To help us with our iLearning projects, we have had a focus on Report writing this week. Everyone has chosen an Australian animal to write about. We started with some simple questions which required us to do some research and then we will move on to forming that information into a report. Keep an eye out for our finished reports – we’ll publish some on here!
Here is our Project Requirement sheet for each individual business for the Marie & Maria Biscuit Company Project – click the tab at the top for more information!
Yes, it’s Melbourne Cup time again and we have organised a number of great activities that will focus on the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Don’t forget we have a Crazy Hair Day on Tuesday (Melbourne Cup Day). I’ve also got my tub of jockey silks ready to go for those who’d like to try one on! The silks were donated to me by Mary, partner of the late George Hanlon who was a triple Melbourne Cup winning horse trainer. Do a Google search to find out a bit more about him!
During iLearning we have set up a matrix full of activities to choose from. If you want to, have a look over the weekend and see if there are any you would like to do or need to bring extra supplies for.
Hopefully it will open for you!
We also welcome two 2nd year student teachers into our classroom next week. They come from Ballarat Uni and will be with us for 2 weeks. Be sure to make Miss Jessica Cox and Mr Cameron Marchbank welcome in our classroom!
One last reminder – camp is coming up in 2 weeks!! Make sure to ask any questions if you have them. We’ll be doing some preparation work for camp soon.
Have a great weekend everyone.
PS. There is a new homework task on the Homework page!
This term we are working together on being more responsible and accountable for our learning. This means that there are certain things you (students) will be expected to do for school. One of those is to bring your diary to school, making sure it has been signed by an adult, and to also write in your reading conference meeting days.
Another requirement will be to complete some homework tasks that will be set out and placed under the homework heading on our blog. Click on that heading now to have a go at this weeks homework.
You have all been very busy this week, learning about nutrition, how to use protractors and investigating news reports.
What other things would you like to learn this term?
Comment below and tell me what you’d like to learn (don’t forget to put your name on it)!
Can you believe that term 4 is already here?!
And that the calendar is filling very quickly. Term 4 is traditionally a very busy month with reports, camps, concerts and Christmas.
It’s good to see everyone back safe and sound from their holiday break. We only have 3 Hawthorn hearts to console, but they seem to be pretty good 😉
This morning we have jumped right into our work and iLearning activities. Our first focus is on Health and Nutrition. We have groups using Pinterest to find great, healthy, nude food lunchboxes, researching the importance of health and nutrition on our lives and creating artwork based on the Rainbow Plate concept. We will be on the look out for good examples of nude food lunchboxes over the coming weeks.
Our Book Fair also starts this week so make sure you pop in for a look.
A final reminder that hats are required to be worn when playing or working outside, so please find them and bring them to school! If you need a new one, you can buy them from Mrs Cations at the office.
Here’s to an exciting term 4!
Winter Sports by Seamus and Nicholas (aka ‘Chicka’)
Seamus and I go to Meredith P.S. Well, we have been having an exciting time at school with a lot of things going on. But Seamus and I thought that Winter Sport was the best day of them all. We play sports such as Aussie rules football, netball and soccer. Seamus and I played Aussie rules football. We kicked six goals each in the last round and we had a terrific time! Each and every round Seamus and I have been on the same team. In soccer some people from Meredith PS played it. We had some terrific goal kickers like Josh who kicked one and Tom, now he played perfectly! He kicked 5!
Art with Mandy by Brendan and Josh
Over the last four weeks Mandy has been coming in during iLearning and we have been making necklaces, flags, cards and sigils. Sigils are were you have letters of your name, your house or just something you like. Then you cross out the first word and you cross out double letters too. Then you draw the letters in your book and you have to make the letter so you can’t see the letters. Each week about 8 people (4 from grade 3, 4 from grade 4) get picked to go and work with Mandy and it’s been fun.
Olympics at School by Tom and James.
In grade 4 while the Olympics was happening, of course we did activities based on the Olympics! So we are going to tell you what was happening at M.P.S during this time. Here are some of the activities we could do. We had to write a letter to the athletes, make a mascot for the Olympics on the Internet, we also have been making Olympic collages, we had to research an Olympian then present it on a poster to the class, we had to choose a research topic on the Olympics. James did a shooting play made out of Lego. He did it with 3 boys whose names were Daniel, Fergus and Lachlan. There were TVs set up showing the Olympics and we were allowed to watch them. Miss Pritchard also connected the iPad to the whiteboard so we could watch too. By Tom and James
More to come tomorrow!
Would you believe we are in the final few weeks of term 3! We have had a super busy term, (particularly with the Olympics, and the Paralympics coming up!), so look out for a very special post tomorrow written by everyone in the Grade 4 class, filling you all in on what we’ve been up to. Sorry we haven’t updated for a while, time just gets away from you sometimes!
We’ve been making some changes around the school and in the classroom over the past few weeks and the Grade 4s seem to be really enjoying it!
We have also been doing a unit on music which has been very popular – we have had children playing keyboards, piano, percussion and exploring different sounds and samples using Garage Band on the iPads. The kids have been introduced to some basic notation as well as sheet music. The basis of the unit has been using the Thinkers Keys to promote alternative thinking. One group of boys have experimented with the light boxes to create lighting for a stage.
During Literacy, the students have started to take some responsibility for their own learning by taking on a planning role. They plan 4 activities a day that include reading, writing, spelling, word work, a special project, handwriting, and conferencing with a teacher (at least once a week, sometimes more). They have really enjoyed having this responsibility and as time goes on their planning will become more refined and specific to their own learning needs. It involves them being quite organised, and also able to stay to a strict time limit – which is proving a little tricky for some! But, we’ll get there.
There will also be some exciting changes next term that will aim to take our learning to a whole new level. I know the teachers are pretty excited, so I hope the students will be too! Let me just say, that this blog will be a bit of a feature next term, so kids, make sure you are checking it every now and then!
What kinds of things would you like to do or learn about next term? Let us know by commenting below.
Over the past few weeks we have completed our latest iLearning projects. We have had some great presentations and lots of interesting work has been completed. We had books, posters, speeches (with props) and a number of students participating in the Student Conference Series. This is a project that has been set up by Mr G and allows the kids to connect with others over Australia and the world. The student make a presentation that is then presented online to all who are logged in on that day. I have been very proud of the students who have taken up this option with no fear, and to date, all presentations have been wonderful!
If you would like to view the presentations of Lach (motorbikes) and Fergus (WWII) please click here.
If you would like to view the presentations by Harmony (China Anne McLain) or Angus (The Ice Age), please click here.
Tom, Nicholas and Seamus will be presenting online next week.
The Student Conference Series blog can be found here.
Here are some pics of our presenters and some of Brendan doing his Titanic presentation with artefacts!
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