# Category Archives: RFL Term 4 2021

Here are some suggested tasks for students in 3/4 to practise independently at home:

Today you will work on independent reading and writing a reading response. You should spend about 20-30 minutes reading, and then about 15 minutes writing down your thinking. Your reading response should include the title and author, a short summary, and your own thinking. It could include predictions, connections, questions, what you liked or disliked, or what you think the author did well. Here are some suggestions for what to read:

### Writing

Today you can choose a topic and do some personal writing. If you are looking for a story idea, you can use the image here to inspire you!

We have been learning about how to use short, sharp sentences, and long sentences to have an impact. When you finish writing, reread your work and see how many short and how many long sentences you have used.

### Maths:

Today for maths it is time to practise your skip counting or multiplication facts. Choose the pattern you are working on, and how you would like to practise.

• Whisper count – count the ‘in between’ numbers in a whisper and then say the pattern number out loud (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 etc)
• Use an online interactive 100 grid or number line to practise the pattern. (Here are some examples: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4)
• Set a timer and write out the pattern. See how far you can get in one minute then aim to beat your own score.
• Sing the pattern to a fun tune and make up actions.
• Find a counting song (there are many available online) that you like and put it on and sing along to practise.
• Draw an array with rows of the pattern number and write the counting pattern down the side of each row.

You might want to try this website to practice your skip counting pattern: https://www.abcya.com/games/number_bubble_skip_counting

Or practice multiplication facts here: https://www.arcademics.com/games/meteor

### Other:

Remember this blog has lots of ideas and activities that we did during remote and flexible learning. Click on these links to see science, Friday fun, mindfulness or physical activities.

You can also visit some of our other school blogs for ideas:

# Friday

Morning 3/4s. Whoa what a night of wild weather. First there was the amazing thunder and some of the biggest bolts of lightning. Then there was that wild wind. Nice to be tacked in, nice and warm inside.

How do you go? How did your pets handle it?

Make sure you upload your reading, writing and maths to OneNote. You can also add other images and work from the other lessons. If you don’t know how, read the instructions on this blog page, or check with your teacher.

Hello 3/4s,

You will be reading through the script from last week: Why Koala Has A Stumpy Tail

You will also be given a new script to work on for next week: Totally Super Squad

# Friday 29/10/21 – Writing

Learning Goal: I can vary my word choice

Today you will be spending time on your personal writing. Personal writing is a time to practise your writing skills and techniques, while working on a piece of writing of your choice! It could be fiction or non-fiction, and any genre you can think of!

First, watch the video to find out about how to use different word choice in your writing:

Next, create a quick plan for what you will work on today.

If you are starting a new piece of writing, this is the time to jot down your key thoughts and ideas – remember that your ideas are precious and we don’t want to lose them!

If you are continuing with a piece of writing that you have already been working on, this is the time to:

• Reread what you have written
• Look back over your original plan – is there anything you want to come back to or revise?
• Set yourself a goal for today and what you want to add to this piece of writing in this session. For example, do you want to add in some more character or setting description? Are you going to aim to finish drafting the build up today?

Then, spend a minimum of 30 minutes writing! Think about any writing goals that you could focus on to help improve your writing.

If you are unsure what to write about today, perhaps you could use one of these Halloween themed writing ideas (just don’t make it too spooky):

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Finally,

• Reread what you have written today. Is there anything you want to revise (add, remove or change)? Remember to check if there are any words you have repeated, and think about how you could change them!
• Edit what you have written for correct punctuation, especially full stops and capital letters. You might also think about exclamation marks, questions marks, commas and talking marks. Don’t forget to check your use of paragraphs.

Upload your work to OneNote. If you would like a conference or some specific feedback on this piece of writing, type a message for your teacher next to your work when you upload it.

# Friday 29/10/21 – Maths

Learning Goal: I can identify and model common fractions.

First, look at the pictures below are they an equal representation of a fraction? Justify your thinking.

Next, choose 1 shape below and demonstrate your understanding of 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8.

Example:

Then, choose 1 other shape and demonstrate your understanding of 1/3, 1/6 and 1/9.

Finally, give me a real-world example of when you would use these fractions.

Example: To share out equal parts of a birthday cake.

Challenge: See if you can use all the shapes to demonstrate your understanding of common fractions.

