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!

 

What A Day!

Today we launched our magazine, Global UPdate. Parents, grandparents, friends and guest speakers joined us from near and far to hear about how we wrote our articles, what we learnt and to get their copy of the magazine.  We even had two special guests who weren’t actually in Victoria!

Earlier in the week we were interviewed by Amy from the local newspaper and on Tuesday it hit the stands!  Amy came earlier in the term to talk about writing newspaper articles and we used the information to help write our own articles.  It was great to have Amy come back and see the finished product.  The only problem was that the people in the photo below weren’t actually allowed to open the magazines!  And we’ll let you in on a little secret…they’re only the proof copies that the magazine publishers sent to us so Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther could check things.
 

 

We wore red to support our chosen charity, Red Cross. Nicole from Red Cross spoke about the work Red Cross does and how our money will help people who have been affected by natural disasters. We learnt about natural disasters this term and were affected by the Black Saturday bushfires, so we were really happy to help such a great cause.
 

 
Some of us spoke about how we researched our articles by emailing people at schools around the world.  We explained the process and shared some facts about our articles.  We also had a panel of students who answered questions from the audience on everyone’s behalf.

 

 

 

Mrs Monaghan was a special guest speaker…all the way from England!  It was only 9:15am in Australia but it was 10:15pm on Tuesday night for Mrs Monaghan!  We’re very grateful that she stayed up so she could talk to us about all the great projects we have worked on with her class.  Technology means that we can work and learn with people on the other side of the world and feel like we know them.

 

 

Our third guest speaker was Jeremy Scott who is cycling 50 000km around the world to raise money for The Heart Foundation.  At the moment he is in Sydney.  Click HERE to visit his blog and read about his adventures.  Today was a rest day for Jeremy which was lucky for us because he could talk to us!  Jeremy told us about the things he has seen on his adventure.  In one photo there is an ‘elephant’ road sign!  He has cycled in temperatures of -20 degrees and met bears.  Sometimes it has been really hard to keep going, but he does.  His trick is to think of a hard thing he has done in Turkey and remind himself that nothing is as bad as Turkey.  Jeremy is nearly at the end of his trip as he only has about 5000km left to ride.

 

 

At the end of the launch we finally got to see a copy of the magazine and it was AWESOME!  We ate red velvet cupcakes, red grapes, red apples and red lollies whilst we read our articles.

 

 

 
We all enjoyed sharing our magazine with our family and friends.  We hope we get to write one next year!

What was the most important thing you learnt from publishing the magazine?

If you wrote a magazine, what would you make it about?

 

Christmas Countdown!

The Christmas Countdown is on!  Shops have been filled with decorations for over a month and there are now only seven school days left before the start of our Christmas holidays.  However, there is a lot to look forward to before the end of term, including:

* Magazine launch of Global UPdate

* Class Party & KK

* Christmas Carols Night at school

* Skype ‘n’ Sing  with Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 in England

* Grade 6 Graduation

 

We will be singing Christmas Carols with students in England next week.  Mrs Monaghan’s Class will sing ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ for us and we will sing ‘We Wish You a Ripper Christmas’ for them. We might also sing ‘Frosty the Snowman.‘   Class 2 have been learning about Australia and have been practising ‘Deck the Shed with Bits of Wattle’ and we will ALL sing this together at the end.  You can sing along with ‘Bucko and Champs’ version of the song below.

 

 

What is your favourite Christmas Carol?

What is your favourite thing about Christmas time?

Global UPdate!

This term one of our main focuses has been to publish a magazine comparing similarities and differences of countries around the world.  And…we’ve done it!  We’ve called our magazine Global UPdate.  The ‘UP‘ is for Upper Plenty.  Our magazine has articles about life all around the world.  From Germany to Tokyo and England to Canada we’ve got it covered.

We worked in teams to write the articles about all sorts of things, including literacy, foods, favourite things, numeracy, schools, fun and games, natural disasters, hobbies, sports and animals.

After weeks and weeks of planning and gathering information through emails and Skype we finally finished our articles!  As we type this post they are being processed at the publishing company.  The company sent us two ‘proof’ copies so that we could check that the layout is perfect and there are no spelling errors or typing mistakes.  We get one more chance to see our updated proofs.

 

The Front Cover

Once we have approved the new proofs the company will print 100 copies of our magazine!  We have decided to sell them for $15 each. We have to pay the publishing company and would like to raise some money for a charity.  Any profits made will go to Red Cross.  This charity was chosen because they support children all around the world and children all around the world helped us write our articles.

Thank you to everyone who helped us with the magazine.  We are looking forward to seeing our published magazine soon!  If you would like to order a copy, please leave your details in a comment below, use the contact form (under ‘Contact’ at the top of the screen) or drop into the School office.

If you wrote a magazine, what would you write about and why?

