Farewell 2014

School is over for the class of 2014. We have created, explored, questioned and worked our way through four terms together. Our grade 6 classmates have been farewelled and are now off to High School next year. We wish them all the best in the next stage of their learning and hope that they may drop by our class blog and leave a comment.

Mrs S found this very short video to share as the last post for 2014. It contains a very simple but powerful message for us all to remember.

The video comes from a website she found that has many useful tips about creating sketchnotes to help you record ideas and thoughts that you would like to remember. Sketchnotes are a visual thinking tool that use a combinations of words, quick sketches and connectors to create notes about an idea or topic. We used sketchnotes throughout the year in our Monday journals to keep a record of our weekend experiences, thoughts and ideas.

Have you heard of sketchnotes? How would you use sketchnotes to help you at school? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Creating a Christmas Decoration

On Monday we had some time to create some decorations that we will take home.  One of the tasks was to create a Christmas angel. It was made using double sided Christmas paper cut into circles. There was some folding, gluing, waiting for glue to dry, some decorating, some face creating and lots of talking as we put our angels together.

Our angels are hanging, en masse, in our classroom until we take them home next week. There are several Christmas carols that feature angels and the Christian Christmas story tells of a host of angels that appear to announce the news of the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

Do you make new decorations for your tree at Christmas? Have you got a favourite decoration? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Edublog Awards 2014 – Finalist Best Class Blog Category

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Mrs S received a surprising Twitter message in our class Twitter stream.

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Our class blog had been nominated for Best Class Blog in the 2014 Edublog awards.Thank you very much to those who nominated us. It was a very great surprise to find our class blog listed amongst the 53 finalists.

Our blog has been a great way to share the learning occurring in our room and has also enable us to make some great connections around the world. We have shared and studied weather data, made contact with an author and also tried to show our visitors some of the work we have created during the year.

There are many great class blogs on the voting list and we feel honoured to be amongst them. Voting is through a website called Listly which makes it very hard for under 13’s to vote. Miss Wyatt has added a voting poll on the Student Challenge website that allow under 13’s to vote. Go and take a look and make your vote count.

The Phantom Tollbooth

Over many Mondays Mrs S read The Phantom Tollbooth to us. We followed Milo’s adventure through trials and tribulations until he was successful in his quest. In a previous blog post we shared our work on idioms after we discovered the many idioms used by Norton Juster in his book.

After finishing the story we drew pictures of the demons Milo and his companions met and then Mrs S shared the movie version of the story with us. This was released in 1970. Mrs S asked us to compare the two storylines as we watched. It was also interesting to see the props and costumes used in the film especially the telephone with its dial and cords. Some of us preferred the book and were disappointed at the number of characters missing in the film version.

The main character in the story is very interesting as he changes so much from the start to the end of this book. We worked on some bio poems and chose to portray Milo at either the beginning or the end of the story. Please read our work and see what you can find out about Milo at the beginning and end of The Phantom Tollbooth.

 Have you read a book where the character changes in lots of ways from the start to the finish of the story? Have you read The Phantom Tollbooth? Can you suggest another story where the author uses lots of figurative language? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts?