May 26

Ron Brooks Visits Our Class!

Ron Brooks is a book illustrator … a very, very, good one! He has illustrated books such as Fox, the Dream of the Thylacine, The Coat, John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat, Old Pig and many more! He showed us how he makes the illustrations. Ron uses all different types of effects. To make all the great effects in the book, “Fox,” he used forks, bits of wire and sometimes even his fingers! He wrote the text with his left hand! Ron is Ada’s grandfather (isn’t that amazing?) Here he is reading the book Fox written by Margaret Wild to us:

This is how he told us he does the illustrations for a book:

First, he reads the script a ton of times,

he breaks it up into chunks,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

he sketches some pictures next to the writing,

he then uses a blank book (which he has made up especially) and puts in the writing and sketches.

 

 

 

 

He discusses this with the author,

He paints the large pictures, and these are then photographed and used as the final pictures in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Ron with his daughter Adelaide (Ada’s mum!)

Ron also read some of his books to us. It was awesome!

This post was written by Kitty and Georgina!

Bye for now! 🙂

May 26

The Thylacine ( Tasmanian Tiger )

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Hi it’s Bruno and Jinwoo here. This topic is about the Tasmanian Tiger ( Thylacine ). Here are some facts about thylacines.

The thylacine is a marsupial. It was once the biggest carnivorous marsupial on Earth.

It has the body of a large dog with a stiff tail, the head of a wolf, the pouch of a kangaroo, and stripes in the back like a tiger!

The thylacine is now extinct. The last thylacine that has been sited was in the Beaumaris Zoo. It died on the 7th of September 1936. It’s name was Benjamin, but surprisingly it was a female.

It became extinct because bounty hunters killed it for money. The thylacine had a bounty on them because sheep were easy targets for the thylacine.

The thylacine was listed as “protected” in 1936 – too late!

Some fun facts about the thylacine:

They can open their mouths up to 120 degrees.

When startled Thylacines jump on their hind legs to escape.

They can have 13-19 stripes. Each stripe is unique like our fingerprints.

Both male and female have a back-opening pouch.

Thylacines prefer to eat fresh meat.

 

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May 21

Origami by Ida

Origami is one of my favorite things to do!

Here is some instructions for how to make an origami ball.

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Underneath is a picture of what it should look like:

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May 19

Leonard’s Time at the Crocodile Park

I am on holiday in Broome with my family. Broome is in the northern part of Western Australia. I went to the crocodile park with my brothers and sister and my mum and dad. To enter the park, you walk inside a giant crocodile.

At the park, the dominant males fight for territory and breed with the females. This is me holding one of the hatchlings.

This is Bluey, he was found in a dam after it was drained because 5 horses had been killed. He was taken to the crocodile park to live. Bluey is 5 metres long and weighs over a tonne!

Crocodiles have over 60 teeth. Crocodiles have the strongest bite of all animals. The owner of these teeth was separated from the other crocodiles because he killed some other crocodiles.

The park was very interesting and I had lots of fun.

 

May 7

LEAVING COMMENTS

This is the first part of my series relating blogging to the Australian Curriculum.

When you have a class blog, you probably want your students, parents and other readers to leave comments. They can do this from any computer, iPad, smartphone from anywhere in the world as long as they are connected to the internet and know your blog URL.

But they will have a lot of information to fill in to leave a comment.

  1. Fill in the comment remembering to be polite and address the person the comment is for eg Hi Miss W,
  2. Fill in the anti-spam word – good chance to discuss what this is and why blogs often have them – what is a spam comment?
  3. If you can’t read the anti-spam word then choose another by clicking either the sound or mix icons.
  4. Put in your first name only – if a relative then use John’s aunt or Mary’s dad rather than  Mrs Powell or Mr Dowd. Why do we suggest this happens on class or student blogs? Why do we only use first names?
  5. Enter email – if writing comment from home, maybe use mum or dad’s email or if you know your personal school email use that instead.
  6. If you want to know if someone leaves a reply to your comment, then tick this box and an email will be sent to you. You can always unsubscribe to that post once you have read their reply.
  7. Finally check that the spam word hasn’t changed since you first typed it in, highlight and copy your comment (just in case), now click the blue Post Comment button.

It will now look like your comment has disappeared but in reality, it is being held in a moderation queue ready for the teacher to check it before they publish the comment.