Daniel’s 100 Word Challenge – Week #10

This is Daniel’s 100 word challenge entry for Week 10

 The Man in the Lake

When I was walking home from school I saw two legs poking up out of the lake. The legs were wearing denim jeans and gumboots. It was strange, but I kept on walking. When I got home I had my dinner and went straight to bed. The next morning I got up at 6:00, got ready for school and headed off to the lake. The man was still there. Even though he’d most likely be dead, I decided to pull him out anyway. He was very light. It was understandable though because he wasn’t a man, he was a scare-crow!

What do you think could happen next in the story?

100 Word Challenge – Week #10

This week Eve and Daniel are entering Julia Skinner’s 100 Word Challenge.  Every week Ms Skinner sets children from all around the world the challenge of writing a 100 word narrative.  Ms Skinner provides a prompt either in the form of a phrase, couple of key words or a picture.  This week’s picture prompt is below.

This week’s picture prompt for the 100 Word Challenge run by Julia Skinner


100 Word Challenge by Eve
It was a clear, black, night and two boys named Kai and Ryan were toasting marshmallows above a fire. Once it got to about midnight, the boys got out their fishing gear.

‘We’ll catch a big one,’ promised Kai.

Staring into space, Ryan concentrated on the rocky road below him as he trudged down to the creek, hoping for a bite. At 1:00am, he spotted some strange bubbles in the creek. Kai heard a splash and only saw Ryan’s gumboots floating on the water’s surface. Kai dived in after, and not only him, but Ryan too, were never seen again.

What does the picture make you think about?

Count Us In!

The title sounds like a numeracy blog post, doesn’t it?  But, it’s actually all about music!

Last week, more than 2150 schools and half a million kids sang the same song, at the same time. From Tullamarine to Tasmania, Adelaide to Albany and Uluru to Upper Plenty, everyone was singing ‘Keep On.’

Click the image, follow the link and listen to the song

Schools performed on beaches, shopping centres, classrooms and performing arts centres.  Why?  It was part all part of Count Us In, a celebration of music in Australian schools.

There was live streaming before and during the event.  You can click HERE to see it all unfold.

You can watch all the action in the video clip below.  As you will see, Count Us In was on the same day as Halloween and we were all dressed up as part of our Halloween – a – thon!



Have you ever been part of a performance?

What songs do you like to sing?


Halloween Fun!

Today is Halloween.  Halloween happens every year on 31st October.  Some countries celebrate it and some don’t.  It is a bit of a strange thing to celebrate because it is dedicated to remembering the dead (well, according to Wikipedia).  People dress up as ghosts, witches, zombies and lots of other things.  People go ‘Trick or Treating’ in the evenings; door knocking and collecting treats.  Sometimes people play tricks on people if there are no treats.

We had a Halloween – a – thon at school today.  We dressed up, completed an obstacle course and had a sausage sizzle organised by our Family and Friends Group.  We could get sponsors to sponsor each lap of the obstacle course and raise money for our school.  The amazing thing is that we also get a prize if we raise lots of money.  It’s a win, win!

We’d like to thank the Family and Friends group for organising such a fun filled day.


Do you celebrate Halloween? Why/Why not?

What does Halloween mean to you?

Natural Disaster Facts & Figures

Today we discovered some interesting facts about natural disasters.

Did you know…

* The earthquake off Indonesia on Boxing Day in 2004 measured 9.1 on the Richter scale?

* 78 million people in Asia were affected by natural disasters in 2012?

* China has had the world’s deadliest famine, killing 30 million people?

* A severe tropical cyclone can have a sustained wind speed of 170km/h in the centre?

* Natural disasters affect people in different ways.  Click HERE to listen to how drought has affected three children.

Click HERE to watch a video about tsunamis (you can also just say ‘tsunami’ for the plural form too).  The word tsunami is a Japanese word.  ‘Tsu’ means ‘harbour’ and ‘nami’ means wave.

