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May 27, 2015
by leesclassroom

Ships of the Desert

For today’s science lesson we will be looking at the adaptations camels evolved that help them survive in deserts of central Asia and the Middle East. Our focus will be on how these adaptations helped and hindered their survival when they were introduced to the deserts of Australia in the 1800s.

To assist in your research Ant has found this useful website-


During the lesson you  will be working in teams to classify the structural features of a camel as either:
• structural features that help the camel survive in the Sturt Desert
• structural features that make it more difficult to survive in the Sturt Desert
• structural features that do not help but don’t make it more difficult.

May 27, 2015
by leesclassroom

Today is National Simultaneous Storytime. It is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Among other goals National Simultaneous Storytime, which has been running for 15 years, aims to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy;
  • promote the value and fun of books;
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher;

This year’s book is The Brothers Quibble written by Aaron Blabey. Here at MPPS we will be meeting in the multipurpose room for a whole school reading before returning to our rooms for a follow up activity.

To find out more about this year’s author, Aaron Blabey, go to https://www.alia.org.au/nss (make sure you scroll down to the video interviews)

May 22, 2015
by leesclassroom

Reptile Encounters (by Ben G)

On the 20/5 we had an encounter with some wild animals. We had a group called Reptile encounters come in and show us some cool animals. These animals were lizards, snakes, frogs, crocodiles and some stick insects. During the incursion we all got to have a feel of the animals. And for each animal there were three people that got to hold it.

The lady that took the incursion was called Shaan. Shaan gave us some great information on each of the animals and allowed use to get close to the animals. We had the incursion in the science lab. And if you are in the science lab you would know that we were left with a little gift from ‘Tiny’ the Olive python. He left a long and gooey poo.

Some of the animals she showed were the ‘Spiny Stick Insect’  who had so many little prickles they made everyone laugh. We also got to see the ‘Frilled Neck lizard’, he made everyone amazed with his frill. The frog was so sticky and slimy. The final animal we saw was the crocodile, he was eight years old but he’s still got a bit of living to do since he can live to 200 years old.

May 20, 2015
by leesclassroom

Information texts

This term as part of our science unit on Desert Survivors we will be looking at and creating information texts. To start this of we should look at the purpose and features of the 3 different types of information texts –

  • Expository (that teach you new information)
  • Persuasive (that tries to convince you of an opinion)
  • Functional (that help you accomplish a task).

Have a look at these examples. What is their purpose and their audience?

What features of the texts helped you work this out?  



read this link as an example- Deserts

these examples are a bit trickier….


snow leaopard persuasive

information text feature powerpoint

May 11, 2015
by leesclassroom
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Author’s Purpose readings

For today’s lesson on Author’s Purpose your application/practise part will be to use one of the texts we looked at for our tiered words lesson. Read through the text and fill the graphic organiser we looked at in class.