Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Money, Money, Money!

This week in the Our World, Our Numbers project the classes are talking about currencies, led by 4KM&4KJ
Here are the notes and coins we have in New Zealand:
The $100 note features New Zealander Sir Ernest Rutherford who first split the atom; and the mohua bird.
The $50 features a famous Maori leader Sir Apirana Ngata; and the kokako bird.
On the $20 is Queen Elizabeth II; and the karearea bird.
The $10 has a well-known New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield; and the   whio bird.
Our last note is the $5 which features Sir Edmund Hillary who was first to reach the summit of Mount Everest; and the hoiho (little blue penguin).
Our coins all feature Queen Elizabeth II plus:
$2 has a kotuku (white heron)
$1 has a kiwi bird
50c has ‘The Endeavour’ -the ship sailed by Captain James Cook
20c has a carving of a Maori chief  -Pukaki
10c has a Maori koruru (carved head).

Do you collect currency from other countries?

What countries do you have currency from?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Our World, Our Numbers: A new Global Project

In B4, we love to connect and learn with our friends around the world.
Today we are launching a new global project 

We have a blog where we'll meet up with our blogging buddies to learn together for the next five weeks.

In late 2011, many of us worked on an award winning global project called Our World, Our Stories
This latest project is based on a similar format with a mathematical focus.

Classes involved

The students are all from primary (elementary) classes and are from three different continents and five countries.

Mr Avery's sixth grade class from Massachusetts, USA

Mrs Monaghan's 3/4 class, Room with a View, from England

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan's grade four class, 4KM and 4KJ, from Victoria, Australia

Mrs McKenzie's 2/3 class, B4, from New Zealand

Mrs Yollis' 2/3 class from California, USA

Mr Salsich's third grade class from Connecticut, USA

Mrs Watson's K/1/2/3 class from Canada

View Our World, Our Numbers in a larger map

How will it work?
Students from all classes will connect and collaborate by sharing their mathematical lives. 
This will happen through the blog and involve a variety of media.

A different class will lead a mathematical topic every four days or so, publishing posts and replying to comments. The other classes will read the posts, possibly publish their own posts, and leave blog comments.

We will share topics such as currency, seasons, time zones, population data etc.

The learning

Through blog posts, the students will teach each other about different aspects of mathematics based on aspects of their own culture.

The learning will continue in the commenting section where students, teachers and parents will engage in conversations to explore mathematical and cultural topics further.

Students will gain an understanding of mathematics through the eyes of children in different countries and cultures. They will make comparisons and contrasts between their lives and other students' lives.

If you want to keep up to date with how the fun and learning unfolds, there is a "subscribe via email" box on the right hand side of the Our World, Our Numbers blog.

Get Involved

We encourage all members of the B4 community to get involved!

B4 will lead the 6th post about seasons and temperatures.
Head over to the Our World, Our Numbers blog now to check out the first post by 4KM and 4KJ about currency, and leave a comment.

What do you think about our new global project?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Friendly Attributes

We've been talking with Mrs Wistrand about what makes a good friend.
After brainstorming lots of words describing the attributes of a good friend, our classmates chose some words that 
suited each of us.
We glued our words onto the self-potraits we made.

Why do you like your friends? 
What makes them a good friend?
Can you describe your friend without saying their name?

Friday, February 15, 2013


Emily's dad has been training on his bicycle because he and a friend are going to be riding their bikes in Tibet soon.
He has been building his stamina for bike-riding, just as we build our Daily 5 stamina for reading!

But last week he came off his bike while training.
Look what happened!
Just as well he was wearing a helmet or his head would have got smashed!

Do you have a sport that you build stamina for?
What else do you build stamina for?
Have you ever had a big crash off your bike?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Swim, Swim, Swim!

The weather is hot and what better way to cool down than to have swimming lessons in the school pool 
three times a week!
Luckily we get lots of parent help so everyone can be in the pool for the whole time.
Mrs Wistrand is noticing that many of the students have improved their swimming skills over the summer.

Where do you like to swim -pool, river, lake, ocean?
What is your favourite swimming stroke?
Should all children and adults know how to swim?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Number pairs for 10

Here is a new game to play to practice the 
number pairs for 10.
Is this one of your learning goals for Term 1?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Perky Pukekos

This term for art Mrs Wistrand and the children are looking at birds.This week they read about, talked about and drew pukekos.

Pukekos are a bird native to New Zealand. 
They live in grasslands and swampy areas. 
Pukekos have short red beaks, long red legs and bright blue plummage (that's a fancy name for feathers!).
Here are our pukekos strutting among the flax bushes.

Being native to a place means you are an original inhabitant of that place.
Tell us about a bird or other animal that is native to your area.

You may enjoy this energy company advertisment featuring pukekos!