Converting 12 and 24 hour time

Today in maths our learning intention was to convert between 12 and 24 hour time.

We worked through some examples and identified that to be successful we needed to be able to:

  • write 24 hour time with numbers only
  • write an a.m. time as between 0000 to 1159
  • write a p.m. time as between 1200 to 2359
  • add 12 to the p.m. hours
  • write 0000 to 1159 as an a.m. time
  • write 1200 to 2359 as a p.m. time
  • subtract 1200 from 1300 to 2359 to find the p.m hours

We then worked together with some time dominoes to put them in order.

What was new learning for you today?

How do you think having a learning intention helps your learning?

What difference did success criteria make to your learning?

What was your favourite part of the lesson?

Why do we need to learn about converting time?

Shopping Discounts

Our main learning intention for maths has been to: Calculate percentage discounts on sale items.

Tonight when I was walking through the supermarket I took some photos of shelf tags showing the prices of items that were on special this week.  Next to many of these specials were signs showing the percentage discount of each item.





(Clicking on the thumbnail will bring up a full size image showing you all details)

Is this advertising accurate?

How can you tell?



Australian Election

This Saturday all Australian citizens over the age of 18 who have enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission have the responsibility to vote for who they want to represent them in the Federal Parliament.

Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver via Compfight

How often are federal elections held in Australia?

Federal elections are generally held every three years.  The Constitution specifies that the term of a Parliament is three years, and there is only a short period after the expiry of the parliamentary term before elections must be held. The exact timing of elections is usually up to the Prime Minister, who formally requests the dissolution of Parliament from the Governor-General. A Governor-General may refuse a request for an early dissolution of Parliament.  Elections in Australia are always held on a Saturday.

How does Australia’s voting system work?

Australia works on a preferential voting system.  This is a majority system where candidates must receive an absolute majority, 50% plus 1 of the total formal votes cast to be elected.

The term “preferential voting” means voters can indicate an order of preferences for candidates on the ballot paper, ie. who they want as their 1st choice, 2nd choice and so on.

This clip from BTN explains how it works:


When did women win the right to vote in Australia?

South Australia was the first colony to give women the right to vote in 1893, while Victoria was the last in 1908.  The first Federal election was held in 1901 but women weren’t allowed to vote.  They have been able to since the 2nd election in 1903.

Make my vote count!
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When did Indigenous Australians receive the right to vote?

This did not happen for all Indigenous Australians until 1962.

Aboriginal art
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Whilst our voting system might be complex it allows everyone to have their say.  The Parliamentary Education Office provides many great resources to help students understand Government and how it works.  This page outlines the process of an election.

What do you think people need to be aware of when they vote?

How do you feel about women and Indigenous Australians not always having the right to vote?

Wonderful Writing on the iPad

Our Wonderful Writing task is going to be personalised using the iPad.  Using your knowledge of Compfight, you need to choose an image that relates to the theme of SPORT.  You are free to choose your keyword to search for this image.  It might be netball, soccer, dancing, athletics for example.

LEGO Sport City by HKLUG
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Andrew Becraft via Compfight

Your piece of writing that accompanies this image needs to demonstrate an understanding of the Learning Intention: write an introduction for a report.

You will be successful when you include the following details:

  • who
  • what
  • when
  • where
  • why

As you do not know this information about the image you have chosen, you will need to be creative.

What keyword would you choose for your image search if you had to do this?

What skills do you need to be able to complete this task?



Student Blogs

Last week each student in SG received their own blog.

T i e d o k a s
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The skills students then learnt were:

  • Creating pages.  Students have been writing their own blog and commenting guidelines.
  • Plugins.
  1. We activated the Compfight plugin so that we can insert appropriately attributed Creative Commons licensed images.
  2. We also activated the Google webfonts widget allowing a wider choice of fonts for posts.
  • Appearance.  Students have been experimenting with choosing their blog theme and name.

Visiting some of the blogs shows me that some students have also figured out how to delete the Sample Page, Hello World! post and Anonymous comment that all blogs start with.

What new skills have you developed?

What skills do you know of that you would like to learn?

What skills could you help other students learn?

Student Blogging Challenge

Our class blog has signed up for the Student Blogging Challenge that starts on September 8. We look forward to making connections with many other class blogs. I have added many of these blogs on our blog roll on the right hand side of the page. The top 2 blogs: 5SK Learning in North Qld and The Winning Huskies are blogs that we need to be visiting regularly and interacting with.  In fact we have already received a comment from 5SK!  The Winning Huskies don’t start their school year until the week the blogging challenge begins!  I wonder if you can work out why?



Another option in the Challenge is each student can sign up their individual blog to take part and connect with other students writing their own blogs.  If you would like to take part in this, you will need to visit this link and complete the form.  You can then see the other student blogs that have registered here.

What are you looking forward to with the Challenge?

Operation Christmas Child





One of the ways we help children around the world who are less fortunate than we are is by creating shoeboxes full of gifts. These shoeboxes are then shipped around the world by the organisation Samaritan’s Purse as part of the Operation Christmas Child project.

The boxes can be made up for either a boy or girl.  You also choose the age group of the recipient: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14.   We ask each student to bring a gold coin donation that the teachers then use for purchasing of the gifts we put in the box.  In the past some families have generously chosen to put together their own box.

Inside the box we include items from the following categories:

  • Something to wear
  • Something to love
  • Something special
  • Some things for school
  • Something to play with
  • Something for personal hygiene

Another item we will include in each box is a letter for the child who will receive the box.


What would you include in your letter to the child?


How have you helped people in need?

Drugs In Sport

There has been a lot of media attention on the Essendon Football Club since early February this year.  Earlier this week Channel 7 presented an interview with Dean Robinson who used to be the fitness coach at the Essendon Football Club until February when the investigation into Essendon’s use of supplements started.

Today in our class meeting we watched the following BTN clip to help us understand some of the issues in surrounding doping in sports.


What are your thoughts?