Our Poetry Study

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

Students have participated in “poetry immersion” 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
  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • “Show me, don’t tell me”
  • 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
  • Similie
  • 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 and onomatopoeia was a challenge!

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Today, students used the knowledge they have gained about the art of poetry to write their own poems. First, we went outside and observed the environment around us. Students took notes of the things they could see, hear, smell and feel.

We then used these observations as inspiration for our poetry. Everyone did an amazing job! You can read all of the poems in the slideshow below. Click the full screen icon to view the poems properly. Enjoy!

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What do you think of the poems?

Can you find any examples of figurative language in the poems?

What have you learnt about poetry so far?

Class Presentations – Eco Warriors

Yesterday, students delivered class presentations related to our inquiry topic.

Our inquiry topic, titled Eco Warriors, focuses on being sustainable and aware of global environmental issues. To make this unit more student-directed, everyone chose their own environmental topic to study. Students have been completing tasks relating to their topic and one requirement was to prepare a class presentation as a homework task.

Students were able to choose their own format for their individual presentations. They could prepare and film their presentations at home to share on the interactive whiteboard or deliver them “live” in front of the class.

The presentation options included:

  • Creating a television commercial
  • Behind The News (BTN) segment
  • Rap or song
  • News segment about how your home is environmentally friendly
  • News report about the environmental features of Barwon Heads
  • Stop motion animation
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster

Some of the environmental issues selected by the 4B students included:

  • Global warming
  • Endangered animals
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Marine life
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Deforestation
  • Renewable energy

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All of the students did a fantastic job preparing and sharing their work! It was wonderful to see the creativity demonstrated by the students and everyone learned some interesting facts from each presentation.

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Describe your presentation.

Is there a particular presentation that stood out for you?

What makes a good class presentation?

What did you learn from the presentations?

 

New Inquiry Topic!

Our new inquiry topic this term focuses on the environment and sustainability. We have called our unit…

Eco Warriors

To launch the topic, we brainstormed different environmental issues or actions. You can see some of our ideas in the Tagxedo word cloud below.

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To increase our knowledge about the environmental issues facing our planet, we have been reading a variety of articles and online texts, and listening to BTN stories. All students are analysing each of these on their iPads.

Early next week, students will select an issue they would like to investigate further and they will complete a variety of tasks during the term to demonstrate their learning.

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Can you share an interesting fact about a particular environmental issue?

How do you help the environment?

What does the phrase, “Every individual matters, every action counts” mean?

Take 3

Today, co-founder of Take 3, Tim Silverwood, visited our school. He spoke to the grade two – six students about the Take 3 initiatives.

Take 3

Take 3 is a not-for-profit organisation that encourages people to keep marine areas clean. They encourage visitors to beaches, waterways or other marine regions to “take 3” pieces of rubbish with them when they leave. Take 3’s other significant message is that we need to try hard to use less plastic.

Tim shared some facts and images which clearly showed the impact that marine debris, particularly plastic, can have on marine life.

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We watched a video titled “The Majestic Plastic Bag” which highlights how plastic bags end up in our oceans.

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In 2013, Take 3 was featured on the Behind the News program. You can watch the story below.

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What did you learn from Tim’s presentation?

How can you help to protect our local marine areas?

Sand Dune Revegetation

Today the grade four students walked to the sand dunes to do some revegetation in the area.

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Revegetation is the process of replanting and rebuilding the soil of disturbed land.

Anne, from the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, and Brett and Maddie, from Barwon Coast, met us at the sand dunes for our session. Anne and Maddie discussed some interesting facts about the dunes, including:

  • Hooded plovers nest in the dunes, which is why people should try to keep away from the area. They are a rare and threatened species.
  • Hooded plovers are different to the Spur Winged Plover (or Masked Lapwing), which are common and tend to swoop.
  • Foxes endanger the hooded plovers and their eggs.
  • Fox bait is placed in the dunes to keep foxes away. It is deadly for pets and humans.
  • It is very important to read the signs at the beach to comply with rules and regulations.

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We then laid branches on the sand path in the dunes to form brush matting. This helps to prevent people from standing on the new plants and protects the area to help it flourish. We planted bush grass plants amongst the brush matting.

We had a lot of fun learning more about our local environment and helping with the planting process. We should all try to care for our beautiful surroundings in every way that we can.

 The slideshow below shows us enjoying our revegetation experience!

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What did you think of the revegetation activity?

What did you learn from this experience?

How can people help to look after the sand dunes?

Enviro Week

This week is EnviroWeek across Australia.

Enviro Week logo

Our school is celebrating Enviro Week by promoting a special activity each day. These are:

  • Monday – Pledge Day. All students in the school will make a pledge to be more environmentally friendly.
  • Tuesday – Nude Food Day. Students are encouraged to bring food and drinks that have no packaging.
  • Wednesday – Earth Hour. At 2.30pm, classes will avoid using electricity.
  • Thursday – Ride to School Day. Students travel actively to school instead of coming in cars.
  • Friday – Open Garden. Parents are welcome to look at the grade four vegie gardens after assembly.

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A student Enviro Team, led by Mr Burdess and Mr Harris, have helped to promote Enviro Week by making and displaying posters, writing articles for the school newsletter and making announcements at assembly.

The students below are the 4A and 4B members of the BHPS Enviro Team.

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The students in 4A and 4B each made a pledge to be more sustainable in their everyday lives. You can read them all below.

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Why is EnviroWeek an important event?

How can you be more environmentally friendly?

 

Two Guest Presenters

As part of our unit of work on Oceans, we had a special guest presenter in our classroom yesterday.

Maddie from Barwon Coast visited the grade three and four students to talk about the damage that litter can do to our environment, especially to our marine life.

The students discussed why it is so important to put litter in the bin and they were all very concerned about how litter can harm sea creatures. BHPS students are very committed to looking after the environment and ensuring that we have a litter free and sustainable Australia.

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Thanks to Miss Curtain for writing this post!

What did you learn from Maddie’s presentation?

How can you help care for our environment?

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Today, technology expert, Tony Richards, came to speak the grade four, five and six students about being safe online.

Tony delivered important messages about being responsible when using technology. He spoke about:

  • Keeping personal information off the internet
  • The importance of digital footprints
  • Strong passwords
  • Making smart and safe choices.

We can learn so much when we are online and it is fantastic to have access to amazing resources, like our iPads. We need to make sure we are always make good decisions to be responsible online users.

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How can you be safe online?

What advice do you have about being responsible online?