In reading we are learning about cause and effect.
“Cause is the reason (why something happens), and effect is the result (what happened)”
We watched news reports on BTN to practice identifying the cause and effect in different situations around the world.
Cause: Hawaii’s volcano erupted
Effect: Destroyed homes and cars, and people had to evacuate
Cause: Bad storm in Hobart
Effect: Formed a flood and swept people and property away
Cause: Australia joined the National Space Agency
Effect: More jobs for Australians in the space department
Good Afternoon Year Three Community,
It is that time of year again, the WORD MANIA CHALLENGE is here! We would love to see all students and parents involved in the challenge. We need everyone to jump onto Word Mania and play as many times as you can to build up the highest possible scores. Last year our Year Two students achieved a tenth placing on the National Leaderboard and won some amazing prizes.
Together we can achieve great things, so let’s get playing!
Accessing Word Mania:
Word Mania is accessible on desktop and mobile devices. Simply log in to LiteracyPlanet on desktop and click on the Word Mania icon, or can download the free Word Mania 2018 app (iOS and Android). Students use their LiteracyPlanet login details for Word Mania.
How to Play
Word Mania is an interactive online word building game. Players are given a board of 15 randomly generated letters, and have three minutes to create as many words as they can. Every valid word formed earns points. Longer and more complex words score higher, and scores can be boosted by building valid words consecutively, and using special Gold and Diamond letter tiles. Word building uses various literacy skills: phonemes, morphemes including affixes and plurals, spelling, word recognition, vocabulary and word knowledge. Students can play as many times as they like, and the sum of the highest 50 game scores by at least five students from the same grade will be their school’s score for that year level.
$350,000 in Prizes!
Word Mania Dates:
Practise – Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, July 29.
Competition Round 1- Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3.
Competition Round 2 – Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10.
Final Round – Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, August 17.
For more information visit: http://www.wordmania.com/au/
In writing, we have been learning to persuade an audience. We started to draft a letter to convince the reader that convicts were treated unfairly.
Here are some examples of students’ thoughts and ideas:
The convicts committed small crimes and were treated unfairly – Shyla
People were punished for being late and lazy – Zac
There wasn’t enough food and water for all the convicts but they still had to do so much work- Hazim
People shouldn’t be punished for stealing a small loaf of bread” – Cruiz
People may have been stealing to survive – Arda
The government were too harsh towards people who committed innocent crimes – Harman
We have also learnt how to paraphrase information about the First Fleet.
“Paraphrasing is when we re-write information in our own words” – Kathleen
Here are some examples of how we’ve paraphrased new learnt information.
Today in 3D and 3E we participated in a scavenger hunt for CBL research of Australian history. We wrote down the names of famous Australians and we predicted what the people were famous for.
In our next session we will look for the QR codes and match the numbers with the person and then we will record a fact about that person.
Last week, we explored different artefacts linked to our Big Idea at our Discovery Gallery. With our iPads we took pictures of the artefacts and made wonderings about what we think each artefact was used for, who it belonged to, what it is and why it was special. We made connections with all the artefacts to find a common theme and determine the challenge for CBL.
“I think our challenge might be about travelling across the sea”
“I think it might be about history”
“I think it might be about Australia”
“I think it might be about Australian history”
YAY we figured out our challenge!
Challenge: Discover our Australian history
Wonderings after visiting the Discovery Gallery:
“I wonder what the old maps were used for?” – Arda
“I wonder why Australia is so hot?” – Lara
“I wonder how the sun dials were used?” – Savneet
“I wonder when Australia was discovered?” -Brianna
“I wonder why Australia is a dry country? – Eman
“I wonder why prisoners were shipped to other countries? – Lara
“I wonder why the law and sentences were so harsh” – Zac
Athletics Day was so much fun! We participated in a variety of sporting events such as long jump, sprinting, triple jump and hurdles. We practised our skills during PE leading up to this big event!
“I liked how we got to do different types of activities” – Shyla
“I really liked triple and long jump especially when I tripped on the sand” – Haveesh
“I really liked hurdles because it tested my jumping skills and it was really fun” – Zac
“I think it was the best day ever because we achieved our goal and behaved really well and showed team work” – Kathleen
“I liked all the activities and how we helped each other” – Stefanee