AUSTRALIAN MEGAFAUNA

On Monday you found out all about Megafauna in Australia during your SOLE inquiry session.

Here is a link to a website where you can find out more: VICTORIA MUSEUM and we will be watching the video through the link on that website where the scientists talk about Australia’s megafauna fossils. [ another link to THE MUSEUM]

I wonder what it would have been like, living with the megafauna as an Aboriginal person all that time ago?

Post a comment to tell me your thoughts.  

AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL POEMS

Today we are going to learn how to write a CINQAIN POEM about an Australian animal.

Here are some more examples of cinqain poems.

Now it’s time to create our own cinqain poems. Let’s try to create VIVID VERBS for the actions of our animals.  For example, instead of running we could say: lopes, bounds, scampers, sprints, scuttles…

Remember to look back at the rules for writing a cinqain poem at the top of this post 🙂

I look forward to reading your poems!

SOLE QUESTION?

This morning we are going to do some SOLE work for Inquiry.  You will be working in

Self

Organised

Learning

Environments.

Your SOLE question is:

What were Australia’s megafauna and how do they compare with today’s Australian animals?

You will be working in groups (which you can choose to join or leave) where each person has to do equal work.  You will have 40 minutes to research the question, write notes, create a poster with your key information on it and then present what you have found out to the class.

Use the strengths within your group.  Give out jobs.  Eg. ….. is a good artist so he/she will design the poster and do the artwork.  ….. is a good reader so he/she will read out what is on the website so we can all understand the main ideas.   Then we will all decide what the main facts are and ………….. will write them down as notes because…..is a good writer.

Have fun learning something new and unusual about Australian animals in your SOLE session today!  🙂

Mrs Veary

MAKERSPACE CREATURES!

Wow!  I am so impressed with the way you all organised yourselves and came to school with all your materials to make your Australian creatures on Friday!

Your planners have been done really well and you managed all on your own to design and create some amazing Australian animal models.  We will paint them soon and have them ready for their diorama habitats which we will be creating as an inquiry card in a few weeks’ time.

You are well on your way to becoming autonomous learners,  as you work on your Inquiry CardsThinkers Keys and KWHLAQ graphic organisers.  

This week we will be taking your Inquiry journey one step further as we learn how to create a BIG QUESTION for our inquiry using topic words, question starters and inquiry keys.  Awesome work, people!  😎

Enjoy the slideshow.Makerspace – Australian Animals on PhotoPeach

There’s one more person with her animal creation we didn’t fit into the slideshow.  Here you are…. with your turtle!

Mrs Veary

Classroom Jobs and Library

You are doing a FABULOUS job – keeping our classroom looking neat and tidy and well organised, Trinity.  Great that you now have Nicholas to help you.  Well done and thank you both!

Remember how we had to go to the Library on a Friday to change our books and read….read….read?   but now you go to LIBRARY/MEDIA every week on a THURSDAY morning so you can read, borrow books and learn digital skills.  I look forward to seeing everybody using their one-drives to write in our room too.

I love the way you all enjoy reading!

Don’t forget to bring your books back on THURSDAYS! and remember to BORROW, BORROW, BORROW!

 

Merit Certificates – Congratulations!

CONGRATULATIONS 

to all our Merit Certificate recipients:

Trinity, Kye L, Nico, Ivy, Tilly, Heidi,

Nicholas and Sid!!

You earned your Merit Certificates for:

Trinity for making a much bigger effort with your schoolwork.  Keep reading regularly at home and your latest piece of writing was a big improvement in using sentences.  Keep it up?

Kye for being a quietly independent worker.  You always listen carefully to instructions, then work steadily to complete tasks.  Way to go!

Nico for your improved focus and effort when working independently and for your logical Mathematical thinking skills.  Way to go!

Tilly for brightening up our room with your gorgeous smile every day and for your calm and focused approach to all tasks.  Great work, Tilly!

Heidi for being such a reliable and responsible student – always willing to work hard at tasks, tackle new challenges and always trying your best.  You are a true gem!

Nicholas for maintaining a high standard of work this term and for the extra detail you put into presentation of your work.  Way to go, Nicholas!

Sid for your enthusiastic and industrious approach to all tasks.  You tackle them head on and you are always willing to take on a new challenge.  You have a strong work ethic and you power your way through jobs, working quickly and methodically, especially in Maths.   Way to go, Sid!

Great job, everybody.  🙂