Monday (Term 4: Week 4)

Welcome back to all our wonderful students and families as we commence Term 4!

The term ahead is a busy one with lots of fun events, including:

  • Our annual Spring Fair on Sunday 20 October (Week 1) with a Casual Day on Thursday 17 October (Week 1) where students may wear casual clothing in exchange for a donation of a potted plant.
  • Our rescheduled Sports Day (third time lucky!) on Friday 25 October (Week 2).
  • Our class mass, celebrating All Saints Day, on Thursday 31 October (Week 3) to which all parents are warmly welcome to attend (an invitation will be extended soon).

Today the teachers would like to extend a big thank you to:

  • Javeiria and Nyibol for reading aloud our daily information from the calendar and Monday’s learning timetable;
  • Mia and Amelia (2RG) and  Tyson (2JH) for taking the class roll;
  • Kaisha and Katrina for being helpful classroom assistants, who didn’t need to be reminded, proactively carrying out their duties; and,
  • Ruby, Nyibol and Adau for cleaning out the turtle tank – this was a big job as Tiddles the Turtle had seemingly detached the pump during the vacation, meaning the tank had a rather unsightly and fairly smelly algae bloom. The girls worked co-operatively and carefully to complete the task during investigations time. Great teamwork!

We also sang aloud to Vanessa and Hayley, who both celebrated their 8th birthdays during the holidays.

Numeracy

Today Mrs Giannakakis introduced our final topic in our study of different forms of measurement: mass.

After a warm up-activity involving heavier/lighter, Mrs Giannakakis modelled how to find and compare the mass of objects. Using unifix cubes, we measured how many cubes Mrs G’s hand cream weighed. We predicted 15 cubes and then carefully added cubes to the scales until we achieved a balance with the hand cream. This took 18 cubes.

Then the children responded to a provocation: to locate objects within the classroom to predict and measure the mass of. We used our skills of teamwork and co-operation  as we shared the scales and measuring units.

The students recorded their predictions and findings using an ActivInspire Flipchart.

Tristan and Mrs Handforth shared a book about a dog called Scruffy, who was learning to solve puzzles. In the text, Scruffy was taught three three new puzzles (tricks) by his owner, Josh. Learning to walk up and down the seesaw was Tristan’s favourite trick that Scruffy performed:

Spanish/Sport

This term Miss Lauren is teaching our students for Spanish as Mrs Nunez is taking long service leave across Term 4. Today 2JH students met her for the first time and learned lots about the Spanish speaking country of Mexico. Meanwhile 2RG enjoyed a sport lesson with Mr Pearce, preparing for Sports Day on Friday of Week 2.

Shared Reading

Before embarking on a shared reading of our first text of Term 4, we warmed up with a mini beast quiz. We had to solve three clues to name the minibeast. The most challenging was solved by Monika – who knew that an ant lived in a nest, served a queen and was very strong!

Then we read a wonderful story called ‘Twig’ by Australian author/illustrator, Aura Parker.

We made lots of amazing observations and predictions about the text, but  – whoops-a-daisy – Mrs Handforth closed her Flipchart before saving these, so unfortunately we cannot share them all with you.

A special shout out to the following students for their memorable contributions:

  • Matthew who identified the fact that stick  insects camouflage when they are against twigs and trees. He continued to explain that camouflaging means ‘blending in with the environment you’re in’. Wow!
  • Phuc who told us all that title of the text was ‘Twig’ and that the letters were formed by sticks and twigs too.
  • Kanye who identified the name of the author and illustrator, Aura Parker. You can find out more about her and her amazing art work here.

Here is the official trailer for ‘Twig’:

Literacy Activity

Heidi, the main character in ‘Twig’ is a stick insect. We focused on the consonant blend st at the beginning of the word stick, and became st investigators.

Tristan’s second book of the day was entitled: My Little Cake. Well done, Tristan, who read almost all the words independently, including tricky ones like strawberry and blueberry, which he cleverly worked out using clues gleaned from the illustrations.

Investigations

This afternoon Mrs Giannakakis introduced our themed investigations on the timely topic of sun safety or being sun smart, an important component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in Australia.

We began by asking the children how we can be sun smart in Australia, before wartching and comparing  two adverts from 1980 and 2001.

In the older TV advert we identified that we were told to ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ – slip on clothing, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. A rather old-fashioned looking Sid the Seagull was handing out the advice:

By 2001, as well as ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ there were now two more things we were being advised to do to be sun smart: the children identified these as seek and slide. Seek shade to keep away from the sun’s harmful UV rays and slide on sunglasses (sunnies)in order to protect our eyes. This time a more modern looking Sid the Seagull was handing out the advice:

The students then responded to a range of provocations that Mrs Giannakakis had laid out including: investigating seasonal changes; investigating Aboriginal ideas about the seasons; designing sunscreen bottles; making Sun Safety promotional materials such as posters and adverts; and representing the seasons through art and craft, and technology.

We wish everyone a peaceful and happy evening, Rita and Jo.

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