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September 5, 2016
by leesclassroom

Storybird Writing Challenge

Each month the creators of Storybird set out a writing challenge for Storybird users.

For the September challenge, ‘The New Kid‘ they want you to think back to a time when they tried something new for the first time.

How did it make you feel? Use your experience, and your memories of those emotions, to help you create your characters and tell your story.



1. Theme of the month: The New Kid – Your challenge this month is to write a picture book based on your experience trying something new for the first time. Tap into your own memories and emotions to help bring your (fictional) characters to life. Be sure not to share any personal information like your last name or your school. Remember, all stories submitted to the challenge must follow our community guidelines.

To be eligible for inclusion in the monthly roundup, you must submit your picture book by September 24, 2016.

2. Choose your artwork – Browse our library of images to find the artwork that inspires you. You can choose art by a single illustrator, or search for a keyword to use a selection of art around a particular theme.

3. Submit – When you have finished your book, select “September Challenge” on the book details page before you submit to moderation.

4. Eligibility – Any Storybird member can participate in our writing challenge. You join simply by participating. Paid membership is not required (but it will allow you to display your beautiful badges like the one shown below, receive printable certificates for each challenge, and get lots of other perks.)

Do the Challenge

You must have a Regular account for your story to appear in the public library and to be featured on our blog and to earn the badge. Stories published from Student accounts are only visible to members of your class.

August 30, 2016
by leesclassroom

Today’s Tier 3 Words Lesson

For today’s lesson:

Identify tier 3 language in one of these readings (you might use your dictionary Chrome extension to check the meaning)



What are some words that you might use in your information text? List them

August 26, 2016
by leesclassroom

Natural Disasters: Analysing A System

A system is set of interacting parts that create a whole.

It will follow a process.

It will have steps/stages that are causally linked.

It will have a beginning that triggers effects and will result in an end product or result.

When you analyse a system you understand how it works and why it works.

These are the steps to analyse a system:

1.     I identify something as a system (I can explain why it is a system)

2.     I state all of the parts of the system and how they work

3.     I change one part of the system to see what would happen

4.     I explain how the one change made the system change

5.     I make conclusions about how the parts interrelate  (importance, order, amount needed, comparison to other systems)


Let’s try this with the process that forms stalactites in caves.

Together as a class go to this webpage-read and take notes to analyse stalactites as a system.


Now use these websites to analyse bushfires as a system:





While doing so keep this in mind:

  • We have defined natural disasters in part by their effects on humans.
  • So, as you identify the parts of the system, consider where humans fit in.
  • How does the result affect us?

How might our actions (emergency services; careful planting of trees, back burning, careless installation of power-lines, littering, global warming) be part of/change the system?

August 5, 2016
by leesclassroom

Natural Disasters: Volcanoes

In today’s lesson you are going to develop your understanding of volcanoes

Research and answers for the following questions:

  • What is a volcano and how is it defined?
  • What conditions are necessary for the formation of volcano ?
  • Where do they occur?

The two additional questions you added as a class were:

  • How does it effect the environment and how do humans react?
  • How can science help?

The volcano simulator we looked at in class is here:



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