground or on rocky ledges. All birds use many different types of materials for their nests. In this project you will try to build your own bird nest using only natural materials that you can find outside. Can you do better than a bird?

Step 1: Think about what materials you will use to build your nest. They can only be natural materials (sticks, grass, leaves).

Step 2: Go outside and gather your materials.

Step 3: Create your birds nest.
Step 4: Test your nest (gently at first!). Can you blow on it, pick it up, or place an egg inside it? Does the nest fall apart or stay together? If it falls apart, what can you change to make it sturdier?


Thursday 09.09.21 Maths

Learning Goal: I can estimate and measure food in grams. 

Today you are going to select 8 items within your pantry or fridge to estimate and weigh. When we buy items from the shops they usually display how heavy it weighs. This excludes the packaging, they only weigh the actual food inside. We normally pay for our fruit and vegetables by how much they weigh.

Food is measured in grams or kilograms. Today you are going to measure in grams. This will help with your estimations: 

A paper clip weighs 1 gram

1 litre of milk weighs 1000 grams 

2 eggs weigh 100 grams

First, Draw a table like the one below. You are going to select your 8 items of food to estimate and weigh. Don’t look at the weight on the packet. You’ll also need to select some fruit and vegetables to weigh because we want you using your kitchen scales at home. Here are some examples of items you may select. 

Item 2 bananas 3 apples 2 oranges A bag of potatoes A bag of sugar A loaf of bread A bag or block of cheese
Estimate weight 500 grams 300 grams 2,000 grams
Actual weight 369 grams 415 grams


Next, you are going to hold each item in your hands one by one. Make an estimation of each item. How much do you think it weighs? If you think it’s heavier than 1000 grams, estimate over 1000 grams. If you think it’s under 1000 grams, estimate below 1000 grams. 

Then, you are going to measure and weigh each item on some kitchen scales. You might need to ask a parent or caregiver how to use them. Fill in the ‘actual weight’ section of the table. I have attached a photo how to measure weight using kitchen scales. 

Finally, compare your estimations to the actual weight of your items. Were you close? 

Challenge: You might like to complete the same activity again. This time you have the knowledge of weight. Your estimations might be closer than the first time.