Resources: Check out this blog which contains a number of simple yet powerful sayings about writing and drawing. How to steal like an artist

Learning Intentions:

to critically evaluate written texts
to make connections between texts and our world

Learning Tasks:

1. Which statement do you agree with most? Write about why you think this saying might be important in your life.2. Steal like an artist.
Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?”
The honest artist answers, “I steal them.”
What do you think of the above statement from the blogger?How does it relate to the next statement - "Nothing is original."What does this tell you about the blogger who wrote the blog?
My mom used to say to me, “Garbage in, garbage out.”
It used to drive me nuts. But now I know what she means.
Your job is to collect ideas. The best way to collect ideas is to read. Read, read, read, read, read. Read the newspaper. Read the weather. Read the signs on the road. Read the faces of strangers. The more you read, the more you can choose to be influenced by.

What do you understand by the statement "Garbage in, garbage out?"Why might our job be to collect ideas?

The Secret Life of the Brain - Mystery or Madness?


The ABCs of the Brain - Neuroscience for kids.

A day in the life of a brain - FInd out about a day in the life of your brain by clicking on the following link. - Brain basics: Know your brain. Read the information to find out about your brain. - The secret life of the brain.This 2002 PBS series covers a lifetime of brain development, from when you are a baby to old age. - How your brain works. - Brain facts - Detailed Brain basics.

As researchers we are learning to:

Find important information in a text using key words
Summarise information
Write summaries using our own words

Learning Tasks

1. Draw a picture of the brain. Label 3 parts that interest you. Write a sentence telling what that part of the brain does.
2. Find ten facts about the brain. Present them on an A4 page.
3. Create a day in the life of your brain - Using the Day in the life of Your Brain web page link as an example.
4. Design a poster to teach others about the importance of fitness to learning (hint - look back at the Herald article we summarised in class).
5. Use wordle to create a wonderful word cloud filled with words you have learned about learning and the brain. For example - fitness, oxygen, hippocampus, etc
6. Brain teasers encourage us to think laterally - about a wide range of options.
Try the following:
a. How can you use the letters in NEW DOOR to make one word?
b. yy u r, yy u b, i c u r y+y 4 ?
c.What is full of holes but still holds water?
d. What is light as a feather, but even the strongest man cannot hold it more than a few minutes?

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Julius Caeser


Julius Caesar died on the 15th March in 44 BC so this week is the anniversary of his death. You may be interested to learn about this man and find out some things about Rome by perusing the websites below and undertaking the learning tasks.

RESOURCESJulius Caeser for kids - lots of easy to read information and links to interesting sites
Wikipedia - everything you need to know about Julius Caesar
Biography - BBC biography of Julius Caesar
3D Video - Fly over of Ancient Rome
Romulas and Remus - Short overview of the story
Rome - Facts on Rome and how it got its name
Months of the Year - How the months of the year got their names
Tourist Attractions in Rome - all the best places to se when you visit Rome.
As researchers we are learning to:

Find important information in a text and diagrams using key words
Summarise information
Write summaries using our own words
Retell texts in our own words

Learning Tasks

1. Rome is in Europe. On a map of Europe show where Rome is and then highlight 10 other capital cities.
2. Find 10 facts about Julius Ceasar. Present them on an A4 page.
3. Watch the Youtube video and retell the story of Romulas and Remus in your own words.
4. Explain how the city of Rome gots its name and select one tourist attraction from Rome and write about it.
5. Name the month of the year named after Julius Caesar and find the origins of the other months

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