School Learning, home Learning, anywhere learning!

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 31, 2014

We recently had a discussion in class about homework. What is it’s purpose? What should we do for homework? SHould everyone have to do it? What are the consequences of not doing homework.

This was a great discussion what we decided is that homework re-inforces habits that can be useful for us as we progress through schooling. It can reinforce things that we learn in class and what we said is that the reason we have homework is the same as the reason we come to school…to learn! We also though that if we are going to be doing homework then it shouldn’t be about the work but it should be about the learning. We also thought that we need to be having fun at the same time. What we would like is for everyone in the class to have a ‘home learning’ project. Individuals can decide on what they would like to learn and learn it in anyway they like. For some people this might meaning learning their 9 times tables. For others it might be to learn how to spell the 100 most commonly used word

Writing Information Reports

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 19, 2014

Good morning,

I have I updated this post to include the rubric for our Information Reports. Please read through the rubric and if you have any questions please see me so we can clarify it. You will be scoring your own work against this rubric.

Information Report Rubric

 

Download the rubric here: Information Report Rubric

 

This morning we will be continuing to gather useful information for our reports. There is a interactive website which has great details on how good information reports can be structured. Check out the graphic below. While we already have a lot of interesting information we are going to be putting our information into a graphic organiser. Graphic organisers are very useful things for organising our thoughts.
info reports

100 Word challenge: Week 3.5

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 10, 2014

Happy Monday,

Some people are really enjoying the 100 word challenge we have been completing in class. Once again you do not have to submit your work as the actual challenge is having a break. This week your writing prompt is a visual one.

Before you start, you will have to make some decisions about what is real size and that will then influence your story! Make sure you really think imaginatively. Choose your 100 words carefully and make sure you pay some attention to your punctuation. Many of you have been taking part for a few months now so your writing will be getting better!

Zedd-Stache: What is happening?

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 8, 2014

Today we are looking at a viedo that is full of mystery. we are going to be stopping the video a lot and talking about our predictions of what is happening in the clip. Check out the video below

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/lw97SWRo70I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Those of you with devices can write your answers to the questions we ask in class in the comments section below. Thanks.

Welcome to the Song Room!

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 6, 2014

 

Today we completed our second session of the song room. In the two sessions we have had so far we have already learnt a lot. We have been learning about rhythm, beat, boomwhackers, cajones, ukuleles and all sorts of musical marvels. Loretta as guided us through the first couple of sessions and I think it’s fair to say that we have enjoyed it a lot so far. We have been putting the ‘lime in the coconut’ and also played the song ‘que sera’ using a variety of instruments. Here is some of the instruments that we Loretta has introduced us to in the first two sessions of song room:

This is the Cajone it is a six sided box shaped percussion instrument similar to a drum. Here is a video of someone playing one. Today, Ben got to have a go on Loretta’s Cajone.

We also got to have a play of these colourful plastic pipes. They are  a tuned percussion instrument called Boom whackers each one of them is different lengths and make slightly different sounds. They are tuned to different musical notes. Everyone in our class has got to have a go at these as they were also used to help us learn the difference between rhythm and beat.

 

What do you think of ‘Call me Maybe’ on the Boom whackers!

We also got to play these things. Do you know what they are called?

Please leave a comment about your favourite instrument to play or what you have enjoyed about song room or anything else related to music that we might be able to explore during future song room sessions.

Monday Morning Check In: 100 Word Challenge.

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on August 3, 2014

Good morning everyone.

This morning we have POD 2 computers to utilise during our computer session. We are going to warm up today by logging in to typing web. We will complete another lesson on the site. After we have fingers nice and warm you are to produce a new post on your blog. You will all be familiar with the 100 word challenge. This week the writing prompt is…

…but ‘I’m afraid it’s the last one’, he said…

You must use this somewhere in you writing, remember to plan your writing you could even use padlet to create your plan. Then embed your planning wall onto your blog.

Try to be as creative as possible in your writing. Remember the ‘show not tell’ technique? Have a go at using it. When you really think about showing and not telling readers in your writing you are making detailed pictures for the readers using your words. I am sure you can get some great writing going!

After you have finished your piece visit some class mates blogs and leave comments for them. It is great to receive feedback from your peers. Try and make your feedback constructive. You do not have to submit your work to the 100wc website this week.

If you still have time you could leave a comment on this post about how you are feeling about this week.

Positive Person Nominations…

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 1, 2014

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19_gaHVtIMp77CztWAAf6MCZ04rjmG1xphiLovSO7Byw/viewform?usp=send_form 

Typing, blogging and connecting…

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on July 30, 2014

Hello,

This morning to start our literacy session we will be reaching out to people from all over the place using the power of blogs.

It is now your time to do your best and show your teachers and myself what a great blog post looks like.

The one and only activity for this week:

Write a post on one of the following topics

  • What makes a great family
  • A global issue you would like to help solve
  • My future
  • Visiting overseas

Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.

  1. Catchy title

  2. Includes at least one visual whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet or glogster

  3. Interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through

  4. Well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else

  5. Shows it has been proofread and spellchecked

  6. Written in paragraphs – at least three of them

  7. Includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these

When you have finished your post, please come back here to our class blog and leave a comment on this post. Mention which topic you wrote about and leave a link to your post. 

Still more time left this week:

Visit other student and class blogs.

Read posts and leave comments.

Continue with the lessons in the typing web program we started last Thursday.

Skoolbo: What’s it all about?

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 29, 2014

Hello everyone,

If you are reading this you are already onto our blog. Well done! Today we are learning to evaluate an educational website. We a re looking at a site called Skoolbo. It is a very new site and our class has been selected to trial the new program and decide whether it is a good idea to introduce it to the rest of the school.

You can login to the site here:

http://dashboard.skoolbo.com.au/Login/Login

Once you are in I want you to explore the site as much as possible, have a go at some of the activities etc. At the end of your exploration you will need to answer the following questions:

1. What does the site have to offer primary school students?

2. Would you recommend the site to other students?

3. What is your favourite part of the site?

4. What do you think could be improved on the website?

Write your answers in the comment section below.

Applying for a job!

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Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 22, 2014

Hello everyone Happy Wednesday,

It is actually time to officially apply for some of our ‘Earn and Learn’ positions that we setup for our term long inquiry project. You can have a look at he positions more closely here:

Earn and Learn Advertising Positions docx

As you will remember from previous lessons good job applications always contain certain things. The minimum things they should include are:

1. A formal greeting ,like Dear Sir/Madam or To whom it may concern

2. An explanation of what job you are applying for and why you want the job.

3.  A persuasive argument explaining some experience you have that would benefit you when completing the duties of the job.

4. Some of the personal qualities you have that suit the job, for example I am hard working, always on time to school etc.

5. A thank you at the end of the application, for example thanks for taking the time to read my application I hope to hear from you soon.

After you have drafted your application it is time to type up your application. Almost every single job application that exists in the world today is submitted using email. Yours is no different, you need to submit your application to me by attaching your application to an email to me.

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