The Great Wave – Watercolour

As part of our topic this term of ‘Living with the Earth’ we have been talking about Tsunamis, espeically those that have affected the Asian region and countries like Indonesia and Japan.

People often associate Japan and Tsunamis with this famous painting:

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusa. It is a very famous image that also features Japan’s most famous mountain, Mt Fuji.

The great size of the wave makes the mountain look minute, and the boats that bob beneath it seem doomed for destruction.  Many people assume The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a tsunami. But scholars who exhaustively studied the print and what we know about waves think it is more likely a rogue wave, or, more scientifically, “a plunging breaker.”

Since it was first printed in the 1820s, many artist has written about, studied, copied and made their own version of ‘The Great Wave’. You can create a simple watercolour inspired by this great scene.

Based on the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, kids draw and paint their own version of Mount Fuji and the great wave.

Based on the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, kids draw and paint their own version of Mount Fuji and the great wave.

This drawing is broken up into three sections:

  • Foreground (first two waves)
  • Middle Ground (main wave)
  • Background (horizon line and Mt. Fuji)

Then the white caps of the waves and the stripes inside the waves are added.

Trace all your lines with black oil pastel.

For painting, using different blue watercolour paints inside the waves. Add some brown to Mt Fuji and use warm colours (yellows, reds, oranges etc) for the sky, to show sunrise or sunset.

Based on the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, kids draw and paint their own version of Mount Fuji and the great wave.

Explanation Texts

This term as we learn about Earthquakes, Volcanos and Tsunamis we will be writing Explanations.

The poster below explains what an explanation is.

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This poster explains the STRUCTURE  of an explanation.

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Click the link to learn more about Explanations. There are 6 pages to visit. When you have read the 6 pages, test yourself by clicking PLAY and QUIZ underneath!

Click here.

Think you are an expert now? Visit this link, scroll down and complete the quiz!

Check out thesse volcano diagrams! Log in to leave a comment and EXPLAIN how a volcano erupts, using words from the diagram.

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Types of Dwellings

A dwelling is a structure in which people live. How many different types of dwellings can you think of?

Here are some:

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This term 5/6J have started using Microsoft 365 which you can access through the student portal. We are keeping notes of our research in OneNote.

5/6J members:

Can you add all the types of dwellings to your page in OneNote?

Can you add photos?

Can you add a link?

Types of Texts

Last week 5/6J ‘split the room’ about which types of writing they had written about Earthquakes.

We had three groups – Persuasive, Informative and Imaginative. Within these groups there are lots of different types of texts you can read and write.

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How much do you know about the text types? Do this quiz and find out!

Check out this fact sheet about texts in NSW Schools. Can you find explanations that we are writing this term?

Here is a great slideshow about all the text types. Which one do you remember? Which one do you like?

TV shows, music and movies also all have text types. Play this game to build your own TV show about volcanos!

 

Now leave us a comment – What is your favourite text to write and why?

 

 

Still want to learn more? Check out these blog posts on the same topic!

Text Conventions

Factual Writing

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

This term, as we read Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin we are reading, thinking about and creating fractured fairy tales.

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There are many ways to write a fractured fairy tale. People have been adapting fairy tales for centuries for new books, tv shows, poems and movies.

Here are some ways to ‘change’ a fairy tale:

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Here are some picture books that have been written based on well known fairy tales. Can you work out which tale?

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TASK FOR 5/6J members:

 

Log in to the blog and add a comment. Write 5 sentences of a narrative, based on a fairy tale. Use the pictures below as INSPIRATION!

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