The One And Only Ivan

In 4A and 4B we love to read. At the start of the term we began a class novel titled The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.

About the book

Ivan is a gorilla who lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade with his animal companions. While he is very used to this existence in his domain, he makes a change in his life and the lives of others, with the help of his friends. The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction that is based on a true story.

Mrs Hembree, a teacher librarian in Seattle, USA, made a fabulous book trailer about The One and Only Ivan. We watched the book trailer before reading the story to tune us into the text.


Our reflections

We have been reading a bit of The One and Only Ivan every day this term and we enjoyed it very much. Here are our thoughts and reflections. Please be aware that our reflections may contain spoilers!


What did you think about The One and Only Ivan? Do you have a reflection to add?

What did you think of the characters in this book?

Were there any special messages in The One and Only Ivan?

Can you recommend any other books that the students in 4A and 4B might enjoy?

Term One Reflections

We are currently on school holidays after a fun and busy term one.

Last week the students in 4A and 4B reflected on their term one learning by creating slideshows on their iPads.

To complete this task, students had to:

  • Become familiar with the presentation app, Keynote
  • Take photos of their work samples from the term
  • Write about different aspects of their learning
  • Format their Keynote presentation
  • Upload their presentation (as a PDF or PowerPoint document) to Showbie.

Showbie is Miss Jordan’s new favourite iPad app! After Miss Jordan set up her teacher account and set up classes, students had to enter the class code and could see the tasks she set. It is easy for students to upload their work for the set tasks using apps on their iPad. It makes it simple for Miss Jordan to collect all of the students’ iPad work and give them feedback.

Once completed and uploaded to Showbie, Miss Jordan could access all of the students’ presentations. Miss Jordan then opened up the Keynote presentations in Google Drive in order to embed them here on the class blog.

Here are three of our term reflections.

* Please note – animations and special affects are lost when Keynote presentations are converted and uploaded to Showbie.




What do you think of these presentations?

What did you learn in term one?

What was your term one highlight?