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.
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.
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
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.
It’s A fact! – You Tube video you will ahve to watch at home
Here are some links for Stage 3 to use as they explore the issues around Road Safety and Schools.
Use these sites to get a “big picture” view of real world statistics and information from these government websites.
What you find out from these sites will help you come up with answers for the next part of our explorartion!
Did you find any shocking, worrying, or surprising information? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Stage 2, here is a great little story that we will be reading together over the next few weeks.
It’s about a superhero squirrel called Ulysses and his friend Flora Belle Buckman.
The story has many references to comics and the language and features found in comics – click here to read comics online at
Make your own comics at Make Beliefs Comics
Here is the book trailer for Flora and Ulysses for you to enjoy
Leave a comment below if you love to read comics
Stage 3 have been working to think deeply and talk about their thinking this week.
We have been using text and words to think and talk about friendship – discussing definitions about friendships and looking at some famous quotes about friendship.
Next we tried to find an image that representes friendship – and we tried to link the visual elements of the image to the idea of friendship the image was conveying.
We looked at the colours, the perspective, the size and placemant of elements in the image. It was pretty tricky at first, but we tried again in another session and came up with some thoughtful responses.
Here are some books you might like to read about friendship:
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (JK Rowling)
Wonder (RJ Pallacio)
Charlotte’s Web (EB White)
Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
Holes (Louis Sachar)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
The Rainbow Fish (Marcus Pfister)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Tom Angelberger)
The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
Stellaluna (Janelle Cannon)
Ivy and Bean books (Annie Barrows)
The Last Olympian – Percy Jackson (Rick Riordan)
The BFG (Roald Dahl)
Are there any other books about friendship that you have read and enjoyed? Add it in the comments section!
This term on our author display are favourite books by Australian author Mem Fox.
We have lots of lovely titles that are still popular after many years!
Stage 1 enjoyed hearing Possum Magic this week. Here is a reading of the book for you to watch ….
What are your favourite books from when you were little? Tell us in the comments section.
We have started reading “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” this week and have had a few giggles with the descriptions of the characters (which are all kids).
There are lots of other interesting things on this site – have a look and leave a comment below telling us what you think!
Here is You Tube of how to make a simple Origami Yoda!