Water Parks COMPLETE!

What a fabulous job 4/5P have done creating their Water Parks. We have calculated the perimeters of each attraction within our park and are now moving on to the area!

What did you learn about perimeter when creating your Water Park?
What was easy?
What was challenging?

Water Parks Under Construction!!

The students of 4/5P are designing water parks!

When we have finished the parks, we will need to work out the area and perimeter of all of the attractions within the park, as well as the park itself!

Wipe Out, Animal Park, Gypsy’s Water Park, Splash Out, Circus Water Park, Splash Out Cash Free, Splat Park, Splash-A-Lot, Wet and Wild, Extreme Water Park, Wet and Wild Fun Park, Sudden Death Park, Fun Day are just some of the creative names for our water parks!

I can’t wait to see the finished water parks!

What would you name a water park and what attractions would your park have?

Harmony Day – by Alani and Olivia S

Harmony Day is a day where we celebrate the diversity of Australians.

Harmony Day was on Thursday 21st March. In our classroom we read about what Harmony Day was at http://www.harmony.gov.au/about and then we made chatterboxes. Inside the chatterbox were quiz questions that we completed with a partner. It was tricky for some people to make the chatterbox because it had a lot of paper folding involved! Here is a picture of the questions that were inside the chatterbox:

We made paper chain people and coloured them in. Underneath we wrote facts about Harmony Day.
We made balloons for Harmony Day.

We each had a ‘Diversity Challenge’ to complete. We got our challenge through using a different chatterbox which can be found on the Harmony Day website.

These are some of the Harmony Day Diversity Challenges we completed and what we found out:
1. Find someone who is bilingual (can speak two languages)
Ebony: “My nan can speak English and French.”

2. Learn how to say ‘hello’ in another language
Tayla-Jade: “Bonjour is hello in French.”

3. Learn how to say ‘goodbye’ in another language
Seth: “Au revoir is goodbye in French.”
Natasha: “Ciao means goodbye.”

4. Learn how to say something in another language.
Brent: “Ciao means hello or goodbye.”

5. Find someone who was born in another country.
Tyler: “My pa was born in another country.”
Brad: “Mia.”

6. Find someone who has been to another country.
Dylan: “My mum and dad.”
Roma: “Me, my mum and my dad.”Alani: “French.”

7. Find out another language that is spoken in Australia.
Alani: “French.”
Olivia: “French.”

8. Find a food that has come from another country.
Gypsy: “I think Kiwi Fruit came from New Zealand.”

We also wrote acrostic poems about Harmony Day.
Here are some of the poems:

Reflection Time

[ri-flek-shuhn] noun
1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.

Source: www.dictionary.reference.com

At the end of an activity, or day, or week, we reflect. Sometime we do this by talking to a partner, or a group.
Other times we use these reflection strips.

We look at positives, negatives, what we’ve learnt, what helps us learn, what we find useful, what strategies we used, things we could teach others and many more aspects of learning. We all have a turn to share, and we listen to each other respectfully.

These are some of the reflection strips we use. Can you complete the sentences to reflect on your day?
A strategy I used today was…
Something new for me today was…
I am proud of…

Do you think it is important to reflect? Why/why not?

How can reflecting help us in our life and in learning?

Writer’s Notebooks!

Our Writer’s Notebooks!

What’s better than a fresh, brand new, empty notebook? A fresh, new, empty WRITER’S Notebook! 🙂 The blank pages are waiting excitedly to be filled with our thoughts, ideas, stories, thinking, opinions and writing!!

We are so excited to begin our Writer’s Notebooks. Some of us have bought in our own special Writer’s Notebooks from home, and all of us have made a Writer’s Notebook front cover which gives away a little bit of our personality and interests. It is important to personalise our notebooks because it is for OUR ideas and thinking! From this Writer’s Notebook will come great things – narratives, recounts, persuasive texts, information reports and more.

First we must plant a seed. A seed can be ANYTHING – a picture, a photograph, a word, a quote, a headline, an artefact, lyrics to a song, a news article, a caption…anything that gets us thinking. Using this seed, we record our thoughts and ideas in our Writer’s Notebook.

We are just beginning to use our Writer’s Notebooks and have looked at a few different ‘seeds’ so far. They include a photo of an elephant and its calf, a map of the world, a quote about friendship and a word. We used the graphic organiser “I THINK, I FEEL, I WONDER” to organise our thoughts in a logical and structured way.

Here is an example of our thinking from today. We used a picture of two children counting their money into piggy banks as our seed. We used the 6 Thinking Hats to organise our thinking.

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What would you choose as a seed? Why?
What are you most looking forward to about our Writer’s Notebooks?

Resilience – Bouncing Back

What is resilience?

4/5P have started their Bounce Back program. Their first task was to define ‘bounce back’ and brainstorm some stategies that would help a person having a ‘blue day’ to either calm down, relax or feel like their normal selves again. The students came up with many different strategies they used, or might use in the future, when they are having a ‘blue day’ – check out their PowerPoints below!

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Resilience – Tayla-Olivia.M.-Dylan-Tyler!.pptx by

Resilience By Kayla,Cam,Olivia S and Nick.pptx by

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Remind you of anything? That’s because we based our presentations on the the layout and structure of “The Blue Day Book for Kids” by Bradley Trevor Greive – we definitely recommend it! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Ever had a ‘blue day’? How did you show resilience and bounce back?
Which strategy listed here might you try next time?

Who is excited??

Wave your hands if you’re excited!!

Lots of super exciting things are coming up next week, starting with an extra sleep in this weekend due to Monday being a public holiday!

Do you know why Monday is a public holiday?
Comment below!

Other exciting things happening next week are the introduction of our Writer’s Notebooks, the Postcard Project, practising our song for assembly, Interview with an Explorer project, the presentation of our own Blue Day Books….and of course blogging!

So rest up on Monday because it’s going to be a busy, busy week!

Enjoy your long weekends 🙂

Mrs Placek

Recount writing

4/5P have been writing recounts!
Recounts describe past events.
– Events are presented in chronological order.
– Time connectives such as “then, next, meanwhile, during” can be included.
– The writer must think about “Who, what, when, how” in order to plan a succinct recount.

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What was your favourite event and why?

Do you think it important to document events? Why/why not?

What is the value of writing a recount?