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.
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
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.