Some kangaroos interrupted us in writing and we got really interested. We all crowded at the window before they left.
A visit with Sue deGennaro – by Sirat
This week on Wednesday we went to the Craigieburn library to meet with an illustrator named Sue. She made two books with Jackie French. One was ‘The Tomorrow Book’ that we read this term for our CBL Big Idea. She has been working for 10 years and has made 20 books. She even wrote a book on her own. It is called ‘Eddie Frogbert’. We did three drawings with her.
We were so excited when we realised we knew The Tomorrow Book! Sue told us all about how she used collage to make the pictures and only used paper from her kitchen – she bought no new paper at all to make the pictures. We have looked for the special bits of paper she told us about ….. there is part of her eTag envelopes, Telstra bills and other bits of scrap paper used in her collages in the book.
Have you ever met an author or illustrator? What books did they write or illustrate? Let us know in the comments!
We met our pen pals from Korumburra on Tuesday this week. Meeting them was so much fun! We had a ball with our pen pals. They took us on a tour of their school. Their school had a double floor library, a creepy old cottage/classroom and they even have a pony paddock (with no ponies). The oval is called the pony paddock because the kids used to ride their horses to school in the olden days and they were kept on the oval next to the school for the day. Their library building is about 120 years old!They even have a statue of a painted cow!
We also took some photos with them on their netbooks as we went on the tours. They have three basketball courts – one is completely covered with a roof for shade – and some of their classrooms were next to these like at our school. Their school was smaller than ours but it felt larger. Most of the buildings were built out of bricks, which is different to our school but they had a building that looked like our main building (it was half the size). The playgrounds we played in were smaller than ours but had similar equipment to us. Their Year 6 students have special jumpers with their names on them like our Year 6 students have.
Here are some thoughts and reflections on our day:
Josh – At Korumburra Primary I had fun with my pen pal Noah. I played an amazing game of basketball. I saw a haunted classroom there – so scary. And I took some photos with my pen pal Noah.
Sirat – On the way to Korumburra I felt a bit sick. When we made it my pen pal and I went to the playground to play. Then she took photos to prove we visited them. My pen pal’s best friend was my best friend’s pen pal!
Taylor – Korumburra is as cool as the countryside. Regen is funny and kind. We have a few things in common. That’s why I really like her as a friend.
Zaive – On Tuesday the 24th of October my class went on a pen pal excursion to Korumburra. I felt like we were there for one minute because it was super fun!
Youshia – It is fun sending letters to our pen pals. It is great having pen pals.
Omid – I enjoyed playing with my pen pals. I saw a place called the creepy cottage. We had some photos with my pen pal. I played basketball with my pen pal.
Gurnoor – I enjoyed being at Korumburra Primary School. We played on the playground and had a school tour. There was a haunted cottage, classrooms and library.
Elaih – We went to see our pen pals in Korumburra. The bus drive was reeeeaallly long. We had lots of fun there. We played a b’ball game there. Our team won. There was 2 poles connected to the playground. They were used as a slide and something to get down.
Greer – I had fun. It was a great time. I loved it. I saw a lot of horses on the bus.
Emrys – I had lots of fun exploring the school with Aaron because there were lots of cool things I learnt about him. Aaron showed me around the school and we went and had a look at the creepy cottage and the library.
Selena – It was amazing to meet our pen pals face to face. I really enjoyed it. I love having pen pals. Their school is really fun.
Senitha – It was an exiting day with our pen pals. We got to play and look at their places. We liked the library!
Harjas – 3C went to visit our pen pals in Korumburra. I thought the bus trip was very long and I got very tired. When we reached I was very excited to see their school, and I learnt that their school is bigger than ours! We stayed there for 2 hours (2 hours bus, 2 hours school, 2 hours back) and after that we came back on the same bus. On the way there we hit 2 birds.
Ranveer – It was boring in the bus because I didn’t do much in the bus. When we got to Korumburra we had lots of fun. They showed us the school and played tiggy.
Here are just a few pictures from our day. As you can see – we had so much fun we could not stop smiling!
There were a few students who were unable to come with us to Korumburra. They have some thoughts about having pen pals this year:
Aaliyah A: It is very fun to have pen pals because we write to them and video call them! We have pen pals in America and Korumburra. I have pen pals called Jesse and Jorja. Jorja is from Korumburra and Jesse is from Shelledy Elementary School in America. It is FUN having pen pals!
Aaliyah K – It is fun having pen pals because you get to talk to them and send letters to them. It is super fun. Here are some opinions of others: Selena – it’s amazing; Ms Huntly – We get to learn about different people and its fun; Emrys – It’s good.
Our memories and thoughts from our excursion were recorded using sketchnoting. Have a look at our work (this was our very first attempt at sketchnoting as well!):
We also need to say thank you to Complete Property Centre at Highlands Shopping Centre because without them contributing to the cost of our bus we would not have been able to visit Korumburra Primary and have this amazing day! THANK YOU!!!!!
