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Peter Weatherall Videos – Just for you!

Posted by eastwoldblog on July 11, 2011

I know that there are some repeats, but I thought you might appreciate all three together in one place!

 

 

 

 

C’mon now, Sing along! You know you want to!

Mr W.

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Melvin’s Make-a-Match: Comparing Fractions

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 22, 2011

In Maths this week we are looking at Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion!

Today we were revising comparing fractions and equivalent fractions.

Cyberchase has this game which is a really good place to practice your fractions.

Melvin is either a forgetful or very untidy wizard.

He has got all his potions muddled and needs to put them back into pairs.

This is where you come in!

Sort Melvin’s potion bottles back into pairs by selcting them from the shelves.

There are several levels of slightly increasing complexity.

Good luck

Mr W.

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Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

Thomas Andrew “Tom” Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and mathematician.

He has lectured on mathematics and musical theatre.

Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.

His work often parodies popular song forms, such as in this song, “The Elements”, where he sets the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the “Major-General’s Song” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

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Year 6 has learned the 1st 10 Elements of the Periodic Table (just for fun really, they dn’t need to know it!)

Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen,  Fluorine and Neon.

We have also enjoyed listening to Tom Lehrer’s song listing ALL the elements but  in no particular order.

Some people fancied the challenge of trying to learn it (CRAZY!).

But I like to try and oblige where I can!

Here is the animated video and underneath you can download a copy of the lyrics (they do match because I checked)

Observant people might notice that the song uses ‘Aluminum’ rather than ‘Aluminium’ as this is the American spelling. Lehrer is American and ‘Aluminum’ fits the music better as it has 4 syllables instead of 5 in the UK English version!

Anyway, that’s enough background!

Here’s the song and good luck!

Tom Lehrers Elements – The Lyrics!

Mr W.

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Post the Shapes – Another Translation/Transformation game

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 24, 2010

Post the Shapes

This is another game similar to Translation Golf – but a little more complex!

The movements are controlled in the same way as before.

Simply Rotate, Reflect and Translate the shapes.

Try to drop them down the correct holes in the least number of transformations!

Look carefully – they might be solvable in less go’s than you think!

Have fun!

Mr W.

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Touch Typing

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 18, 2010

Alice R. asked me if I knew of any websites to teach “Touch Typing”.

There are some links —————————————->

Touch Typing Online Training

The website above offers a simple(ish)! online guide to how to ‘Touch Type’.

There is a 5 Step Guide with some exercises to practice!

Good Luck and I hope this helps.

Mr W.

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Performance Poetry

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 13, 2010

One of the things that we have agreed on this week is that Michael Rosen creates poems that are better when performed.

Here are some tips for you to practice Performance Poetry for yourself.

Here is some information to try  to help them understand how they can use their voice to create different effects – we will be doing some of this in school too!

Have fun – that is what this kind of Poem is all about!

Performing Poetry: A Study Guide for Teachers, Parents and Children!
by Kathy Norris (adapted by Mr Watson)

Voice Emphasis Exercises
Purpose: To have students learn the importance of varying the pitch, rate and volume of their voices. Emphasizing different words will alter the meaning of the poem that the students are reading.

Exercise 1:
1. Use the following poem by Bruce Lansky for this exercise.

My Baby Sister
My baby sister’s
really swell.
I love her smile,
but not her smell.

(Note: All poems used in this study guide are copyright by Bruce Lansky.)

2. Have students take turns reading the poem emphasizing one word over the others. For example the first student reads it emphasizing “My” and the second student reads the poem emphasizing “baby,” and so on until the last student has read the poem emphasizing the last word “smell.”
3. Reading the selected word with emphasis means to say it louder, slower and more dramatically than the other words in the poem. If you emphasize “My” it means my baby sister as opposed to yours. If you emphasize “baby” it may mean your baby sister as opposed to your older sister.
4. Discuss how the meaning of the poem changes as different words are emphasized.
5. Teach your students that as they practice other poems to present in class that they can decide which words to emphasize. They can underline these words so that they can identify these words as they practice their poems.

Exercise 2:
Many students speak too quickly when presenting poems in front of the class or an audience. Your pitch and volume can vary more when you slow down your rate of speech.

1. Use the following poem by Bruce Lansky for this exercise:

I’d Rather
I’d rather wash the dishes
I’d rather kiss a frog.
I’d rather get an F in math
or run a ten-mile jog.
I’d rather do my homework.
I’d rather mow the lawn.
I’d rather take the garbage out.
I’d rather wake at dawn.
I’d rather dine on Brussels sprouts
or catch the chicken pox.
I’d rather do most anything
than clean the litter box.

2. Have a student volunteer to read the poem slowly, much slower than she/he would if they were actually presenting to the class.
3. Now have a student volunteer to read the poem quickly. Tell then to read it as quick as she/he possibly can.
4. Discuss the effectiveness of both readings.
5. Lastly, have a student read the poem at a rate between fast and slow. Quick enough to maintain an interest of the listeners yet slow enough to enunciate each word clearly and at a pace which enables the reader to ad emphasis through his/her pitch, volume, and rate.
6. You can have students read the poem in pairs. The reading should take approximately seconds.

Feeling confident? Try some of these Giggle Poetry – Poetry Theatre

Mr W.

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TutPup – Play games and challenge children from around the world!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 6, 2010

Log in to this site!

It is SO much fun!

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Update: 30-03-10.

I was playing on here with Harry and Joseph during our 1-2-1 time, and thought I’d try to make you all aware of the website – because it is BRILL!

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Update: 27-09-10.

Oliver and me were using this site to practice spelling and tables during our 1-2-1 time, and I’d like you all to be aware of it!

Really good for practicing those basic skills I am always on about!

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Tutpup is an exciting and new safe way to play games against children in the UK and across the world.

It is free, has no ads, doesn’t grab your personal information and allows you to play competitive maths and literacy games against friends or children from all around the world in a safe educational environment.

For example, you could try a division game and find yourself instantly challenged by a child in India!

You cannot:

  • Send messages to other players.
  • Start any kind of chat.
  • Share any information.
  • Use your own name or any personal information.

What do I need?

  • When you register to use TutPup you just need to choose a unique name. A combination of a colour, animal and number. I am GREENGOAT30.

East Wold ONLY – If you register then enter the CLASS CODE: 120878

Then you can join Class 4 and try to be the Top of the Hall of Fame!

All you can do is play games.

http://tutpup.com/

I love it – although it can get to the “just one more game” stage!

Mr W.

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