Yesterday Area 12 and Area 13 moved the wall back so they can learn
together. We have 43 students and two teachers and lots of helpers.
We are having fun helping each other and we are looking forward to making new friends. We would like you to come and have a look.
From Area 12 and 13
Hungry lizards with words on their backs are after Berry the hairy spider! Save Berry from these colorful, wacky creatures by typing words quickly as they appear on their backs and help her from becoming someone’s lunch!
Type in the letters or words you see on the lizard’s backs as soon as they appear on the screen to clear them away. Some words will be harder than others so type really fast to win! Each round will end when the spider reaches the top of the tree.
Over the past two weeks Area 14 has had a visitor, Smokey the Cool Cat. We have learnt lots from him about how important it is to come to school and how to get along with others.
Smokey has also been the inspiration for some wonderful poems created in our class as we get
~ “Passionate about Poetry” ~
Our first poem was a simple Acrostic using the words COOL CATS. We thought of lots of words and phrases that described our cool cat (happy; role model; eats lunch; goes to school on scooters or bikes; likes school; sounds out words; cool; plays; Smokey; follows the golden rule) and then we chose some to make the following poem:
We also created the following poem after Mrs Clarke modelled “Humpty Dumpty” to us. Our Cool Cat poem is a different version but uses the same rythmn from the first verse of Humpty Dumpty.
Cool Cat Cool Cat
Always at school
Cool Cat Cool Cat
You are no fool
Here is a Limerick we thought was cool. A limerick is a five line poem in which the first two lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme. The fifth line then rhymes with the first.
There was a young kid, so cool
Who’d rock up each day to school
They’d sit on the mat
Just like a Cool Cat
And keep to the Golden Rule
YOUR CHALLENGE, if you wish to take it, is to create another Cool Cat poem. You can use our ideas or create your own form. We look forward to reading your poems.
Area 10 have been learning to use the MP3 players during reading block. Mrs Lodge came in and taught us how to work them. We are practising our oral reading on them to see if we use the commas and full stops while we read. We are also trying to read with expression so that it sounds interesting to our audience. It has been funny to hear ourselves as it is played back!
Area 11 has discovered a fun spelling web site.
regards Mrs Condon
We have been learning lots in EQ to help us become active learners. One great skill we are trying to practice each day is PERSISTENCE.
PERSISTENCE means to keep on trying when things seem hard or not fun.
One activity we did was to build as tall a tower as we could using cardboard boxes. We had to work together in groups, use no sticky tape or glue and keep going even when it kept falling down. It was hard because the boxes kept slipping and sometimes it was not fun because we didn’t always agree where to put some of the boxes. But we all kept persisting. Our persistence allowed us to build some wonderful towers.
Which tower do you like the best and why?
On Wednesday 28 July the Preps in Area’s 14 & 16 celebrated the fact that they had been at BIG school for 100 days.
In Area 14 in maths we counted to 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s. We worked out that when we are all at school, including Mrs Clarke, we have 100 right toes and 100 left fingers in the classroom.
Some of us have even read 100 nights at home.
We are so excited about school and learning we made a head band that said “Happy 100 days”. We marched to some fun music and visited Mr Redenbach to show how wonderful we think school is.
Preps in Area 16 have been learning how to write a ‘What am I?’ piece of writing. They have to choose an animal first and then think of 4 clues about that animal for their writing.
You can listen to ‘What am I?’ writing pieces written by Sandro, Blake and Gretchen by clicking on the link below. We wonder if you can guess the animals with the clues given.
Here is a Haiku Poem about winter.
A Haiku is made up of syllables. the first line has five syllables
the second line has seven syllables and the last line has five syllables.
Can you think of another Haiku about winter?