This week for Flipped Homework we have to watch the clip, write two interesting facts and ask one question in a comment on this post.

What interesting facts did you learn from the video clip?

What do you still want to find out about tsunamis?

Art Exhibition

On Thursday night we shared our art with family and friends at our Art Exhibition. The central learning space was transformed into a gallery full of everyone’s art work from the year. It all looked incredible! We would like to thank Mrs Lewis (our wonderful art teacher) for helping us to create such fabulous pieces of work and displaying them so creatively. We love art!

You can see some of the art on display in the slideshow below.



 What do you like most about art?

 Have you been to any other exhibitions? 


It’s a Disaster!

This term we are learning about natural disasters around the world.  Our key questions are:

  1. How have landscapes been effected by extreme weather?
  2. How have human activities caused erosion of the Earth’s surface?
  3. What are the characteristics of natural disasters?
  4. How is science used to manage natural disasters?


Our flipped homework is to watch the video clip below. It comes from National Geographic Kids website.


Click on the image to watch the video


Part of our flipped homework is to write a quiz question about the video clip in a comment on this post. We also have to answer a question someone else has already asked.


What did you learn from the video clip?

Can you think of other natural disasters?

Plenty of Fruit!

The Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market came to Upper Plenty today!

Carolyn and Teisha told us some very interesting facts about the market.  Did you know that it is the largest wholesale market in the Southern Hemisphere?  It is the fifth largest market in the whole world!  When we are fast asleep, buyers and wholesalers are working hard.  The market is open from midnight to 7:30am.

We heard about the different types of fruit and vegetables available at different times of the year.  Carolyn and Teisha reminded us that we should eat 2 pieces of fruit and 5 vegetables every day.  It’s also important that we eat lots of different coloured fuits and vegetables.

The highlight of the session was when we got to munch on a variety of foods.  Some we eat everyday, like bananas and apples.  But, some things were new – like asparagus.  It’s important to try different foods because our taste buds change every 14 – 21 days.  So, if you don’t like something today, try again in three weeks time!

Thank you to Maggie for arranging for the visit and all the parent helpers who chopped our fruit.


Taste testers!

 What fruits and vegetables do you like eating?

From Tullamarine to Tassie…We Hope!

Jetstar Airways runs a ‘Flying Start Programme’ which gives groups a ‘flying start’ or helping hand in the form of a grant.    For the past three months, entries have been open to organisations in Victoria and Tasmania.  One lucky charity, sporting, educational, health or arts group/organisation has the chance to win $15 000 in flights and $15 000 in cash.  Read more about it HERE.  A little while ago, Miss Crowther received an email about it and we decided that we would like to apply.

After meeting our blog buddies from Killara Primary School we would love to meet more of the people we work with through out blog.  So, we would like to use the grant to meet our blog buddies from 5/6CS in Tasmania.  The plan (and Mrs S from 5/6CS agrees) would be to visit Montagu Bay Primary School, meet our buddies and visit attractions in Tasmania.  It would be wonderful to meet the people we have worked with on Artist Trading Cards and the Alien Project.  Click HERE, HERE and HERE to find out about the trading cards and HERE to read about the Alien project.

A team of people in 5/6JC spent the last few weeks of term writing and rehearsing a song to try and convince the judges that we should be given the grant.  Some of us helped to brainstorm ideas for the written application.  We filmed our song and you can watch it below.



The $15 000 cash would be used to pay for accommodation, meals and entry fees.  The left over money would buy us more laptops and iPads so we could continue to collaborate with 5/6CS and other classes around the world.

We know that there will be hundreds (maybe thousands?!) of people applying and they would all put the grant to excellent use.   However, if you don’t apply, then you have absolutely zero chance of being awarded the grant.  Applications close tomorrow and we all have our fingers, toes, legs and arms crossed!

 If you had free flights to anywhere in the world, where would you visit?  Why?

Have you ever applied for a grant?  What was it for?

Skype with Rinku

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


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?