One of the best things about having a class blog is participating in projects with other schools. For one of our last projects of the year we are sharing procedures about how to play games with our friends, Mrs Monaghan and A Room with A View in England and Mrs Yollis in America.
Origami Rabbit (technically not a game, but still fun to do!)
Duck, Duck, Goose
Australian Rules Football
Australian Rules Football is a very popular game in Australia. It is quite a different version of football to the one our friends in A Room with a View play.
There are many, many rules to this game. We have included the main ones in our procedure. If you want to learn more about the rules, click HERE.
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.)
* Favourite foods
* School and subjects being learnt
* After school activities
* Any special holidays or celebrations that might be happening
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!
If you haven’t heard of Chuseok before, you’re not the only one! Until this afternoon we hadn’t heard of it either.
Chuseok is a very big celebration in South Korea. We found out about it this week when we had a virtual conference with our South Korean friends. Each fortnight, as part of the Asia ConneXions project run by the University of New England and supported by the Australian Government, we speak with a class from Daebyun Primary School in Busan, South Korea. They are learning how to speak English and we are learning about their culture as well as a few key words. It gives us an opportunity to learn about another part of the world and also helps us to practice speaking with different audiences.
The conferences last for about 40 minutes. Each class takes it in turns to present a PowerPoint presentation on a topic chosen by the teachers. Our teachers email each other with the PowerPoints so each class can look at the slides whilst the other class talks about them. This week’s focus was on festivals and celebrations. You can see the presentation Daebyun shared with us below.
We chose a few celebrations that happen in Australia to share with Daebyun. Below is the slideshow we spoke about.
At the end of the presentations there is a quiz. Some questions are ‘True or False’ questions. If we think the answer is true we put our hands on our head. If we think the answer is false we cross our arms.
The answer is…TRUE!
In our previous conferences we have swapped general information about our countries, foods and sports. We even got to try a popular traditional Korean food called ‘Kim Chi’ which is fermented cabbage. Our friends in South Korea tried Tim Tams and Vegemite. We were warned, but it is safe to say that Kim Chi is a little hotter than we expected!
Which celebration is your favourite? Why?
What traditional foods have you tried from another country?
What country would you like to learn more about? Why?
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 YELLOWphotos and poems so far:
(Click on them to make them bigger)
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?