Why Should We Recycle?

This term 3J have been learning about RECYCLING. We have read some books about helping the environment and have set up our very own recycling station in our room.   We have been writing texts that CONVINCE someone to recycle. Click on the wall below to write a sentence about WHY WE SHOULD RECYCLE.  …

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Describing Fantasy Creatures

Fantasy creatures feature in LOTS of stories we love reading, from Kindergarten picture books up to young adult fantasy  / adventure novels. They are used by authors to help create movies in your mind of fantastical creatures with extraordinary features and powers.  Good writers use descriptive phrases, noun groups, similes and other devices to describe…

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How do you Synthesise?

This term we are learning how to Synthesise when we read. Synthesising is when your thinking changes or evolves as you read.  You can visit the website “Into the book” to complete an activity about Synthesising. Step 1: Go to the website and click ‘Kids’ (skip login) Step 2: In the Students Area click ‘Synthesising’. Click ‘Part…

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The Grain Chain

This term in science we will be learning all about BREAD.   One of the most important ingredients in bread is flour. But what is flour, where does it come from and how is it made. Flour is made from grinding up different grains. The most commonly used grain for bread is WHEAT. Add to…

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Determining Importance

Learning Intention: We are learning to determine what is important when we read and what is just interesting. We can’t possibly remember everything we read. Our brains are like a sieve, sifting  what is important, what is just interesting and what we don’t need to remember at all. Image courtesy of www.webstaurantstore.com  You can use a…

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Common Literature Themes for kids and adults!

Learning Intention: We are learning to identify the theme of the books we read. Here are some of the most common themes found in non fiction books.                           Image courtesy of primarypunch.blogspot.com.au Watch these two videos that discuss the common themes of literary…

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Themes in Books

Every book we read has a theme,  sometimes more than one! But what is the theme? Image courtesy of  minds-in-bloom.com   The ‘theme’ is the message that the author is trying to communicate with the reader. Authors use clues to show us the theme, so we need to be able to infer the underlying messages…

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Making Inferences

Our focus strategy this week is Making Inferences.   We remember that TEXT CLUES + BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE = INFERENCE   Authors use inference to SHOW their readers more information about the setting ( eg: weather, mood) and the characters (opinions, emotions).     Let’s practice the skill of inferring.   1. Click HERE to guess…

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Reading Fluency

Being a fluent reader means you read smoothly with expression and correct phrasing. You read at a suitable pace, paying attention to punctuation marks.  In 5/6J – on average you should be reading between 100 and 130 words per minute aloud, and even more if you read silently.   Multiply your age by 10, that…

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Forming a Synthesis

Our focus strategy at the moment is learning to form a synthesis.  Synthesising is one of the hardest comprehension skills because to do it you need to ask questions, infer, make connections, use your background knowledge and summarise!   Phew! Our reading groups tasks this week is to form a synthesis on our much-loved book…

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