Is your name “Absolutely Perfect”?

By AllStars

Here is one of my very favourite beginning of the school year stories: “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henke.

You can watch it here:

What do you think? Is your name perfect? Or would you like to change your name?

categoriaAllStars, Books, Library, Literacy commentoNo Comments dataFebruary 9, 2015
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The Lorax

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Many students in S23Jade have been thinking and talking about the environmental issues raised in the Dr Seuss story “The Lorax”.

They have discussed, acted out and spoken at a town meeting using the different perspectives of the creatures involved in the story.

As a “wrap up” activity students were asked to design a Thneed Factory that was more environmentally positive and sustainable than the one in the story. They were asked to consider the energy used, the pollution released and the effect on the living creatures around the factory, the noise and the transportation of the finished Thneeds around the country.

There were many fantastic ideas and suggestions made by the students – please look at the following pictures of parts of their work.


What do you think? What would you do to improve the environment at the Thneed Factory? Leave a comment below.

Beautiful Book Week Artworks

By AllStars

What a talented group of people we have here at school. Each class chose a shortlisted book and worked collaboratively in their classes to design and make an artwork around their book.

You can see the fabulous results below:

Book Week Art 3! S23 Artworks

Now we will put our Artworks on the walls of the Library for everyone who visits to view and admire :-)


Thank you to everyone involved!

categoriaAllStars, Art, Books, Classroom, Library commento4 Comments dataSeptember 12, 2014
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Our Very First Make It Challenge

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We celebrated Book Week with a Make It Challenge in the Library.

Students were asked to “Connect to Reading” by creating a model of some sort of a book they were reading.

We had lots of very creative entries – people used lego, boxes, wood, minecraft, glitter jewels, drawings and pipe cleaners to construct a model. Lots of interesting connections to stories and reading :-)

Have a look at the entries below:


Leave a comment about your favourite entry in the comment section.

We’ve Discovered Another Wild Reader!

By AllStars

While holidaying recently, Thomas was spotted doing a little reading in the wild!

Looks like he is planning the next fishing trip with his DAD.

Hope you catch a BIG one :-)

Thomas Wild Reader

Searching, searching, searching!

By AllStars

This week Stage 3 students were introduced to better search techniques to use when they are searching the internet for information.

Below is a You Tube clip that mentions a number of the strategies we used this week.

Why not watch it and then practise your searching techniques online?


By AllStars

Stage 2 and 3 Jade will be making book trailers this term.

To help us think about what we are wanting to produce I found this Prezi about Storyboarding.

Please watch it so that we can make the best Book Trailers ever!

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What’s the Fuss About Smoking?

By AllStars

Watch this anti-smoking video:


How effective do you think it is?

Why is it effective?

Any other comments?


This episode of Behind the News looks at smoking and the ways in which governments make laws to protect people.

Smoking Danger:

What do you think about smoking?

Should governments ban smoking?

What evidence do you have to support your views?


Look carefully at this KIDS FACT SHEET for important information about smoking.

Origami Ninja Stars or An Information Text!

By AllStars

Today Year 3 students watched a You Tube clip that showed and told them how to make a ninja star. Here are some of the interesting things they noticed about this text:

  • it was an instructional text – it showed you how to make something
  • it was a type of procedure, with steps to follow
  • you had to listen to the words as well as watch the pictures
  • the video was really helpful to watch as if you couldn’t understand a part you could watch and see what to do next
  • the video supported the words, you could watch the video over and over at each part – to see how the narrator was actually moving the papers and making the folds
  • the photos inbooks are static (they stay still) the video showed the movements to make with the folding
  • the spoken words + the written words + the video worked together to make sure we could actually make our ninja stars!

Here is the clip we watched:



And here are our finished ninja stars :-)


Drug Education – “So What’s the Fuss?”

By AllStars

Stage 3 students will be investigating drug education this term.

Have a look at some of these websites during this session and come up with some areas of interest, that you may want to explore further.

Kid’s Health Facts

Drug Facts for Young People – Comic

It’s A fact! – You Tube video you will ahve to watch at home :-(

OxyGen Tobacco Fact Sheets

Background Image: Southern Cross with Sparklers

Our cool image of the Southern Cross is from here: Thank you :-)