Rainbow Tweets


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Literacy, Twitter | Posted on May 14, 2014

We have started a new Twitter project! It is exciting to be working with our old friends Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 in England and Mrs Yollis and her third graders in America again and our new friends Ms Shannon and the Tipperary Station children in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Our last Twitter project had a number focus and this one has a literacy focus; poetry.  Each week we focus on a certain colour, take photos of objects that are the focus colour and write a short poem to match. We are working our way through the colours of the rainbow (in order) and this week the spotlight is on YELLOW.


Red  Orange  Yellow  Green  Blue  Indigo  Violet


There are easy ways to remember the order of the colours in a rainbow:

1. Use the acronym ROY G BIV.  Think of it as a boy’s name. Roy is his first name, his middle initial is G and his last name is Biv.

2. Use the mnemonic Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.

Here are this week’s YELLOW photos and poems so far:

(Click on them to make them bigger)


Twitter 1


Twitter 2


Twitter 3


Twitter 4


Twitter 5


Click HERE to read Mrs Yollis’ post about our Twitter project.  We are using #clrpoem. If you search Twitter using the hashtag you will be able to read everyone’s poems about all the colours we’ve done so far.

It is interesting looking at everyone’s photos and seeing things from around the world. Probably the most amazing thing we have found out so far is that two children fly to school in a helicopter every day! We are not even half way through the rainbow so we wonder what else we will discover!


What YELLOW things should we take photos of this week?


What GREEN photos should we take next week?


How do you remember the colours of the rainbow?


Skype Night


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Literacy, Skype | Posted on April 3, 2014

Guest post by Eve and Chelsea

On Friday 29th of March, 16 Upper Plenty P.S students weren’t doing an ordinary 8:00pm thing. Usually, we would be watching TV or doing after school sports like basketball. Instead, we were getting ready to Skype six classes around the world. The reason for this was that most of the classes were our blogging buddies, but the time differences didn’t match ours, so therefore, we couldn’t Skype them during UPPS school hours. It would only be possible for us or them, to sleep over at school.  So that’s what 16 students, from 5/6 Team did, including us, did!

The first Skype of the sleepover was at 8:15pm after our UPPS Market Night. It was a mystery Skype, so we had no idea who they were or where they were in the world. Here are some clues to help you guess where they were:

  1. They’re in the Northern Hemisphere
  2. They are in Europe
  3. The country had a disaster involving potatoes between 1845 – 1852
  4. Their country starts with an ‘I’
  5. Their town is well known and starts with a ‘D’
  6. Their town is the name of a clothing brand

We won’t tell you the answer here, but you can watch the clip in this post to see if you are correct!

We found out the Mystery Class were a whole school of boys!

After finishing the Mystery Skype we walked over with our bedding to the Central Learning Space to get ready for a Skype with Tanzania in Africa. There were a few technical difficulties, so we couldn’t see them. But, their teacher sent us a photo of them during the Skype. What was weird was that they were reading the same class novel as us, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. It was a shock and they are three chapters behind us. Of all the books in the world, both our teachers chose to read Kensuke’s Kingdom!

We found out that:

  • They’re a Grade 5 Class
  • They have no class pet because they can’t even look after a plant!
  • There are 18 students in their class
  • They love reading Percy Jackson books (also a movie)
  • It was 1:33pm there and 9:33pm in Victoria
  • Loom Bands are popular too (their bracelets made with rubber bands)
  • They start school at 7.10 am and finish at 1.45 pm.

It was fun Skyping with them apart from not being able to see them, we hope the connection will be better next time!

At 9:15 pm, we had a chat with our old friends from Middleham, North Yorkshire; Class 2 and Mrs Monaghan. First, we taught them how to play, You can come to my party if…. Here are the rules to help you understand how to play and maybe teach someone else.

1. Choose a ‘rule’ for items that can be brought to a party. For example, the item must have double letters, the letter k or two vowels.

2. One class asks the other class ‘Can I please bring….’

3. Make a list of the items you can and can’t bring and see if you can work out the rule

We played a few games. The first one had to have double letters and Middleham’s rule was that the item had to have the letter ‘k’ somewhere in it.

Soon after, we had ANOTHER Skype at about 11:00pm with a school in Sweden. They each had an Apple computer to themselves and we were very jealous! There were lots of questions once everyone got into the groove. As their first language is Swedish, they did really well to understand and talk to us in English. It was really impressive!

We found out that:

  • They start school at 8am and finish at 2pm
  • 900 students go to their school
  • It snows every year in winter
  • They are learning about multiplication and division
  • They learn Swedish, English and when they are older, German
  • Their temperature was 10C on the day we spoke to them
  • Their favourite food is pancakes
  • They play football, ice hockey, dancing and golf

After talking to Sweden it was nearly midnight and time for bed. We climbed into our sleeping bags and swags and tried to get some rest. Miss Crowther and Mrs Placek set the alarm for 1:45am.

When the alarm went off some people stayed asleep. Most people woke up in time to talk to Mrs Todd and the Roadrunners in North Carolina, USA. Mrs Todd has Skyped a lot but it was the second graders first time. We asked them some questions and they asked us some.

