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February, 2014

  1. Spelling Homework Week 6

    February 28, 2014 by jessclassroom

    Week 6 act Allocate Abdication
    28.2.2014 award Appeals Adjournment
    border Approved Advocate
    chamber Assembled Allegiance
    civic Believe Allowances
    conduct Broadcasting Amendments
    contract Cabinet Anarchy
    convicted Capital Arbitration
    crime Colonies Architect
    debate Commons arguments









    Week 5   Activity One

    Please complete the following sentences with “them’ or “those”.


    1. __________________________(Them, Those) parliamentarians are arguing again – stop ____________________ ( them, those).
    2. Pass  me______________(Them, those) volumes of Hansard, please.
    3. Do you agree with ____________________(Them, those) new laws to be presented for Parliamentary debate?
    4. The police picked up ____________________ ( them, those) burglars in the neighbor’s backyard.



    Activity Two

    Silent Letters:

    Decide which words below have silent letters. Write these words and letters into the boxes.


    Debt                foreign            campaign       monarch         sea      cooperate marriage  Adjourn          bridge             roads              rights  shadow







    Activity three:

    Look in your thesaurus to find two synonyms and two antonyms for each word below:

    Words Two synonyms Two antonyms


  2. Spelling – week five

    February 20, 2014 by jessclassroom

    Yes I know you have been eagerly awaiting this important post, well no need to wait any longer it’s arrived! Bigger and better than last year, more exciting than life itself. Each week you will receive a post on this blog with your spelling words and related activities that you need to complete for your homework.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY (28th February)

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
    Week 4 Laws justice Government
    21.2.2014 state mayor fairness
    citizen Prime minister Federal
    rights election democracy
    power welfare mayor
    care verdict premier
    respect unions Responsibility
    lower traffic collaboration
    upper systems Optimism
    House transport election










    Activity One:

    Use a dictionary to help you explain the two meanings of the following homophones and homographs

    1. roll and role
    2. vice and vice
    3. won and one
    4. council and counsel
    5. lie and lie
    6. tear and tear.

    Activity Two:

    Use a dictionary to assist you to formulate the meaning of 5 list words.

    Activity Three:

    Please complete the following passage with the correct homophones.

    The _________________ (mare, Mayor) of our local _______________(council, counsel) has approved a project to build a ___________________(road, rode)through a local park. My mother wrote _________________(too, to) our local member to say the  ______________________(rights, writes, rites) of children had been denied. As a ________ (tacks, tax)payer she felt she  had to have her say as did many other people who also _________________________( sent, scent, cent) their objections through the ______________( male, mail). The ___________________(rode, road) has been ______________(allowed, aloud) to go ahead anyway. The _______________(council, counsel) __________________(won, one).



  3. Parts of Speech

    February 18, 2014 by jessclassroom

    With your group of 2-4 people, you will teach the class about one of the eight parts of speech. These presentations will help the class review for our grammar test, so be sure to do a great job! Here is what your presentation needs to include:


    1. Each expert group will work collaboratively to produce a poster about their particular part of speech. Each poster must include


    *      a definition and explanations of varieties

    *      rules about use

    *      examples

    *      a visual symbol

    *      a song, rap or poem

    *      a slogan

    *      a 100 word story




    For each element of the poster the focus is upon the function of the part of speech. Each poster will be presented to the class with each group member contributing..


    1. Your group must present a skit, a song, or a rap written by your group about your part of speech.


    1. Your group must engage the class in learning. You might ask questions, prepare a hand-out, or play a learning game with the class. (Note: if you have a hand-out, you must give it to Jess the day before your presentation so that she can photocopy it.)


    1. Each member of your group must speak during the presentation. Remember to be clear, project your voice and have positive body language.


    1. Your presentation must last for at least five minutes and no more than eight minutes. When eight minutes have passed, Jess will tell you to stop, even if you’re not done.


    1. If you are feeling especially ambitious, you may want to include costumes, a video, PowerPoint slides … the sky’s the limit! (You might want to run your idea by Jess first, to make sure that it’s ok.)


    Half of your results will be based on the quality of your group’s presentation (a group grade, same for all members of the group). The other half will be based on your personal contributions to your group’s project, and on your committment during class time. Taken together, these two results will give you an overall result. We will create a rubric in class to determine the specific features and requirements of the project.

    Good luck!

  4. Maths Mate Term 1 Sheet 1 Problem

    February 18, 2014 by jessclassroom

    Question 23: Which two weights need to be swapped to balance the scales?

    Predict: I think this problem is a number based problem. I predict I will need to use addition and subtraction.

    Clarify: balance – each side needs to be equal/even weight.

    Find the big picture: Swap 2 weights so both sides weigh the same.


    1. I added both sides to see how much each side weighed. I found that the LHS weighed 15kg and the RHS weighed 12kg.

    2. I used trial and error (guess and check) by swapping 4kg and 5kg. I found that the LHS now weighed 17kg and the RHS weighed 11kg.

    3. This clearly isn’t correct.

    4. I then swapped 9kg with 7kg. The LHS now weighs 14kg and the RHS weighs 14kg. Both sides now balance.

    Summary: The strategy I used to solve this problem was the Guess, Check and Improve method.

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