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!
We finally created our installation for the Specialist showcase and it looked amazing! The hardest part was working out how we wanted to arrange our work. We had to work together as a class and we decided that we were going to arrange them in order from largest to smallest. After taking some time to work this out we used blue tack to stand our totem poles on the tables. Did you see our work at the showcase? if not you can have a look at the pictures below and tell us what you think.
We were so happy to see so many families come to see the work of students on display at the Specialist Showcase this year. Parents and students were able to come into the Art rooms and participate in a variety of activities such as mindfulness Mandala colouring, Pop Art murals painting, bubble art and experimental painting using mineral paper and inks. Everyone had a great time spending time together and making some very creative Art. Some of the Pop Art Murals from the night of the showcase still need some work. If you want to help finish them come to Art club during blue school timetable at lunchtime and give us a hand to finish them. See below for the pictures of what kids and families created.
Were you at the Specialist Showcase last week?! It was a huge success and was fantastic to see so many parents coming down with us to see the highlights of our specialist classes. Hopefully you had a look at the Gallery while you were there because we had a great showcase of student work ranging from Term 1 to Term 3. It was like walking through a sea of colour and creativity! If you didn’t get a chance to see the gallery, or you want to see some of it again, check out the gallery pictures in this blog. There’s also some great pictures of some of us and our parents enjoying the art activities. It was pretty busy at times in the art rooms, so hopefully everyone who came a long had a chance to participate. Grade 1s and 2s had already done the activities in Miss Kirk’s room, so they were great teachers on the night to those of us that hadn’t done them before! In Miss Thomas’ room, there was painting happening for a secret picture, which she will shortly be revealing! Please enjoy these pictures!