Last Post

This will be the last post on this blog as our school year ended in December.  The Grade 6s are off to Secondary School and the Grade 5s will be Grade 6s in 2014.

We would like to thank everyone who has been part of our blogging journey in 2013.  You have all helped flatten our classroom walls and we have been able to learn with people all around the world.   We would like to thank all our family, friends and teachers who have visited our blog and left comments for us to read.  It’s been a big year!

We have been very lucky to work with different classes on a number of collaborative projects. We say a HUGE thank you to the teachers and students who have blogged with us throughout the year, especially the following people:

* Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 in England for being our ePals, Skyping with us on several occasions, including singing Christmas carols with us and leaving lots of comments on the blog.

* Mrs S and 4/5DS and 5/6CS in Tasmania for working with us on Artist Trading Cards, The Alien Project and 100 Word Narratives.

* Miss Fraser and the Frole Islanders for the Asia Skype Quiz, 100 Word Narratives and Mystery Excursion.

* Rinku and Vaila in England for teaching us about India.

* Mrs Monaghan, Mrs Todd, Mrs Gioia, Ms Majithia, Ms Williams and their students, along everyone else, who helped us research articles for Global UPdate, our magazine about life and learning worldwide.

The Grade 5s (2014 Grade 6s) and Miss Crowther’s

new blog address is

http://upps56team.global2.vic.edu.au

Please update your bookmarks and links!

 

Skype with Rinku

On Thursday 19th September a small group of students and their families returned to school in the early evening.

Why?

To Skype with Rinku and learn about life in India. Rinku is currently located in England, so whilst it was 6pm Friday evening our time, it was only 9am Friday morning for Rinku.

In Term 2 we spent a lot of time reading, researching, watching film clips and wondering about different parts of Asia. However, there is nothing quite like speaking to someone with first hand experience. Rinku knows a lot about living and learning in India because she has lived there and taught at a small rural school in a village called Chembakolli.

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to Rinku tell us about Chembakolli.  There was a chance for us to ask specific questions and have them answered.  We also showed Rinku an Indian dance we had been practising at school.  Next time we’ll add some music!

You can watch some of our Skype call in the film clip below.

 

 

We discovered that some things are quite different for children in Chembakolli:

* They walk to school in groups so they are safer if they come across animals in the forest.  Sometimes monkeys jump on them!

* If they see an elephant they have to climb the nearest tree and wait until it passes

* Their lunch boxes are metal and have a little bowl.  Children might have rice and lentils for lunch.

* Their school is two storeys high and in the old hospital

* Some children have to walk for 30 – 40 minutes to get to school

* The houses don’t have glass in the windows

 

We also found out that there are some things we have in common:

* We both make Christmas Cards and sell them to raise money for our schools

* Have assembly and children perform dances

* Have similar school hours

* Usually have literacy and numeracy in the morning

 

Find out more about Chembakolli by reading the slideshow below.  It has been made by the Action Aid team who Rinku works with in England.

 

Our Skype call was made possible by Skype in the Classroom and the clever people at Action Aid, Vaila and Rinku.  We would like to thank them for giving us an opportunity to talk to someone on the other side of the world.  We would also like to thank our parents who brought us back to school.  Thank you everyone!

Have you ever Skyped with someone in a different country?

What would you do if you saw an elephant on your way to school?

Do you know any facts about India or another part of Asia?

Skype Quiz – Millionaire Style

Last week two schools and four classes met online for a Skype Quiz.  We first met Miss Fraser and the Frole Islanders earlier this year through a Mystery Skype.  In the chat that followed the Mystery Skype we discovered that both classes were learning about Asia.  So, what better way to celebrate a term’s learning than to have a quiz?

Earlier in the week, 5/6JC and 4/5P worked in small teams to brainstorm multiple choice questions for Miss Fraser and her class.  The list was narrowed down to ten questions.

Before the quiz began we allocated roles.  There were quiz masters to ask questions, fact fairies to share information after each of the questions we asked and contestants to answer questions.  We also had a ‘music man’ to play the theme song, performers for the ad breaks, photographers,  a camera person and Google Gurus.

Each school/team had four life lines:

* Ask the Audience (the class voted on each of the answers)

* 50:50 (two wrong answers were eliminated, leaving two possible answers)

* Phone a Friend (contestant ‘phones’ a classmate)

* Google Guru (a student with internet access can Google the answer)
 
Killara Primary School asked us ten multiple choice questions first.  They were all about China because that was this term’s Unit of Inquiry. You can see how many you would have answered correctly by clicking on the slideshow below.
 

 

We used three of our life lines and won $5000.  Next, we quized Killara about different countries in Asia because that is what they have been learning about this term.  You can test your general knowledge of Asia with the ten questions we wrote below.

 


 
Our Skype Quiz was caught on film and you can watch a very edited version of it in the clip below.
 

 

Thank you to Killara Primary School for a great afternoon and congratulations on winning $500 000 imaginary dollars.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

What quiz question about China would you add?

How have you used Skype in the past?

Do you have an idea for our next Skype with Killara?