Grade 5 Billy Carts Made by the Students Themselves!

Grade 5 Billy Carts Made by the Students Themselves!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Games

Hi Grade 5,
Here are some fun links
Christmas Quiz
Christmas Tetris
This one is connected to our UOI Christmas Lights
If you can connect all the Christmas lights make a screen print and upload it to your blog. Have fun!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Grammar Ninja Link

Here is the link Grammar Ninja
Playing this game will really help you with the grammar test this Friday.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Luli's Dancing Exam

Taruli had her first Balinese dancing exam today.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Family Photos

The Radio Circuit

Here is the photo of the radio circuit for your Googlepages website. Click on the picture to download. Add labels and put this in your Googlepages website.

Circuit Building

Here is the video of the light circuit. You can include this one in your Googlepages website. I'll will teach you how to do that next week.

Our Googlepages

Hi Grade Five,
Here are the links to your Googlepages;
Michelle P
Michelle T

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Radio Inquiry

Hi Grade 5, Here are the groups for the radio inquiry:

Resistor; Beni and Liza

Rotary Capacitor; Hansen and Jessyln

Speaker; Amanda and Andrew

Antenna Coil; MP and Alizka

Varco (AM and FM); Kevin and Marchell

Battery and the Holder; Suah and Desiree

otentiometer; Ristia and Raymond

Variable Capacitor; MT and Mandy

Amplifying IC; Brodie and Jinju

Transistor; Shila and Jennifer

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bridge to Terabithia Clip

Machines Inquiry

Grade 5,
Please bring to school on this Thursday 29th, an old broken machine from home. A wind up clock or something that has parts inside. You will also need some screw drivers. We will have a lesson taking apart the machine to try to locate the simple machines inside it. Please bring something that is broken as we will be taking it apart completely.

Bridge To Terrabithia Homework due Friday 30th

Hi Grade 5,

Can you answer these questions on your own blog. You need to make a book cover using Word and Print Screen/Paint to be saved as jpeg. This image must be posted on your blog with the answers

Chapters 1-5

1. Why is Jess wearing neither a shirt nor shoes?

2. Why has he gotten up early every morning in the summer?

3. Who is Miss Bessie?

4. What news does May Belle share with Jess in the bean patch?

5. Why does Jess like May Belle?

6. What does Jess keep under the mattress?

7. What was Jess’ first reaction when he met Leslie Burke?

8. How is Leslie different to the other students?

9. What did the boys organize outside once they had been dismissed after eating their lunch?

10. Why does Jess sit beside May Bell on the bus?

11. Why wasn’t running fun anymore?

12. Why was Leslie unable to do the project on Jacques Cousteau?

13. Have you ever had a secret place where you went with your friends? Describe it?

14. Who was the ‘real’ giant in their lives?

15. What plan of action do they decide on to pay back Janice Avery?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Billycarting Movie

Inquiry a Little Further!

Hi Grade 5,
Well I just found out that our Go Kart is not called Go Kart in Australia. It is called Billy cart. Here is a great article about a Billy cart Derby from an Australian newspaper:

When push comes to shove, school can be flat-out fun

August 10, 2007

THE smell of burning rubber may have been missing, but there was still a sense of fierce competition in the air when 900 children converged on Eastern Creek Raceway for a billycart showdown yesterday.

The event was organised by the NSW Department of Education and Training and the NRMA to teach children about practical design, forces and momentum, teamwork, and basic road safety.

Maxwell Warren, a year 5 student from Kangaroo Valley Public School, was breathless and excited after his team, the 3D Racers, won their heat in the endurance stage.

"While running up that hill I didn't want to look behind me," he said. "There was real pressure. But we were quick with the [rider] changeovers and seatbelts. Our spirit and our teamwork helped us win."

The children designed and built their billy carts in school classes, many starting work more than four months ago.

They were required to follow strict specifications, and teams were encouraged to use recycled materials. As a result, many carts featured wheels salvaged from golf carts, handles from shopping trolleys, and seats made from classroom chairs.

Declan Moore, Maxwell's teammate and a year 6 student, spoke proudly of his team's design.

"Our cart had wheels with ball-bearings which other teams did not have," he said.

"It's built lower to the ground so it's more aerodynamic, and it's a lot easier to push and build momentum. We also used the biggest wheels possible so that [the cart] goes further with each rotation."

Lyndall Foster, of the Department of Education and Training, said: "It's a great day and gives students the feeling that what they are doing in the classroom has meaning in the real world."

The radio announcer Adam Spencer provided lively race commentary throughout the day.

"The kids love it. It's cutting-edge technology, good old-fashioned competition, and there's the joy of watching the sugar wear off at around 2.30pm."

One of the most gracious teams was The Lightning Cart, from Heritage Christian School in Kempsey, who won their heat in the sprint event.

