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?

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.

apostrophe

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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!

2017 Athletics Carnival

Today was the annual Barwon Heads Primary School House Athletics Carnival.

All the students from grades three to six participated in eight events at Landy Field:

  • 100 metre sprint
  • 200 metre run
  • Hurdles
  • Triple jump
  • Long jump
  • High jump
  • Shot put
  • Discus

Some students also chose to participate in the challenging 800 metre run.

Mrs Morris enjoyed taking the 200 metre event while Miss Jordan was at a meeting. It was fantastic to see students trying their best with running, jumping and throwing on a mild winter’s day.

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

As well as trying to achieve their own personal bests, students competed to earn points for their house. The results of the day were as follows:

1st Saturn

2nd Mercury

3rd Jupiter

4th Neptune

Thank you to Mrs Kneebone for organising the day, and all the parents and teachers who assisted with events.

What was your favourite event at the athletics carnival?

Which character strengths did you demonstrate?

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 Reflections

Term Two has come to an end, and what a busy and enjoyable eleven weeks it has been!

Highlights have included:

To reflect on the fantastic term, the students in 3/4C wrote a poem about a memorable event. They used a variety of poetry styles that they have explored over the past few weeks.

We hope you enjoy reading our poems.

There is a lot to look forward to next term including Book Week and our Athletics Day!

We wish everyone in our community a safe and happy two week holiday!

This has been another guest post by Mrs Morris. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching 3/4C while Miss Jordan has been Acting Assistant Principal. I hope to see the wonderful 3/4C students again very soon!

What did you think of our poetry?

Leave a comment with your own poem or tell us about your own Term Two reflections.

What are you looking forward to next term?

Wacky Wednesday

Yesterday was Wacky Wednesday in 3/4C.

We read the hilarious Dr Seuss classic Wacky Wednesday and let our imaginations run wild to come up with our own wacky scenarios.

Each student drew a picture in the style of the Wacky Wednesday book. They included some silly or unexpected things in their artwork. Students then wrote a short rhyme to accompany their picture.

Enjoy looking at our wacky work.

This has been a guest post by Mrs Morris who is filling in for Miss Jordan for the rest of the term while she is in the office.

Leave a comment telling us what wacky things you noticed in the students’ pictures.

Can you come up with your own wacky rhyme?

Haiku Poems

As part of their poetry unit, the students in 3/4C have been learning about haiku poems.

Haiku poems originate in Japan and traditionally celebrate an appreciation for beauty and nature. Plants, animals, seasons, water and weather are often the subjects of haiku.

A haiku poem has 3 lines and 17 syllables with the following format

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

After selecting a topic, the students in 3/4C brainstormed words and phrases associated with their topic.

There was some problem solving involved to meet the required syllable count. Students also had to make sure their poems paint a picture in the readers’ minds. Some students looked at a thesaurus or online synonym generator like this one to improve their word choices.

Here are a selection of published haiku poems from 3/4C.

This has been a guest post by Mrs Morris who is filling in for Miss Jordan for the rest of the term. 

What did you think of our poetry?

Leave a haiku poem of your own in the comments!