Teaching & Learning Together

Welcome back to Term 3.

 

This term our classroom has changed; there are different tables and new stuff like bean bags and we can now sit wherever we want. It has changed a lot. This is what some of our class thought of the changes;

Tiana – ” I feel really good because the back corner where the bookshelf is, the big palm tree looks cool. You can sit under the leaves.”

Beau – ” I like the changes because it makes me feel more comfortable and it doesn’t feel so plain”

Kyle – “I love the new setup. It is so much better than it used to be . It’s nice and relaxing.”

Courtney – “I like the classroom and I like to choose where I sit.”

Maya – “I feel really happy.  I really like the way our class is now. (please don’t change it back Mrs Warner) because I like it this way.”

Saxon – “It is good because it is cool with the bean bags.”

Tihana – ‘I feel really comfortable and it is easy to learn in. I think the little tables are working and I really like the reading area.”

Esther – “I like the class a lot because it makes me feel happy and want to learn.”

Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 10.12.31 PMThis term we have been doing passion projects and that means we get to learn about anything we like. Some of us are learning about cooking skills, volcanoes, tornadoes through to making a video game. I am learning about popular stuff and Tiana is learning about cooking. We have a website called Mrs Warners Passion Projects where we can write about how our passion projects are going and what we need to do next!

Written by Esther and Tiana

Last week our class started working on their passion projects and it was great to see so many students pursing their interests and being so engaged in their work.

We have started a website that the students can use to reflect on their projects and progress. It will also allow parents to follow their child’s progress and comment on their work.

If you would like to read more about our passion projects, please click on the following link; http://mrswarnerspassionprojects.weebly.com/

It is great to see a few parents have commented already! Thank you.

I can’t wait to see their finished projects!

3D Maths and Art

This week our class has been looking at three dimensional shapes during maths and learning about their properties. We have gone on a 3D hunt around the school to find these shapes in our environment and tried to draw three dimensional shapes on 2D paper (- not easy!) as well as try to make nets for these shapes. Students had to find the edges, faces and vertices of common 3D shapes and record these. As a fun activity to finish off the week our students made 3D shapes and decorated them to look like the “Angry bird” characters. I got this idea from the following website Little Plastic Man It was a lot of fun!

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Carrying on with the theme of three dimensional objects, we also made 3D sculptures using the letters of our name decorated in hot and cold colours during our visual arts lesson. This was quite a challenge for some of our students, so we had to regroup and brainstorm some different strategies to join the letters together so they could stand up. They decided to use a range of methods including gluing, stapling, using sticky tape and cutting slits to slide the letters together (more challenging). Some students used a range of joining techniques. The results were stunning and these are now proudly on display in our classroom. Please come in and have a look. Meanwhile here is a sneak preview of a few that we made!

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“Some students in our class brought some pets in. Some of them were millipedes, Queensland green tree frogs, stick insects, mice, a long haired guinea pig, goyuldian finches, geckos and a hermit crab. Oh and I forgot some long necked turtles. The guinea pig had to go home early because it was scared.”
Written by Beau

In science we have been learning about animal classification. On Friday I organised for some of the students to bring in a range of small animals for us to study and observe. These were placed around the classroom and the students rotated around to each group to observe each animal. Characteristics which they had to record on their sheet included what type of animal, it’s body covering, number of legs, type of ears . Students also needed to draw on their own knowledge to make predictions on what were some unobservable characteristics of animals, such as wether it was warm blooded/ cold blooded, lay eggs or gave birth to live young and wether they were invertebrate or vertebrate.

 

Tihana recods her  observations. Alexs' observations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students were completely engaged throughout the lesson and worked well together to record their observations. Once we were finished we focussed on the gouldian finches, as one of the students had observed that they were different colours and this lead to a great conversation as to why this occurs in the bird species – do you know?

One of the students, Makai asked his cousin Hayley, to bring in her turtles for us and we were delighted when she allowed us to name one of them. After much discussion we decided to call him “Turbo”!

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My only regret was that we couldn’t get any fish to observe but we will use some photos I have collected to make observations with.

Naplan

This week we had the Naplan test. Naplan is really fun. I was nervous at first but now I am fine with it. I think I will do really good next time. I think the people who thought of Naplan are awesome because Naplan is really good for kids because kids learn new things and it is good for kids to remember what they did in the past. I liked that all my friends were doing it.

Written by Lola

Reading Really Rockz

“Reading is all about turning words into pictures by using your imagination”.   Phil Kettle, May 5th 2014

Children's author talks to us about his work.

Children’s author Phil Kettle, talks to us about his work.

On Monday we went to the library to see , Phil Kettle the children’s author.

Phil Kettle has written 160 books in full total. He is the author of  the Too Cool, Boyz Rule and Girls Rock series of books. He has also written the  Our Australia series which is part fiction and part non fiction information about Australia. Phil Kettle not only writes children’s books but he has also written for the Australian geographic and newspapers as well.

Phil Kettle gets his ideas from three main sources, from the things he SEES, the things he HEARS and the things that he DOES. He then mixes these ideas up with a good dose of imagination to create a GOOD STORY. It was great to hear Phil Kettle talking about how good stories need to have a complication (that’s the problem) and a resolution as that is what we have been learning about while writing narratives! (okay so this bit was written by Mrs Warner!)

Phil told us that reading is very important because it is good for your brain. You should read more often than watching t.v. When you read it turns on your own private television in your head. He told the boys that every night you should take a book home and ask your brother or Dad to read it with you. He also said to tell your Mum and or Dad about the book that you have been reading.

Phil Kettle has his own website and you can read more about him and his books at www.philkettle.com

Written by Alexander and Maya

So what did the children think? Here are some of their thoughts;

Alexander:- ” It was very funny because he told us that he wiped his boots on the curtains when he was a kid!”

Maya:- “Phil was awesome because he wrote 160 books!”

Esther:- “He was really interesting because he talked about what his life was like way back after school – that was interesting.”

Lucius:- “He was funny ‘cos he made his own imagination in his backyard.”

Tihana:- ” He’s really good ‘cos he wrote 160 books!”

Jay:- “I liked when he talked about the making of your imagination go wild, like when he used his to make his backyard into a football field or swimming pool. I liked it because sometimes that’s exactly what I do when I get home. My sisters just watch T.V.”

Selena:- “It was okay but it (he) could be better at concentrating on his work because he only does 4 copies or edits and I think he should have to do more than that!”

Lachy:- ” I thought he was good and I liked how he explained things slowly so I could understand more.”

A big thank you to our Parent Network who through their tireless hard work helped to raise the money to fund Phil Kettles visit to our school.

Teachers footnote:   No,  the ‘ z’  in the title for this post is not a typing mistake but rather a play on letters, – just like Phil Kettle did in his “Boyz Rule” series.

This year we have been using the web based program Mathletics to practice the skills we have been learning in our maths lessons.

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Recently I printed off the certificates earned so far this year and it was great to see so many students had recieved bronze and silver level certificates. Congratulatuions everyone!

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