"It went really well," said Amber Wilson-Latimore.

"But the other teams deserve a mention because they put a lot of effort into it, and even though they didn't win they are still to be congratulated."

Here are some other links:

Billycart 1

Billycart 2

Billycart 3

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

An Small Inquiry

Pasar Merdeka has lots of parts for motorbikes.

Hi Grade 5,
Last Saturday I tried to find out more about where to buy the parts needed to make a Go Kart. I went to Bogor and found this market called Pasar Merdeka. It is near to Pasar Anyar and Topi Taman. Here is a shop that sold bearings. I bought 4 wheel bearings at Rp12.500 each.

Here are 2 wheel bearings.

Here is the shop where I bought them.

Then I took the bearings to a carpenter in Babakan Madang to ask his help to make a simple Go Kart. Here is a picture of the shop in Babakan Madang.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Building a Wooden Go Kart 2

Hi Grade 5,
I have been doing a little more research and have found this site

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Our new UOI site

Hi Grade 5,
I have just started making a website using Googlepages for this new UOI. Click here to go there - Making Work Easy
Do you remember that great site with the virtual doctor? Well in our new website on the page 'Simple Machines' you will find a link to a great online flash game all about simple machines. I will add the other pages as we work through this UOI.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Circuit Boards

Today in Grade 5 we had a great hands-on day of learning about circuits. Here are some of the things that we learned about:
Click here to play an interactive flash circuit board CIRCUIT
Mrs. Jane took some photos and these have been added to our class website.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

Balige Village

Hi Grade 5,

It's great to 'see' all of you again online. I have been very busy this week trying to catch up with my Masters study. The teachers have to go to school this Saturday as well so I haven't had much time for blogging.
Here are some photos of me from last week at Balige village near Danau Toba. As the wife of the eldest son I had to lead the procession to the family grave. I have a basket on my head that has a plant to be planted into the grave. You can see a photo of all of us standing behind my father-in-law's grave.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cambridge Young Learners Exams

Grade 5 will sit the Cambridge Young Learners exams on Monday, 5th November. This will be done in school hours at school and the exam fees are being paid for by SPH.

YLE (Cambridge Young Learners English Tests)
These tests are an enjoyable and non-threatening way of assessing the English of children between the ages of 7 and 12. There are three levels:
Grade 5 will sit the Flyers level.

The tests provide a gentle introduction to public exams and research shows that children find the tests highly motivating. They aim to:
sample relevant and meaningful language use
measure ability accurately and fairly
present a positive impression of international tests
promote and encourage effective learning and teaching

What do the tests involve?

Reading and Writing
This is a paper and pencil test which lasts for 40 minutes (Flyers). Texts are short and constrained by a specified set of words and structures. Children perform simple operations such as selecting and ticking, writing words and phrases in gaps, or answering open-ended questions. Papers are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking.

This is also a paper and pencil test which lasts for 25 minutes (Flyers). As with the Reading and Writing paper, texts are limited in the language assessed to what is specified in the test specifications. Children listen to short recorded dialogues involving both child and adult speakers, and perform simple operations such as drawing lines, selecting, matching and colouring. Papers are sent to Cambridge ESOL for marking.

This is a face-to-face test which lasts between 5 and 10 minutes with suitably qualified, experienced and trained Examiners. Children perform various activities in response to prompts from the examiner using visual prompts, and give simple information about themselves. Mrs. Jane is a registered examiner and will prepare the students for all of these tests.

Every child who attempts all three components will receive an Award showing a number of shields (Cambridge crests) up to five for each component. For example, a child may obtain three shields for Reading and Writing, four shields for Listening and five shields for Speaking. The minimum Award for children who have attempted all three components is an Award with one shield for each component.
Marking is completed at Cambridge ESOL within two weeks of receiving the children's completed answer booklets. So children should receive their Awards within one month of taking their test, allowing for despatch time.
Once awarded Cambridge ESOL YLE certificates are valid for life.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

41 Today

Birthday Myspace Glitter Graphics
I had a great day today. Riam made me a bracelet with Tiger Eye stones and Luli made me a paper lantern. John helped me to eat some cake!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A Chance to Practice Math

Hi Grade 5, Click here for a fun fraction Math game. Math can be fun if you practice. So stop stressing and get playing. MATH GAME
Here is another game COOKIES FOR GRANDMA

Drawing Hands

Here is a very famous sketch of hands by Escher.
If you have been trying to draw your hands by using your view finder, remember to close one eye and to look at the spaces between the fingers more than the fingers themselves.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Our First Right Brain Drawing Lesson

Well done Grade 5. You had a lesson drawing a Picasso sketch upside down. Here are some of the students' work. These drawings were done upside down so that the students would learn to 'see' with their right brain. The knight comes from a sketch done by a sixteenth-century German artist.

