Group 4 Guided ONLINE Reading

Today’s Guided Reading Group 4 completed some online reading! Together we looked at some breaking news…

We read about the Life of Betty Cuthbert and how much of an Australian Sporting Icon she was. We think it is important to be aware of special Australian Athletes in Sport who have shaped the landscape in our country.

There were a few different activity options to choose to reflect on our reading! Take a look at some of our critical reflections.

Guided Reading Onion Tears?!

Onion Tears WHAT!?

This was Group 3’s response to our new book we are reading!

We discussed and predicted what we think the story might be about before we started reading! We used the front cover as a clue!

Jonas – She cuts and onions and gets tears

Nam – She chops onions and then she cries or maybe she names a swallow an onion

Dhyana – She leaves onions like tears of sadness

Justin – She names the goose onion


Australian Federation

This afternoon we began our inquiry on Australian Federation.

Our overarching inquiry question this afternoon was;

‘What is the Australian Federation?’ 

It was left open for students to explore. We had different helpful websites on hand and also some books to choose from. The way information was presented was totally up to the students.  This way our own individual and preferred learning style is highlighted! Some chose to use the internet to research, some used diagrams and others worked together in exploring some information books.

At the end of the session we shared and added to our learning 🙂 

Patrick: Australia used to be known as a continent and their were 6 continent. One person decided to push Australia to be a country not a continent.

Paul: When the states became one

Australian Federation Inquiry by Thien-An-1y0fj3q



Literacy Rotations Week 4!

This week we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption as a school together. Our Comprehension Task reflects the life of Mary and who she was.

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Visual Literacy for this week also focusses on mothers. In the clip we see a mother surprise their children with a gift! Our responses to this task are creative and open ended!

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There is also an alternative activity for Reading Response and Guided Reading is in smaller groups with the teacher as always.

Library Week 3!

Friday = Library Day!

Today, Jess, Arthi and Dhyana read the book Feathers. It was a fitting story as we looked outside to see sunshine and birds 🙂

 We shared our thoughts and reflections:

After reading the story we discussed our predictions and what the moral/complication of the story was;

Alex – There were feathers

Akash – So there were not so happy people but then when they found the feather it cheered them up

Jonas –It was hard to follow but what I know is that they find a feather and it might be lucky

HemenMia caught a feather

Mohammad – The people were following the feathers

Dhyana – People were moving and finding homes

Arthi – No matter what happens to your house you will always have a home!

After reading and critically questioning the story we borrowed our own books for the week.

It is super important that we are reading our books each day at home as we use these as part of our ‘Reading Response’ activity during Literacy Rotations.

STEAM- exploring the fish farm- turning yabbies blue!

Today our classes visited Kuyangani – a place where fish meet. This is part of the school’s STEAM program and our classes began a science experiment in groups.

Our classes were given the provocation of how to turn yabbies blue from Mr Mc Arthy.

We had some interesting hypothesies:

Keerat: Use blue stones and clear water in their environment

Zack: use blue food colouring in their water and food pellets

Jemma: use hard water and clean water. Hard water is water with lots of minerals in it.

Dyhana: to keep them in fresh water so they can go blue and keep the tank vibrant blue

Darcy’s group: change the temperature of the water they live in. Warm the water.

Paul and Steve: pump blue food colouring into the food pellets.

Paris: Use freezing cold water. (Although we found this just puts them to sleep)

Olek: we think that to turn a yabbie blue we would need to feed it an old exoskeleton from a blue cray.

Digestive Detectives!

Our learning surrounding the Health Systems began today. Over the next few weeks students will investigate various different systems of the body including;

  • Digestive System
  • Circulatory System
  • Skeletal System
  • Respiratory System

Together we will ask questions and inquire into each one before students can choose to focus on one for their own inquiry learning.

The human body is an incredible and intricate machine! It is important to understand the different systems in our body so we can further understand bodily functions, how things work and how we survive!

Today we began with the Digestive System! Initially we brainstormed what we already knew about it.

Together we viewed the following video to add to our knowledge! 

We also used viewed and critically investigated different websites, pages, videos to support our learning. It was great to see students coming and sharing their new findings with us. Did you know the intestine is over 8m long?! We will continue to work on this during the week! 🙂

Guided Reading: Fishing for Birds

Today we read the book ‘Fishing for Birds.’ Here are our reflections after reading together.


  • The third largest country in the world is China
  • China values New Year as their most important festival
  • Cormorant birds have webbed feet and sharp beaks…


  • China is actually the #1 country for having the most people. There’s actually 1.3 billion people or in exact numbers. ( 1,343,239,923 ) as of July in 2012. :3
  • China is the world’s largest standing army and has the second largest defence budget! Which means they can invade any continent!?!?!?! ;w; Help……
  • 100 Million people in China actually live on under US$1 per day! Imagine that…
  • Did you know that in China, over 35 million people still live in caves? Modern cavemen… So weird…


  1. In China the Great Wall of china was made 1368 to 1644 and it’s as log as 5.500.3 miles.
  2. China was the first to make the wheelbarrow, compass, kites and many more. Even the fireworks which is still around today.
  3. In China people in the old days used to use buffalos to plough.
  4. China is the only ones that have giant pandas, the giant pandas can weigh about 90 to 140 kilograms. Also they can be as tall as 2 metres.


  1. Did you know that in china chopsticks are called Kuaizi that actually means quick little boys.
  2. Did you know that the first kite was made in China about 2000 years ago.
  3. Did you know that china is the only country that has giant pandas in the wild not the zoo.
  4. Did you now that the great wall of China was built in the Ming Dynasty that was in the 1368-1644.


About: I think this story”Fishing With Birds” is about when the son and father explore about china and they fish a lot so they can get food like fish and sorts of food.

Interesting facts:

In Australia we call “chopsticks” but in china they call it “Kuizi”

They still use their old methods like going under the cows and getting milk but now in the 2017 days we go to factories or there is some kind of matching that does it for use

Writer’s Notebook UPDATE!

Today we had another session of Writer’s Notebook. It is in this time that the students have free reign and choice over what sort of writing they are going to produce. It is also during this time that we work on our writing stamina (how long we can remain focussed and on task). 

Miss Battifuoco and Mr De Palma are really enjoying conferencing one on one with students about their writing. It is pleasing to see students transferring knowledge they acquire themselves through our literacy rotations into their Writer’s Notebook. We have some students working on creative narratives, some are creating detailed information books and some are even focussing on making a procedure.

  • Justin’s Writer’s Notebook focusses on ‘Nen Abilities.’ 

  • Jonas and Nathanel are working together on sharing the story  of a young man who dreams of playing for the LA Lakers.
  • Akash’s information book is showing us all the different types of Scooter Brands, what they sell and how to source them.
  • Jacob’s book shares all the latest football trades!
  • Klorence and Gabriella are together working on retelling their school lives thus far! Take a look!

  • Lara’s writing tells the exciting story of Anime Coming to Life! Here is a short preview: