This week in JGD we have been spending some time looking at Mem Fox’s great read ‘Possum Magic’ Hush’s Grandmother takes Hush on a journey all over Australia sampling some great Australian food to see if it can cure Hush’s problem. We had a bit of a discussion in class about Australian states and cities and even tried to locate them on an Australian map. Here is a copy of a map of Australia with the states drawn in.
The places we were looking for were:
and of course how could we leave out….
After using a few clues from Possum Magic we ended up taking a guess of where these places are. Next, we are going to look at a map of Australia of where these places are.
Maybe next time we could talk about some of the food in Possum Magic…
We won the P.E. Award. Every week at our school one class that demonstrates excellent teamwork and co-operation skills gets recognise with a special trophy that we can take back to our classroom for the week. This week it was us!
We demonstrated excellent listening and many of us were heard by Mr White encouraging each other. Great Job everybody! Keep up the good work!
I thought I would include our class’s listening to reading playlist on our blog. This is a playlist of youtube videos that we use in class when participating in ‘listen to reading’ activities. Now you can listen at home!
Recently in class we have been looking at information Texts. Information texts are non fiction. This means that they are about real things. They are usually full of lots of facts.
During our Daily Reading Hour we have been looking at lots of strategies that help us to understand non fiction texts. They include:
Facts vs Opinions: What is the difference? We decided that facts are something that you can prove and opinions are just what someone thinks! We practiced recognising the difference between facts and opinions with this sorting activity:
In writing sessions we talked about some of that non fiction texts usually have. We talked about some of the features which appear on the posters below. We are now busy writing lots of information texts that include headings, descriptions, pictures, labels and useful words. Stay tuned for some of the finished products…
This week we are looking at a great book by Judy Sierra called Ballyhoo Bay. In this book Mira Bella the artist teaches painting and sculpture to grannies and kids. Sun, sea, sand, and sky – what could be more fun?
Until one gray day a billboard goes up, announcing a high-rise building and all kinds of stuff. No more sand or seashells or painting or fun. And absolutely no children and wildlife allowed. Mira Bella is not happy with this plan and decides to do something about it!
In class we talked about what a protest is and discussed some of the reasons that people might like to protest. We also imagined a situation where the school had decided to take recess time away from the students. We discussed what the students could do about it?
If the school ever does take recess time away, JGD might just decide to take some action….
Today we had an awesome time at Music is fun. The band was fantastic and played lots of different instruments. Some of us got to participate in some of the songs. One of band memebrs even taught us how to write a song. He said that every song follows a two step process…
Choose an emotion: Every song has an emotion. A song could be happy,sad,angry or excited.
Step Two: Choose a topic. Every song needs to be about something.
He made up a song right in front of us on stage it was an excited song about football. He was pretty clever!
Check out some of the photos.
Here is part of one of their songs (sorry about the quality!)
Today we all received our own just right spelling book. This book is something we use at school (and even sometimes at home to practice words that we have spelt wrong in our writing. The number one way that we use to learn how to spell is the look-say-cover-write-check method, but we talked about some other ways we can practice our words. Can you think of any other ways to remember your words?
We have started off the term in a very busy fashion and straight into swimming lessons. Well done to everyone who remembered their swimming gear. In today’s lessons the instructors spent a bit of time getting to know our swimming ability do they can plan out the week with perfectly matched activities. Our lessons start at 2:00pm all week long!
We have a minimum of 5 hours of focused reading time each week. The students have dedicated time to work with ‘Just Right’ Texts and are exposed to a variety of genres and text styles.
Like Reading students are given lots of opportunities to write. Students work on their own and in groups to construct a variety of texts using both handwritten and digital forms of publication.