Here are some of the drawings done yesterday:

Monday, October 1, 2007

Before and After

Here are some before and after drawings from people who have done the real course from 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' in America. I will be interested to see your development Grade 5. These people attended a 5 day intensive workshop that went for 8 hours a day. It will take us a lot longer as we don't have as much time to do this in.

Homework this Week due 5th October

Hi Grade 5, I'm just marking your Beatrix Potter reports. They are really, really good! I need you to post your final copy to your blog. Remember to include a picture to make the post more interesting. You have earned a couple of special drawings lessons. I hope that you are ready? You will need to bring some A3 sized paper and your graphite pencil. I have made some view finders for you which you can buy from me. They are Rp 20.000 each. I had to go to Bogor to get a special kind of hard plastic as it is safer for you to use than glass.

You will also need a drawing board. I have some at school but there was only enough board for 9 people. The size is about 70cm X 50cm or just a little larger than your drawing paper. You might prefer to have your own so you can bring it home to practice on. Your first task tomorrow will be a drawing test so you will need to bring a small hand held mirror.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Here is another Portrait - check it out!

This was done in 6 minutes. Notice that the artist draws in the big shapes first and fills in the dark and light areas as he goes.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Good Work Grade 5!

I have read through your peer assessment comments. Well done everyone! Now you know what it is like to try to assess your work. Not easy huh? I would like to give all of you until this Wednesday to finish your assignment. You can edit your work. If you have been told to edit that could mean that you have copied and pasted. Please change your post if that has happened to you.

Online Spelling

Hi Grade 5,
I thought that you might like to try doing some of your spelling online this week.
You need to practice the Grade 5 - List 1
Try the online activity and post a message here with your score.

Peer Assessment

Hi Grade 5,
Today in UOI time I would like you to assess 2 of your friend's work. You must look for:

The introductory paragraph - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Does it have attention grabbing sentences?
  • Does it explain about the report?
An explanation about the religion - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Is it written in their own words or do you think that it was copied? How can you tell? Copy one of the sentences and paste it into the search bar at and hit the search button. Can you find the original? Is it the same? If it is it was copied.
The history of the religion - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Is there a map? Is the writing in the person's own words? If you are unsure try the Google test. Is the information clear?
Religious symbols - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Has the person included pictures? Is there an explanation? Is it in their own words?
Conclusion - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Did the person include a conclusion paragraph? Does it include the main points of the report?
Bibliography - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Is it complete? Does it have Author, (year), Title, URL and date accessed? Is it in alphabetical order?
Grade 5, I will give you a friend to assess and you can choose another friend as well. Please post a comment that includes the above rating. You can copy and paste the words below and put them in the comment box.

I, (your name) have read your Religion Report and you have the following rating:
The introductory paragraph -
An explanation about the religion -
The history of the religion -
Religious symbols -
Conclusion -
Bibliography -
You can add a motivational sentence here :-)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Extra Help for Your Religion Report

How do you write a report? Here's how!
  1. Look up the relevant information on the topic you have to write your report about in a book or on the Internet. Keep a record of the resources.
  2. Prepare an outline. Outline what you want to do on a piece of paper. You could use a mind map. There should be at least:
    • An introduction.
    • Middle sections with headings, detailing your research, ideas and discussion. Keep this at about 3 different topics at the most. For this report choose - Religion explanation, History and Symbols.
    • A summary and/or conclusion. A summary is a retelling of what you have reported on; a conclusion draws together your feelings or arguments about the topic to reach your final point of view.
  3. Add a bibliography. Put it in alphabetical order.
  4. Type a rough draft. Check your spelling and punctuation.
  5. Add pictures and post it to your blog.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A New Fun Grammar Game

Hi Grade 5,
I'm sorry that we couldn't get the Internet Safety game to load at school. I have found this new game and it's quite good. It will help you prepare for your Cambridge exam coming up soon on November 5th. You need to identify different parts of speech. CLICK HERE

Listen and Read Peter Rabbit Online

I just found this page with some stories by Beatrix Potter. CLICK HERE
Here is a game about Peter Rabbit CLICK HERE
Beatrix Potter liked to write picture letters. Here is a link to one of her letters online. CLICK HERE
Below is an actual photo of Beatrix herself.

Do you remember in the film that Beatrix's brother was really interested in insects? Even his father said that he should be an entomologist (a scientist who studies insects). Here is an actual page from Beatrix's sketchbook that shows that she liked to draw insects too. Beatrix drew this when she was 8 years old.

