Origami Ninja Stars or An Information Text!

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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 :-)


Thinking and Talking Critically and Interpretively About Friends

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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!

ANZAC Day Stories

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ANZAC Day is coming up during the holidays and this week we have been looking at many of the wonderful books and stories about this special day that we have in the Library. Some people remembered the story of Simpson and his Donkey from when they were little, and Carmen was reading a novel “The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded” by Jackie French that explained this story more deeply for an older audience. We love connections and remembered stories and learning more about what has happened in our world.

There are many beautiful picture books for older readers that are new in the Library this year, as well as some very informative non-fiction books on a variety of war topics.

Feel free to come and have a look and borrow one of these lovely books to take home for the holidays, you might just be taking home a new memory!

What do you remember about ANZAC day? Share your memories in the comments section below.

Brotherband Chronicles – A New Series

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If you like adventure, archery, pirates, and  heroes then this trilogy is for you!

John Flanagan, the author, also wrote the “Ranger’s Apprentice” books and if you liked those books then it looks like you will also like The Brotherband Chronicles.

There is an interesting website (click on the link below to take you there) with games and music and downloadfs and you can check out this book trailer too!

Brotherband Chronicles

Here is the Book Trailer:



And here is John Flanagan talking about The Brotherband Chronicles:


2013 – up and running!

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Welcome back AllStars -ready for a big year in the Library?

I can’t wait, my “LEARNER” plates are off and I am bursting with ideas to share with you all!

To start us off – did you know that reading gives you super powers?

Dav Pilkey (The author who writes Captain Underpants stories) tell us how …….

Hhhhmmmm ….. just what sort of super power do you think reading gives YOU?

Science Extravaganza!!!

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What a fun, interesting and exhausting day we had on Friday!


We had our very first SCIENCE EXTRAVAGANZA Day, where we all worked in our Gemstone Learning Teams on different science activities.

There were:

  1. Exploding dinosaurs – chemistry
  2. String telephones – sound
  3. Forensic Science – whodunnit?
  4. Magnets
  5. Musical instruments – sound
  6. Solids, Liquids and Gases!

It was wonderful to see the Learning Teams behaving so well – it was especially lovely to see how the older students looked after the younger ones so carefully and with such concern.

Just in case we have any budding Albert  Einsteins or Marie Curies at BSPS don’t forget that we have lots of exciting science books for you to borrow from the Library.

You can find the science section in the 500s in the non-fiction part of the Library.


There are books here on science activities to try at home, or books on specific topics so you can find out more about chemistry or magnets or sound .

If you like your science “horrible” we have lots of Horrible Science books to choose from or you might like to visit the website too.


The Science Kids have lots of fun experiments for you to do yourself so pop over to this website at home.



The One and Only Ivan

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Stage 2 – get ready to be WOWED! We will be reading a very important book this term – a book that you will probably remember for ever!

Please enjoy this book trailer and get ready for the book of a life time.


Caught Reading Star #2

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Congratulations Stage 1!

One of you was caught reading today :-)

Glad that you look so happy reading in the Library!

Another Caught Reading AllStar.


First Week in the Library

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Here is a short Animoto of some of the things we got up to in the Library this week.

Try our slideshow creator at Animoto.

Don’t forget that the Library is open EVERY DAY.

Come on up in the second lunch break

  • borrow a book
  • read
  • play a game with a friend
  • write

Hope to see you this week :-)


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NIPS XI  by Ruth Starke is the title of the text we are reading in Reading Groups. It is a great story about about a boy called Lan who forms a cricket team to play at Multicultural Day at his school. It follows his adventures as he recruits the players, finds a coach, learns the rules and starts to play the game of cricket.

One of the themes we are exploring is the theme of “Winning”. We thought out loud about who were winners in this story:

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Now we are using “Circle of Viewpoints” to help us think about how different characters in the story see winning. Its quite interesting to talk about how different people have a range of ideas on what winning is.


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Background Image: Southern Cross with Sparklers

Our cool image of the Southern Cross is from here: http://freeaussiestock.com/free/Australiana/slides/southerncross.htm Thank you :-)