Australian Immigration Incursion

On Tuesday, we had an incursion at school to help us learn more about Australian immigration. We looked at significant events in history that lead to groups of people migrating to Australia – for example, during the Gold Rush, many people from China came to Australia and after the Vietnam War, Australia took in many Vietnamese refugees.

We ordered these events – from as early as the first settlers and convicts to modern immigration – to make a human timeline.

Then we broke into groups to complete 4 different tasks. For one task, we reconstructed graphs showing migrant populations in different cities and other immigration statistics.

We also put together jigsaw puzzles to find out about which countries take in the most refugees.

We played “Famous Australian Migrants” Bingo and tested each other on the citizenship test. Most of us would have failed the test and not been allowed to live in Australia.

What was your favourite part of the incursion? What’s one thing that you learnt?

Strategies for Addition and Subtraction

Lately, we have been working on our addition and subtraction strategies. We also worked on estimation and rounding games to practice building our mental strategies.

You can play a rounding game here:

http://www.abcya.com/rounding_numbers.htm

What is a new strategy that you learnt? Which strategy helps you calculate the answers to addition and subtraction problems?