This term we are sending home an optional grid with a set of open ended activities that will relate to our learning, our Big Idea or general personal life skills. A new grid will be provided to students every two weeks.
This Home Learning grid will be provided to students through Showbie as well as sent home via Compass and our Year 3 blog. Any tasks that are completed by students are able to be recorded in the “Home Learning” assignment on Showbie. For those students who do not have an iPad for use at home, they can record their home learning in their Home Learning book provided by their teacher.
Students will have opportunities to practise reading, maths and writing skills throughout the two weeks. There will also be CBL links and activities relating to personal and social skills and habits as well.
If there are any questions at all, please feel free to speak to any of the Year 3 teachers.
Ms Huntly, Ms Ashby, Mr Borrell, Ms Kichakov, Ms Mayor and Ms Murray
On the first day of school this week we really loved seeing our friends again after the holidays. We had missed them and our teacher a lot!
This week Ms Huntly showed us how to get onto our school email accounts. Today on Gmail we were practising writing emails and sending them to Ms Huntly. We are doing this so we can talk to our pen pals in America more quickly, instead of sending letters which can take weeks. Some of our thoughts on using our emails:
lots of fun
new for some people
On Monday we looked on Google Earth and saw the school that our pen pals go to in Colorado (America). We started putting together a video about our school to send to them and we will post this on our blog next week when it is done. Here is a screenshot of their school from Google Earth:
Our CBL Big Idea this term is ‘Sustainability’. We talked about the environment and all the things we knew about and wondered about. Our class definition of sustainability is growing but we have found so far that it means the world needs to keep going how it is – everything needs to continue to work so we can have food, water and clean air without pollution.
‘The Tomorrow Book’ was read in class and is about a prince that saw the outside world was not as good as inside the books he read. His world was dark and polluted. The prince solves people’s problems by giving them suggestions on how to use materials to fix things. For example, some of the people complained there was not enough water left to fill their pool so the prince suggested they collect water from the roof to reuse.
During our session with 3A this week we explored the website NASA Climate Kids. We compared it to a website made for adults and decided the Climate Kids website was made for kids – it has lots of colour, cool pictures such as the earth with eyeballs, the tabs are different shapes, there were games and things to do and the facts are written in kid speak. We spent some time watching videos, playing games and reading some very interesting facts.
We have been learning about division this week. Division is sharing equally. We have been practising our strategies for division and found these are very similar to multiplication strategies. Some of us are learning to use the division algorithm.
Our buddies came to visit us in our classroom and we made Venn diagrams with them about our holidays. We also had our first library visit for the term to choose some interesting good fit books for our book boxes.
Our class would like to send a huge thank you to Complete Property Centre at Highlands Shopping Centre. We have wanted to travel to Korumburra Primary School to meet our pen pals in person and see their school. Complete Property Centre have generously donated half of the money needed to cover the cost of a bus for our excursion.
We are very excited to visit a different country school and meet our pen pals during week 3 next term. Our excursion would not have been possible without Complete Property Centre and their continued willingness to help out our students at ACPS.
Watch this space next term to find out all about our exciting visit to Korumburra to see our pen pals!
On Monday we changed our class goal. Our new class goal is we will get along to get the job done. That means get the job done and work as a team. We agreed that will be our goal, we will do this by respecting each other and returning property. – Y.K & A.B
We looked at our digital footprint and thought of ways to stay safe on the internet we learnt alot about cyber safety.-
Tuesday we made cyber safety videos to deliver a message about being safe online. We worked in groups and each covered a different area such as scamming, privacy, cyber bullying and so much more. -E.M, J.A & Z.C
Hi our names are Lola and Aaliyah.k and our buddy class had a red timetable assembly to attend.To watch the 1/2s and preps perform.we went to remind them of respectful when the classes are performing.-L.M and A.K
Throughout the week we have learnt about QAR, we made a song and this is how it go’s. Question, Answer, Relationship…Right there…stop, think, search…author and me…on my own, we added actions to it as well. We read two stories and answered some different questions, WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!!!- A.A
Our class started brainstorming some inventions this week, we watched little big ideas and kid inventions, this inspired us. We have started planning our ideas and next week we can make a blueprint. -A.A & G.O
For e-Smart week this week we worked with bloxels, we created our own e-smart hero and wrote up his characteristics and related them to the school values, we were having so much fun we didn’t want to stop. -A.Z & F.H
Today we had a prompt about what we are curious about in write on time people had great ideas! There were some like something is better than that, we convinced our teachers.-G.K and H.O
Last Thursday we explored static electricity with 3A. We talked about conductors of electricity along with positive and negative atoms, we learnt about static electricity at our science works excursion. Some of us experimented with Ballons and salt, we wanted to see if we could create a reaction and guess what? it worked the salt was attracted to the ballon. Some of us also experimented with aluminium foil and that worked as well.
