Inspire Us Monday – 3rd June 2013

Mrs S made a mistake with the timetable for our book talks, video and word sharing so that we needed to fit in six speakers this week. We had three speakers before recess and three speakers after our daily fitness session.

Our first book talk for the day was about a girl called Addie Harris who has all sorts of accidents, is bullied at school, is overweight and unhappy. The book called Addie Accident, by Shirley Corlett,  is a fast paced novel filled with humour. Addie and her imaginary friend, Hubert, are determined to break the accident spell that Addie believes is responsible for her bad luck. This book show how Addie changes as the novel draws to close and she learns from her mishaps. Our speaker chose to read us a small excerpt from the middle of the story as a way of enticing us to read this book. There are 29 chapters to read and is recommended for 9-11 year olds.

Next up was our word of the moment. This week it was the word astronomical and was chosen because we are very interested in the solar system at the moment. It is an adjective with two meanings listed in the dictionary. As well as relating to astronomy it can be used to describe something that is extremely large. We could describe the solar system as astronomical.

Then it was time for a new video to make us think. This video shows how a disabled veteran of the Gulf War used lots of determination and the support of others to regain his mobility.

After recess and our daily fitness routine it was time for our next three speakers and this time we heard all about a book in the Aussie Angels series written by Margaret Clark. This book, called Hello Possum, the fourth in this series all about animals. Our speaker chose this story because she liked the way the author made it seem like the family were talking to you as the reader.  The main characters are Meg, Mike, Mark and Boris. The story is set in Australia and shares the exploits of a family who are involved with the running of a wildlife shelter called Animal Haven. This story tells us about the efforts to save a ringtail possum. We heard an extract from the story and were left with a question – “Will the possum survive and get released into the wild?” We were invited to read the book to find out.

Our next word – thigmotaxis – was chosen because the definition our speaker found included plants. She felt that it was a very unusual word that our class would normally never hear about. It is noun and the word is a scientific word used to describe a behaviour studied by scientist.

Last was the next video. This video is a segment from a show called Getaway. It shares some information about one of Australia’s Paralympic champions, Kurt Fearnley, who crawled the Kokoda trail in 2009. He wanted to promote and raise awareness for the Beyondblue and Movember organisations.

Please leave a comment letting us know whether you have read and enjoyed either of the books shared. What did you think of our video choices? 

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