The Term That Was…

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom, Collaboration, Inquiry, Learning, Literacy, Numeracy, School Event, Special Event, Sport, Twitter | Posted on September 30, 2015

We are currently on school holidays after finishing Term Three on 18th September. We packed a fair bit into our ten week term. In addition to learning about procedures (more here), reports, finding the main idea and supporting details of a text, comparing texts, skimming, scanning, summarising, fractions, decimals, location, data and natural disasters we also had some special events, including:

A First Aid course

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– A Hoop Time Basketball tournament

 

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– Working with Miss Newton and Mr Sinclair (our pre service teachers)

– An Athletics Day (sorry, no photos – we forgot to take the camera!)

– Winning a T-Ball grand final

– Cooking

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– eSmart Week and a cyber safety workshop with Susan McLean

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– Developed growth mindsets and completed a ‘Seven Day Growth Mindset Challenge’.

– Dressed up as a favourite character from a favourite book to celebrate Book Week.

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– Continued our #globalpal Twitter project with Mrs Monaghan in England, Mrs Yollis in America and Ms Shannon in Darwin.

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– Went to Allambee Camp

 

– Some of us also went to Tasmania to visit Mrs Smith and our friends in 5/6CS. We also learnt about Australia’s convict history. Click HERE to read Mrs Smith’s blog post about our visit.

 

– Said ‘Goodbye’ to Mrs Laffan (our principal) with a special Mrs Laffan dress up day, flash mob dance and assembly.

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No wonder we were all very tired at the end of term – we were busy little bees!

Our last term for the school year begins on Monday 5th October.  It is sure to be another busy and exciting term. Check out the ‘Curriculum’ tab in the ‘Parents’ section at the top of the screen to see what we will be learning about. There will also be ‘Where’s William?’ Day on Friday 10th October, a Genius Hour Day, Grade 6 Graduation, Christmas Carols and Awards Night, a Christmas Skype with Mrs Monaghan and some High School Days. We will also be welcoming Mrs Egan, our new principal for Term Four.

 

What did you enjoy most in Term Three? Why?

 

What are you looking forward to doing in Term Four? Why?

The Eagle Has Landed!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, School Event, Special Event, Twitter | Posted on April 5, 2015

‘The eagle has landed’ is a pretty famous saying and one that we borrowed on the last day of term. An astronaut named Neil Armstrong originally said it in July 1969 when a lunar module he was in called Eagle landed on the moon.

Regular blog followers will know that our first global project for the year is #globalpal with Mrs Monaghan, Ms Shannon and Mrs Yollis. Last week, Liberty landed at Upper Plenty.

Josephine, our UPPS Global Pal is spending the next few weeks with Ms Shannon in the Northern Territory. We are looking after Liberty who is originally from California, USA but has spent the last few weeks with Mrs Monaghan in Middleham, UK.

Liberty arrived just in time for our school holidays – he flew in with the last post before the end of term. When the parcel was delivered to our classroom we used the clues on the envelope to predict the contents. You can tell a lot from the stamps and stickers on a parcel!

 

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Major Clue: The parcel contained a soft toy and Mrs Monaghan had packed it.

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We also discovered that it cost five pounds and five pence to send the parcel.

 

At first we guessed it was Jolly George, Mrs Monaghan and Middleham’s global pal. However, then we realised that we had been reading blog posts about Liberty spending time in England so we changed our prediction.

 

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We gave Liberty a very quick tour of Upper Plenty and introduced him to Ezmond, our school dragon. Yes, you read that correctly – we have a dragon at school!

 

 

Liberty also joined in with Earth Hour. He was in charge of switching off the lights. He told us that the light switches in Australia are different to the ones he saw in England.  For 60 minutes, no one at Upper Plenty used any power. There were no lights, no computers, no announcements…nothing!

Earth Hour is really held on the last Saturday in March. However, as we would not be at school then, we held ours a little earlier. Earth Hour is a lights off event that started in Sydney in 2007. In 2014, 162 countries and territories participated. Click HERE to read more about Earth Hour.

 

 

Liberty is taking it easy over the school holidays. Stay tuned for more adventures once school starts on April 13th.

What should we show Liberty during his stay at UPPS?

 

Did you participate in Earth Hour? Tell us about it!

 

Have you participated in a global project? What was it?

 

Global Pal Project #globalpal

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Literacy, Twitter | Posted on March 1, 2015

We are excited to be starting our first global project for 2015! You can read about some of our past projects under the ‘Collaborative Projects’ tab at the top of the page.

Our ‘Global Pal’ project involves four global pals from four different schools around the world. We are very much looking forward to working with our friends from last year’s Twitter projectMrs Monaghan and Class 3 in England, Mrs Yollis and her third graders in America and Ms Shannon from the Northern Territory.

After lots of discussion and voting, each class selected a global pal. This pal is a mascot which will represent the class as it travels the world. Throughout the project (which runs until the end of July) each mascot will spend time in the three other classes. We will be using Twitter to communicate with the ‘owner’ of the mascot. We will be learning about the other country’s:

* Location (hemisphere, latitude, longitude, local terrain etc.)

* Currency

* Weather

* Favourite foods

* School and subjects being learnt

* After school activities

* Any special holidays or celebrations that might be happening

 

Liberty is Mrs Yollis’ class mascot.

Liberty

Jolly George is Mrs Monaghan and Class 3’s mascot.

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Snappy is Ms Shannon and Oskar’s mascot.

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Josephine is our class mascot.

 

A number of animals were suggested as our global pal mascot. Josephine was the winner! We think a kangaroo is the perfect pal for us to send to other schools; they are native to Australia and we can often see them from our classroom windows.

She is named Josephine, after Josephine from the book ‘Josephine Wants to Dance’.  Josephine is taking the book with her to read to the other classes she visits. You can watch it here, thanks to the a lady named  Pam Gonzalez and the wonders of YouTube!
 

 
Liberty is currently making the long journey from England, where he has been visiting Mrs Monaghan’s class, to Upper Plenty. We are eagerly awaiting his arrival!

 
You can follow our #globalpal project on Twitter.
 

 What do you think we should show Liberty first?

 

Have you ever done a project with students in another class? Tell us about it!

 

Rainbow Tweets

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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)

 

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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?

 

Tweet, Tweet!

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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

 

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Another ‘Twitter’ conversation

 

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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.

 

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Have you used Twitter before? Tell us about it!

 

Can you give us some ‘Mystery Number’ clues?

 

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