Simple fractions…

Simple fractions…hmm. Many of you will agree that the words simple and fractions should not be used in the same sentence.

Working with fractions is usually quite tricky.

Today I learnt that many of you need extra support with simplifying ( reducing ) fractions. This video shows the ‘how to’ of simplifying fractions. As I mentioned today, you will need to do two things…stop/ start the video a number of times and watch the video more than once. It would be  even better if you could watch it with mum or dad (if they have the time).


Oh and let me know whether this video has been helpful to you and why or why not.


How to simplify fractions video

How to simplify fractions video

Table Master…take the challenge

A few weeks ago you were introduced to the Table Master Challenge which requires you to complete 144 times tables within a given time limit. At the moment I have been extremely generous, and as such, you have been given ten minutes to complete the challenge. This will change next term.

I would like to know about your performance so far on this task. Cast your mind back to your first attempt…

How did you feel? What was your time and score?
What improvement have you made? Oh …and there is nothing stopping you from bringing a few of these home to practise!


Crop Circles…who created them and why?

Have you ever wondered about who or what is responsible for the mysterious appearence of crop circles. Is it the work of little green men from Mars?

This term we will focus on creating our own crop circle designs….with a few design criteria of course.

Here is an image ( courtesy of Google Maps ), of what I saw from my flight from the Gold Coast today  ( central NSW, north of Griffith) flying at an altitude of about 11,000 metres.

What do you think? How is this possible?

Once again…you be the detective.



maths, maths and more maths…

Just a reminder…there are a couple of links listed below that will help you understand some of the topics we have discussed recently in class.

Let me know which one of them was useful and why. Use the chat window at the  bottom of this post to respond to this question. Remember to use only your first name.

Cool Maths For Kids...worth a visit

Roman Numerals  and more  and  still more


 Order of Operations  or PEMDAS

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Money in the bank or money in shares

So…you have  $1000 to spend  ( in your dreams of course).

What do you do… invest in the sharemarket or play it safe and put your $1000  in the bank? 

This prompts me to ask another question…how is your $3000 share portfolio  ( virtual investment ) measuring up?

Have you made a profit or loss? I would really like to know.

And…following on from the  discussion we had today about bank profit and interest payments, this  Behind The News  segment might be worth watching. 


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