# Fantastic Fractions

Mastering the world of halves, quarters and eighths

## Cutting and sharing

Food time is often a great chance to build in some practice with fractions, as most children are motivated to make sure that treats are shared evenly! Ask your child to do the sharing/cutting, or to supervise you and make sure you get it right. Here are some different things to practise:

• cutting up one thing into halves/quarters/eighths (e.g. a pizza or cake) – how many pieces should there be?
• sharing many whole pieces between 2, 4 or 8 people (e.g. nuts or lollies) – how many should each person get?
• cutting and sharing something between 2, 4 or 8 people (e.g. two quiches between four people) – how should we cut it? How many pieces should each person get?
• practise putting fractions back together with the Whole Circle game: start with four paper circles and cut two circles into halves and two circles into quarters (creating twelve pieces in total). Now take turns to flip a coin – heads means you get a half-circle piece, tails means you get a quarter-circle. The first player to create two whole circles with their pieces wins.
Practise online

## Alien fractions

Online activities are another great way to support and extend your child’s learning. Here’s a video about an alien visiting our solar system that focuses on:

• understanding fractions (halves, quarters and eighths).

You might like to watch the video together, or get your child started and then help if they have questions. If your child doesn’t want to watch, suggest they try another activity instead!

Note: The video uses eight cards to model the solar system. You might like to create your own cards to help your child think through the fractions.

This activity reinforces the skills your child is learning at school, such as:

• solving problems using halves and quarters and, later, eighths
• recognising and describing halves and quarters and eighths as two, four and eight equal parts of a whole
• using objects, pictures and fraction notation to represent halves and quarters and eighths
• recognising and interpreting common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections.

# Incursions + Narratives + Sleepover + Toys

Well, we have made it to the end of another term. Over the past couple of weeks, students have been working like crazy to finish projects that they have been working towards all term.

Numeracy Incursion

On Wednesday Grade 2 attended a numeracy incursion where they learnt some great games to help develop their number fluency. They partnered up and had a great time using dice, rulers and operations strategies. Each student will bring home some tools to help them with their practice at home.

Past, present and future toys

After learning about the materials, features and uses that make great toys from different times in history, students got a chance to design and build their toys. This week they have worked hard to finish their toys and create a poster or video commercial to advertise their toys. They outlined the features and uses of their toy, as well justifying cost and age range. They did a wonderful job, and we will share the finished toys in the first week of next term.

Narrative Books

Having finished the writing process for narratives, students printed their published stories and made books out of them. These are yet to come home, but will come in handy later in Term 4…

Sleepover

Yes, it has finally come and gone. 2D students were VERY well-behaved and even got some sleep! Attendees should be very proud of how they conducted themselves.

Everyone should be very proud of all they have achieved this term.

I hope you all have a happy holiday!

Photos:

This week has been a very busy week! The Grade 2s, along with the whole school, performed beautifully in our school concert. Those of you who made it will attest to the great job they did. A big congratulations to all the work put in by the students, but also all those behind the scenes making it a wonderful event.

On Tuesday this week, the Grade 2s also attended a literacy incursion ‘Find your Treasure’. Students were captivated by the wonderful storytelling of the performers. They were taken into new worlds created from storybooks they may or may not have known already.

The week finished with the Book Week Dress Up Day today. Well done to everyone who dressed up or organised costumes, they looked great! We had lots of discussion about our favourite story characters, authors and books, and everyone enjoyed sharing their costumes. Yesterday, we took inspiration from the book, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, and created fantastic letters from the point of view of a crayon. See below for some examples.

A big thank you to all the families and students for their patience, flexibility and understanding during this very busy part of the term!

# Everyday Chance

Is it likely that you can help your child master the concepts and language of chance, certainty and uncertainty? Definitely, if you use some of these ideas:

• talk about chance in everyday decision-making – e.g. ‘I wonder if we need to take an umbrella, how likely is it to rain today?’, ‘We’re running two minutes late, how likely is it that we’ll miss the train?’
• talk about what might happen in different scenarios – e.g. ‘If we go to the supermarket after school today, you might be tired. But if we go tomorrow, there will probably be lots of people in the shops. What do you think is the better choice?’
• play games that involve chance and talk about how likely an event is – e.g. ‘I need a double, but it’s very unlikely that I’ll roll one.’
• use the language of chance and certainty/uncertainty when talking about the future – e.g. ‘I’m definitely going to do the weeding today!’, ‘Daddy might bake a cake this weekend’, ‘Your sister will probably be hungry after her soccer match.’
• make up funny excuses for not doing something, and decide how likely it is that anyone would believe your stories. (The video The giraffe ate it Open in new tab has some great examples!)

Practise online

## Slushy sludger: yes, no, maybe

Online activities are another great way to support and extend your child’s learning. Here’s one that focuses on:

• creating combinations to create different probabilities.

Your child might also like the game The giraffe ate it Open in new tab, which focuses on:

• how likely different events are.

Your child might also like this game Will it rain today? Open in new tab, which focuses on:

• describing the chance of events using words such as likely, unlikely, possible and impossible.

You could do the activities together, or get your child started and then help if they have questions. If your child doesn’t want to do them, suggest they try another activity instead!

This activity reinforces the skills your child is learning at school, such as:

• identifying and describing familiar events that involve chance
• identifying possible outcomes of familiar activities and events
• recognising the difference between certainty and uncertainty
• recognising that some events are more likely to happen than others
• describing the chance of events using words such as might, possible and unlikely.

# Sharing our Toys and Interviews

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to share our inquiry interviews with our peers. It was interesting to find out what toys our parents or grandparents had played with, what toys were popular in the past , as well as what materials they were made out of.

Some of our grandparents/parents favourite toys included things such as Meccano sets, marbles, cowboy hat and gun, rocking horses, action figures and dolls. We enjoyed sharing our findings with our peers and were amazed at how toys have changed over time.

After sharing our interviews, we also had the opportunity to share our favourite toys with our peers from our class and 2C. It was so fun to share our favourite toys and why they are so special to us.

Thank you to the families for taking the time to tell us about your favourite toys and what you played with when you were younger!

Here are some photos of us sharing our work and toys:

# Literacy Incursion – Treasure Hunt

Please find attached below, the permission form for the Literacy Incursion taking place on Tuesday the 4th September.

TREASURE HUNT! is an interactive and educational in-school performance that explores the issues of sustainability and our relationship with the natural environment as well as celebrating how books & reading can create understanding and bring people of different backgrounds together.

We  look forward to all students being actively engaged in this incursion.

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# Toys from the past questionnaire

Dear Parents and Carers,

As part of our Integrated Studies Unit ‘Toy Story – toys throughout history’, students have been asked to interview a parent or grandparent to find out more about toys from their era. Students have been given a set of questions that they are able to use during the interview, and have been asked to record down responses on the sheet provided.

If you would like to provide your child with additional information and stories about your childhood toys, then please feel free to include these on a separate piece of paper.

Could all interview sheets please be returned by Wednesday the 15th August at the latest, so students can share and discuss their findings with their peers.

If there are any further questions; please do not hesitate to see your child’s classroom teacher.