Natural Disaster Facts & Figures

Today we discovered some interesting facts about natural disasters.

Did you know…

* The earthquake off Indonesia on Boxing Day in 2004 measured 9.1 on the Richter scale?

* 78 million people in Asia were affected by natural disasters in 2012?

* China has had the world’s deadliest famine, killing 30 million people?

* A severe tropical cyclone can have a sustained wind speed of 170km/h in the centre?

* Natural disasters affect people in different ways.  Click HERE to listen to how drought has affected three children.

Click HERE to watch a video about tsunamis (you can also just say ‘tsunami’ for the plural form too).  The word tsunami is a Japanese word.  ‘Tsu’ means ‘harbour’ and ‘nami’ means wave.

This week for Flipped Homework we have to watch the clip, write two interesting facts and ask one question in a comment on this post.

What interesting facts did you learn from the video clip?

What do you still want to find out about tsunamis?

Miss Crowther’s Flipped It!

It’s official, Miss Crowther has flipped…our classroom!  Together with Mrs Placek, Miss Crowther is becoming a ‘fully flipped’ teacher with the help of the clever people at Sophia.

It means we will be completing tasks at home so that we already know some things about the topic and focus of our face to face lessons.  By preparing for our face to face lessons more time can be spent doing the ‘hard’ stuff at school with our teacher.

The term ‘Flipped Classroom’ is used to describe what we are doing because we have swapped (or flipped!) around what we do at school and what we do for homework.  Traditionally, we started learning something at school and then practised it more at home.  The only problem was, that if we needed help, our teacher wasn’t there to help us.  Now, we can start at home and continue it at school with our teacher.  We can ask questions, work with others and learn in a better way.

At the moment, our flipped learning focuses mainly around writing.  This week, at school we are writing narratives and learning how to use and punctuate dialogue correctly.  So, this week’s flipped homework is to watch the video below made by Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther about using dialogue correctly.

After watching the video we have to check our understanding by completing a quick quiz.  Click HERE to see (and do!) the quiz.  At school Miss Crowther will help us to apply our learning to punctuate dialogue correctly in our narratives.

Has your teacher flipped it?

What do you think of flipped homework?