Surprise!!

It all started with 100 Word Narratives…

Miss Fraser told us that we would be participating in a project with UPPS where they would write the first 100 words of a story and we would have to complete them using only 100 words! We thought it would be easier to write the first 100 words and we found that finishing the stories was harder than we expected.

Our stories are below. The endings that we wrote are in red text.

200 Word Narratives by MissCrowther

200 Word Narratives 2 by MissCrowther

200 Word Narratives 3

We completed our stories and at around 12:30, Miss Fraser disappeared from the classroom. We knew we had a surprise coming…

We heard them coming before we saw them…

Suddenly, 52 UPPS students filled our classroom!

We read our stories together in small groups and then took everyone on a tour of the school. The lunch bell had gone so we headed to the gym and played a couple of games together. First we played Penguin Olympics and then we played Golden Child. It was a lot of fun.

After lunch, UPPS stayed and watched our dress rehearsal of our school production – Wiping Out Waste! Sam was the main character and Jo, Bella and Jaxon were also in the main cast.

We had such a great time with our new friends and loved having the opportunity to meet our blogging buddies in person.

** Big thanks to Miss Crowther and MRS Placek for their hard work in organising the secret excursion! **

Did the 100 Word Narratives end up the way you thought they would? How would you end them instead? What was your favourite part of the surprise?

Skyping New Zealand

** Recently, Frole Island have been host to Snail & Whale – the class mascots of Room 5 in New Zealand.**

To wrap up their time with us, we decided to Skype with some students from Room 5 so that we could find out about life in each other’s countries.

Room 5 were fantastic entertainers! They performed the “Cups” song for us and taught us how to count to 10 in Maori (although we might need refreshing – I think we’ve forgotten already!)

First, the students gave us a Maths problem as it was Maths Week in New Zealand. It was a perfect question for us as it wasn’t too easy and really got us thinking outside the box! The question was similar to this: If Sam’s cat is 3 years older than her dog and the total of the pet’s age is 14, how old is Sam’s dog?
Ebony answered correctly for us – can you figure it out?

Unfortunately, shortly after our Skype call, an Earthquake measuring up to 6.2 on the Richter Scale rocked Wellington – about an hour away from our friends in Palmerston North. The aftershocks were felt across the country but luckily everyone was safe.

Big thanks to Stephen for sending out Snail & Whale and making time to Skype with us. We hope to continue learning with you and your class.

Some students were a little disappointed that we ran out of time (technical difficulties!) to ask our questions to Room 5 so we will have to organise another Skype date soon!

What was your favourite part of the Skype call? What else would you like to find out about school in New Zealand? Stephen enjoyed finding out where our parents were born – were your parents born in another country? Which one?

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?

Skype Quiz

During the last week of Term 2, students on Frole Island competed in a quiz with 5/6CJ and 4/5P from Upper Plenty Primary School.

We met 5/6CJ and Miss Crowther when we Mystery Skyped with them earlier in the year. We really enjoyed the experience and having the chance to chat with the students afterwards. We discovered that we had something in common – we had been studying Asia all of Term 2 and they had been studying China for our Inquiry units.

When we headed over to the Theatre, students didn’t know what we were up to! UPPS made our experience very enjoyable – they played the ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ music for us so we felt like we were really on a quiz show. They even prepared advertisements for us for when we had to go to an ad break!

First, we asked the 10 questions for UPPS about China. They did very well and walked away with imaginary $10,000. Enough to buy us all dinner! Here are their questions – see how well you do!

Asia Skype Quiz for UPPS

Then, we were asked our 10 questions. We have all been looking at different countries in Asia so as a group, we had quite a lot of knowledge about a variety of countries. However, Miss Fraser picked us randomly to answer questions – so we weren’t guaranteed to answer a question about a country we had researched!

Overall, we won an imaginary $500,000! We decided we would all travel to Asia together and visit some of the countries we had researched.

After each question, the Fact Fairies from UPPS gave us extra information. The effort they put in was fantastic – they had independently researched these facts as something extra.

Here are the questions we were asked. How well will you do?!

Asia Skype Quiz for Killara

These were fantastic questions and some of them had us really stumped – like the different types of rice question!

Miss Crowther made a short video of our experience. Here it is:

 

Skype Quiz Edited from Miss Crowther on Vimeo.

Thanks for a great afternoon 5/6CJ & 4/5P. We had a great afternoon and loved assessing our learning this way! We definitely enjoyed it as much as you did!

How did you do in the quizzes by yourself? What other questions would you add to either quiz? Have you ever used Skype in your classroom like this before? Tell us about it!

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!