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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 1, 2016
by leesclassroom

Updated Debate Timetable


We should give money to other countries when they suffer from natural disasters

Debate Affirmative Team: Flynn, Oliver, Ebony

Debate Negative Team: Zoe, Sasha, Luca

Judges: Roy, Kate, Liam



Populated areas should regularly practice what to do in preparation for natural disasters.  

Debate Affirmative Team: Lilly, Sammy E, Ryan

Debate Negative Team: Alexis, Ty, Aryaveer

Judges: Indigo, Leyla, Jake



Humans are responsible for most natural disasters

Debate Affirmative Team: Connor, Sammy S, Brynn

Debate Negative Team: Roy, Kate, Shanice

Judges: Alexis, Ty, Aryaveer



Cyclones are scarier than tornados

Debate Affirmative Team: Indigo, Leyla, Jake

Debate Negative Team: Tara, Declan, Liam

Judges: Chiara, Leo, Flynn



People should be allowed to build their houses in flood prone and bushfire prone areas.

Debate Affirmative Team: Alexis, Ty, Aryaveer

Debate Negative Team: Flynn, Oliver, Ebony

Judges: Connor, Sammy S, Brynn



Australian farmers should receive emergency payments from the government every time they experience drought conditions.

Debate Affirmative Team: Roy, Kate, Shanice

Debate Negative Team: Lilly, Sammy E, Ryan

Judges: Tara, Declan, Shanice



Japan should have been better prepared for the tsunami in 2011

Debate Affirmative Team: Luca, Sasha, Zoe

Debate Negative Team: Indigo, Leyla, Jake

Judges: Flynn, Oliver, Ebony



All houses in Darwin should be cyclone proof

Debate Affirmative Team: Tara, Declan, Liam

Debate Negative Team: Connor, Sammy S, Brynn

Judges: Luca, Sasha, Zoe



People should be allowed to stay and protect their properties against bushfires.

Debate Affirmative Team: Chiara, Leo, Flynn

Debate Negative Team: Shanice, Alexis, Kate

Judges: Indigo, Leyla, Jake

July 29, 2016
by leesclassroom

Comparing, Contrasting and Classification

In the application part of your page:

  • Write a sentence to compare these objects.
  • Write a sentence to contrast these objects.
  • Write a sentence to classify these objects.

T&T: Share with a partner


For the rest of the application part of today’s literacy lesson use these resources to:

Identify where something unknown is compared to something well known to help understand: https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/tsunamis

Identify where 2 similar things are explained how they are different:


Identify how ‘classification’ is used to explain the different ‘types’ of things


Now for your own writing:

Identify something in the explanation or information text you have been working on that would be good to compare to something people know well – write this part of your text


Identify 2 things that are quite similar in the explanation or information text you have been working on that you will try to make clear how they are different  -write this part of your text


Identify how you might use ‘classification’ to explain the ‘types’ of things you are explaining – write this part of your explanation or information text

If you finish one, try one of the others

July 19, 2016
by leesclassroom

I can think about the structure of the text I am planning to write

Look at your notes from lesson 1 – Which Text Type do your first ideas suit best? Which will you do (Explanation or Information Text)? Why?

Create a plan using format charts as a guide. The guides can be found in our class folder on studentshare. Think about what your audience would want to know. Which paragraphs might need more research? (remember to research using a range of sources)

For today write your opening paragraph using format chart.

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