Winter Holidays

Victorian schools are currently having their mid-year two week holiday break.

Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so it is winter here. Our blogging buddies in North America and England live in the northern hemisphere, so they are enjoying their long summer vacation.

The image below shows a world map. (Click on the image to see it more clearly). The red line is the equator. The equator is an imaginary line that is drawn around the earth, dividing the two hemispheres.

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All countries above the equator are in the northern hemisphere, while countries below the equator are in the southern hemisphere. Areas that are close to the equator are warmer than other areas.

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We live in Victoria, a southern state of Victoria. The days and nights are pretty chilly here at the moment!

Here are some winter facts:

  • The winter months in Australia are June, July and August.
  • July is generally the coldest month in Melbourne (Victoria’s capital city). The average July temperature in Melbourne is 13.4 degrees.
  • On average, Victoria receives about 49mm of rain during each month of winter.
  • In Victoria, snow generally only falls in the mountains in the east of the state.
  • Victoria’s lowest ever recorded temperature was -11.7 degrees celsius at Omeo in 1965, and then again at Falls Creek in 1970.

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What do you like to do in winter?

What is your favourite season?

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Dynamic Assessment Task

Last week 4KM and 4KJ students worked hard on their Dynamic Assessment Task (DAT).

At the end of each major topic, students at Leopold Primary School complete a DAT, which is a special project. The DAT demonstrates the students’ knowledge and celebrates what they have learnt.

Our first topic for the year was Australian Symbols and Icons. Throughout the term, we learnt about Australian states and territories, our state flags and floral emblems, the national Coat of Arms, popular landmarks, typical Australian food and slang, and famous Australian people throughout history. You can read about our topic here and here.

To successfully complete the DAT, students had to:

1. Pair up with someone in the class and decide what to research. They could choose an Australian state, landmark, place, animal or person to study.

2. Complete research at home prior to the task.

3. Write the research in their own words.

4. Create a PowerPoint presentation to share their information, using headings, images, borders and backgrounds.

5. Present the PowerPoint to the class.

6. Complete peer assessments on each of the presentations.

Everyone did a terrific job with the DAT and Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris were impressed with the final results! Here are four of the PowerPoint presentations for you to read and enjoy.

 

What did you think of the presentations?

What is your favourite Australian icon or emblem?

What would you choose to research if you had to complete this task?

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ANZAC Day

All the 4KM and 4KJ students are at home today as it is a special public holiday, ANZAC Day.

Photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/

On the 25th April each year we remember the bravery and sacrifice of all soldiers who have served our country in times of war.

ANZAC, stands for

Australian
New Zealand
Army
Corps

The ANZAC tradition began during World War I when Australian and allied troops landed in 1915 at Gallipoli, Turkey.

The Last Post is often played on a bugle to remember those who fought in wars and didn’t return home.

The Last Post (tip: right click and select “open in new tab” to play)

 

 Do you know any more information about ANZAC day?

What special events are held on ANZAC day?

What do you and your family do on ANZAC day?

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Learning About Our Country

This term we are learning all about our country, Australia.

Last week we watched an Australian tourism commerical which promotes our country to the world. The commerical features some of Australia’s famous landmarks, national icons, our nature, the landscape, our history and coastal regions. You can watch it below. Tip – view the commercial in full screen by pressing the little box in the bottom right hand corner.

Warning – the tune is very catchy and you might find yourself singing it all day!

We created posters to showcase some of Australia’s popular tourist attractions. Here is some of our work…

 

What do you love about Australia?

What attractions would you recommend to someone who was visiting our country?

What special icons or landmarks are famous in your country?

 

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Describing Geelong

Our focus in writing is descriptive writing.

To make our writing interesting to read, we are including lots of adjectives in our texts. Adjectives are describing words, and they help you to make a picture in your mind while you are reading.

Last week we wrote descriptive texts about places in our city, Geelong. Our town, Leopold, is a suburb of Geelong. Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria and there are lots of attractions for families to visit in the area.

We hope you enjoy reading our descriptions.

Tip: click on the arrows icon in the bottom right hand corner to view in full screen.

To learn more about Geelong, why not check out the official Geelong and the Bellarine visitor information website.

Did you enjoy our descriptive writing?

Where would you like to visit in Geelong?

Can you describe a place in your town or city?

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The Monster Who Ate Australia

Today we read the book The Monster Who Ate Australia by Australian author, Michael Salmon.

The story is about a monster named Burra, who travels around to the capital cities of Australia. He sees the sights, eats some strange things and gets into some mischief along the way!

After reading the book, students completed a story map to show Burra’s Australian adventure.

On Michael Salmon’s website, you can read the story yourself. Click the image below which takes you to Michael’s website, and click on The Monster Who Ate Australia story in the main screen. Happy reading!

You can find a list of Michael Salmon’s other terrific books here.

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What did you think of The Monster Who Ate Australia?

What was your favourite part of the story?

If you could travel anywhere in Australia, where would you go?

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