February 4

2016

TERM 4 Week 10: IBL Presentation week!

Dear Parents and students, apart from nightly reading the only homework for this week is the preparation

for IBL presentations on Friday morning. I have spoken to the students at length about the need to be organised, to have

their palm cards ready to use with their slide presentations, to rehearse their presentations. The rest is up to them!

TERM 4 Weeks 8 & 9:  IBL Focus Week!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Select your 15 challenging spelling words for this week and put 8 of these words into an imaginative proper sentence. (one word per sentence!)

Melbourne Zoo Visit: Watch the videos on the front page of this blog and summarise the information in one of the videos.

IBL: Our IBL presentations will be upon us in about  week so work hard at home to collect information and to prepare your presentation.

Show your parents the work you have completed and ask for their assistance if necessary.

 

TERM 4 Week 7:  Supermoon November 14th!  (Hope the clouds go away!)

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Select your 15 challenging spelling words for this week and write out the dictionary meanings for 8 of these words.

Literature Circles: Roles completed for Thursday morning. (A number of 3/4G students have been attending Lit Circles without completing their tasks.)

Melbourne Zoo Visit: Watch the video on the front page of this blog and compose 5 good questions that you would like answered about our Zoo visit.

IBL: Our IBL presentations will be upon us in about 2 weeks so work hard at home to collect information and to prepare your presentation.

Show your parents the work you have completed and ask for their assistance if necessary.

TERM 4 Week 6:  USA Election this Week!  

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected to complete the spelling activities at compile 30 points.

Literature Circles: Roles completed for Thursday morning. (A number of 3/4G students have been attending Lit Circles without completing their tasks.)

American Election: Find out some information about this important event and write a few sentences about what you have seen or heard to share with the class.

IBL: Our IBL presentations will be upon us in about 3 weeks so work hard at home to collect information and to prepare your report. Show your parents the work you have completed and ask for their assistance if necessary.

TERM 4 Week 5:  Melbourne Cup Week

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use each one of your 15 spelling words selected this week from last weeks list, Week 4 Spelling words and use them in a short story about a race.

Literature Circles: Roles completed for Thursday morning

Select words that you don’t know and find challenging – also words that might have something to do with racing!

TERM 4 Week 4:  Post-Camp Week

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use each one of your 15 spelling words selected this week from your Week 4 Spelling words in a separate proper sentence to demonstrate you understand the meaning of the word.

Select words that you don’t know and find challenging!

Goldfields Project: This project is due this week on Friday morning. In this last week you should be using your created character to write a Picture Story book for your Grade 1/2 Buddy.

The Goldfields Project, which can be accessed via the ‘This Project’ link above, includes clear instructions on how it is to be completed. Read your story to your family and show them what you have learnt.

***Don’t forget Literature Circles on Thursday – complete your role for this session.

TERM 4 Week 2:  School Concert Week

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use each one of your 15 spelling words selected this week from either your Week 2 Spelling sheet or your Theatre vocab sheet in a proper sentence to demonstrate you understand the meaning of the word.

Select words that you don’t know and find challenging!

Goldfields Project: This project will run for the first 4 weeks of term. As it is now Week 2, you should have created and researched your Goldfields character and have compiled some relevant information. The Goldfields Project, which has been shared with you, includes clear instructions on how it is to be completed. Show your family what you have learnt. I will be checking up on your progress at the end of week 2.

TERM 4 Week 1:  Welcome Back to Term Four!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use each one of your 15 spelling words selected this week from either your Week 1 Spelling sheet or your Theatre vocab sheet, both of which were shared with you.

Goldfields Project: This project will run for the first 4 weeks of term. It has been shared with you and includes clear instructions on how it is to be completed. I will be checking up on your progress each week.

*(Please click on the above highlighted link to access documents)

 

TERM 3 Week 9:  IBL Presentations next week!!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use each one of your 15 spelling words selected this week in an imaginative and complete or proper sentence, underlining the word.

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

IBL: We have 1 weeks left to complete our IBL Research projects. Get working on them!

***(I’ve cut back on homework this week so that you can put your energies into IBL!!)

 

TERM 3 Week 8:  

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected this week by completing the exercises on the back of the sheet for 30 points.

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

IBL: We have 2 weeks left to complete our IBL Research projects. Get working on them!

Public Speaking: We will continue to conduct our class public speaking. Make sure your speeches are ready to go!

 

TERM 3 Week 7:  

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected this week by writing 5 sentences, using 3 words in each sentence and it must make sense! Underline the words!

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

Literature Circles: Be sure to have read your book for your next Literature Circles session on Thursday.

