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?

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?

All About Apostrophes!

In 3/4C, we have been learning about apostrophes.

An apostrophe is a type of punctuation and it fits in with the “Conventions” writing trait.

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Apostrophes can be confusing. Here are some tips that might help. Thanks to Mrs Morris who created this slideshow.

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After a big discussion about apostrophes where students brainstormed sentences that did and did not require apostrophes, they demonstrated their learning in a creative way on their iPads. Students made comics and had to feature apostrophes correctly. You can view some examples of the students’ work below.

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A lot of people think any word that ends with an s needs an apostrophe. Remember, unless there is ownership in a sentence, plurals do not need an apostrophe.

What is wrong with this picture?

Image: ‘Sofia’s Pizza’s Calzoni’s Kebab’s Burger’s Pakora’s’
http://www.flickr.com/photos/34427470616@N01/2392092122
Found on flickrcc.net

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Did our tips help you learn about apostrophes?

What is wrong with the picture above? Have you ever seen apostrophes used incorrectly before?

Can you make up a sentence that has an apostrophe before an s, after an s and in a contraction?

Best Book This Year?

In 3/4C, the student participate in Reader’s Workshop each day.

Part of Reader’s Workshop involves independent reading. During independent reading, students spend time practising reading strategies and individual reading goals with a “good fit” book of their choice.

We have read a variety of books as a class, including mentor texts during writing. A mentor text helps us to to see what good writers do to create interesting stories. And of course, we have also read many picture story books during our weekly library sessions.

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Miss Jordan loves to read and usually has a novel on the go at home. She also enjoys picture story books, particularly those with a message. One of her favourite picture books is The Stone Lion by Margaret Wild.

The Stone Lion

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When Miss Jordan was in primary school, her favourite books were written by Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Graeme Base. Those authors are still popular today!

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What is the best book that you have read this year?

Please include some details about the best book you have read this year. You could include information such as:

  • The genre
  • The plot
  • The characters
  • The writing craft that was used
  • Information about the author
  • Other books the author has written
  • A recommended age group for the book
  • Why you loved the book so much!

We look forward to hearing about your favourite read this year!

Holiday Reflection – 100 Word Challenge

After each set of school holidays, the students in 3/4C enjoy writing about their holiday adventures.

This time we did something a little different. We had to write about our holidays in exactly 100 words!

Students were encouraged to choose just one holiday event to focus on. Usually we enjoy writing lots of interesting details and information in our texts, but we had to use our 100 words wisely for this task.

Below you can read everyone’s 100 word holiday writing pieces.

It was great to see the students displaying the character strengths of enthusiasm, persistence and open mindedness as they completed this task.

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What did you enjoy about your holidays?

What was challenging about this writing task?

Do you have any ideas for future writing challenges for the 3/4C students?

Can you leave a blog comment that is exactly 100 words in length?

Term Two Class Presentations

Today, 3/4C students delivered class presentations related to our inquiry topic.

We have been studying sustainability in class, and the students have been building their knowledge about a variety of environmental issues throughout the past nine weeks.

The class presentations were prepared at home as a homework task. Students chose a specific topic related to sustainability. They completed research at home and created a visual display (eg. slideshow or poster) to complement their presentation.

A variety of topics were chosen, including:

  • Active travel
  • Take Three For The Sea
  • Compost
  • Protecting marine life and endangered birds
  • Recycling
  • Plastic bags
  • Sea Shepherd
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Hooded Plovers
  • Borrow and Bring Back Bags
  • Clean Up Australia Day

Prior to today, we discussed the important elements of a quality presentation.

All students worked hard at:

  • Speaking clearly and loudly
  • Making eye contact with the audience
  • Elaborating on information when necessary
  • Engaging the audience with a smile!

Here are some photos from our presentations.

After each presentation, students were provided with quality feedback from the class. Presenting in front of an audience, which is called public speaking, is not an easy task, but it can be very rewarding. Miss Jordan is incredibly proud of all of the students in 3/4C for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!

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What did you think of the homework task?

What did you learn from listening to your classmates’ presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?

 

Scope IT

The grade 3/4 students at BHPS are fortunate to currently be involved in the Scope IT Education program.

The Scope IT sessions focus on teaching students the foundations of coding. Coding is used to create computer software, apps and websites.

We have had two sessions so far. After an explanation from our instructors, Marita and Jess, students work in pairs to practise their coding skills on MacBook Air laptops.

So far, we have learnt about:

  • Algorithms
  • Creating code to give directions and instructions
  • Pixel art

The slideshow below features photos of the 3/4C students enjoying their Scope IT sessions!

Grade 5/6 students are also participating in the Scope IT education program. They are focussing on 3D printing, which is also an extremely interesting process.

A big thank you to Mr Steven who has organised and co-ordinated the Scope IT program. We look forward to continuing to develop our coding skills!

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What have you learnt about coding so far?

What has been your favourite task in the Scope IT sessions?

Have you had any other experiences with coding?

What character strengths have you displayed during the Scope IT sessions?

Fun With Figurative Language!

This week, we started a poetry study in our writing lessons.

Students have participated in “poetry investigation” all week. This means we read lots of poems and analysed how they are written. Students observed the mood of different poems and the writing craft that is used.

We discussed what we sometimes see in poems. Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Humour
  • Emotions or feelings
  • Rhyming
  • Rhythm
  • Repeated words or phrases
  • Descriptive language
  • Inferences
  • A message or moral
  • A twist

We also focussed on how figurative language is used in poetry. We investigated six different kinds of figurative language:

  • Alliteration
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Hyperbole (hy-per-bol-ee)
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia (on-o-mat-o-pia)

Figurative Language

Some of these types of figurative language were new to the students and they enjoyed learning the new vocabulary. Learning how to say hyperbole, onomatopoeia and personification was a challenge!

For their main task today, students worked in pairs to read a variety of poems. Their challenge was to identify which types of figurative language were present in each poem. Everyone did a fantastic job and it was great to listen to the conversations as they investigated the figurative language.

 

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Write some examples of figurative language in your comment!

What have you learnt about poetry so far?

Do you have a favourite poem?

Grade Three Visit To The Lobster Pot

As part of our inquiry topic, the grade three students visited the Barwon Heads Estuary Heritage Centre, commonly known as the “Lobster Pot”.

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Maddie, who works at Barwon Coast, met us at the Lobster Pot and shared lots of interesting information about how we can help to look after our coastline.

The students were keen to learn and participated enthusiastically in the informative session. We discussed the different types of rubbish that can affect our local environment’s flora and fauna. We investigated how we can:

  • Reduce the amount of rubbish we use
  • Reuse some items of rubbish instead of throwing it away
  • Recycle appropriate items of rubbish.

Here are some photos from our visit…

The Lobster Pot is a wonderful resource for Barwon Heads, with lots of learning opportunities available for all members of the community. Thank you to Sophie’s mum, Shara, for walking with us…we luckily avoided the rain!

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What did you learn at the Lobster Pot?

What can we do to help to look after our town?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle?