W8: Tuesday Reading

Learning Goal: I can identify similarities in an author’s poems.

Today you will be looking at what two poems, by the same poet, have in common.

First, look at this video.

Link: Microsoft Stream

Now,  look at these two poems by Mary Ann Hoberman. See if you can see anything these poems have in common.

Next, in your book list the things you noticed.

Extension: Turn your list into a paragraph. For example here are the notes on the Shel Silverstein poems:

  • They both sound like the author is talking to the reader.
  • Every second word rhymes.
  • Each poem has a list. The first has one list, the second is one big list.
  • Most of the words are easy enough to understand.

As a paragraph:

I noticed in the poems by Shel Silverstein that they sound like the author is talking directly to the reader. The poems also have a pattern where every second word rhymes. Finally I noticed each poem has a list. The first has one list, the second is one big list.

Finally, now do 20 minutes of independent reading or read your book club book. You may also want to check out other poets at Australian Children’s Poetry – Australian Poets

W8: Tuesday Writing

LG: I can write interesting sentences.

Today you are going to work with your teacher on how to make your sentences more interesting. Make sure you have your writing book and a pencil ready to go for your meeting.

After the lesson: Find some time today to do 10 minutes of hand writing.


W8: Monday Reading

LG: I can compare poems on the same topic

First… watch the video showing you how to compare poems.

Next… choose 2 of the following poems about rain to compare.

Read them carefully and think about what you like about them, what is similar about them and what is different.

It could be:

  • Thee mood or feeling
  • The patterns or rhyme
  • The word choice
  • Your own personal connection to the ideas.

Choose 2 of these poems about rain:
Poems about rain


Then… write a short paragraph explaining what you liked about the poems and what you noticed that was similar and different.

For example: I liked the poem “Sunburn” because I hate getting sunburnt and am very careful not to spend too much time in the sun. I also liked it because the writer used interesting words, like when they said that their skin “drinks up the sun’s rays”. In the poem ‘Sunny Day’ the word choice is simple and not as interesting. In both of the poems the writers used rhyming words.

Finally… How do you feel about rainy days? Do you enjoy wearing gumboots and splashing in the puddles, or sliding in the mud? Or does it make you grumpy if you have to stay inside?

Share your feelings about rainy days by either writing your own short poem OR drawing a picture.

Now… do 20 minutes of independent reading.

W8: Monday Writing

LG: I can reflect on my learning this year.

Today you are going to be preparing for three-way conferences which are in week 9. It’s a great opportunity for you to share with your families your learning achievements and what you are most proud of this year.

Ideas for Three Way Conferences


Think about the discussion we had in our small group meetings last week, and use the document below to help remind yourself of some of the amazing things you have learnt and achieved this year!


In the BACK of your writing book, you are going to record 3 things you are proud of, or three achievements you have made in your learning.

  1. Literacy (reading or writing)
  2. Numeracy
  3. Free Choice!

Here are some suggestions

  • Specialists (PE, Italian, Arts)
  • ICT (using your email, Class Notebook, class blog)
  • Integrated Studies
  • Another Literacy or Numeracy achievement
  • Personal Learning.

Your book should look like the picture below.


Reread your work to make sure it makes sense, and edit for any spelling or punctuation mistakes.

After you have finished writing, you might like to find an example from your book to show during your conference. For example, if you’re proud of one of the poems you wrote, find the page in your book and put a sticky note on that page so you can share with your parents and your teacher during your three-way conference.

After the lesson: Complete 20 minutes of personal writing.

W8: Monday Maths

LG: I know what multiplication is

Today in your small group we will be looking at what we know about multiplication and some strategies to use when we are working with multiplication problems.

Come prepared with your maths book and a pencil ready. If you have some materials at home ready to use for multiplication, you can have those with you as well!

W7: Friday Reading


A night away doesn’t have to be spent in a fancy location or even on a school camp. You could sleep in your lounge room, in the backyard or even in a siblings room! Any place you stay that is outside the ‘normal’ will challenge your thinking and have you experiencing new things. Where might you be able to go on school camp tonight?

Bear Grylls is a famous adventurer who started challenging himself from a young age. He has gone on to accomplish some amazing feats including climbing mount Everest and navigating the Arctic Ocean! He is also the head of an organisation called scouts. Scouts are an organisation of people who love adventuring in the great outdoors.

First… Read through this timeline about Bear Grylls to discover the important dates relating to his life:


Then…Pick 5 of his most significant events and add them to your own timeline in your reading book. Your timeline might look like this:

Extra Activity:  Create your own timeline entry about the time you camped in your own backyard/ lounge room/ siblings room. What would you want people to know about what you did? What kinds of words would you include when describing the event? Could you take an image to go with your entry and add it to the one note?

W7: Friday Writing


Look at this magical diagram. What do you think it means?

Being on camp is an experience that challenges kids to find out where the magic happens. Everyone has a comfort zone. A comfort zone is a place where most people live every day. It is a zone where you do everyday things that come naturally to you. You can extend your comfort zone by finding out where the magic happens!

When we step outside our comfort zone we are taking risks and challenging what comes naturally to us. This is a good thing to do because the more experiences we have, the more natural things start to feel and we begin to extend our experiences. This builds our confidence! Bear Grylls was once a kid, just like you, that decided to try and challenge himself to learn by doing new things! He wasn’t always a confident adventurer!

You too can extend your comfort zone by taking chances just like him.

For today’s lesson, list some things that you feel you could try doing that might be outside your comfort zone. For some people it might include physical activities like riding a bike or learning to play an instrument. For others it might be about creating connections with new people or speaking in front of groups. Everyone is different!!


First… Write a list of all the things you would like to try but have always been a little hesitant to give a go. Sometimes just writing things down can get the ball rolling!

Then…Pick one of those things from your list and visualise doing it. What will you see when you’re doing it? What will it feel like whale you are doing it? What will it feel like after you have done it?

Next… Draw a picture of you undertaking this challenge and post it on the one note. You can also include some writing to go with your picture. It could be a short story, a poem or anything else that you would like.

After the lesson: Find some time today to do 20 minutes of personal writing in your personal writing book.