Beatrix Potter Introductory Paragraph

Today in English the Grade 5 students learned to write an introductory paragraph. This is to further help the students to write an introductory paragraph for their religion inquiry for UOI. We discussed that an introductory paragraph should include the following:

1. A couple of attention grabbing first sentences

2. A short explaination of the report content (What your report is about)

3. A sentence that leads to the next paragraph

The Imaginary World of Beatrix Potter

How deep is your imagination? Do you believe in the impossible? Can animals talk to us? Beatrix Potter believed that her story characters were alive. She liked to write stories about animals that behaved as though they were humans.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Religion Project due next Monday 24 September

Hi Grade 5,
You have a small project to write about the origin/history of your group's chosen religion study. You will need to write in your own words (300 - 400)
Include pictures of religious symbols and the meaning
Include a map showing the location of where the religion started
Include at least 4 resources in your bibliography - print resources or online resources. You will need to post this on your blog.

The rubric is:

Knowledge - Including at least 8 facts about the history. Include this in your report and not as a separate list. (8 points)
Spelling - (2 points)
Punctuation - (5 points)
Report writing style with introductory paragraph and conclusion (5 points)
Relevant pictures must include religious symbols and the meanings and a map showing where the religion started. (5 points)
Bibliography with at least 4 resources in alphabetical order - (5 points)

TOTAL - 30 points

Monday, September 17, 2007

Beatrix Potter

Hi Grade 5,
As a part of our English lessons in connection with our UOI 'I Believe, You Believe', we will study about the stories of Beatrix Potter. You can read one of her stories online here,
Beatrix Potter was an exceptionally creative author who believed that her story book characters were quite real.

Our New PYP Website

Hi Grade 5,
We have a new PYP website for all grades. You can access it by clicking this link - PYP SITE
You need to visit the site and click on Grade 5 - English. I have put a new game there for you to play. Our grammar focus this week will be about Past tense and Future tense. Remember to check this site every week as we will post the newsletter here. If you click on the UOI page I have put a quiz about world religions.

Friday, September 14, 2007

God's Love (My new Haiku)

Hi Grade 5,
Can you visit 5 different blogs and leave a comment about the 'God's Love' Haiku?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Homework due on Monday 17th September

Hi Grade 5,
I need you to post three things on your blog;

1. Your answer to 'What is God?'
2. Your UOI reflection about 'Bodyworks'.
3. Your description about what you used to believe in when you were little.

Christian Glitter by

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

English Lesson Today

Hi Grade 5,
I was very happy with your work today in English. Listening to your descriptive answers to my question 'What is God?' made me realize how much I am enjoying teaching you. I have found this beautiful site called 'The Interview With God'. Click here to see it for yourself. GOD
You will need to click the button "view presentation".
We will watch it together on Thursday in UOI time.

Friday, September 7, 2007

What do you believe in? Our new UOI!

I got the following from a site about childhood beliefs. So... Grade 5, what did you used to believe in when you were little?

I used to believe that my dogs could talk to me...all I had to do was practice barking so I could understand them. JamesB

When I was a kid I used to believe that I had to the count of 10 to turn off the light and make it to my bed to get under the covers or a monster from under the bed would get me. Of course it was MY ten-count and I always made it! JACKIE

My mum used to tell me that if i suck my thumb long enough, it would disappear.
This one really works. Qing

I used to believe that the faces or animals I could see in the clouds were actually people and animals that had just died and were going up to heaven. Eloise

My daughter Luli used to believe that all babies are born boys because they have short hair. When they get older their hair grows and they can turn into girls. That's why I think she doesn't want to have her hair cut. Mrs. Jane

What did you used to believe when you were little? Post it on your blog.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Virtual Digestion Results

Well done Grade 5! I have just marked all of your Digestion stories. You have done really well for your first online assignment. Good news. I will give you 1 language point for each point scored. That means if you got 40/40 you will get 40 language points!

My Haiku

The one above is the Haiku that I wrote in the school library. The Haiku below is the one that I did for my Masters assignment. I broke the rule of 5-7-5 syllables. The last line has 6 syllables but jewel is said as one beat 'jewel' not 'je wel'.

Monday, September 3, 2007

First Task for this Week due 10th September

Hi Grade 5,

Your first online task this week is to visit 5 blogs and give a mark out of 10 for their Digestion Story. Your criteria is:
Facts (2 points)
Picture (2 points)
Writing - grammar, spelling, paragraphs and descriptive words (4 points)
Bibliography (2 points)

Don't forget to add a comment explaining your score. Remember your Internet manners!

Please make sure that everyone gets at least one comment each. Try to visit both boys and girls blogs.

Hand Anatomy

Ever wondered what is under the skin of your hands? Leonardo Da Vinci was famous for his work in human anatomy. Below are some actual sketches done by the famous artist.


Webmaster (2006) The Sketches of a Renaissance Man
Accessed on 3/9/07

Yahoo Education (2000) The Muscles and FasciƦ of the Hand
Accessed on 3/9/07