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(another MPPS global2.vic.edu.au weblog)

December 19, 2017
by leesclassroom

Welcome 3/4D 2018

Hello students, welcome to leesclassroom. For those who were with me in 2017 welcome  and to those new to 3/54D welcome, particularly those completely new to our school.

This site is an extention of our classroom. Here you will find many resources pages, useful links, homework reminders and news on what is happening in our classroom and around our school.

Importantly you will also find links to the year 4 blogs and the blogs of other classes and their students. Through these sites you can access and communicate with the ever expanding MPPS online community.

Before we begin a little about myself. This is my eleventh year as a teacher and my ninth at our Moonee Ponds. During my time here I’ve mainly taught in 5/6, although I’ve also taught in 3/4 and have worked with the 7s and 8s when we were a Central School.

After a busy year I’m looking forward to the holidays. To start with I will visit my family in Tasmania. They live in a small village called Longford which is just south of Launceston in the north of the island. As I’ll be flying there on Christmas day my daughter, her boyfriend and I will be having a special Christmas dinner this Thursday night.

As this is your first session together I’m interested in getting to know each of you a little bit. Please write me a letter with anything you feel I might be interested in learning about you, what you might be doing over the holidays, and what you are looking forward to back at school in 2018.

I look forward to reading your responses to my letter and getting to know you all over the course of next year.



December 13, 2017
by leesclassroom

Today’s Reading Task

(Still images can be found here)

Work in pairs and choose a double page opening to complete the following response activities.

Analyze a picture and share your thinking about:

  • what you noticed
  • the effect the picture has on the viewer/story
  • how the illustrator achieved the effects


Next pretend you are a ‘fly on the wall’. Examine the facial expressions shown in the book and imagine what the frogs or other characters are thinking or saying to one another. Record the conversation or the thinking in an interesting way, e.g. using speech/thought bubbles in a comic strip

December 12, 2017
by leesclassroom

Six Room Poems

Today we looked at creating free verse poems using the six room process.

The rooms we used come from  Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School by Georgia Heard. In her book Georgia has some suggestions for other rooms which I’ve listed in a previous post (More Six Room Process Poems) but for beginners I suggest you start with the initial six. Finally remember these are free verse poms, many students get stuck on the rules of poetry they may have learnt in previously

Room 1: Think of a subject from nature—something amazing, beautiful, or interesting. Close your eyes and try to visualize it clearly. Notice details, and describe it as accurately as you can.

Room 2: Look at the same image, but just focus on the quality of light. Is the sun bright? Is it a dull, flat day? Are there any shadows? Describe any colors you see.

Room 3: Picture the same image and focus only on sounds. Are there any voices? Rustling of leaves? Sound of rain? If it’s silent, what kind of silence—empty, lonely, peaceful?

Room 4: Write down any questions you have about the image. Anything you want to know more about? Anything you wonder about?

Room 5: Write down any feeling you have about this same image.

Room 6: Look over the five rooms and select one word, or a few words, a phrase, a line, or a sentence that feels important and repeat it three times.

After the steps are completed use the words and phrases to create a free verse poem. You can change the order or even leave lines or words out rooms.

During this week you’ll start to find six room poems appearing on various student’s blogs. Links to their sites can be found to the left of this page under CLASS BLOGS.

December 11, 2017
by leesclassroom

As we head towards the end of the year and the Christmas break I often get students coming up to me and in casual conversation asking, “Leeeee, do you like chocolate?” or “Leeeee, do you like wine?”

While I appreciate the subtlety with which they approach their assignment, I think I know what is behind the well crafted espionage.

As a teacher I neither expect nor want gifts at this time of year. That said I know some students and families want to show appreciation for a long and full year. If you do feel so inclined I ask that you instead look towards a donation.

I’m a subscriber to the Save the Children and know they have many avenues to contribute over the Christmas period. Their site, as with other charity sites, contains information about the projects they have which could provide a useful discussion starter for you and your child.

The Save the Children Little Helpers site has a  range of donation gifts which are aimed at creating better lives for children.

Another charity that is close to my family’s heart is Qhubeka which helps change lives in Africa. Through donating purpose built brand new bicycles Qhubeka creates easier access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.

Again these are just recommendations, you or your family may have their own preferences. I do ask if you do donate please discuss it with your  child, it is never to early to develop global awareness and learn about some of the ways people and organisations are responding to various issues.

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