Our Dot Day Creations

Here are some of our Dot Day creations.

Rohan made a mark by creating a Scratch program. Click the green flag to watch his bouncing dots. Click the red octagon to stop the show.

We created a display outside our room with our blotting paper dots and our concentric circle patterns. We added a QR code directing those with a mobile device to our class blog post about Dot Day.

Dot Day display

Cascading Dots

We explored creating patterns using concentric circles. Each level out from the centre contained an extra element of our pattern.

What do you think of our dots? Have you used Scratch to create? How have you made your mark and where has it taken 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 – ┬áthere 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.

Telling a Story through Animation

We have been working with Mrs S and Mrs C on narratives. We were given the opportunity to explore telling a story through animation. We watched some great videos about creating a storyboard, making a stop motion animation and adding sound to an animation on the Arts Alive website. Did you know that a 15 second animation will need about 150 photos if each frame(photo) is shown for 10 seconds?

We looked at some animations made by some former 5/6 students and talked about telling a story using images. Lots of ideas were suggested and then we had the hard task of choosing an idea and creating our storyboard. We needed to remember that our story had to be told in about 15 seconds. Once our storyboard was finished we created the props we needed for our animation and then used a camera on a tripod to take lots of photos where we moved our props just a bit in each one.

Some of us used ArtRage and MS PowerPoint to create our animations. We created our props as drawings in either ArtRage or PowerPoint and created lots of PowerPoint slides where we moved our props just a bit in each one. We saved each Powerpoint slide as a JPEG using the save and send – change file type option.

After we had all the images we  needed we used Movie Maker to create our animated story.

Next were the sound effects. We had watched a great explanation about Foley artists on the Arts Alive website and then we tried hard to create the sounds needed for our stories. Once all the sound effects were recorded we needed to add these to our stories as a sound track. Some of us also searched the internet for some creative commons licensed music to add as well. Sometimes we needed to trim or edit our sound effects in Audacity to make sure they were not too long.

Last of all we needed to save our Movie Maker project as a video so that we could add these to our blog.

Lego Man Builds A House

The Hungry Chameleon

Jail Break

The Moment


True Friends Don’t

Jack and Jill

Holy Cow

Balloon Crash

Ginger Grows

Into Space

Humpty Dumpty

A Cluster of Cakes


Have you created an animated story? How did you do it? Was the story clear in our videos? Please leave a comment on this post telling us your thoughts.