Monday, May 07, 2012

Premier's Reading Challenge 2012


It's that time of year in Queensland again!  

'' The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual event, aimed at improving children's literacy, cultivating a passion for literature and encouraging children to read widely for pleasure and learning.

The challenge encourages students from Prep to Year 7 to read or experience a variety of books.   The Premier's Reading Challenge is not a competition, but a way to encourage greater involvement in reading and develop a love of reading for life. 
All students can participate.   

Now in its seventh year, the challenge aims to help young minds to learn through literacy by boosting the number of books children read, and encouraging them to read more challenging texts.

In 2011, more than 680 schools and over 110,000 students participated in the challenge. 
More than 78,000 students successfully completed the challenge reading over one million books.  ''

Visit  Premier's Reading Challenge to register and download reading record forms.  The list of books is always includes books by Australian authors, and new books that you may not have come across yet.  We'll be participating as a bit of fun.  Doing our bit for the National Year of Reading ;)

All the best!  

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Australian Money

Australian Money - data gathering and recording, money denominations, internet research.

Get the information straight from the mint!

They even have an education page, with worksheets, activities and puzzles.

We did make our own information gathering document.   Add a bit of experience fitting writing into a small, allocated space ....

BlueBelle did rubbings for all the coins (yes, I washed them first!), and filled in the the information using

10 cents reverse image - lyrebird20 cents reverse image - platypus2010 Australia Day 50 cents coin1 dollar reverse image2 dollars reverse image - traditional Australian Aboriginal - HH initials removed

Information gathered:
  1. shape
  2. composition
  3. edge
  4. millimetres
  5. how many add up to a dollar
  6. representing numbers in number symbol and writing

DD measured the coins using one of our many circle templates.  Drafting tools come in handy!

Rank-Broadley's obverse design on coins of different denominations

Followed by some classic book work!

For the notes, we will copy using a colour copier and revisit the exercise using If anyone has a few hundred dollar bills laying around that they would like to donate to an educational cause, please get in touch ;)
Notes are printed in Melbourne by Note Printing Australia.