Public Speaking: Congratulations to those 8 students who will be representing our class in Round 3 next Monday!

The good news for the other 16 students is that we are going to have a public speaking competition among ourselves, using the Round 3 topics. Since you will only be competing                                         against 15 other students you will have a great chance to win some class prizes for the best performances! So, get writing and practicing!

IBL: Research your Inquiry Question and collect your information and resources.

 

TERM 3 Week 6:  Rio Olympics still continue!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected this week with activities from the Week 6 Spelling sheet  so that you can reach  30 points.

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

Literature Circles: Be sure to have read your book for your next Literature Circles session on Thursday.

Olympic Research: Take all your Olympic country information researched from last week and record this information in a Google doc.

Include the flag of the country with an explanation. Set out the document to make it as readable and attractive as you can with all last weeks questions answered, then share it with

me.

IBL: Research your Inquiry Question and collect your information and resources.

***Don’t forget that this is a short week and homework will be due on Thursday. I will give you time in class to assist you to complete these tasks so put your

homework book in your bag each day…and bring it to school!

TERM 3 Week 5:  Rio Olympics continue!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected this week with activities from the Week 5 Spelling sheet  so that you can reach  30 points.

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

Literature Circles: Be sure to have read your book for your next Literature Circles session on Thursday.

Olympic Research: Go to the Interactive world map on the Blog front page.

On the menu, select “Countries”. Select a country to review that is participating at the Rio Olympics.

*What is its: population, capital city, area, currency (money) and the size of its economy (GDP).

*Name (and number) 5 interesting facts about this country.

*Name 3 other countries found nearby to or bordering this country.

*Draw the flag of this country and explain what the meaning of the flag is.

IBL: Research your Inquiry Question. 

TERM 3 Week 4: St Dominic’s Day (Wednesday) & Rio Olympics begin (Friday)

***Congratulations to all our fantastic public speakers from Round 1 today – copies of your rubrics will go home tomorrow!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected this week with activities from the Week 4 Spelling sheet  so that you can reach  30 points.

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

Literature Circles: Be sure to have read your book for your next Literature Circles session on Thursday.

Olympic Research: Answer in complete sentences

  1. What are 5 famous facts about the city of Rio de Janeiro?
  2. How many countries are competing in how many different sports and…how many competitors will be attending?
  3. What country does Rio belong to and what is its population and area in square kilometres?
  4. How many athletes is Australia taking to the Olympics and how many sports will they be competing in?
  5. What is your favourite Olympic event and why?

IBL: Research your Inquiry Question for this unit.

 

TERM 3 Week 3:   Round 1 Public Speaking next Monday!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected this week with activities from the sheet so that you can reach  30 points.

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

Literature Circles: Be sure to have read your book for our next Literature Circles session on Thursday.

Video: Public Speaking: Click here for video

Answer the following questions about the video in ‘proper’ or ‘complete’ sentences.

1. How do you feel about speaking in public? Explain your answer.

2. Why do you think people fear public speaking so much?

3. What is the film about?

4. Why has the school started a speech competition?

5. Do you think public speaking is an important skill to learn? Why or why not?

6. What impact can a powerful speech have?

7. Explain why preparation and practice are important to making a successful speech.

8. What do you understand more clearly since watching this story?

9. Write your speech for this week, selecting a topic from the front page of the blog.

Your speech must be ready to present by next Monday, August 1st. 

 

TERM 3 Week 2: Literature Circles begin on Friday!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words selected this week with activities from the Week 1/2 Spelling sheet (last week) so that you can reach  15 points.

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

Literature Circles: Be sure to have read your book for our first Literature Circles session on Thursday.

Video:

Upcycling is the way to go!

Questions: After watching the BTN video, answer these questions in proper sentences in your Homework book.
1. Where does rubbish go once it’s been thrown away?
2. What sorts of things can be recycled?
3. What is upcycling?
4. In the Upcycling Kids story what recycled materials do the students use?
5. What sorts of items do the students make?
6. Have you ever created a piece of art or craft using upcycling? Explain and illustrate.
7. What are the benefits of upcycling?
8. Plan an Upcycling project that you can do at home using materials that you can ‘add value to’. Your project must be finished and a description or explanation poster to go with it written up by July 29th. You will present your project to the class and display your work at school. I will continue to add videos to the Class Blog to give you ideas.

TERM 3 Week 1: Welcome back to a very chilly patch of weather!

**Please check a Shared Document sent from Mrs O’Gorman about the class script

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Select your 15 spelling words from the Week 1/2 Spelling sheet and select activities that will help you reach 30 points

by ‘Homework-Hand in’ on Friday!

