Quality Commenting

One of the main purposes of blogging is to participate in conversations with other people about different topics. This is why quality comments are so important.

Blogging is fairly new to students on Frole Island. Some students had the opportunity to be involved with a blog last year if they were in Karen’s class. Miss Fraser & Caroline have learnt so much about blogging from Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jordan from 4KM & 4KJ @ Leopold Primary. Their blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis, has many great posts about blogging which have also helped so much!

“If you are unfamiliar with blogs, they are online journals. Blogs are essentially websites where administrators can add posts which are displayed in reverse chronological order. There are icons on the side, called widgets, where you can find past posts, recent comments, links to other blogs, our global visitors and more.” (Kathleen Morris – 4KM & 4KJ)

You can visit our ‘How to Leave a Comment’ section of our blog for instructions on how to type a reply to each blog post.

Mrs Yollis has written a fantastic post about leaving good quality comments. Her students have helped to make a video with clear instructions on each of the steps. Please visit the link to read the post and view the video!

What did you learn about quality commenting? Do you have any more questions about blogs and leaving comments? Have you started a conversation through leaving a comment yet? Tell us about it!

ANZAC Day

On Thursday 25th of April, Australia held a public holiday for ANZAC Day.

We observe ANZAC Day to commemorate the soldiers who fought in the battle at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey.

Students on Frole Island completed an interactive activity where we watched videos and learnt about the landing at Anzac Cove and the war that followed.

The site also contains interviews with survivors of the battle in Gallipolli and profiles of soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Turkey.

On Monday’s assembly following ANZAC Day, Kelli organised an ANZAC ceremony. Each class made a wreath to lay as a sign of respect for the soldiers. Our class captains (Ethan, Jo, Josh & Kim) represented our class by laying the wreath. They were great role models for other students. Frole Island made their wreaths with their buddies in Prep in Miss Douglas & Miss Heywood’s class.

Here are some photos of making the wreaths and the ANZAC ceremony.

ANZAC Day on PhotoPeach

Have you participated in an ANZAC Day ceremony before?

Have you ever attended a dawn service or public ceremony?

What special days do you celebrate in your country?

CAFE’ Strategy: Tuning In To Interesting Words

On Frole Island, we use CAFE’ strategies to help us with our reading. Miss Fraser & Caroline conference with us regularly and we set goals for our reading using the CAFE’ menu.

CAFE’ was created by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser as an assessment tool. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary. You can read more about it here.

We have just learnt how to tune in to interesting words as part of expanding our vocabulary. While we were independently reading during our High Five session, (our adapted version of the Daily 5 – also created by ‘The Sisters’ Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) we wrote down interesting words we came across. Tuning in to interesting words helps us expand our vocabulary during speaking and writing – which makes our writing much more interesting!

Here is Miss Fraser’s Word Cloud of interesting words in our class novel ‘Maniac Magee.’

What interesting words have you found during reading?… at AnswerGarden.ch.

What is the most interesting word you have come across? Do you know the meaning of these words?

A New Friend on Frole Island

Imagine Miss Fraser’s astonishment when she came to our classroom on the holidays to organise some things for the term and she found this on our doorstep!

This little monkey has shown up on our island and wants to stay! He says that he doesn’t have a name yet and he’s really looking forward to helping us learn and blog with classes all around the world!

Please vote on a name below! This is a tool called ‘PollDaddy’ which Miss Fraser & Caroline learnt about when they attended ‘Technify Your Teaching’ with Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jordan.

 


What questions do you have for our monkey to find out more about him? Have you ever seen a monkey in real life? What type of monkey do you think our friend is? Where could he have come from?