New Class Blogs for 2013

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012 | Posted on January 4, 2013

With a new year, comes new class blogs.

In 2013, Miss Kenny is teaching grade 2 and Miss Crowther is teaching 5/6 with Mr J. Click on the links below to visit the new blogs!

2K’s class blog address is http://kenny.global2.vic.edu.au

 

 5/6JC’s class blog address is http://upps56jc.global2.vic.edu.au.

 

Please update your links!

 

This blog address will continue to exist but will not be updated.  Thank you to everyone who has visited and contributed to our blog during 2011 and 2012.  We hope you have enjoyed blogging as much as we have!  We also hope that you will visit our new blogs, follow our learning and leave plenty of comments.  We look forward to an exciting 2013 filled with lots of blogging and collaborative projects.

 

Last Week of Term 4

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012 | Posted on December 24, 2012

The last week of term has been and gone.  And, what a week it was!

During the week, we:

* Went on our End of Term Picnic (see post below)

* Completed a Global Christmas Project

* Moved classrooms for 2013

* Had our Class Party

* Received and guessed our KK presents

* Auctioned our Billy Carts

* Had our school Christmas Carols and Awards night

* Skyped and sang Christmas songs with Room 2

Watch the slideshow below to see a summary of our week in pictures.

 

We would like to thank everyone who has made our year such a good one.  Many, many people have helped in many, many different ways.  It’s impossible to thank you all by name, but you know who you are, and we are very grateful for your support and help. From classroom helpers to blogging buddies, a HUGE thank you!  2012 has flown.  We think the saying, ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ is very true!

What are some of your highlights from 2012?

 

What are you looking forward to doing in 2013?

 

End of Year Picnic

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012 | Posted on December 17, 2012

This week is the last week of our school year.  When we return to school at the end of January we will all be in our new year levels, classes and have new teachers.  There are lots of End of Year celebrations happening this week, starting with our End of Year Picnic today.

We travelled approximately 45 minutes to a giant playground in Eltham North.  After a quick healthy snack we explored the playground.  Next on our agenda were team games in house teams.  We would like to thank Tyler and Jack’s Mum, Anna, for organising the games.  View the slideshow below to see our fun day out.

 

What picnics have you been on?  What did you like about them?

 

What was your favourite thing about our End of Year Picnic?

 

Edublog Awards Announced

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012 | Posted on December 13, 2012

The international Edublog Awards were announced today during a live online ceremony.  At 10:50am we logged on and entered the ‘Main Room.’ At 11am the ceremony started. It clashed with our recess, but we didn’t mind one little bit!

View the slideshow below to see parts of the ceremony.

There were 2 924 votes in the category we were shortlisted in, Best Class Blog.

The winner and runners up of the Best Class Edublog 2012 are listed below:

–Winner: Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog (317 votes)
–Runner Up: Fabulous 5S (217 votes)
–Runner Up: 4KM And 4KJ @ Leopold Primary School (207 votes)
–Runner Up: 3/4C & 3/4K @ UPPS (205 votes)
–Runner Up: 3/4C @ The Junction (186 votes)

Congratulations Mrs Yollis and all the runners up!

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us.  As you can see, every vote counted and we thank you for your support.  We hope you continue to enjoy visiting our blog, learning about what we do and posting comments.

What do you like most about blogging?

Have you ever been to an Awards Ceremony?  What was it like?

We’ve Got Mail!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012, Global Project | Posted on December 11, 2012

Yesterday, a rather large and heavy parcel arrived. We examined the box closely before opening it and discovered that our blogging friends Mrs Todd and The Roadrunners from America had sent us an early Christmas present.  How exciting!

Before we opened it we practised our measurement and estimation skills to guess its weight.  Bailey recorded our guesses on the board.

Estimating the weight of the parcel

Our estimates of the parcel’s weight

Total weight…nearly 5kg!

Finally, we were ready to open the parcel…

Chocolate!

The contents of the parcel

Yum!

We enjoyed comparing the differences and similarities between America and Australia. We discovered:
* Phone numbers are writen differently
* We say ‘Take Away’ food and in America, it is called ‘Carry Out’ or ‘Take Out’
* The newspapers are different shapes and fonts
* We have a $1 coin and America has a $1 note
* Cars are cheaper in America

Our local paper (left) and a paper from North Carolina (right)

American $1 note and Australian $1 coin

Some things are the same in America and Australia:
* We have the same TV shows, movies and characters
* Kid’s magazines have wordfinds, comics and activities to do in both countries

It was very generous of The Roadrunners to send us so many goodies and it definitely helped us to learn more about America. We are saving some of the food to eat at our class party.  Thank you Roadrunners! 

 

What items would you pack to teach other people about your country?

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012 | Posted on December 7, 2012

free glitter - http://www.sparklee.com

 

Date: Thursday 20th December
Time: 2pm
Venue: Upper Plenty P.S, 10 Clarkes Road, Upper Plenty

All monies raised donated to charity.

 

Come along and grab yourself a bargain!  Check out the carts in action in the slideshow below.  Please leave a comment with any questions and we will reply ASAP.  Hope to see you at the auction!

Amazing Angles

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012, Numeracy | Posted on December 7, 2012

This week we have been learning about lines and angles.  One of the first things we did was create a class definition of an angle.

An angle is made when two lines meet.  It is the space between the lines and it is measured in degrees.

