Glogster

Today the students in 4KM and 4KJ learnt how to use Glogster.

Glogster is an online tool that allows you to make interactive posters, or “glogs”. The word glog is short for graphical blog.

You can add text, images, photos, audio, video and special effects to create a glog, and finished glogs can be embedded into blogs so they can be shared with everyone. Glogster is easy and fun to use!

We used Glogster today to create reflections about Term Two in 4KM and 4KJ. It was fun to remember all the fun we have had and the new things we have learnt.

Here are some of our Term Two reflection glogs

*Hover over the GlogsterEDU logo on each glog and select “view full size” to see the glogs more clearly*

What do you think of our glogs?

Have you used Glogster before?

What would you make a glog about?

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Understanding Apostrophes

In 4KM and 4KJ we have been learning about apostrophes.

An apostrophe is a type of punctuation.

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On a keyboard, you can usually find an apostrophe to the left of enter.

keyboard apostrophe

Apostrophes can be confusing. Here are some tips that might help.

Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t know how to use apostrophes correctly. In an effort to teach the community about correct apostrophe use, 4KM and 4KJ students created some posters using Kerpoof. They chose one of the apostrophe rules to demonstrate in their poster.

Check out our work…

Tip: click on the full screen button for a clearer view.

Did our tips help you learn about apostrophes?

Can you make up a sentence to demonstrate your understanding of one of the apostrophe rules?

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Grade Four Special Visitor Afternoon

On Thursday afternoon, all of the Grade Four classes held a “special visitor afternoon” to celebrate the netbook program.

Our netbook program is called CLIC. This stands for Collaborative Learning In Classrooms. The aim of our CLIC afternoon was to celebrate the  learning that is happening in Grade Four with the netbooks. Students invited a family member or special visitor to come to the classroom to complete some fun netbook tasks.

Students each made an invitation for the event

In 4KM and 4KJ we use the netbooks every day. We regularly use them in our reading activities and sometimes include them in our writing, maths and inquiry lessons. We also do lots of learning with our books, paper and pens, concrete materials and other learning tools.

The students had a wonderful time sharing a variety of netbook activities with their special visitor.

The menu below shows the tasks everyone completed.

Here are some photos of the afternoon.

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One of the netbook activities was visiting this problem solving post on our class blog. The challenge was to solve the number problem and write a blog comment with the solution. Well done to everyone who had a go at solving the problem! The task came from the NRICH website. There are many solutions to this problem. Check them out here!

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It was wonderful to see so many mums, dads, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunties learning from the 4KM and 4KJ students.

We thank all of our special visitors for joining us to celebrate the wonderful learning that is happening in our classrooms!

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What was your favourite netbook task from the CLIC afternoon?

What did you teach your special visitor?

What have you learnt through the netbook program so far this year?

Do you have any other ideas for netbook activities that could be done at a future CLIC afternoon?

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Problem Solving with Our Special Visitors

Today we are holding a special event called

This is an afternoon for all the students to show a special person some of the things they have been using their netbook for in class.

We have prepared a problem solving activity for our students to solve with their special person.

We have a toolkit of problem solving strategies that we often use in our maths lessons. Perhaps one of these strategies will help solve today’s problem?

Today’s Problem: Sealed Solution

This problem is from the NRICH website.

A set of ten cards, each showing one of the digits from 0 to 9, is divided up between five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the two numbers inside it is written on each envelope:

 

What numbers could be inside the “8” envelope?

Note: there is more than one solution.

Write your solution in a comment. You might like to say what problem solving strategy you used to work this out.

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New Inquiry Topic: Smooth Moves

This week, our student teachers, Miss Smith and Miss Mckeegan, launched our new inquiry topic. It is called Smooth Moves.

Smooth Moves is focussed on science, and it is about how forces and motion affect movement. It fits in very well with Bike Ed, which we will be doing later this term.

Miss Smith and Miss Mckeegan organised some fun learning tasks to help the students explore force and motion. We are also increasing our vocabulary by learning lots of new words about motion and forces.

Here is a short clip we watched about gravity and force.

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The slideshow below shows the students learning in action!

Can you describe how the activities in the slideshow involved force and motion?

Can you explain what some of the words below mean?

motion, force, friction, push, pull, gravity, momentum

What have you learnt so far in our Smooth Moves topic?

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Addition

We are currently learning about addition in maths.

We use addition in every day life all the time, so it is important to improve our skills in this area of maths. In class we have been focussing on:

– Automatic recall of the addition tens and twenties facts

Doubles and near doubles addition facts

Double doubles (for example, 8+8=16 and 16+16=32)

100 facts (addition equations that equal 100)

Adding to the nearest 10 when solving two digit addition problems

Adding ones, tens and hundreds when solving three digit problems

– Using vertical addition when solving larger equations

– Using a range of efficient addition strategies during problem solving tasks.

We like to use engaging websites to help us develop our mathematical skills. We usually use maths websites on the interactive whiteboard, and sometimes on our netbooks too.