Multiplication:  Practise your Times Tables for 10 minutes each night! 

Literature Circles: I have shared the roles with you again – read through them all so that you know exactly what you have to do each week in Lit Circles. We’ll discuss these in class.

Holiday Recount: Complete your description of all the (great and small) things that you did during your holidays. Write about them in the order they happened. (chronological order!)

Term 2 Week 10:  IBL Presentations Week

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Select your 15 spelling words from the Week 9/10 Spelling sheet shared with you last week OR you could also select some challenging words from any source you choose. (Don’t make them too easy or too hard!)

***Write a creative passage using all your spelling words – underline the words. It MUST make sense!

Chinese Museum excursion Report: Write a brief report (200-300 words) about our excursion – if selected  for its ‘literary quality’,  it may go in the school newsletter this week!

IBL: Presentations are on Friday! Work hard to complete your presentation.

Complete: Your Australian animal information sheet and your narrative text. Send them to me when completed.

Term 2 Week 9:  Chinese Museum Excursion week

(Have a look at the videos posted on the Blog about this!)

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Select your 15 spelling words from the Week 9/10 shared with you OR you could also select some vocab words to do with Chinese migration to Australia to find gold in the 1850’s!

Use 10 words in separate sentences to show you understand their meanings.

IBL: Presentations are in Week 10 (next week!) Work hard to complete your presentation.

Complete: Your Australian animal information sheet and your  narrative text.

Term 2 Week 8:  National Indigenous Week

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Select your spelling words from the list below. Use each of the words in a separate sentence to show you understand the meanings. Underline the words.

IBL: Presentations are in Week 10 (week after next!) Work hard to complete your presentation.

National Indigenous Week: Find some information or a video about this special time, write a report to share with your class mates. 

Indigenous Word List:

indigenous Aborigines Torres Strait Islanders Dreaming didgeridoo
traditions culture Elders Rainbow Serpent Ancestral Beings
sacred hunting reconciliation rock art Uluru
Arnhem Land tribe clan fishing gathering
dot designs reserve desert land rights mission
language bush tucker Australia outback yakka Aboriginal People
jackaroo billabong barramundi brolga quokka
corella numbat curraawong bunyip cooee
coolibah gunyah koala kookaburra bung
jarrah dingo kangaroo mulga wallaby
witchetty wombat boomerang corroboree yabby

 

Term 2 Week 7:  Assembly Week

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Write seven sentences, using two of your spelling words in each sentence with three words being used in the last sentence. Underline the words.

Assembly Script: (Shared with you) Please read and rehearse your lines for our assembly. Finish writing your skit!

ICT: Watch a video in the ICT section of our blog on Cyber Safety. After watching this, list some safety rules for using the internet.

 

Term 2 Week 6:   Homework-Free Week!

(for those who completed last weeks Homework!)

National Family Week: Spend some time with your family, walk the dog, bake a cake (for your teacher!), clean up your bedroom!

 

Term 2 Week 5:   NAPLAN Week!

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Write an interesting narrative using all 15 of your words from this week. Underline the words in the story. Think of a great title for your narrative!

Maths: Measurement: Select a room of your house. Draw a simple plan of this room and measure its length and width in metres. Mark in any special features of this room such as doorways, windows or furniture.

Multiply the Length x Width = Area of the room in square metres (m2). How else could you measure this space?

IBL Project: Research your Rich Question for this term and begin to collect information for your IBL project . Presentations will be in Week 9.

Term 2 Week 4

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Select 3 of the largest words from your spelling list from this week. List all the smaller words you can find in each spelling word.

Write out the dictionary meaning of 3 words that you are not sure of the meaning of.

Maths: Measurement: Imagine you were looking down from a “Birds Eye” view of the ground floor of your house. Draw a simple plan of the rooms and try to make

the rooms the correct size, compared to each other. Mark in where the doors and windows are located? Which direction does your house face? Draw in a ‘N-E-S-W’ direction diagram.

Use half a page at least, to do this.

Data Collection: Invent 8 new and exciting ice-cream flavours. Draw them! Which ice-cream flavour do you think will be the most popular? Explain why you think it will be the most popular.

Term 2 Week 3

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Write an interesting sentence for 10 of your spelling words. Underline the spelling  words in the sentence

The sentences must make sense!

English: Adverb Activity – Read the information about Adverbs. Copy out the first 10 sentences and circle the adverb in each.

Maths: Solve the following problem! I have $20 and I buy some pens and pencils for $10.40  What change will I receive? List 5 different ways that I can be given that amount of change.

Draw your answers!

