Descriptive Writing

We have been working on our writing to make it more descriptive. We used our senses to describe a scene at the beach and our aim was to let the reader know where we were without actually telling them. This writing technique is called “Show, don’t tell”

We know our readers are smart and can infer our meaning without us having to explain every single detail!

Here are some of our introductions. How do you think we went?

Did we achieve our aim of “Show, Don’t Tell”? Which senses can you see being used in these introductions? We also had to use a special writing technique called onomatopoeia. Can you find it in our introductions?

Harmony Day

Yesterday, Learning Lizards celebrated Harmony Day. It is a day of cultural respect for anyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional Indigenous owners of the land, to those who have come across the seas to share our home. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn how all Australians from all backgrounds belong to and enrich our nation.

As part of our celebrations, we had our first ever Skype session with 4B from Mildura! We each shared different ways of saying Hello. Before our Skype session, we talked about how we greet each other in our Community Circle. We shared ways of saying hello in different languages with 4B. We spoke in Italian, French, Greek, Fijian, Korean, Auslan and more.

It was also National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. We read a book called ‘Enemy Pie’. To raise awareness of bullying, we had a discussion about what bullying actually is and created posters to display in the school. We worked very hard on our posters because the topic was important to us.

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Did you do anything special for Harmony Day or National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence? Can you speak any other languages? Which ones?

Interview with our Pre-Service Teacher

In 3/4D, we are lucky enough to have Mrs Zarb in our classroom every Tuesday and soon for week blocks. Mrs Zarb is learning to be a teacher and she is practicing with us! We enjoy having Mrs Zarb in our classroom as she has been very helpful so far. Here are some questions that we asked Mrs Zarb to get to know her better.

What is your favourite food?
Paella (Spanish rice dish).

If you could teach us anything what would you teach us? (Sarah)
I would love to teach you all how to read and follow a recipe and then go on to cook/bake the recipe of choice.

What university did you go to? (Felicity)
I graduated from La Trobe University in 1998, and am now attending Victoria University for 2014.

What is your favourite sport?
I like to watch AFL and soccer live, both equally.

What is your full name? (Alannah)
Mrs. Simone Zarb.

What things do you know about the school?
I know that it is a large school which has all divided classes/composite classes, except prep.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
Well, I’m still learning at the moment, so I cannot yet answer this question. However, the best thing so far, is being welcomed so warmly by class 3/4D.

Have you ever been a teacher before?
Yes, I operated Chef2b Cooking School, which is a cooking school designed for kids (both boys and girls). Cheflings get an opportunity to taste, create, cook and learn about all sorts of ingredients to make quick healthy meals.

What grade would you like to teach?
3/4D, yay for me.

What are you interested in? (Charlotte)
I’m interested in my family and friends. I also am interested in a making positive changes where possible in the world around me.

What is your favourite book?
I have many, however I do really like Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Do you like football? (Brodie)
AFL

What do you like to teach? (Ned)
Whatever you’d like to learn!

Are you a happy teacher or a grumpy teacher? (Ned)
Hopefully a happy teacher!

What is your favourite wild animal? (Jess)
Lion.

How many pets do you have? (Ben)
2 birds, Charlie and Henry.

What is your favourite pet? (Jess)
Dogs.

What is your all-time favourite animal? (Katie)
I have to go with lion again.

What football team do you go for in the A.F.L (Zach)
Essendon.

How old are you?
2014 – 1976 (= 38 in July)

What is your favourite colour?
Red, at the moment.

CAFE Strategy: Make a Picture or Mental Image

Today we talked about what great readers do when they read. We brainstormed many different strategies such as predicting, using context clues and choosing “just right” books.

We focused on a strategy called “making a picture or a mental image”. Sometimes we call this visualisation – or, visualising while we are reading.

We finished our class novel, “James and the Giant Peach” and Miss Fraser has now chosen our new class novel. Before we began reading, we used the title and the information from the blurb to make a picture in our heads and then on paper.

Our new class novel is called “Nim’s Island” by Australian author, Wendy Orr. Below, you can see our pictures of what we saw in our heads after reading the blurb.

Do our pictures match what you see in your head when you read the blurb? What stories have you read that create vivid pictures whilst reading?

Kidz Bodz

On Wednesday, March 5th, 3/4D walked over to Room 21 with 3/4C to watch a presentation from a company called Kidz Bodz.

The name of our presentation was called “Friendly Foods.” We looked at the importance of a healthy breakfast followed by healthy food choices throughout the day. We discovered how good or bad food choices can affect our energy, concentration and behaviour.

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We learnt to make healthy food choices throughout the day and to eat plenty of complex carbohydrates, some protein and calcium and to only have simple carbohydrates sometimes. We also learnt about food additives and a little about how to read the nutrition labels on food packaging. We talked about advertising and how it can affect our choices too.

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Our Home Learning Task this week is to find examples of complex carbohydrates, protein and calcium and simple carbohydrates and stick them onto a pyramid to show how much of each we should consume every day.

What examples have you found of complex and simple carbohydrates, protein and calcium? What surprised you about the types of foods you should eat every day? Does food affect your concentration? Which ones should you avoid so you can stay focused in school?

Time for Time!

This week, 3/4D have been working with Kathryn’s class next door to play games to teach us more about time. We have all been working on different skills, such as:

  • reading calendars
  • telling the time on analogue clocks to the half hour
  • telling the time on analogue clocks to five minute intervals
  • saying the time correctly
  • figuring out elapsed time

We have been using our problem solving skills and learning how to best work in groups too.

Here are some websites to help you practise telling the time.

Time Clock

Time Games

ABCya – Telling Time

What have you learnt about telling the time? Which practice game did you enjoy the most and why? What is the most important thing to remember when telling the time?

Brainy Learning Lizards

To understand how we learn best and how to better prepare ourselves for learning, we have been studying the brain.

First, we watched a great video that explains how our brain works. You can watch it here:

We talked about the different facts in the video. Then, we made brain caps that showed which parts of the brain controlled different things on our body. For example, our sense of sight is controlled by the occipital lobe at the rear of the brain!

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Our Home Learning Task this week is to create a fact sheet showing 10 facts about the brain. We have to make them as interesting as possible. Did you know that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice versa?

What is your favourite fact about the brain? What did you learn from the Learning Brain video that you did not know before?