August is Family Blogging Month!

The students on Frole Island love to share their learning through this blog.

The involvement of family members in our blog is so important. It makes everything we do at school more meaningful and special.

In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are starting a new blog comment challenge called

AUGUST IS FAMILY BLOGGING MONTH!

Whenever a students’ family member leaves us a comment, the student will record it on our blog comment chart using the following codes:

At the end of August, the 5/6E student and 5/6F student who have the most comments from different family members will win a prize! In order to keep the challenge fair to everyone, each student can only record one comment on the chart per day. So the goal is to get as many different family members involved as possible during the month-long challenge!

Having conversations through commenting is one of the best parts of blogging so in your comments feel free to ask questions and reply to other people’s questions. Please refer to our Guidelines and Safety pages if you are unsure of how to comment or respond appropriately.

We’re inviting everyone to comment including mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins and family friends! Please do not include surnames, just how you know our students. For example; Katelyn (Mia’s aunty’s cousin’s friend’s sister)

* Family members don’t have to comment only on this post, they can comment on any post on our blog. *

If you want to know how to write a comment and for tips on writing quality comments, click here.

Thank you and credit to Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jordan at 4KM & 4KJ for the idea and wording of this introductory post! This was an idea originally created by Mrs Yollis in California.

What do you think of the “August is Family Blogging Month” challenge?

Which family members will you invite to comment?

Which posts do you think will be of interest to your family members?

Monster Descriptions Global Project

Students on Frole Island had their first taste of global project during June. We paired up with Miss T’s class in New Zealand to complete a Monster Description Project.

We got the idea from 4KM & 4KJ who completed the same project with Mr Avery’s class. You can see their attempts here.

Here’s what we did:

  • Paired up in our class (as we have more than double the students that Miss T has!)
  • Drew our own monsters
  • Wrote a short description of what our monsters looked like
  • Swapped our descriptions (but NOT our pictures) through Google Drive
  • Drew eachother’s monster using the detail in the description
  • Compared our original drawings to the ones drawn by our partners

The results:

The results were very interesting! Here are the descriptions that we wrote with our original drawings and the picture that our partners in New Zealand drew.

 

We learnt:

  • Although sizzling starts have their place in narrative writings, writing about how horrible the monster is, wasn’t really helpful to those drawing our pictures
  • Writing needs to be clear and precise so that others can generate the same picture in their heads that we started with
  • When you leave out details, people can’t read your minds to know what you were thinking!
  • Working with other classes is fun!

Don’t forget to check out 4KM & 4KJ’s project with Mr Avery!

What else did you learn from the project? What was your favourite part? What advice would you give to somebody writing a description?

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?

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!