Research: How many different types of Stick insects or ‘phasmids’ are there in Australia? Sketch an image of another kind of stick insect. What do they eat and where do they live? How can I tell the males from the females? How long is their lifecycle and where do they lay their eggs?

Term 2 Week 2

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words in 5 interesting sentences (3 words used in each sentence)

The sentences must make sense!

Maths: Solve the following problem! Melanie has a total of 78 cents. What coins does Melanie have? Is more than one correct answer possible? Write down all the possibilities.

Singing: Play “My own two hands” and sing along to learn the words. Make up some actions we use during our performance of the song?

List some possible number answers.

Research: Find some information about caring for Spiny Stick insects. Sketch an image. What is best to feed the babies? How can I tell the males from the females?

Term 2 Week 1

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Morphemes – Week 1 words Select your words from the column headed ‘Exemplar’. Select 15 words that will challenge you and that you can learn the meaning of. Write these words in your diaries. Break each of your spelling words into syllables.

Writing: Write a small skit about something interesting or funny that happened on your holidays. List the characters in your skit and what each would say and when they would say it. We need maybe 6 skits for our assembly – maybe yours will get chosen!

Maths: Solve the following problem!

“Last night I added two numbers together, each with two digits. I got an answer of 67 but I cannot remember what the numbers were. Help me to work out some of the possibilities.” 

List some possible number answers.

Religion: Complete the “He is Risen” illustration in your RE books.

 

Term 1 Week 8

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words in 5 interesting sentences (3 words used in each sentence)

The sentences must make sense!

Religion: Complete this weeks Religion activity in your diary.

Spelling Activities: On the back of this weeks spelling words sheet, there is a list of spelling activities.

Select 2 activities to complete for Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Write on each activity which day you are completing it. Do different activities each week.

Animal Report: Please complete your reports about your favourite non-Australian animal.

Ideas for writing a report!

Write a Narrative about being a student at the craziest school on Earth!

Please get your parents to listen to you read and also to sign your completed homework!

Term 1 Week 7

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words in a 15 x 15 square Wordfind – with the words written in a vocab underneath.

Have a classmate complete your Wordfind!

Religion: Complete this weeks Religion activity in your diary.

Spelling Activities: On the back of this weeks spelling words sheet, there is a list of spelling activities.

Select 4 activities to complete for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Write on each activity which day you are completing it. Do different activities each week.

Animal Report: Since you collected your information last week about your favourite non-Australian animal,

now present this information in an interesting Report. How will you do this? Watch this presentation about Earthquakes

and you might get some ideas!

Ideas for writing a report!

Do you need more information – or images? Keep researching then!

Please get your parents to listen to you read and also to sign your completed homework!

Term 1 Week 6

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Use your 15 spelling words in a creative story – a narrative with a story line,

a complication and a resolution.

Religion: Complete this weeks Religion activity in your diary.

Spelling Activities: On the back of this weeks spelling words sheet, there is a list of spelling activities.

Select 4 activities to complete for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Write on each activity which day you are completing it.

Animal Research: What is your favourite animal outside of Australia? Research this animal and write a report

about how it lives including information about its diet, its habitat (where it lives), if its endangered, what time of day its

most active and anything else you think is important. Draw a picture of this animal too.

Please get your parents to sign your completed homework!

Term 1 Week 5

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Put each of your weekly words in an imaginative, ‘proper’ sentence with the word underlined NEATLY!
Please make an effort to write interesting sentences and to check for CAPITAL LETTERS and FULL STOPS!

Religion: Complete this weeks Religion activity in your diary.

Spelling Activities: On the back of this weeks spelling words sheet, there is a list of spelling activities.

Select 4 activities to complete for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Family Research: Find out some information about your family history eg. where your family originally

came from, when they came to Australia, where they have lived in Australia.

We will then draw some links between your family and the world map in our classroom.

Please get your parents to sign your completed homework!

 

Term 1 Week 4

### Please complete any activities from last weeks homework not completed, as well.

Reading: At least 20 minutes each night, with the pages read written in school diary.

Spelling: Put each of your weekly words in an imaginative, ‘proper’ sentence with the word underlined NEATLY!
Please make an effort to write interesting sentences and to check for CAPITAL LETTERS and FULL STOPS!

Religion: Complete this weeks Religion activity in your diary.

Spelling Activities: Using the Blooms Taxonomy Grid, select TWO challenging spelling activities from the Grid to use with your new spelling words. Complete these in your Homework books and NOT on loose sheets!

Maybe try this link too…Blooms Taxonomy

Please get your parents to sign your completed homework!

 

Term 1 Week 3

Spelling sheet and activities Week 3

Try the Place Value game on the front Blog page too!