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?

 

Miss Crowther’s Flipped It!

It’s official, Miss Crowther has flipped…our classroom!  Together with Mrs Placek, Miss Crowther is becoming a ‘fully flipped’ teacher with the help of the clever people at Sophia.

It means we will be completing tasks at home so that we already know some things about the topic and focus of our face to face lessons.  By preparing for our face to face lessons more time can be spent doing the ‘hard’ stuff at school with our teacher.

The term ‘Flipped Classroom’ is used to describe what we are doing because we have swapped (or flipped!) around what we do at school and what we do for homework.  Traditionally, we started learning something at school and then practised it more at home.  The only problem was, that if we needed help, our teacher wasn’t there to help us.  Now, we can start at home and continue it at school with our teacher.  We can ask questions, work with others and learn in a better way.

At the moment, our flipped learning focuses mainly around writing.  This week, at school we are writing narratives and learning how to use and punctuate dialogue correctly.  So, this week’s flipped homework is to watch the video below made by Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther about using dialogue correctly.

After watching the video we have to check our understanding by completing a quick quiz.  Click HERE to see (and do!) the quiz.  At school Miss Crowther will help us to apply our learning to punctuate dialogue correctly in our narratives.

Has your teacher flipped it?

What do you think of flipped homework?

 

History

This term we are learning more about Australian history.  Our focus questions are:

* Why and how did Australia become a nation?

* How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?

* Who were the people who came to Australia?  Why did they come?

* What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?

 

So far, we have discovered:

* Australia hasn’t always been a nation.  There used to be six colonies with their own set of rules.

* The six colonies were Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

* If you bought something from another colony you had to pay a tarrif on it.  Tarrifs are like taxes.

* Colonies had different sized railway tracks so you had to swap trains.

* In the late 1800s lots of people started to like the idea of becoming one country because national pride was increasing and it would mean a better defence against possible invasions.

* Not everyone liked the idea.  Smaller colonies were worried that colonies with larger populations (New South Wales and Victoria) would dominate.

* After many meetings (called conventions) and drafts of rules, a referendum (like a vote) was held and Australia finally became the Commonwealth of Australia.  This is called the Federation of Australia.

 

This week we had to find out five facts about Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton.  We had 15 minutes to research and record our facts as dot points.  We then created a Voki using our facts.  Our Vokis had to look and sound as ‘life like’ as possible.

 

Bailey and Daniel made this Voki:


 
Chelsea’s Voki:

 
Madison and Billie’s Voki:

 

Eve and Alicia’s Voki:

What facts do you know about Australia’s history?

If you researched an important person from Australia’s past, who would it be? Why?

iPads at Upper Plenty

Upper Plenty P.S now has ten iPads!! We are beyond excited and looking forward to using them in many different ways. The first app we used was Puppet Pals. Puppet Pals is a story telling app for iPhones, iPods and iPads.

 

 

We like using Puppet Pals because it is:

  • Super easy to use
  • Perfect for all year levels
  • Used collaboratively or individually
  • Links to AUSVELS across curriculum areas
  • It’s FUN!

You can create a story with puppet characters or your own photos.  Choose from the backgrounds provided or use your own.

 

 

You get to move the characters around, change their size,  change your backgrounds and narrate the show.

 

 

 

 

Hopefully, we will be able to put some of our Puppet Pals creations on our blog soon!

 

Why do you like learning with technology?

What are some of your favourite apps? 

 

Skooville

This afternoon we logged on to a safe social network called Skooville.  Skooville is the new SuperClubs PLUS.  It’s had a bit of a make over and ‘grown up’ since we last visited. 

Skooville is one tool we will be using to make sure that we learn how to be safe and responsible online.  It is also a site that will help us to develop our digital literacy skills.  We will be doing both of these important things and having lots of fun along the way.  We can’t wait!

This afternoon we created an avatar to represent us online.  It tells people a bit about us but doesn’t give away too much – like a photo would.  Our avatars appear on our own individual pages, along with lots of cool other stuff. 

Skooville is a big place and we will be exploring it over the coming weeks and months.  Stay tuned!

 
What do you like about Skooville?

How do you stay safe online?

Do you use another website to help you learn about being smart online?