Word of the Week – government

This week we took a closer look at the word government as our word of the week. Mrs S chose this word because it was a common spelling error in some of our writing recently.

Sometimes the way that we say a word can be troublesome for when we are trying to spell it. We may not hear all the letters we need to use when writing a word correctly.

Which words do you know that can trick us when we are spelling because there is a letter we do not hear? Leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Word of the Week – tenacity

Each week we are taking a closer look at one interesting word. This week our word is tenacity. We think about all our spelling knowledge and make connections to help us remember how to spell and use our focus word. Take a look at our observations in the prezi below.

Are there any other spelling or vocabulary observations we could make about the word tenacity?

One of the spelling activities we do during the week is to write our individual spelling list words in sentences. By doing this we show that we understand the meanings of the words we are learning. Writing an interesting sentence can sometime be a challenge.

Please leave a comment on this post sharing an interesting sentence using our word of the week.


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?

Previewing a yet to be published book by Peter Millett

Twitter message

Our class was very lucky to receive an invitation to preview the beginning chapters of a new book written by Peter Millett. He a New Zealand author who has written many books including one called The Anzac Puppy.

He has written a new book  called Johnny Danger D.I.Y. Spy. The book is in the process of being published by Penguin Books and has been sent to the printers. It will be available to purchase early in 2015.

After Mrs S replied to a Twitter invitation from Peter Millett to take a look at the beginnings of this story she received an email with three attachments. They were a synopsis of the story, the cover of the book and the beginning chapters for us to read.

We read it altogether by displaying it on our IWB and some us took it in turns to read some out loud. We asked Mrs S to read most of it so that we could listen carefully before working on our responses to the story. We share the link to our work with Peter and it was terrific for us to receive responses to our work back from him. Follow this link to see his comments.

Have you read any books by Peter Millett? Do comedy books appeal to you? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Getting to Grips With Figurative Language

Mrs S spends some time reading to us each Monday. The story we are listening to at the moment is The Phantom Tollbooth. It was written in 1961 by Norton Juster. We have been following the adventures of Milo as he set off on his travels in The Lands Beyond.

The auhor uses figurative language devices throughout the story. We watched a podcast that introduced us to the idea that figurative language helps an author to add interest to their story or song. An author does not use the literal or everyday meaning of the words when using similes, metaphors or idioms in their story.

Today we explored only one form of figurative language. We chose to look closely at idioms.

Doing a google define search gives us this definition.

Doing a google define search gives us this definition.

We used some links from our class intranet to find and explore some idioms. When we were reading these it was quite funny to picture the literal meaning in our heads while we puzzled out the figurative meaning. One of our class suggested that we needed to infer the everyday meaning when reading or hearing an idiom. For example when we hear the sentence “She spilled the beans” it does not really mean that a tin of beans has been upended. In everyday conversation we know that this mean that “She talked too much and shared the secret”.

We then chose one of our collected idioms to illustrate with the literal meaning. We then used the idiom in a sentence to show its figurative meaning. We could choose to make an ArtRage drawing, draw on a piece of paper, or create an animation to create our final ideas about idioms. We shared our work on a Padlet wall.

We also had some fun visiting another class blog, Miss Jordan’s class @ Barwon Heads Primary, where they had also been exploring idioms. They had some great drawings which challenged us to work out the idiom from the inferred and literal meanings of some idioms. There were a couple that stumped us! Whoops –  there I go using some figurative language. What does “stumped us” really mean?

Can you share some idioms with us? You could double click on the Padlet and add some more idioms to our wall. Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.