QuadBlogging Week Four: Let’s Visit Newmarket College

Students on Frole Island love sharing and learning with classes around the world. We are Quad buddies with 3 other classes.

** Luella Middle School (UK) **
** St Patrick’s Class 9 (Sheffield, UK) **
** First Class Posts (UK) **

All classes originally found out about quadblogging from Mr Mitchell.

The QuadBlogging concept: four blogging classes come together and learn about one another one week at a time. The alliance (group of friends) will help each class increase their readership while flattening their classroom walls and learning about the wonderful world we live in.

For our last week of QuadBlogging, we will be visiting Newmarket College in the UK. First Class Posts are a blog by Creative Media students. They have even created a special post for us to visit!

Instead of leaving a comment on this post, why not head over to First Class Posts and leave a comment for them!

They would love to hear from you.

Remember to mention where you’re from!

QuadBlogging Week Three: Let’s Visit Frole Island

Students on Frole Island love sharing and learning with classes around the world. We are Quad buddies with 3 other classes.

** Luella Middle School (UK) **
** St Patrick’s Class 9 (Sheffield, UK) **
** First Class Posts (UK) **

All classes originally found out about quadblogging from Mr Mitchell.

The QuadBlogging concept: four blogging classes come together and learn about one another one week at a time. The alliance (group of friends) will help each class increase their readership while flattening their classroom walls and learning about the wonderful world we live in.

Welcome to Frole Island! We are a class of 47 students from Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. We are 11-12 years old and in Grade 5/6. Our favourite things are music and sport. Our favourite sports are Australian Football and European Football. We have been to many different places in the world and are making a map of all the different places we’ve been. Some people have been as far as France, Scotland and Japan. Some were born overseas!

Where in the world have you been? Have you ever travelled outside of your country? Tell us about it!

Mystery Skype

On Thursday afternoon, students on Frole Island participated in a Mystery Skype. Miss Fraser knew which class we were skyping with but couldn’t tell us where they were.

Mystery Skyping is where two classes come together without knowing which school or where in the world the other class is. Each class takes turns to ask closed questions to narrow down the location of the other class. If you ask a question and receive a ‘No’ response, then it is the other class’ turn to ask a question.

Before we skyped, we talked about the general types of questions we could ask to narrow down the other class’ location. We decided the the best way to firstly narrow it down was to ask “Are you in the Southern hemisphere?”

Neve & Steph started by greeting the other class. Steph tossed a coin to determine who would ask the first question – they won.

There are different roles for everyone in the class so that we can all participate. Here is a list of the roles we used and what their jobs were:

  • Greeters: Students greet the other class and welcome them to our Mystery Skype session. They are in charge of helping determine who will ask the first question.
  • Inquirers: Students asking the questions of the other class to narrow down their location
  • Question Answerers: Must know about where we live to be able to answer the questions of the other class
  • Question Keepers: Students in charge of recording each question that is asked as well as the response.
  • Google Mappers: Students use Google Maps to search based upon the clues they are given. They use Google Maps to narrow the location of the other class. They then share this information to assist with creating new questions to ask
  • Runners: In charge of running between all the other jobs. They share the information that is gathered as well as bring questions to the inquirers.  They help to keep order so that everybody is not yelling across the room.
  • Logical Reasoners: Use information to try to eliminate states and countries.
  • Clue Keepers: Use a map to mark down important information. They can colour, cross out and make marks on the map to help narrow down the choices and formulate new questions.
  • Atlas: Students use a traditional atlas to help find the location.
  • Photographers: Students take pictures/video the event so it can be posted online later.

Next time, we will get to swap roles. We really enjoyed learning this way. We got to practise our skills in communication, geography, collaboration and ICT.

Unfortuantely, they guessed which school we were at first. It only took us 2 more questions to find out that they were Upper Plenty Primary School!

After we had guessed, we had the opportunity to ask questions of each other. We enjoyed finding out more about their school. We found out that their integrated studies unit is Asia too!

Brandon & Victoria did a fantastic job taking photos of all the groups working together.

Thank you to 5/6CJ @ Upper Plenty PS for allowing us to have such a fantastic first Mystery Skype experience!

