Welcome to term 4 everyone. There is only nine weeks of school left for the year with lots of learning still to happen! This term we have our Athletics Day coming up along with Parent-Teacher interviews and reports.
Have a look at the Online Cloze Reading we are doing in class and children can practice at home as well. This is one way to support comprehension and understanding when reading a story. We use 5 strategies to support our learning and picking the right word
Looking for capital letters because we know sentences start with a capital letter.
Does the sentence make sense with the word we are using?
Try all the words to see what word makes the most sense.
Read on past the blank space to help gain more meaning.
Look for words in the text that have a relationship with a word in the list (garden -overgrown, window - broken, running - feet)
Stretched beyond all possible limits his gaze into the the distance was unbroken. A sea of sand lay before him. Behind was a cloud of smoke and the smell of burning rubber tweaked his nostril hairs as he gulped down fresh air. A puddle of water mixed with bubbling oil quickly disappeared and vapourised into oblivion. Moving slowly, head pounding, he started putting one foot in front of the other. He only had one chance...
If you could be any animal what would you pick? Maybe a cuddly puppy or an enormous crocodile? Would you like to soar the sky's like an eagle or travel the dark depths of the ocean like a whale?
For me its all about cruising!!! I would like to be a Galapagos Tortoise. Not do much, other than swimming the warm oceans and sunbathing on golden sand. Maybe a bite to eat every now and then and lots of sleep.
Often famous or well known people have said something important, funny, thought provoking, ridiculous, or a sentence that simply makes no sense at all. Then over time others will use what they said when they talk or write.
Do you have a quote or saying you know or like? Maybe your parents or grandparents use one? If not, see if you can find one and tell us why you picked it. Don't forget to think about cartoon characters as well. Sometimes they come up with some real crack-ups!
This morning at our first assembly we heard about the term 'Active Listening'. To me 'Active Listening' is about - listening carefully, understanding what another person says, then using that new information.
While driving to work this week the radio station was a buzz with talk about 3D printing. Can you imagination printing anything you want? Its hard to imagine but some people can. One man is printing everything you need to build a house and everything inside as well. His plan is to then build the house, fill it up with everything, and live in it! If you had a 3D printer what would you make and Why?
Having fun in the holidays is so important to me... This photo is Chewy climbing the steep sand dunes at 90 Mile Beach. She tried so hard but those little fluffy legs just couldn't do it. Chewy had lots of fun and enjoyed chasing the seagulls across the beach and into the crashing waves. Unfortunately she manged to find a stinky old fish head and did what all dogs do - rolled in it. Yuck. The smell was horrible so she spent the rest of the trip in the back of the car. Chewy was not happy but we were.
This photo was taken while we were steaming home after a successful days fishing. I'm holding a nice Hapuka. I named it Harry. That evening Harry joined us for dinner and a big smoke up... My friends and I enjoyed the night talking about the ones that got away but I'm not sure if Harry was overly impressed. As the night went on our fish turned into whales and Harry ended up being the size of a house... go Harry the Hapuka.
Kid President has come up with a list of 20 things he thinks we should say more often. Some are really important and some are just for fun. Click above and have a listen. Can you come up with a list of important things you should say more often with some fun ones added in? Don't forget to tell us why they are important to you.
Thanks so much to room 8 for being our buddy class. It was really interesting learning about music and especially Whitney Houston. Room 5 children learnt lots about ipads and how different they are to chromebooks. It was great helping out with the reading. We are really looking forward to learning with you again later this week
Learning together using books and ipads... We are just so lucky!!!
What an exciting opportunity we have in our school this year with the introduction of student ambassadors. I wonder if anyone from room 5 would like to have a crack at becoming an ambassador? What qualities would make a good ambassador and what would you do if given the role?
Driving to work this morning squinting and stretching my eyes to their limit I wondered how fog happens? Its as white as snow yet somehow mystical and magical. I can imagine knights on horses galloping endlessly across the vast hillsides or fire breathing dragons swooping in and out of sight looking for unsuspecting prey.
I hope its not me!!!!
Well done Denver, Jack, and Keisha. You guys have been outstanding this week and I'm very proud of the effort you have put into learning. What did it feel like getting up on the stage and having the whole school clapping for you?