lee's classroom

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

February 28, 2017
by leesclassroom

Homework (this post will always appear at the top of the page, for new posts please scroll down)

This year we have established the following guidelines and expectations around 3/4 student’s homework.

Students need to

  • READ for at least 30 minutes every night. Book titles need to be recorded on the title tally list in the                  homework books.
  • One summary per week about the book they are currently reading.
  • Select one new word from their just right book to investigate,in order to expand their vocabulary. The     outline of the aspects of the word they need to investigate is added below. Expanding Our Vocabulary Homework outline-1dsn26y
  • HOTmaths tasks will be given every couple of weeks. Students will be told when a task is “live”. Students can go onto HOTmaths to revise at anytime by navigating the website.
  • Homework should be handed in on Fridays and books will be returned on Mondays.

March 21, 2017
by leesclassroom

Weekly Wrap Up

This week we begin a regular series of posts where students talk about the learning that occured within the class. Below is our first posting from last week’s student reporters, Mariana and Adrian.

This week we got into groups to do reciprocal teaching, the steps of reciprocal teaching are Predicting, Reading, Clarifying, Questioning and Summarizing.

We also learnt about the three different types of verbs such as action verbs. They are an action that is physical or mental. A linking verb links words that describe label or identify nouns or pronouns, and helping verbs help the main verb express an action or a state of being.

We regularly write a piece of writing. This week we wrote a fiction text about someone who is kind.

This week in numeracy we did place value. In the topic of place value we did renaming and expanding. Here is an example of expanding:

4567 becomes 4000+500+60+7. With the knowledge of place value, in groups we measured our height.

In integrated studies we talked in groups about what if we tried to go shopping with no road laws, our groups got given a person. They were cyclist, parent with small kid, blind person with a guide dog, migrant or foreigner that is not a citizen, and an old citizen. We also read our independent reading book regularly.

February 11, 2017
by leesclassroom

Welcome to 2017

Welcome to a new year and a new class in a new year level.

To be begin, with attached is the year 3/4 handbook for parents. This document was presented at the information session last week and includes details relating to various aspects of the up coming school year. It covers areas such as curriculum, the eConnect program, MPPS blogs, expectations around student behaviour, home learning, camp, sport, clubs and activities.

3-4 Handbook

Please read through this handout to familiarise yourself with the various aspects of your child’s school year. Shortly I will be posting a yearly overview to give you a snapshot of the curriculum for this year.

Any follow up questions on the handbook, or on how your child is settling in, please feel free to contact me. If you wish to make an appointment your child has my email address in their diary or I am available most mornings from 7:45. The afternoons can be a little bit more difficult as on Tuesdays and Wednesdays I’m in meetings from 3:30 to 4:30. Otherwise I look forward to meeting you at the parent teacher exchange night on the 28th of this month.

I’ve already meet several parents over recent and at the parent information night. For parents who haven’t met me, or may not know me, this blog will give you an introduction to my work at MPPS. Teaching is a late career for me and this is my ninth year at our school. In my time here as well as being a class rooom teacher I have the eLearning Coordinator and the 5/6 Team Leader. While for the last few I have been working in the 5/6 team I have taught in 3/4 several times and if you dig deep you’ll see posting on this site from those times.

This sites will not only feature classroom news and work samples it also contains various pages of information, resources and links for students and parents. I’m currently in the process of  changing some of the pages, such as the editing and proof reading checklist, to be more relevant for 3/4s.

I’m excited to be working with your children this year, the class has settled in well I can already see it is filled with a variety of characters.

December 17, 2016
by libby2016

Farewell 5/6B from Lee


Hi 5/6B,

I trust the last term has been as full and rewarding as the first three. I’m sure Libby’s mum jokes have been as funny as my dad jokes.

Year 6s I’m sorry I won’t get to see you around next year but I’m proud to have worked with all of you and I’m excited for you as you move on. High school is full of both challenges and opportunities and over recent years you have all shown me, in your unique ways, you are capable of taking on both.

Year 5s, phew glad they’re gone, now it’s over to you to be the best year ever. I look forward to seeing you around next year and watching you take on the challenges the final year of primary school offers. You’ve had some great friends and role models in this year’s year 6s whom I’m sure have demonstrated to you what is possible if you approach everything with optimism, enthusiasm and a dash of humour.

Enjoy the last couple of days as I enjoyed and appreciated my time with you and have a great summer.

Got to go, I’m catching a slow river boat from Hpa An to Mawlamyine. You know travelling is almost as rewarding as reading. Hey, maybe that could be a debate topic for next year.

Take care.






October 19, 2016
by libby2016

Debate schedule Term 4

Debate Timetable

19/10  Topic: School uniforms are a good idea.

Debate Affirmative Team: Kate, Liam, Leyla

Debate Negative Team: Brynn, Oliver, Zoe

Judges:  Luca, Ebony, Roy

Time Keeper: Indigo

Host: Shanice



27/10  topic: Social networking sites harmful.

Debate Affirmative Team: Lilly, Tara, Connor

Debate Negative Team: Ty, Sasha, Ryan

Judges: Sammy S, Indigo, Leo

Time Keeper: Roy

Host: Brynn



3/11 topic: Kids should be able to go anywhere they wish with their friends?

Debate Affirmative Team: Chiara, Declan, Sammy E

Debate Negative Team: Leo, Sammy S, Indigo

Judges: Brynn, Oliver, Zoe

Time Keeper: Jake

Host: Alexis



9/11 topic: Privacy is a privilege not a right.

Debate Affirmative Team: Jake, Aryaveer, Shanice

Debate Negative Team: Luca, Ebony, Roy

Judges:  Kate, Liam, Leyla

Time Keeper: Ebony

Host: Lilly



23/11 Topic: It is acceptable  to purchase any items you want with your pocket/own money.

Debate Affirmative Team: Ryan, Ty, Sasha

Debate Negative Team:  Brynn, Oliver, Zoe

Judges: Declan, Sammy E, Chiara

Time Keeper: Leo

Host: Flynn


30/11 Topic:  Peer pressure is beneficial not harmful.

Debate Affirmative Team: Liam, Leyla, Kate

Debate Negative Team: Declan, Sammy E, Chiara

Judges:  Ryan, Sasha, Ty

Time Keeper: Aryaveer

Host: Zoe

1/12 Topic:  Television is better than books.

Debate Affirmative Team: Roy, Luca, Ebony

Debate Negative Team: Tara, Connor, Lilly

Judges: Jake, Aryaveer, Shanice

Time Keeper: Liam

Host: Oliver



7/12       Topic: There should not be any zoos in the world.

Debate Affirmative Team: Sammy S, Indigo, Leo

Debate Negative Team: Shanice, Jake, Aryaveer

Judges:  Tara, Connor, Lilly

Time Keeper: Declan

Host: Sammy E



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