Spelling Rap

**Guest Post by Charleigh and Keely**

Charleigh and Keely were practising their spelling words. They decided to do the task card that was called Catchy Tunes. The instructions were to write a song or rap (they did a rap) using all of their spelling words.

Keely’s Spelling words:

  • Bibliography
  • Apostrophe
  • Camouflage
  • Battalion
  • Amphibian

Charleigh’s Spelling words:

  • Finally
  • Prepared
  • Terrified
  • Country
  • Brake

 

Can you hear all of the spelling words in the rap?

NAPLAN

**Guest Post by Mia**

On the 12th, 13th and 14th of may, the year 3’s had naplan. On the 12th of  may they did language conventions and writing. On the 13th of may they did reading. finally,on 14th of may they did numeracy.

NAPLAN stands for:

National

Assessment

Program-

Literacy

And

Numeracy

Some thoughts from the year 3’s-

Abbey – 🙂

Madison – 🙂

Sebastian – 🙂

How did you feel about NAPLAN?

Writing Letters

We enjoyed our “Aboriginal for a Day” incursion so much that we decided to write to Big Al, Pancakes and Azza to thank them for coming to our school.

We learned how to write letters properly. We needed to put the return address in the top right corner of our letter – this was something new that we learned to do when we typed our letters up on the computer.

Miss Fraser and 3/4D wrote an example letter using this letter generator. Click to have a go for yourself!

After our letters were written and typed up, we put them in envelopes and walked to the post box at the end of our street. We then sent off our letters by posting them.

Thanks to Kymberley for joining us on our walk!

Have you ever written a letter to someone? Have you ever had a Pen Pal? Is letter writing still an important skill to learn?

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?

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?