What is Culture?

As we explore World Celebrations, we need to understand exactly what the word CULTURE means?
These two video clips try to explain what culture really means.



Now you need to create your page showing what your culture looks like. (Fast Finishers could make up a COLLAGE page to show this in pictures with the same headings.) Example:

If you can understand what makes up a person’s CULTURE, you will find it much easier to find out the WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? and HOW? of world celebrations in many different countries of the world.  😎



DIWALI is the Indian Festival of Lights. This year it will be held on Wednesday 7th November.

Click on ALL ABOUT DIWALI to read about Diwali and answer your worksheet.b-450723-Happy_Diwali_2009


Then scroll down or click here to read THE STORY OF DIWALI to find out why it’s the festival of lights.  You have a printout in your booklet of one of the pictures.  You need to write the part of the story which goes with it on the lined paper with the picture.

At Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.

After completing your booklet rangoli patterns, you can download and colour in one of these rangoli designs.



This video shows a really clever way of drawing a lotus flower RANGOLI pattern.

You can read about rangoli at these websites which show the RANGOLI flower designs.



Wow – what a Class Holiday Memories Poem!

Wow!  You guys all have such rich holiday memories.  I love the way you have worked hard to create holiday memory sentences with SPECIFIC DETAILS that engage your reader and share your feelings during each experience!  Great job!  Now sit back and enjoy the full poem we have created as a class!  🙂

Our group of Room 6 students
had a really great holiday
they went places, did things
and all have lots to say:

Mrs Veary stood
ankle deep in the water
and handfed a dolphin
called Piccolo,
Charlie felt like a real cook
roasting marshmellows golden-brown
on the campfire near the shed,
Meg was terrified zooming around those tilting tracks
on Big Thunder Mountain Rollercoaster
in Disneyland Paris –
with her hair sticking out on end,
Jay celebrated
with his whole entire soccer team
playing hide-and-seek chasey
at the Colonial,
Cassidy was ecstatic
with the dancing and music
in the live show “Alladin”
at the Casino in Perth,
Ivy ate the Biggest Pink French Macaroon
she had ever set her eyes on
under the Eiffel Tower
with a French sun
shining over her,
Heidi very nervously
fed Rex the horse a carrot treat
out in the far paddock,
Felix toasted marshmallows
till they burnt black
at a friend’s fire on Saturday night,
Sid was so excited
with his red soccerball from his stepdad
for coming seventeeth
in the Cross-Country,
Tilly saw the red dirt and felt the dry heat
of the Pilbara
when she explored
her Dad’s worksite,
Jai cooked
big fluffy pancakes
with his dad,
Ayla collected shells and a dried out starfish
along a beach up North
to create a beautiful picture frame,
Jenna caught seven blue swimmer crabs
while living right on the beach
at Mandurah,
Dominic curled up inside
his green and red dinosaur sleeping bag
when he went camping
with his dad,
Nicholas excitedly bought
a new Nintendo 3dx XL
and set it up ready to go
as soon as his Mum got home,
Kye L. couldn’t even lift up his head
when he went on the Graviton
at Waroona Show
because it felt like a powerful magnet,
Charli went crabbing with a long smelly net
which she had to pull up so quickly
while hanging over
the side of the big jetty, and
Oscar surfed spectacularly
down a steep sand dune
at the Rivermouth.

Written with care and imagination
by the students of Room 6!



ADDING SPECIFIC DETAILS to improve our writing 

We use precise information about what characters are doing in order to make our writing come alive for our readers.

Using a Mentor Text to see exactly how a good author does it.

After reading “Knuffle Bunny Free” by Mo Willems, about a girl who goes on holiday to visit her grandparents overseas, we are going to look at how Mo used specific details to show what the character was going through and her thoughts and feelings and what the family do together.  This makes the character and the story start to come alive or ‘jump off the page’ for the reader instead of simply skimming over or reporting what happened.

After reading this text, we are going to have a go at including specific details into our memory sentences.  We can also use adjectives (describing words) and vivid verbs (strong or powerful action words).