We needed to make predications about the experiments before we conducted them, after our predictions we got to experiment and make observations about what happened, we then provided an explanation and documented our findings on our Ipads.
This week we started Junior master chef, each of us had to choose a recipe from a country we were curious about or a country we were from. We wrote up the recipe and had to make sure it served at least 4 people. We then needed to list the ingredients, we needed at least 5 ingredients and had to find them on the Coles website. – AA, LM & TS
We had a fathers day stall this week where we got to go and get presents for our Dads, we think they will be happy with their gifts. -GO & JM
On Thursday we went to 3A’s classroom to explore static electricity. We paired up and started to experiment, we had to use apps on our Ipad and set our pages out with predictions, observations and explanations. Some of us rubbed the ballon on our hair and others did it on a cloth we then wanted to see if it would attract the salt nd foil, it did! – HS & YK
We finished Diary of a wimpy kid. Some of us would like to read part 2 but we voted and are now started Harry Potter. Diary of the wimpy kid was funny , the part with the cheese was disgusting on the basketball court. It took weeks to complete the book, the book was really funny.
On the 1st of September we did problem solving. We had to underline key words in order to solve the problems. -JA & ZC
On Friday we got to look at positive and negative emotions. We had a session where we had to put negative and positive emotions, we traced a person on one side we had negative emotions and the other was positive for in the classroom and the playground. We had high level answers like ecstatic and fuming. Some of us got to share our posters and others kept it to themselves which is fine. -OA & ER
This week we did readers theatre, it was fun. readers theatre is a play where we don’t need to remember the lines and do actions, it’s all about expression! and having fun. We use our team work skills and sow each other respect by listening to out class mates. Do you want to try readers theatre? – SS
Last Friday we went to ScienceWorks. The bus trip was probably 45 minutes long. My favourite rooms were the Lightning and Science rooms. The Lightning room had a show in it and lots of experiments. The Science room had a couple of things. Finally the Sports room had a couple of games and exercises. The playground had lots of things. I also climbed trees. It was exhausting and fun. – SS
On Friday 25th August we went to ScienceWorks. It was fun. My favourite part was the drive back to school. – EM
On Friday 25th August we went on an excursion to ScienceWorks. Lola’s favourite part was the Lightning room. It wasn’t a room where you looked at objects, it was a show. Aaliyah’s favourite part was the Lightning room also. It was amazing and Lola’s hair was unbelievable. While we were there our friend Taylor was on holiday in Queensland. – AK, LM
On Friday 25th August 3C, 3A and 3E went to ScienceWorks. In my opinion we had so much fun. I wish that we could go back soon. My friends and I made a program and we had to see who could go to the highest level when we were climbing the trees. – SJ
On Friday 25th August 3C, 3A and 3E went on an excursion to ScienceWorks. We went in the Lightning room and Phil turned the lights off and the lightning came out of nowhere. That was my favourite part. – OA, FH
I also liked the Lightning room. It was really fun. I had never seen real lightning before in my whole life. – HO
On Friday August 25th 3C, 3E and 3A went on an excursion to ScienceWorks. It was a really long way on the bus but when we got there we put our bags on a trolley and went to the lightning room. After that we had lunch and went to see the science exhibit. – HS
There was magic tricks and lightning and balloons and the fun thing was watching lightning. It was dark. – GO
On August 25th we went to ScienceWorks. I really enjoyed going there. They had a lightning room where there was real lightning. Wow! It was very fun going to ScienceWorks. – GK
I had fun at ScienceWorks. My favourite thing at ScienceWorks was the magic door. – AB
At ScienceWorks we had the racing track and I had a draw with Senitha. We also went to the feeling room and I felt weird when Harjas pressed a lot of buttons. In the Lightning room I opened my ears a little when I saw the lightning and it was really loud. – RS
At ScienceWorks we went to the Lightning room first. It was really dark and loud. When Phil turned the lights off, lightning came. It was so cool! – A.Am
At ScienceWorks we went in the Lightning room. At the end there was a lightning show. After that we had to go eat lunch. – SR, YK
On Friday August 25th, we went to ScienceWorks. Some of the things that were there were running races, visual soccer and the really cool thing there was a Lightning room and they used real lightning. We were safe because the lightning was in a big cage. We also had a rock climbing wall and there was a magic door that spun around and you went to another area. I also really liked the bike with the flying skeleton. – A.Ak
On Friday 25th August we went to ScienceWorks. In the building there was a build a car space and outside there was a yellow door room that was an old coal mining spot. – JA
While we were at Scienceworks, one of our classmates was in Queensland having lots of fun!…………
Me and my brother were in the pool for pretty much the whole day except for when we had breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went on a waterslide that leads into the pool. I went on it so many times! – TS