We found out that:

  • There are 20 children in each second grade class
  • At recess they play on the rock wall, slides and monkey bars
  • They like to play soccer, tag, hide and seek, basketball, baseball and football
  • Their weather was sunny but they were getting some rain later
  • They are not allowed to go outside at play time if it gets too hot or cold
  • They have a cafeteria
  • It was 10:45am their time on Friday morning and 1:45am our time on Saturday morning

We climbed back into bed for a few more hours sleep.  When the alarm went off at 6am we were feeling pretty tired. Some people didn’t get out of their sleeping bags for our Skype with Mrs Yollis. Instead, they shuffled their way over to the computer and Skyped in their sleeping bags! We hadn’t ever talked to Mrs Yollis before (apart from a five minute test call one morning) but we already knew her from our Mystery Number Twitter project. It was great to finally get to talk to her and her class properly.

Mrs Yollis’ class had prepared answers to some questions Miss Crowther had sent them earlier and this is what we learnt:

  • There are 600 students at the school
  • We were speaking to third graders who were 8 and 9 years old
  • They use the word ‘split’ to describe what we call composite classes
  • They call a car park and parking lot
  • They are reading ‘The One and Only Ivan’ as their class novel
  • They start school at 8:15am and finish at 2:20pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • On Wednesdays they have banking day at finish at 12:30pm
  • In maths they are learning about area, perimeter and volume
  • They like blogging, reading, Minecraft and hiking
  • It was 17C on the day we spoke to them and there was no wind

We learnt some other things too:

  • They use the word cafeteria to describe what we call a canteen
  • They use the word canteen to describe a water bottle


Watch the slideshow below to see what we did during Skype Night.


We all really enjoyed Skype Night. Thank you to the classes that Skyped with us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


What country would you like to Skype with? Why?



A Marvellous Market Night


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Numeracy, School Event | Posted on March 29, 2014

On Friday afternoon we set up our stall at the school market.  For the past few weeks we have been planning and organising our market stall items and it was finally time to see if our hard work had been enough.  We made some of the items and people chose something from home to donate (with parent permission of course!). Click HERE to read Billie and Tanyshah’s previous post for more details about our preparations.

We were rostered on for different times throughout the evening and had a steady stream of customers all night. The lucky dip prizes were very popular and we sold out!  Towards the end of the evening we reduced our prices and sold a few more of the other items.



Having a market stall was lots of fun and it also helped us learn:

* You can do more if you work together

* People have different strengths and can use them to do different jobs

* You have to think about what items people will want to buy and what they will pay for them

* Deals like ’50 cents each or 3 for $1′ work

* How to calculate change

* Reducing prices at the end of the night helps sell a few more things

* It’s important to set up your stall well to advertise the items so people want to buy them

* There are expenses running a stall that you have to pay before you get to make a profit

It cost us $10 for the stall spot and we put in a $6 float for change. After paying Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther back, it looks like we have made abut $70 for our class bank account. We haven’t made a final decision on how to spend it yet. It might be used to rent a class pet, buy things for Genius Hour or other class projects.


What would you sell if you ran a market stall?


How do you think we should spend our $70?



Market Stall


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom, Collaboration, School Event | Posted on March 27, 2014

Guest post by Billie and Tanyshah

This week 5\6 Team have been really, really busy! We have been making bookmarks, loom bracelets, lucky dip prizes and signs for…



We are really excited about selling all sorts of stuff and raising money for our school. It has been super-dooper fun, enjoyable and we hope you can come (if you live locally!) There will be many stalls other than ours that are also very interesting. Just writing this is making me hungry because there is going to be a cupcake stall, MMM YUMMY!!

Here are some photos of us getting ready for our market stall.







We will fill you in with how it went after it has happened!

Tweet, Tweet!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Numeracy, Twitter | Posted on March 3, 2014

We have been using Twitter to collaborate with other schools around the world. Twitter is a program that lets you send instant messages (called tweets) using 140 characters or less to other ‘Twitterers.’

We have learnt:

* That it is okay to use ‘text’ talk and spelling in a tweet to save on characters. For example, you can spell ‘great’ as ‘gr8’ and ‘to’ as ‘2’.

* The tweet still needs to have a beginning, middle and end.

* Sometimes you can take out words to give you more characters and the tweet will still make sense.

* You need to address your tweet using ‘@’ if you are sending it to someone specific.

* It is really important to reread, revise and edit your tweets to make sure they make sense – just like you would for any other text.

Our current ‘Twitter’ project is with Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 (@class2middleham) in England and Mrs Yollis’ and her third graders (@YollisClass) in America.  We have been tweeting clues for mystery numbers. Each class has a special day of the week that they tweet the clues and the other two classes try to work out the mystery number. When we tweet our clues on Monday, Mrs Monaghan and Mrs Yollis and their classes are still enjoying their weekend. Whilst we are sleeping on Monday night, they reply to our tweet.


Our Mystery Number conversation

Our Mystery Number conversation


Capture 1

Another ‘Twitter’ conversation



Capture 3


Tweeting mystery number clues has helped us use and learn mathematical vocabulary. Some of the words we use are the same and some are different. We learnt what a ‘digital root’ is because we had to Google it to find out what Mrs Monaghan’s clues meant.  To find the digital root you add the digits of a number together. For example, 234 has a digital root of 2+3+4 = 9


We have also been using Twitter to connect with Mrs S and 5/6CS in Tasmania for a weather tracking project. Mrs S set up a Google Docs spreadsheet for us to use to collect information about our weather. Some of our other blogging friends are also joining in so we have been able to compare weather from England, America, Darwin, Hobart and Melbourne.


Capture 2


Have you used Twitter before? Tell us about it!


Can you give us some ‘Mystery Number’ clues?


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