May 11, 2013
This term we have been using Lego and Duplo blocks in our maths sessions.
We worked out that one square block is equal to one. The rectangle blocks are equal to two. Each group of four is equal to one. We built things and had to work out what number they showed. This picture shows the number seven.
The blocks helped us practise our counting. It was hard at first. We were given a number and we had to show that number using our blocks. We learnt that we can rearrange the blocks and still show the same number. We can stack three square blocks to show 3, or we can put a square block on a rectangle block and show 3 that way.
Can you work out what number this model shows?
What other maths ideas could we use building blocks for?
November 13, 2012
Melbourne has the race that stops the nation – the Melbourne Cup.
Soccer has the game that keeps the whole world up late – the World Cup.
Malmsbury Primary has the event that pits great thinkers against each other – the Malmsbury Mind Cup.
On Friday November 9th, the whole school gathered to compete in the first annual Malmsbury Mind Cup. Students challenged each other in chess, checkers, naughts and crosses and One, two! In our class we also played Chinese Checkers, Paddocks and giant Snakes and Ladders. Here is what Grade Prep/One had to say about the day…
It was fun doing the Malmsbury Cup because we got to play the big Snakes and Ladders game. I liked playing the biggest Snakes and Ladders in the whole world.
I liked the big Snakes and Ladders because you got a dice to play with.
We liked Checkers because it was a fun game. Noah and Brandan played together, it was the first time we played. Eliza and I played Checkers and I won the third and Eliza won the third game.
I think Checkers is the best game in the whole wide world.
I liked playing Pick Up Sticks because it was really fun picking up the sticks and trying not to move the other sticks.
I think it was fun playing Paddocks with Rosie because it was lots of fun. It was fun when we counted the Paddocks to see how many we had.
I think kids were playing board games well.
I liked the Malmsbury Mind Cup because it was fun.
I liked playing games with Brodie. We played Snakes and Ladders.
PLaying Paddocks was fun because you can make up lots of paddocks.
Chinese Checkers is the best game in the whole wide world because I love it.
I liked losing every single game.
The Malmsbury Mind Cup was fun because we got to play lots of games.
October 16, 2012
There has been a lot of post watching around Malmsbury Primary School in the last week. Our first visiting Flats arrived last week and already we are hosting Flat Adventurers from many different corners of the world.
View Flat adventurer exchange map in a larger map
We will be communicating with schools in other places in the world. Can you name one of the places? (Look for the yellow envelope icon…)
July 26, 2012
On Monday we did some Maths investigation. Here are some of the things we noticed.
I thought Eliza’s thing was really amazing.
I saw Ceanna doing a good job making a pattern on the abacus.
I saw Isha thinking about what pattern she might do on the abacus.
I saw Molly thinking about numbers
My patterns went up and down – Eliza
I tried to think about how I could make shapes and numbers with the tangrams. I was thinking about what shapes to use. -Rosie
I was working on the whiteboards and doing number patterns, writing where the numbers go. _Erin
I was working on the scale to make sure the weights were balancing and not balancing. – Molly
I was sorting out the numbers and practising counting up to big numbers. Brandan
My pattern (on the abacus) had gaps in the middle. – Ceanna
I was making patterns on the abacus. – Isha
I was making sure that the shapes fitted together with the tangrams. – Natalia
Here are some of the things we were doing: