Two Truths and One Lie: A Culture Exchange

In 3/4 C we love learning about the world!

World globe

We have been working on a global project with Mrs Morris and our American blogging buddies to understand more about life on the other side of the world.

The project is called:Two Truths and One Lie

This is a collaboration between 3/4 C and Mrs Yollis’ third grade class in California, USA. We live nearly 13,000km apart!

Map showing distance Barwon Heads to LA
Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan connected with Mrs Yollis through blogging back in 2009. They have worked on many global projects together to help their students connect and learn.

In September, 3/4 C collaborated with Mrs Yollis’ class for International Dot Day.

About Two Truths and One Lie

This purpose of this project is to share some information about life in Australia and learn more about America. To add an element of fun, we made this project into a guessing game!

This is how Two Truths and One Lie worked:

1) 3/4 C students chose a category they were interested in, for example: Famous Australians, Australian Animals, Cricket, School Trends, etc. Most students worked with a partner.

Catergories on whiteboard

2) The students researched information about their category. We presented our ideas to the class for feedback before publishing.

Research

3) Students then created a Google slide on their iPads with three statements about their topic.

Researching

4) The students made two of their statements true, and one not true.

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The students sent their slide to Mrs Morris who added it to the class master slideshow.

Mrs Yollis’ class followed a similar process and shared their slideshow on their blog.

Presenting our Slideshow

Check out out slides below and see if you can guess which two statements are true and which one is not true.

Hint: You might need to do some research to confirm your thoughts.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MRS YOLLIS’ CLASS’ SLIDESHOW

Please leave a comment and tell us which statements you think are not true!

Remember to address your comment to the person/people who created the slide. You will find their names on the slide.

Grade Six Initiative Activities

Earlier this week, 4A, 4B and 3/4C participated in a series of activities run by some of our grade six students.

This initiative was inspired by the concept of the Maker’s Faire where people celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and a do-it-yourself attitude.

The grade six students worked in collaborative groups to plan and implement a variety of engaging and educational activities for other year levels in the school.

The three activities we participated in were:

  • Making and flying paper planes
  • Marble runs
  • Rocket cars

Although teachers were present during the activities, the grade six students took full responsibility for the session by describing the tasks, explaining the learning focus and success criteria, organising the materials and assisting the students when needed.

Here are some photos of the 3/4C students enjoying the activities.

Thank you to the grade six students and their teachers for implementing this great initiative!

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Which activity did you like the most?

What new skills did you learn?

What character strengths did the grade six students display when leading the activities?

Grade Four Camp 2017

We have just had a fantastic two days at our

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On Monday 6th November, we boarded the bus, full of excitement about what was ahead. We soon arrived at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road.

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Anglesea is a coastal town, with a population of about 3500. It is a very popular tourist destination, particularly in summer as there are beaches and other outdoor recreational activities to be enjoyed.

Here is the route we took from Barwon Heads to Anglesea.

BHPS to Camp Wilkin

Everyone enjoyed staying in the camp cabins and meal times in the dining hall were lots of fun. There were many on-site activities at camp which provided fun and memorable experiences for all students.

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We had seven fun and challenging rotations to complete:

  • Rock climbing wall
  • Initiatives
  • Leap of Faith
  • Bike riding
  • Archery
  • Flying Fox
  • Low Ropes Course

The Leap of Faith is a very popular activity at Camp Wilkin and is a highlight for most students! The Leap of Faith involves climbing up a 7.6 metre pole while harnessed, arriving at a small platform and jumping to reach a red buoy. It certainly gets the adrenaline pumping!

Some of our other activities included:

  • Night walk
  • Basketball, volleyball and soccer games
  • Free time on the playground, trampoline and chess board
  • Playing in the games room
  • Observing the many kangaroos that frequent Camp Wilkin at all times of the day!

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Below is a selection of photos from Camp Wilkin. Enjoy!


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We had a wonderful time on camp and enjoyed all of the new experiences!

A very BIG thank you to our terrific helpers, Mr Haslam, Selena, Bec and Sarah!

What did you enjoy most about our Anglesea camp?

What was your favourite rotation activity?

Did you succeed in overcoming any challenges while on camp?

Have you ever been on a school camp before?

If you could go on a school camp somewhere, where would you like to go?

 

Mathematical Word Problems

In maths, we have been developing our skills to solve mathematical word problems.

We have been following a five step process to solve word problems:

Some word problems require one calculation, while others are multi-step problems. When calculating their answers, students are required to:

  • record all of their working out
  • justify their calculations to ensure their final answer is a reasonable solution to the problem.

The word problems we have been solving involve all four processes:

  • addition
  • subtraction
  • multiplication
  • division

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In your comment, please type a mathematical word problem for someone to solve!

Author Study – Margaret Wild

This week in Reader’s Workshop, we are investigating picture books written by Margaret Wild.

Margaret Wild has published more than 70 children’s books! Her books vary in themes and are suitable for a wide range of ages. Margaret has won numerous awards for her books.

In our author study, students set up a google sheet on their iPads and recorded their observations about each picture book they read. Their observations included:

  • A summary of the story outline
  • Character descriptions
  • Interesting vocabulary
  • The message or moral
  • A rating out of five
  • Specific reading strategies that could be a focus for the book

We love Margaret Wild books!

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Do you have a favourite Margaret Wild book?

Which Margaret Wild books would you recommend for others to read? Why?

What interesting vocabulary did you notice in Margaret Wild’s books?

International Dot Day

Friday 15th September was International Dot Day!

What is International Dot Day?

International Dot Day began when Terry Shay introduced his class to Peter H Reynold’s book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

Since then, this date has been celebrated each year as International Dot Day — a day for classes to explore the story’s powerful themes: bravery, creativity, and self-expression.

Every year, millions of students and educators connect on International Dot Day to celebrate creativity, courage and collaboration.

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What is ‘The Dot’ book all about?

The Dot tells the story of a caring art teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way.

In Peter’s book, the teacher encourages the student to begin a journey of self discovery and creativity, starting with a simple dot on a piece of paper. Transformed by this journey, the student goes on to inspire others.

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This year, Miss Jordan decided to join in the fun with 3/4C. Some of our highlights are described below.

We read The Dot by Peter H Reynold and discussed the themes. We linked the themes to a variety of character strengths, including:

  • Self belief
  • Courage
  • Kindness
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity

We dressed up in dots!

We used our Writer’s Notebooks to generate some “dotty” writing ideas.

We displayed our creativity by decorating big dots! We then cut the dots into quarters and swapped three of the quarters with friends to make a new dot!

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Classes are encouraged to collaborate and connect during International Dot Day celebrations. One of Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris’s “blogging buddies” from the past is Mrs Yollis, from California in the USA. She has celebrated International Dot Day previously, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to get in touch!

Today in class, we had a Google Hangout to chat with Mrs Yollis! We had to work out the time difference between our two countries. For us (in the southern hemisphere), it was 11.30am Friday morning. But for Mrs Yollis (who lives in the northern hemisphere) it was 6.30pm Thursday night!

We asked Mrs Yollis lots of interesting questions about her school. It was so interesting to hear her responses! It was great that Mrs Morris was in our class today so she could be part of the chat too.

Below is a video we made to showcase some of the features of our wonderful school. We hope the third grade students in Mrs Yollis’s class enjoy this sneak peek into Barwon Heads Primary School.

Mrs Yollis also has a post about International Dot Day on her class blog. Her third grade students have put together a video about their school. Check it out!

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What did you enjoy about International Dot Day?

What was the message in “The Dot” picture book by Peter H Reynold?

What did you find interesting during our chat with Mrs Yollis?

The Science Master Replied!

Earlier this week the grade four students reflected on science topics they were curious about and sent a question to The Science Master.

Click here to find the original post.

The Science Master is a safe site run by a retired teacher/scientist to help students learn more about the world we live in.

We are amazed and excited to report that The Science Master has personally answered all of our questions in a matter of days!

Alice, Daisy and Eliza asked, “what chemicals make objects glow in the dark?”

The Science Master explained words that end with the term “escence” and suggested an experiment the girls could try with an adult. Click on the image to find The Science Master’s response.

Silas and Zakk asked, “why do volcanoes erupt?”

The Science Master discussed how volcanic eruption is all about pressure. He invited the boys to ask another question if they want clarification.

Billie and Zali wanted to know “how does the activator form slime?”

The Science Master gave an explanation of the chemistry behind slime ingredients and included a video. 

Chelsea and Ashli were curious to know, “if all living things were in one food chain, what would be at the top?”

The Science Master linked to a game to learn more about food chains and explained a ranking system called the trophic level.

Update!

Chelsea has already replied to the Science Master. Well done, Chelsea!

The Science Master replied back to Chelsea.

Angus and Lachy want to know “are aliens real?”

The Science Master offered a very interesting opinion and also linked to another question about aliens. 

Our last question was an explosive one! Freddie and Flynn asked “when the Sun blows up will Mercury smash into Earth

Luckily for us, The Science Master doesn’t think this will be happening any time soon and offered some interesting insights into the solar system. He also included a video and asked the boys a question.

We want to say a big thank you to The Science Master and his team for all the hard work he put into our answers.

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Now it’s time to comment…

Look at the clues The Science Master offered and discuss the topic with your family or friends. What do you think the answers are?

Science Master

Our students love their weekly science lessons with Mrs Olsen. This year they have been learning about the Earth, properties and materials, and how to conduct experiments. 

Today the grade four students tried out a fun resource called The Science Master.

www.sciencemaster.co.uk

This is a safe site run by a retired scientist and teacher in England. It is a place where you can submit your own science question and get a personalised answer.

The Science Master won’t answer your question directly, but give you clues to figure it out for yourself.

Our students brainstormed their ideas with a friend. The Science Master tells us that science is ‘applied curiosity’ so we had a think about what we were curious about. How do things work? Why are things the way they are?

We don’t know all the answers to the way the world works, but science can help.

Here are the questions we submitted on the The Science Master website.

We will be on the lookout for responses to our questions. Stay tuned!

Want to try The Science Master for yourself?

Here is some information that might help:

  • Anyone between the ages of 7 and 13 can submit a question on The Science Master website.
  • You don’t need an email address and don’t need to submit any personal information.
  • Before you submit a question, you need to search the site to see if the question has already been answered.
  • Always have a teacher or parent check your question before you submit it.

What question would you like The Science Master to answer?

What do you think the answers to our questions are?

What is your favourite area of science?

Relaunching Our Writer’s Notebooks

This week in class, we re-launched our Writer’s Notebooks!

A Writer’s Notebook is a tool used to develop ideas for writing. We decorated our Writer’s Notebooks earlier in the year to make them special and personalised books.

As a school, we are currently changing the way we collect ideas in our Writer’s Notebooks. We use a double page in our Writer’s Notebooks and follow this structure:

PART ONE

Left hand side page:

We generate ideas about a specific topic using a particular tool.

For example, this week in 3/4C students thought of a place or location they had been and they brainstormed the sensory details they associated with that place or location. The tool we used was a ‘sensory hand’.

Miss Jordan brainstormed sensory details about Times Square in New York City.

PART TWO

Top of the right hand side page:

We take one of the ideas listed on the left hand side and develop that idea into a brief text – an entry. We elaborate on the initial idea by adding extra details and descriptive language.

For example, Miss Jordan selected the “it’s never quiet” idea about Times Square and developed an entry to explain how busy, noisy and energetic Times Square is.

PART THREE

Bottom of the right hand side page:

We list a variety of fiction and non-fiction ideas in different genres we could write about based on our initial ideas on the left hand side.

For example, Miss Jordan listed the following ideas:

  • Fiction: Narrative – a young girl gets lost in Times Square.
  • Non-Fiction: Information Report – the Rockefeller Centre.
  • Non-Fiction: Persuasive – New York City is the best city in the world.
  • Non-Fiction: Personal Narrative – Shopping for souvenirs.

In future writing sessions, students will then use these ideas from their Writer’s Notebooks to draft pieces of writing in different genres.

We are looking forward to collecting many ideas in our Writer’s Notebooks to inspire us to write all kinds of different texts!

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Everyone enjoyed re-launching their Writer’s Notebooks in class this week!

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What place or location did you select to generate ideas this week?

What writing ideas did you come up with?

What is your favourite writing genre?

What do you enjoy about Writer’s Notebooks?

Book Week Fun!

This week is Book Week!

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2017 Book Week theme is “Escape to Everywhere”.

The CBCA runs Book Week each year, and our school always enjoys celebrating this national event. Books play such an important part in our learning, and to commemorate Book Week, our students are participating in the following activities:

* Dress up parade – students dress up as a book character and participate in the whole school parade.

* Borrowing competitions – students need to return their books in their library session to be in the draw for a prize.

* Book Fair – students and parents have the opportunity to buy books from the Book Fair in our school foyer.

* Donate a book – students can buy a book from the Book Fair and donate it to the library.

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Today was Dress Up Day and we all enjoyed seeing the costumes students and teachers wore for the occasion.

Here is 3/4C dressed up in all their glory!

And here is the BHPS staff photo!

The parade in our school gym was fantastic!

Here are some photos of the 3/4C students in their fabulous costumes!

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Thank you to Ms Browne for organising another fun-filled Book Week!

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Who did you dress up as and why?

Who is your favourite book character?

Did any costumes stand out at the whole school parade?

Which 2017 short-listed book was your favourite and why?