Here are some facts we discovered:

  • There are different types of angles.
  • A 90 degree angle is called a right angle.
  • There are no left angles.
  • If an angle is between 0 and 90 degrees it is called an acute angle.
  • An obtuse angle is an angle that is larger than 90 degrees and not bigger 180 degrees.
  • A straight line is 180 degrees and it is called a straight angle.
  • A reflex angle is between 180 degrees and 360 degrees.
  • 360 degrees are in a circle and a full revolution.
  • A triangle is a shape with three angles.  Tri means three and triangles have three angles.
  • 3D shapes have angles and you can measure the angles in their faces.
  • Protractors are used to measure the size of angles.
  • Angles are all around us.  You’d be surprised how many angles you can see right now!

We put our new knowledge to good use and found examples of angles in our environment.  We took photos of the angles in small groups.  Check out the angles we found…   (To view it full screen, click on the icon in the bottom right hand corner)

 

We also created our own ‘Tangled Angles’ Masterpieces with different angles. Here are some of them…

(To view it full screen, click on the icon in the bottom right hand corner)

How many angles can you find in the picture below?

Can you classify them as acute, right or obtuse angles?

If you look around the room now, what angles can you see?

G’Day USA!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012, Global Project, Skype | Posted on December 5, 2012

Guest Post by Brent, Eve & Tayla – Jade

 

Today we Skyped with The Roadrunners in North Carolina, America.  Now we have accomplished Skyping with all our Quad Blogging friends!  It was 9:40am here and 5:40pm Tuesday night in North Carolina.

Here are the details:

Last week, Mrs Todd and The Roadrunners emailed some questions about celebrations to us.  We were organised into groups of two, three or four and set to work on preparing our answers. They asked us about lots of different celebrations and how we celebrate special celebrations, including Christmas, Easter, New Years and Valentines’ Day.   They shared some information with us too.  We found out that it doesn’t matter whether you are in America or Australia, we celebrate in many of the same ways.  We both put up Christmas trees and enjoy special meals.  We both have fireworks on New Year’s Eve and we both have parties to celebrate our birthdays.

We found out some differences too.  The Roadrunners celebrate Columbus Day and we have a holiday for Melbourne Cup Day.  We also discovered that what we call lollies, The Roadrunners call candy.  We’re pretty sure it still tastes the same!

Thanks for Skyping with us Mrs Todd and Roadrunners!

What is your favourite celebration?  Why?  How do you celebrate it?

How do you celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day? 

Edublog Award – Shortlisted Finalists!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012 | Posted on December 3, 2012

We were nominated for Best Class Blog in the Edublog Awards!  The awards are open to all blogs around the world and there are many terrific class blogs.  So, to be nominated is a wonderful honour and compliment.   Even better, is that we have been shortlisted!  There is some tough competition, including from some of our Quad Blog Buddies!  We wish everyone the best of luck and look forward to seeing who is announced as the winner on 12th December.

Voting is open until Sunday 9th December, USA EST. Voting is easy.  Just click on the ‘Nomination’ icon on the top right of the screen or the image above. Follow the links and vote for us! Our category is Best Class Blog and you will see us listed with the other shortlisted finalists. You can vote once a day. 

Have you ever been nominated for an award? 

 

What do you like about our blog?

 

What could we do to improve it?

 

 

Mystery Skype

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Class News 2012, Literacy, Skype | Posted on November 28, 2012

Guest post by 3/4C

Today something very exciting happened…a mystery Skype!  The first call came at 9:09am but we missed it!  The next call came at 9:20am and we were set!

We turned our T-shirts around or wore other jumpers so they couldn’t see our school logo!

Before we asked our first question we noticed the Australian flag icon on our Mystery caller’s Skype account.  We thought we were very clever!  However, we weren’t completely sure they would be in Australia, even though they are originally from Australia.

Our first clue!

.We each had a special role to do during the Skype call.  Our jobs were:

* Greeters, Question Askers

* Google Mappers

* Logical Reasoners

* Clue Keepers

* Runners

* Photographers

Our Greeters and Question Askers

Earlier in the week we tossed a coin to see who would get to ask the first question.  Our mystery Skypers called tails and it was heads.  We were off to a good start

Our Clue Keepers

Our Logical Reasoners set to reason logically!

The rules were simple.  We could ask any ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ question.  If the answer was a ‘Yes’ we got another shot at asking a question.  If it was a ‘No’ our Mystery Skypers got to ask us a question.  We got off to a great start and got some ‘Yes’ answers.

A Google Mapper with information for a Runner

A Runner

We enjoyed the mystery part of the Skype, doing our roles and of course guessing Montagu Bay Primary School. It was easy at the beginning, really hard in the middle and easier at the end. Our final breakthrough came when we had narrowed it down to few suburbs and Kyle had a feeling it was Montagu Bay. He searched Google images for Montagu Bay and saw that they had the same uniforms! We’d done it!!!

Matching uniforms on Google images!

The hardest part was thinking of the questions once we ran out of our prepared questions. It was also hard using some of the clues we were given correctly. We got a bit confused with our directions!

We’d like to thank Mrs Smith and 4/5DS from Montagu Primary School in Tasmania for taking up the challenge of a Mystery Skype.

What would you ask someone in a Mystery Skype call?

Have you got any questions for us about our Skype call?