Collaborative Learning In 4KJ

In 4KJ, many of our learning tasks involve collaboration. Collaboration means working together to produce something.

Collaborating on tasks in the classroom has many benefits, including:

  • Students develop their “getting along” skills.
  • Students feel a sense of achievement from working as part of a team.
  • Students can learn from each other.
  • Students can teach each other new skills and strategies.
  • Students can get peer feedback from their classmates.
  • Students can take on different roles in group tasks.

This week students have been working in collaborative groups to make a presentation about our inquiry topic, First Contacts.

Everyone is enjoying discussing this interesting history unit, compiling information, gathering resources and creating interesting presentations in their groups.

Here are the groups hard at work!

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What collaborative tasks have you enjoyed this year?

What do you like about working as part of a team?

What skills do you bring to group tasks?

Do you collaborate or work together in tasks outside of school?

Happy Holidays, USA Friends!

We love collaborating with our blogging buddies overseas and there are special some classes who we have long running friendships with.

Mrs Morris’ class first connected with Mrs Yollis’ class and Mr Salsich’s class in early 2009. This is our fourth year of collaboration!

Mr Avery’s class became our blogging buddies in late 2010. This is the third year that Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan’s students have connected with his class.

As our friends in North America live in the Northern Hemisphere, their summer is approaching while we are experiencing winter. 

Summertime means the end of the school year and holidays!

This week Mrs Yollis’ third grade class, Mr Salsich’s third grade class and Mr Avery’s sixth grade class are all finishing up their school year.

Check out Mrs Yollis’ final post for the summer as well as Mr Salsich’s last update for the school year.

We’d like to wish all our American blogging buddies a very safe and happy holiday. We hope you will keep visiting our blog over your break.

We look forward to connecting with a new group of students in August/September.

What do you enjoy about collaborating with our blogging buddies?

Do you have any plans for your winter/summer?

How are the school years in the USA and Australia the same and different? 

The Tale Trail

Thank you to our friend, Mr Avery, for organising this project and creating this post for us!

In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking part in a collaborative project called The Tale Trail. Classes will be joining together to write and illustrate a story through their blogs.

It will start with one class writing the first part of the story and posting it to their blog.
Then, the next class will read the beginning of the story and add on to it through their blog. We’ll continue until we get to the last class. They’ll put the finishing touches on it and wrap the whole story up!

Each class will have 3 school days to work on their portion of the story. At the bottom of each post, there will be links to the parts of the story that have already been done as well as the next part of the story once it’s finished. In order to read the whole thing, you’ll be taken on a journey through the blogs of all six classes.

Down below you’ll be able to find the dates around when each class should be posting their portion of the story. You can also see a map showing the locations of all the classes.

Of course one of the most important story elements are plot, characters, and setting. The plot is what takes place in a story.
The characters are who is in the story. The setting is when the story takes place. As of right now, all of that is missing from ours!

We need your help in voting for what our story will be about. Use the poll below to vote for your favorite story topic.

Voting will close on Saturday, May 5th. Then, check Mr. Salsich’s class blog next week to find out what topic was chosen as they kick off the first part of the project!

What topic did you vote for and why?

What’s your favorite part about writing a story?

QuadBlogging Week Three: Let’s Visit Mr Salsich’s Class

4KM and 4KJ enjoy sharing and learning with other classes around the world. They are QUAD buddies with three other classes!

*Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog U.S.A.*
*Open the Door to B-4  in New Zealand*
*Mr. Salsich Class Blog U.S.A*
*4KM and 4KJ  in Australia *

Find out more about QuadBlogging in this post.

This week, let’s meet Mr Salsich’s third graders from Connecticut, USA! 

Mr Salsich’s class has prepared a special post to introduce themselves to you.

Click here to visit their post.

You will find some great post recommendations and information about helping them to achieve a commenting goal.


Instead of leaving a comment on this post, why not head over to Mr Salsich’s Class Blog and leave a comment for them!

They would love to hear from you.

Remember to mention where you’re from!

QuadBlogging Week Two: Welcome!

4KM and 4KJ enjoy sharing and learning with other classes around the world. They are QUAD buddies with three other classes!

*Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog U.S.A.*
*Open the Door to B-4  in New Zealand*
*Mr. Salsich Class Blog U.S.A*
*4KM and 4KJ  in Australia *

Find out more about QuadBlogging in this post.

This week, we’re hosting our QuadBlogging Buddies.

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About us

We are a group of 52 students from Leopold Primary School. Our teachers are Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan.

Leopold is a suburb of Geelong, in the state of Victoria, in the country of Australia. Find out more about Leopold by visiting this page.

This is the fifth year that Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan have been blogging. Their 2011 class blog was called 2KM and 2KM @ Leopold Primary School. Some 4KM and 4KJ students have blogged before and some are new to blogging.

Most of our students are turning 10 in 2012. Some are turning 9 and some are turning 11.

Post recommendations

The 4KM and 4KJ blog only started this year, so this is only our 17th post.

Curious about our classrooms? This post might interest you.

Want to find out what we’re doing in writing? Check out this post.

Interested in Australian sports? We wrote about football in this post.

Keen on finding out about internet safety? This is the post for you.

Would you like to meet the teachers? Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan introduce themselves in this post.

You can find all our old posts by using the search function or browsing through the archives or categories on the left hand sidebar of this blog.

Also, don’t forget to check out all the pages at the top of our blog to find out more about our class, commenting, our guidelines and our sites for kids.

Please leave us a comment and tell us a little bit about yourself. You can ask us questions as well. Don’t forget to mention where you’re from.

We love having conversations so we’ll try to get back to you during the week.

QuadBlogging Week One: Let’s Visit Mrs Yollis’ Class

4KM and 4KJ enjoy sharing and learning with other classes around the world. They are QUAD buddies with three other classes!

*Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog U.S.A.*
*Open the Door to B-4  in New Zealand*
*Mr. Salsich Class Blog U.S.A*
*4KM and 4KJ  in Australia *

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan’s students have been friends with these classes for quite some time and the new 2012 students are enjoying getting to know their blogging buddies.

These classes originally found out about QuadBlogging from Mr. Mitchell.

The QuadBlogging concept: four blogging classes come together and learn about one another one week at a time. The alliance (group of friends) will help each class increase their readership while flattening their classroom walls and learning about the wonderful world we live in.

This week, let’s meet Mrs Yollis’ third graders from California! 

Mrs Yollis’ class has prepared a special post to introduce themselves to you.

Click here to visit their post.

You will find some great information about blogging and commenting.


Instead of leaving a comment on this post, why not head over to Mrs Yollis’ Classroom Blog and leave a comment for them!

They would love to hear from you.

Remember to mention where you’re from!