Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Calendar Art

Our art (and writing) this term has been
In our final art project we used all of the 
texture and colour-making  techniques that we've been practicing 
for our calendar-art pictures.
Our parents will be able to buy the calendars next term.

Animal Art  -Inspired by Eric Carle

Check out our other projects here.

What animal would you have chosen to make?
How many wild animals and how many tame animals can you count in our pictures?
B4 children - can you explain how you made your textured paper?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome Back, Mr Salsich and Grade 3

We are quad-blogging buddies with 
in Connecticut, on the east coast of America.

They have recently started a new school year after their summer holiday break.
Why don't you head on over to their blog and 
introduce yourself. 
Don't forget to say where you are from, and make sure you leave a quality comment.
While you are there you can meet Juan Pablo the tree frog, and Peresozo the sloth.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daily 5 in B4

All year we have been using Daily 5 to organise our reading time.
Daily 5 involves making choices from
Read to Self
Read to Someone
Work on Writing
Listen to Reading
Work on Words

We usually get three choices in a session, so lots of time is spent on reading and writing. 
During this time Mrs McKenzie is conferencing with individuals or working with small groups 
on their strategies for reading.
We've worked on building up our stamina over the year and each round is usually 20-25 minutes long.

We really like Daily 5 because of the choices we get to make, and we know we are becoming much better readers and writers.
Take a look at how focused we are!

Daily 5 in B4 on PhotoPeach

What is your favourite part of Daily 5?
What strategy are you practicing at the moment?
What book have you enjoyed lately?

Friday, September 9, 2011

The World Cup Rugby competition is Starting

For the next six weeks the Rugby World Cup competition will be happening in New Zealand.
The teams have arrived, with the opening ceremony on Friday 9 September. 

Rugby is one of our favourite sports and our national team is called the All Blacks.
If you don't know about the game of rugby, you can find out more here.

Over the next few weeks the haka will be performed many times.

In Topic with Mrs Webb this term 
we have used the Rugby World Cup as a catalyst for thinking about 'Heroes and Role-Models'.
What qualities would a good role-model need?

For some more information and activities about the Rugby World Cup check out the links on our Topic Links page.

Does your country have a team playing in the 
Rugby World Cup?
Which two teams do you think will play in the final?
Who do you pick to win?

What are the popular sports in your country?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

'The Fast Flying Morepork' and other Stories

We chose an animal, thought about what it could do, and wrote about it making sure that we included some adjectives.
(We know that adjectives add interest to our writing, they add colour, and they make our writing sparkle!)
We think we did a pretty good job.
'The Fast, Flying Morepork' and other stories on PhotoPeach

Have a go.
Choose an animal, make it do something, and write!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Read to Someone ... in Australia!

One of the choices we have each day in our reading programme is 'Read to Someone'.
It is always a popular choice.
Students usually sit side-by-side and can either take turns reading pages of the same book, or take turns to read pages from their own books.
At the end of each page they check for understanding - who the page was about and what happened.

Today Jack and Nikki read to Georgia and Tessa  - at 
Harston School in Victoria, Australia!
Now everyone else is looking forward to their turn!

How does reading to someone help us to become better readers?
What book are you reading at the moment?