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  1. The Great Book Swap

    AMpThu, 04 Sep 2014 02:05:05 -040005Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Book Swap


    To help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to buy books for remote indigenous communities who don’t have access to books we’re holding a Great Big Book Swap. It also means we all get to have a new book!!!
    There are schools involved across Australia and the target is $100,000 to buy 10,000 books.
    If every child can please bring a book to school on Weds Sept 17 that they love but no longer want and a gold coin donation, then they can be part of the book swap. By donating a gold coin, they can then swap their book for a new book that someone else has donated.
    They just need to bring their books to the gym before school starts on Weds Sept. 17 and the gym will turn into a huge book swapping bookshop at lunch time. 
    Hopefully everyone will be involved so we can all raise money for a very important cause and have a terrific new book to take home. Check out the website for more information:

  2. Literacy Focus – Setting: The Hobbit

    AMpMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:56:21 -040056Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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  3. Literacy Focus – Setting: Hugo

    AMpMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:53:35 -040053Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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  4. Literacy Focus – Setting: The Wizard of Oz

    AMpMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:45:18 -040045Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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  5. Vocabulary Log

    PMpThu, 17 Jul 2014 21:54:17 -040054Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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  6. Reading Log

    PMpThu, 17 Jul 2014 21:47:36 -040047Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


  7. Literacy LA Task – Text and corresponding QAR questions

    PMpMon, 12 May 2014 18:38:07 -040038Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    This weeks Literacy LA task – Please read the text below a few times.

    Then download and complete the  corresponding questions. Once you have completed the questions, using your own knowledge of the QAR framework circle one of the four categories for each question.

    Global Warming_QAR text

    Question Answer Relationship_Global warming.docx

  8. Literacy – Text for LA Task – QAR Framework

    PMpSun, 04 May 2014 23:59:19 -040059Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    Read over the below text a few times. Using the QAR framework that you learnt with Jacinta last week, please write up three question and answers for each of the following categories: Right There, Think and Search, Author and You, On My Own. This can be given to you teacher during conferencing on Friday.

      Art of the selfie: Cal State Long Beach student installs iPhone mirror

    By Michael Morris

    What started as a project just meant to be fun has turned into something bigger than senior graphic design major Gabe Ferreira ever expected.

    In Professor Craig Stone’s art and public places class, Ferreira and his classmates were asked to find a problem on campus and figure out a way to fix that problem through public art. Given the digital world we live in, Ferreira had the idea of constructing a seven-foot iPhone mirror that reflects how people live on their phones.

    “I’m trying to comment on the fact that we live inside our phones now,” Ferreira said. “I just think (CSULB) is a beautiful campus and people shouldn’t be so focused on their phones the whole time.”

    “Screen Identity,” as Ferreira calls his artwork that cost $140 in materials and 30 hours in labor, wasn’t meant to be a selfie stop for students, but it certainly turned out that way. More than 150 selfies were uploaded to social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr with the “#ultimateselfie” hashtag that he had assigned after installation.

    “Originally I didn’t even expect people to take selfie and put them online,” Ferreira said. “The whole idea was that you’re walking by and it’s big enough that it frames your whole body.”

    Before it could be placed on campus, Ferreira had to present the project to a group that oversees the art, including Brett Waterfield, director of Student Life and Development. Waterfield, who looks at about 30 to 50 works of art made by CSULB

    students each semester, allowed the piece to stay out longer than planned.

    “I facilitate the process here, and sometimes we have to do minor tweaks,” Waterfield said.

    “Because we are in the flight path with the airport, we had to make sure there was no reflection with incoming planes to the airport.”

    But once they knew that wouldn’t be a problem, the iPhone was placed against a tree on upper campus and the selfies began to pour in.


    Article one

    Article two

  9. Literacy – Persuasive Writing

    AMpThu, 13 Mar 2014 02:18:45 -040018Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    We have been learning through advertising the skill of persuasive text. This week we looked at the elements used when writing an introduction (opening paragraph).

