Archive for January, 2011

Jan 27 2011

G’Day Mate!

Published by under Teacher Talk

Do you know what a billabong is? How about a jumbuck? No? What about a billy? A chook? Or a jumper?These are just some of the slang words that Australian people use to describe certain everyday things.  Check out the answer to my questions at the bottom of this post!

We had a lot of fun yesterday, Jan. 26th celebrating Australia day with Ms. Hahn’s class. Why did we celebrate? Why not!?  Ms. Hahn is Australian, however, and it’s fun to learn about another country that most of us have not visited!

Do you know what Damper is? This is a type of traditional Australian bush bread that we made in class. There’s not much to it: flour, milk, salt and a few other ingredients. We really enjoyed eating it and some of us even put butter and/or Golden Syrup on top! Yum!

The didgeridoo was an Australian instrument we each had an opportunity to try to play.  It may have sounded funny when we tried it, but when done properly, it sounds truly amazing. Check out the video below of an Aboriginal from Australia playing this fascinating instrument.

Not only did we play the didgeridoo, but we also sang Waltzing Matilda and learned what the lyrics might mean. We followed the song with learning a dance. The youtube video below shows us performing the dance! Not bad!

Boomerang throwing was our last activity. We learned about how the boomerang is aerodynamic and is made a certain way. It’s a lot harder than it looks!  Did you know that the original purpose of the boomerang was as a weapon? It was used in hunting and warfare. Now, it’s a popular toy and hopefully when you throw it, it will come back to you.  We practiced throwing them outside in 5 groups of 8, each of us getting about 2 tries.  Check out our video below of us throwing! Have you ever thrown a boomerang?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIo5gUXrJSY[/youtube]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONYmHZj5lQQ[/youtube]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g592I-p-dc[/youtube]

Answers:

billabong–waterhole            Jumbuck–sheep        billy–tin can to boil water for tea           jumper–sweater        Chook–chicken

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Jan 24 2011

Mid January Newsletter

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Jan 24 2011

Coloring Outside the Lines with Poetry

Writing Workshop is one place you’re allowed to break the rules…at least in terms of writing poetry. Free verse poetry, that is. After the holiday break, we have been immersed in our Poetry unit and have recently been studying interesting images and what kind of words they evoke from us. Students were encouraged to bring in an interesting image that caught their eye and begin to jot down creative words that came to mind when they saw it. We are learning that we don’t need to make a poem right away, but rather, we create an entry that we can manipulate and turn into a poem perhaps at a later time.
Sometimes we need to simmer our initial ideas and see what we can create with more thought and time.

We are not conforming to structure, such as in Haiku or Diamante poems. Rather, this year, we are learning to write free verse poetry where there are no rules! We are trying to do things such as looking at the world through ‘fresh eyes’, and it’s not easy! Letting our minds study an object or image or thought and write about it in unique ways takes a lot of practice. Studying mentor poems is very helpful, too. We are a few weeks in, but already we are able to compile a long list of strategies that poets use such as meaningful line breaks, alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphor, simile, personification, and so on.

I have been blown away by some of the creativity and vivid imagery Room 230 has come up with. I can’t wait for more. Stay tuned to individual student blogs where students will be posting some of their poems they would like to share with you.

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Jan 13 2011

Sustainaility Websites

Published by under Sustainability

Click on each of these websites and watch the video attached.

Please write a blog post on your own based on what you are learning about sustainability, what you experienced during our Fishing for the Future simulation, your experience listening to Mr. Andy Tag, videos we have viewed, etc.

Miss B :)

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