# Friday 29/10/21 – Friday Fun

At the end of a busy week of work, it is time for Friday Fun!

Friday Fun about using all your skills, ideas and creative thinking in an enjoyable way.

We have a suggested activity for you below, but we also know that sometimes you might not have the right materials available, or you may be feeling inspired to create something different. Use your imagination and go for it!

Here are some guidelines for Friday Fun:

• Avoid screens: you have had so much time all week working online, and we know many of you play games on devices in your free time as well. Friday Fun is a chance to get offline and into the real world.
• Use what you have: you might have the items for the suggested activity, or adapt or change it based on what you’ve got at home. You might have some other things at home that you have been excited to use (a new lego set, some water colour paints, a fantastic cardboard box that you could turn into anything).
• You might like to create alone or collaboratively: sometimes it’s nice to take some time to just work on something on your own, and other times you might want to ask a family member to join you. You might even like to connect with a friend, classmate or relative virtually – have them on screen nearby while you work on something off the screen.
• Have fun: this is a great time to focus on things that you enjoy!

Your teachers would love to see a picture of what you create in OneNote!

Here is today’s suggested Friday Fun activity:

Watch and listen to the book ‘Not A Box’, By Antoinette Portis.

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If you have a box at home, you then might like to create your idea, or create one of the ideas from the book. Have a look below for some ideas!

# Friday 29/10/21 – Mindfulness

Learning Goal: I can practice mindfulness.

Very simply, mindfulness is a way of thinking. It’s training your brain to pay attention and focus. It’s learning to direct your attention to what is happening in your present experience, including your mind, body, and environment.

We’ve had a very active week this week as we’ve begun the move from home learning to on site learning. You might find it helpful to take a moment and engage in some relaxing mindfulness activities.

First, some thinking for you – What activities do I enjoy and love to do?

Next, take some time to colour, read or simply spend time in your favourite space in your home. As you do so think about all of the things you are enjoying in that moment. It may be picking the colours as you colour in, the movement of the pencil across the page. It could be curling up with a new book, or picking an old favourite. A book where the characters or events in the story are new and exciting, or as familiar as your own family. Or it could simply be sitting in your favourite comfy chair, wrapped in your cosiest blanket, as the sun streams through your window.

Either way relax into the moment and just pay attention to what is happening in your present experience. The thoughts in your mind, the sensations in your body, and the sounds and movements in your environment. All the while just let your breath simply flow in, and then out, in, then out.

Finally, if you are looking for some follow up mindfulness activities, don’t forget you can always go back over previous postings on the3/4 blog:

Or check out the following pages on the MPPS mindfulness blog:

# Friday 29/10/21 – Physical Activity

To finish the day, and week, don’t forget to move around.

For example, you may want to play the Wall Ball ChallengeHow many times can you throw a ball against a wall and catch it in 60 seconds? In 5 minutes? In 10 minutes? You must stand two steps away from the wall. If you drop the ball, carry on counting your score from where you left off. If you have a partner, throw and catch the ball against the wall.

If you do not have a ball, use a rolled up pair of socks.

The 3/4 Daily Physical Activity page also has a list of great activities for you to choose from, and Stef has a lot of  activities and previous lessons on her blog you can revisit.

# Thursday

Morning 3/4s, it was really good to see all of your on site, in your classrooms yesterday.

Make sure you upload your reading, writing and maths to OneNote. You can also add other images and work from the other lessons. If you don’t know how, read the instructions on this blog page, or check with your teacher.

Learning Goal: I can make thoughtful predictions about a text.

First, look at this image of the book cover and make a prediction about what you think this book is about.                                                           When making your prediction look at:

• The words
• The title
• Illustrations
• Any  text to text, or text to world connections you may already have on what you can see.

Write down:

I predict this text is about …. because I can see that there is ….

My prior knowledge make me think this story will be all about …. because…

Next, read the book below ‘Big Red Kangaroo’ by Claire Saxby

https://storyboxlibrary.com.au/stories/big-red-kangaroo

Then, answer the following questions providing evidence from the text.

• Who is in Red’s mob?
• What does Red do to warn the young male kangaroo when he comes close to Red’s mob?
• Which predator does Red need to be wary of and why?
• Why does Red challenge the other kangaroo and how does he do this?