    • Clearly state your position for your persuasive text – This mentions the problem or issue the writer is addressing in the text and whether they agree or disagree.
    • Present your three arguments/examples – these arguments/examples support the writer’s position. This is brief and does not go into detail. This sets ups the order of how the body of the text will be structured.
    • Grab the reader’s attention with a ‘hook’ – The introduction could begin with:
      • Opening with a strong statement: Providing the readers with a thought provoking idea (Cigarettes are the number one cause of lighter sales in Australia!)
      • Opening with an Anecdote: An anecdote is a personal story that evokes emotion, it is short and to the point. (When I was a child we never watched as much television as children do now, we went outside and played games, experienced life)
      • Opening with a Statistic or Fact: Sometimes a statistic or fact will add emphasis or interest to your topic. It can include an expert opinion. (70% of Dentist believe that children under the age of 5 should not drink soft drink because it is bad for their teeth)
      • Opening with a question: Provides an idea that makes the reader reconsider what they think about a particular topic (Have you ever considered how many books we’d read if it were not for television?)


  10. Literacy

    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 03:10:37 -040010Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    During the literacy workshops, as a learning community, we identified certain indicators that would assist the reader/viewer in establishing if a book, film or image was set in the past and then compared these indicators of the past to the present day. These indicators are listed below and supported children with their Learning agreement last week.


    • Date
    • Money, e.g. the type of currency of the time.
    • Fashion, e.g. the cloths of the time reflected social.
    • Attitudes, for example modesty and certain roles of men and women.
    • Social attitudes – Discipline, laws – power of the government.
    • Language, e.g. the way in which they spoke, type of language being used.
    • Environments, e.g. where they lived and how the houses were built.
    • The roles that we play in society, e.g. Men going to work, women staying at home.
    • Food, e.g. When spaghetti was introduced to Australia, this cuisine was always common for dinner time.
    • Hygiene, e.g. There were no toilets, or toilets outside.
    • Technology (types), e.g. using ink well and quills to write.
    • Transport, e.g. Horse and carriage cars.
    • Education, e.g. Discipline, the way children are seated.
    • Buildings, e.g. the materials used, the way the buildings have been built.
    • Amount of resources, e.g. The amount of food available to the community.

    All students have been introduced to the picture fiction book, My Place.

    The story is about a house somewhere in Sydney and the land around it, told by the children who lived there from 1988 back to 1788 and before.

  11. Visual and Digital Literacy

    AMpThu, 11 Oct 2012 05:56:32 -040056Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    The previous four posts have amazing digital photographs from the “Literacy Shed” website which can be found if you scroll down and look for the badge on the right hand side.

    It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words”! In our society, we are being constantly bombarded by visual messages through non-print media such as television and the Internet. The term Visual Literacy,therefore, refers to the ability to understand and produce visual messages. Learning experiences which allow students to think critically about how images convey meaning should be essential inclusions in classroom literacy programs.

    In the next few weeks students will develop visual literacy skills as they explore some wonderful picture books intended for an older audience.In particular, by focusing on the illustrations in Picture Books and the clever illustrators who create them students will:

    • gain a greater understanding of the relationship between text and illustrations
    • explore and interpret ideas, themes and issues expressed visually in picture book texts
    • identify and understand the use of point of view; cause and effect; symbolism; stereotype ; and mood in picture books.
    • develop an awareness of the role of an illustrator and how the illustrations of a text are constructed to achieve their purpose
    • explore the media and illustrative techniques used by illustrators to render their messages in visual texts


  12. The Literacy Shed: World Blog Comments

    AMpWed, 22 Aug 2012 03:55:56 -040055Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Today our Grade 5′s visited the brilliant digital literacy website The Literacy Shed which is created by Rob Smith. (As mentioned in a previous post). Our class blog is one of the world wide blogs featured. We took the opportunity to investigate class blogs featured fom other countries and wrote comments. It was interesting that some of the girls (without teacher assistance) used Google Translator to read a blog fom South Africa that was written in Africaans.

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