What was your favourite part of the Mystery Skype? What would you change? Which role would you take on next time?

Haiku Poems

On Friday, we published our haiku poems that we wrote about camp.

Haiku poems are only 3 lines long and each line follows a set structure. See if you can figure it out using Miss Fraser’s haiku below.

Just five syllables
The second line has seven
Last line has five too

What is the pattern?

Here are some of our published pieces. We had to follow specific rules to publish our poems on Microsoft Word. It had to include:

  • A picture taken at camp
  • A 2×1 table with the first cell measuring 18cm
  • Lines of haiku poems could not go over 1 line (even when changing font and font size)

How did we do?

** Additional Information by Jo **

Our class wrote a haiku on camp 2013, but if they didn’t go to camp they wrote about what they did instead of going to camp.

We had lots of fun and enjoyed learning about haiku poems. We learnt that haiku poems are Japanese and in each haiku there is a pattern of syllables. The pattern goes like this 5, 7, 5.

Some people wrote about the food and others there cabin. Some wrote about the people that they met or the activities we did like horse riding and the water slide.

On the 17 of May 2013 we published our Haikus. We were told how to set up the grid and add a photo to the final piece.

 First we had to open a word document, not so hard, right? Then we had to rotate the page to landscape, some people found this challenging and asked for help a lot of times. After we did that we had to insert a grid 2 x 1. Then we had to drag the line in the centre to 18 so that the first side was bigger than the second so that way we could fit a pitcher in the bigger box and our haiku in the smaller one.

Everyone finished the haiku publishing and it was a lot of fun!

Have you ever written a poem before? Have you ever tried writing a haiku?

QuadBlogging Week Two: Let’s Visit St Patricks

Students on Frole Island love sharing and learning with classes around the world. We are Quad buddies with 3 other classes.

** Luella Middle School (UK) **
** St Patrick’s Class 9 (Sheffield, UK) **
** First Class Posts (UK) **

All classes originally found out about quadblogging from Mr Mitchell.

The QuadBlogging concept: four blogging classes come together and learn about one another one week at a time. The alliance (group of friends) will help each class increase their readership while flattening their classroom walls and learning about the wonderful world we live in.

This week, it is time to visit Class 9 at St Patricks. Mr Hopper has written a creative writing post for you to comment on. Students in his class are currently preparing for national assessment testing – just like us with NAPLAN! Why don’t you head over and leave a comment on their page?

Instead of leaving a comment on this post, why not head over to St Patricks Class Blog and leave a comment for them!

They would love to hear from you.

Remember to mention where you’re from!

QuadBlogging Week One: Let’s Visit Luella Middle School!

Students on Frole Island love sharing and learning with classes around the world. We are Quad buddies with 3 other classes.

** Luella Middle School (UK) **
** St Patrick’s Class 9 (Sheffield, UK) **
** First Class Posts (UK) **

All classes originally found out about quadblogging from Mr Mitchell.

The QuadBlogging concept: four blogging classes come together and learn about one another one week at a time. The alliance (group of friends) will help each class increase their readership while flattening their classroom walls and learning about the wonderful world we live in.

This week, it is time to visit Luella Middle School. They have just received tablets and are having fun blogging about them. Some students have even made a post to introduce themselves to you. Why don’t you head over and leave a comment on their page?

Instead of leaving a comment on this post, why not head over to LMS Class Blog and leave a comment for them!

They would love to hear from you.

Remember to mention where you’re from!

Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives – Oh my!

Today we played some games to help revise our knowledge of nouns, verbs and adjectives. We know that nouns are naming words (people, places and things), verbs are doing words and adjectives are describing words.

We played Grammar Ninja, where we had to throw Ninja Stars at the part of the sentence that it asked for. Can you find the nouns?

Then we played Grammar Gorilla’s where we had to also select the nouns, verbs and adjectives in sentences.

The last game we played, we had to fill in the blanks with adjectives to complete a story. We made the funniest stories we could but they had to make sense.

 What did you learn about nouns, verbs and adjectives? Why are they important? What is the most interesting noun/verb/adjective you have come across?