Yesterday, we did an activity called raising the flag. Everyone got into 9 groups of about 3-5. Mr. Wood gave us 10 minutes to plan our pole and flag. We got 5 metres of paper, some tape and string. We were not aloud to get other materials. Jessie, Megan Wyatt and I named our group Disqaulified.
Today, Mr. Wood decided that we would do it again. Great.
This time, nearly everyone did what Mr. Wood and Bree had done, but changed it a little. Ours did even worse than last time.
This morning, Mr Wood gave us a task (whoa). In a group of three, we had to design and construct a 'boat' that will hold the most glass beads out of everyone.
Jessie, Wyatt and I got into a group and started coming up with designs. In the end, we decided to use jessies design of a canoe looking boat. Of course, the end product looked NOTHING like what we had planned. Instead it looked like a stand-up taco shell!
Everyone got to vote for the boat they thought would work best, then we put them into the water and add beads in. The most successful boat (ss brainboat) only had 1 vote but held 70 beads. Our group was second (hms taco) with 47 beads.
names, votes and scores
Everyone was then sent off to redesign, using either ss brainboat or hms taco as they're example (trying to make the designs work better i guess).
Our first boats bottom was flat, like... an open cup?? so we changed that so the bottom was bowl like.
The second go we only got 40, but that could've been because the beads were wet.
It was lots of fun, and the first boats were the funniest.
i've started to read the book Empires of the Indus: the story of a river. I found the book when I was cleaning my room and decided to look at our family bookshelf. there were a lot of cool looking books there, and this is the first one i chose to read. I'm not really sure what i'm reading about (and i haven't even read chapter one, just the preface), but it seems like a really interesting book and i'm kind of excited to read it. I'm not even sure what the Indus is yet because the author never said what it was, or I wasn't focusing while i was reading it. i'll see if it says anything.
From what i've read, the book is probably going to be about the history of Indus and/or what the author experienced and learnt in her two years of living in Delhi. I've only read the preface, and i've already read so much that i'm confused. I think I'll need to stop and think about what I read a lot.
When I was reading, I sort of thought of when my mum used to read the History of the World series to me, and I learnt a lot. maybe I should continue those (if there are any left) by myself or with my brother, since she is busy a lot now.
Yesterday, we tried doing the maths puzzle ballast. That time, we could choose any numbers that we wanted. Today we did the same puzzle, except the numbers were already chosen. we had to find the part of the boat that would sink. Here are the numbers.
I tried doing the first one by writing all the possibilities down in my book, like 2x3, 2x4, 4x5 etc. Then i added the other numbers: if I was trying 2x3, i'd add 1, 4 and 5 together. The answers to both of those weren't the same, so I tried the rest. none of those worked either so that meant that one is the part that would sink.
Now i did the same with the second and third parts, and there were answers.
I think this puzzle was really fun and it took me while to actually understand what I was supposed to do. It took me ages to find the answers to the problem, and I was really confused when the first one didn't have a possibility because I forgot there was one that didn't work.
Today we tried a maths puzzle called ballast. I chose five numbers: 3, 5, 0, 2 and 4. The problem is all about balance. on side of the boat its multiplication and the other side is addition, and in the end the total numbers have to be the same.
2 x 4 = 8, and on the other side 0+3+5= 8 as well! and yeah that's how I did the puzzle!
Heres a template if you want to do it by yourself:
This week we have been trying out different ways to solve a maths pickle activity blotch. I found it very confusing and difficult to do in the beginning, but near the end I think i finally understood it.
The first puzzle had 25 blocks. I tried solving it by using 5 and 20, but of course that didn't work. When you colour the number in (in this case 5), you had to surround it. then, if the number of squares that were surrounding it weren't the same as the number (5), colour some other ones. Then I did the same with 20, that didn't work so I used 18 instead and YAY it works!
It was really difficult because sometimes both numbers had to use the same blocks to surround them and that wouldn't work.
The finished page wasn't very attractive because I kept choosing different numbers after I already started coloring in the blocks.
this week for writing, Mr. Wood told us to try and write a 50 word story. I found this really fun because I already had an idea of what I was going to write in my head. my first try had 79 words which is very far from 50 :") because it was so long, I had to try and shorten it. it was very hard to get rid of words and make it 50 words long and I only managed to get rid of 10. Here are my first and second tries!
this week we also did a lot of maths work. I learnt how to subtract and add fractions. here is a slide with how to do subtraction with fractions!!