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Here are some addition websites for you to try!

 Number Bonds Machine

Hit the Button

Snappy Maths

Speed Grid Addition

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Do you have a favourite addition website?

What addition strategies do you enjoy using?

When do you use addition in everyday life?

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Pippi Longstocking

Mrs Morris has recently been reading 4KM and 4KJ the novel, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. This was one of Mrs Morris’s favourite books and movies when she was younger.

Pippi Longstocking is about a nine year old girl with superhuman strength. She lives with her monkey and horse in a cottage and gets up to all sorts of wonderful adventures with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika. Pippi loves to tell stories about her travels around the world. She is great at exaggerating, tricking adults and doing things in an unusual way.

Although this book was written in the 1940s (nearly 70 years ago) it is still fun to read today.

Leo enjoyed reading too!

While reading this book, we have been practising the comprehension CAFE strategy “make a picture or mental image”.

When readers picture what is happening in a story, they can understand and remember more of what they hear or read.

Certain details in the story help us to make this mind movie. Many 4KM and 4KJ students could imagine themselves right there as the story was unfolding. When we return to the book after a break, we can revisit the pictures in our mind to remind us what has happened.

We often need to bring our imaginations and prior knowledge to a text to complete the details and make it our own. Our mental pictures often change as we read.

Sometimes books are made into movies and the picture we had in our minds might be similar or different to the pictures we see in the movie. Here is the trailer to the Pippi Longstocking movie which was made back in 1988.

Does the movie seem similar or different to your mind picture?

What did you think about Pippi Longstocking?

What is your favourite book?

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Pen Licences

We do writing every day as part of our two hour literacy block.

Part of being a good writer is making sure that others can read our writing easily. Having neat handwriting is important and we are always working on our writing in class.

We use Victorian Modern Cursive joined writing. To improve our joined handwriting, we aim to do one formal handwriting lesson each week. We use this time to practise our joined handwriting, while Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan give us feedback. Joined handwriting is sometimes challenging, especially when you first learn, so it requires a lot of practise.

Click here to view the Victorian Modern Cursive joined writing that we learn.

Each week we do a variety of writing lessons with different learning focuses. We balance our handwriting lessons with writing activities on our netbooks. It is important to write well and type well.

In Grade Four, students are eligible to earn a pen licence. Once a student has their pen licence, they can do all of their writing with a pen. They receive a certificate and a licence card. To get their pen licence, students need to consistently demonstrate:

  • That they can form all letters of the alphabet correctly
  • Neat joined handwriting at all times
  • Good posture at their tables and a comfortable pencil grip
  • An excellent attitude towards writing.

There are eight students in 4KM and 4KJ who have already received a pen licence! Congratulations!


 Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are looking forward to handing out more pen licences throughout the year!

What writing activities do you enjoy?

What are you working on with your handwriting?

Do you have any advice for students who want to get their pen licence?

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Student Blogs

At the end of last term, students in 4KM and 4KJ started their own individual blogs!

The blogs will be used as digital portfolios and the students will post about their learning each week at school. Posts may include:

  • Work samples from their classroom tasks
  • Reflections about their learning
  • Learning goals they have set for literacy and numeracy
  • Projects they are working on.

The students have enjoyed learning lots of new blogging skills. Some of the things we have learnt, or will be focussing on soon, are:

  • Changing important blog settings
  • Choosing a blog theme
  • Writing posts and pages
  • Knowing what is suitable to publish on a blog (eg. no personal information)
  • Approving blog comments
  • Adding links, widgets, images and media
  • Making a blogroll on the sidebar
  • Creating an avatar.

We work on our blogs in class each week and it is wonderful to see the students picking up their blogging skills so quickly. There is still a lot to learn but we love being part of the blogging community!

What have you learnt about blogging so far?

What would you like to see on our digital portfolios?

Do you have any blogging tips or advice for us?

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Reading Strategy: Tune in to Interesting Words

Reading is a big part of our day in 4KM and 4KJ.

We use the CAFE model in our Literacy Block every day. Each week we focus on a different CAFE reading strategy in class. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. All of these areas of reading are extremely important and good readers know they need to read regularly to improve their skills.

Last week our reading strategy was Tune Into Interesting Words. This strategy is part of the expand vocabulary area of reading. Good readers have a great vocabulary, which means they know and understand the meaning of lots of different words.

Tune in to interesting words means you stop and think about words that are new, different or unusual while you read.

Knowing what these words mean helps you in all areas of literacy, as it improves your comprehension while reading and you can use the interesting words in your writing. Understanding interesting words also helps you with your speaking and listening.

Miss Jordan looked through some books on her bookshelf at home and found lots of interesting words. She used Tagxedo to create a word cloud to share the words.

We would love to know what words you have come across when reading. Submit an interesting word you have noticed during reading into our AnswerGarden below.

What interesting words do you know?

Can you write us a blog comment including lots of interesting vocabulary?

What is your favourite reading strategy?

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