What magazines do you enjoy reading?  Why?

 

The End

Earlier this term our friends Mrs Smith and 4/5DS in Tasmania sent us the first 100 words of a narrative.  Our job?  To write the ending in 100 words.  We did a similar project in Term 2 with Frole Island, except we wrote the first part of the story and they finished it.  Click HERE to read our Term 2 narratives.

The Frole Islanders thought the ending was harder to write than the beginning.  So, we were keen to test out the theory and we AGREE!  We had a great time thinking of possible endings and wonder if they are the endings the original authors had in mind?  Our endings are written in purple.

 

Do you think the beginning or ending of a narrative would be harder to write? Why?

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?

 

Sur – prise!!!

It all started when 4/5P and 5/6JC got called over the loudspeaker to go to their classrooms at recess. We were wondering what was happening. We saw the lanyards and thought that we were going on an excursion. We all felt a little bit confused until we saw the Mystery Excursion tickets that said:

 

We quickly hopped on the bus and had three clues about  the Mystery Excursion. Our first clue was ‘Friends’ and a little while later we got two more clues, ‘Performance’ and ‘100’.  After the clues, people started guessing: King Kong, another primary school, Hoyts or IMAX. We were pretty sure that it was Killara Primary School after we had our third clue. The reason was because we had sent 100 word narratives to Killara PS for them to complete.

 

 

When we got there, Miss Fraser greeted us with a bearded dragon (lizard) called Sheldon on her shoulder. Soon we were at her classroom and we met the students who had completed our 100 word narratives. As we were reading our narratives we were wondering if they would finish the way we thought they would. We were surprised at some of the endings!  You can read all of our narratives by clicking on the bottom right hand corner of the texts below.  KPS’s endings are in red font.

 

After that our partners gave us a tour of the school. We were shown the gym and after we had finished we went back to the gym to play Penguin Olympics and Golden Child.

We then went to our last activity for the day which was to watch KPS’s school production, Wiping Out Waste (WOW). It was a good production about how to stop people littering. It was an original musical written by their Performing Arts teacher.

We had a great day and hope to see them again soon!

 

Have you been to a live performance before?

What was your favourite part of the Mystery Excursion?

What surprised you about KPS?

200 Word Narratives

Last week we wrote the first 100 words of a narrative with a partner and then emailed them to our blogging friends at Killara Primary School so they could write the next (and last) 100 words.

We had to make sure that we introduced our characters, setting, some events and the beginning of a problem.  It was quite a challenge to use 100 words exactly.  The title did not count in the final word count.  To make sure we used 100 words exactly we had to spend a lot of time choosing the right words and revising our narratives.  We are looking forward to reading the end of the narratives soon!

You can read the start of some of our narratives below. 

 


 How would you end the narratives above?

Leave us the first 100 words of a narrative in a comment! 

Meeting Miss Fraser

Last week we had a special visitor.  Miss Fraser from Frole Island dropped in for a quick visit.  We have met Miss Fraser via Skype twice but never ‘for real’.  The first time we met was during a Mystery Skype and the second time was for our Asia Skype Quiz.  It was very exciting to meet a blogging friend face to face.

We know that we have to be very careful when we meet someone in real life that we have only ever met online.  However, meeting a teacher from Skype is very different to just meeting ‘anyone.’

 

Meeting Miss Fraser

 

Miss Fraser was a special guest at our Student Blogging Club.  Later this term Miss Crowther is going to visit Frole Island.  Miss Fraser and Miss Crowther are also working on a special surprise for their students.  We wonder what it could be…

What do you think is the special surprise?

 

Alien Project

Towards the end of Term Two we focussed on writing information reports.  We learnt that good information reports have:
* A general opening statement or classification
* A description
* Related information grouped into paragraphs

* Sub headings
* Summary
* Visual text (photos, diagrams, maps etc.)
* Specialised language
* Present tense
* Use third person
* Sentences with one or more facts

To conclude our report writing focus we wrote a report about a fictional alien to share with Mrs Smith and our friends in 5/6CS in Tasmania.  As they had been learning about Space,  Mrs S suggested we write a report about an alien.  We sent them a copy of our reports (without the visual diagram). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Students in 5/6CS recreated our original aliens from the description in our reports. Check out the results in the slideshow below.

 

 
5/6CS also gave us valuable feedback on our report writing skills.  We sent them a checklist to use about the structure, language and features of our reports.  They filled them in and posted them back to us.
 

Report checklist completed by 5/6CS students

 

Feedback and advice from 5/6CS

 

Feedback and advice from 5/6CS

 

We really enjoyed creating our aliens, writing our reports, sharing them with 5/6CS and reading their feedback. Thank you for working with us Mrs Smith and 5/6CS!

 Have you ever written an information report?  What was it about?

What type of alien would you create?