Mystery Skype!

On Thursday last week, we competed in our first ever game of MYSTERY SKYPE!

 

Mystery Skype is a game played over the video calling program Skype between two classes. We don’t know where the other class is and have to ask big questions to narrow down their location. We had to be so secretive that the people who were appearing in front of the camera had to turn their jumpers inside out so that the other school wouldn’t see our school logo!

Each person in the class was given a specific job to take on. The jobs and their responsibilities were;

  • Greeter – greets the class, goes over the rules for the game. May give a brief description of our class without giving away details.
  • Questioners – Ask the questions given to them
  • Answerer – Answers questions from the other class
  • Google Mappers – Use Google Maps to generate questions and narrow down where the other school is
  • Think Tank – Listen to the questions already asked and generate new questions
  • Note Takers / Reporters – take notes on what’s happening in the room and on the video call. Write a blog post from their notes.
  • Tweeter – sends out tweets from the class account as we are playing the game
  • Filters – decide which questions should be asked and hand them to the Questioners

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We took turns in asking questions of the other class. Every time we got a ‘Yes’ answer, we were allowed to ask another question.

Eventually, we got down to the final questions. We started asking which school they could be…

We found out they were Holy Spirit Primary School in Ringwood North!

We won our first Mystery Skype!

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Thank you to the wonderful 5/6B class at Holy Spirit for participating in our very first Mystery Skype. We are so keen to do another one soon!

What do you think went well in our first Mystery Skype? What didn’t work? Would you like to do another Mystery Skype? Have you ever participated in a Mystery Skype before?

Visitor Milestone!

The Learning Lizards blog has now reached over 1000 visitors!

 

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Thank you to all of our visitors – we love checking our ClustrMap to see where our visitors are coming from. We are also keeping a tally each week and working out the difference in the number of visitors. We think we’ve had a big increase lately because of the family involvement in our blog and because leaving good quality comments on the 3/4 Killara Class Blogs is part of our Home Learning this fortnight.

Who have you asked to check out our blog? Do you have any relatives in other countries that have been looking at our blog?

June is Family Blogging Month!

The Learning Lizards love to share their learning through this blog.

The involvement of family members in our blog is so important. It makes everything we do at school more meaningful and special.

In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are starting a new blog comment challenge called…

 

Whenever a students’ family member leaves us a comment, the student will record it on our blog comment chart using the following codes:

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At the end of Term 2 (which ends on June 27th), the student who has the most comments from different family members will win a prize! This will be announced via our blog when Term 3 begins. In order to keep the challenge fair to everyone, each student can only record one comment on the chart per day. So the goal is to get as many different family members involved as possible during the month-long challenge!

Having conversations through commenting is one of the best parts of blogging so in your comments feel free to ask questions and reply to other people’s questions. Please refer to our Guidelines and Safety pages if you are unsure of how to comment or respond appropriately.

We’re inviting everyone to comment including mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins and family friends! Please do not include surnames, just how you know our students. For example; Katelyn (Mia’s Aunty)

* Family members don’t have to comment only on this post, they can comment on any post on our blog. *

If you want to know how to write a comment and for tips on writing quality commentsclick here.

Thank you and credit to Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jordan at 4KM & 4KJ for the idea and wording of this introductory post! This was an idea originally created by Mrs Yollis in California.

What do you think of the “June is Family Blogging Month” challenge?

Which family members will you invite to comment?

Which posts do you think will be of interest to your family members?

Family Blogging Afternoon

Today, the Learning Lizards invited their family members to come into their classroom for a Family Blogging Afternoon!

 

Students made invitations either using paper or Microsoft Publisher on the computers to give to a special person in their family.

We had mums, dads, aunties, grandparents and other family members come along.

First, Miss Fraser gave a quick speech about why we blog in our classroom and the benefits of blogging, such as improvements in literacy, community building, geography & internet safety.

The students and their special visitor then had a challenge to complete! They had to visit our blog and other blogs to help answer the questions on the quiz.

When they finished the challenge, students showed their special visitor how to write a good quality comment.

 

Well done to the winners of our challenge – Charlotte and her Mum, Rose!

 

Check out our photos:

What a fabulous afternoon full of fun and learning! Thank you to everyone for coming!

 

How did you enjoy the Family Blogging Afternoon? Who did you invite?

What do you like about blogging?

What tips would you give to new bloggers?

Solving Problems: Sealed Solution

In 3/4D, we are creative thinkers. Today, we are holding a Family Blogging Afternoon. Miss Fraser thought it could be a good idea to work with our family members after we have completed our blogging quiz on this number problem.

We have a number of different problem solving strategies that we can use in our maths. Perhaps one of these strategies will help solve today’s problem?

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Today’s problem is called Sealed Solution

*This problem comes from the Nrich website

A set of ten cards, each showing one of the digits from 0 to 9, is divided up between five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the two numbers inside it is written on each envelope:

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What numbers could be inside the “8” envelope?

*There is more than one solution!

Write your solution in a comment. What problem solving strategies did you use?

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?