lee's classroom

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

March 11, 2015
by leesclassroom

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Today’s Goal:

To explore human rights and freedoms and begin to answer the question: “What are Human Rights?


For today’s lesson open the following document:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Also open up the following link which gives you a picture version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:http://zenpencils.com/comic/134-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights/


To conclude today’s lesson go to http://www.wordle.net/create and create a wordle using the list of rights and freedoms on the new information sheet: UDHR background and list. You may need to remove some words in order to get the shape you feel happy with.

Here’s one I prepared earlier:

UDHR wordle 5


February 25, 2015
by leesclassroom

Bark Canoes

In yesterday’s lesson we looked at another BTN story. This one featured a canoe building project by Kaurna descendants. The Kaurna were the original inhabitants of a large part of what we now refer to as South Australia.

This is not the only recent example of people reviving ancient canoe building arts. In Tasmania a group of Aboriginals created a canoe for a festival. This was the first canoe seen on the Derwent river in over 180 years.



February 18, 2015
by leesclassroom

Student Leadership Briefs

Library/Literacy Monitors

The successful candidates will need
To be able to communicate confidently, showing that they are able to use initiative and take direction
To have a passion for reading and a broad knowledge of books
To be able to assist in any tasks required in the library e.g. reshelving, scanning books for borrowing and returning, displays
To assist in planning and running of book week/literacy week activities such as the Literary Quiz
To produce advertising for upcoming events
To assist in Simultaneous Reading Time
To be able to work in cooperative group situations
To be able to work well with younger students
To be willing to attend meetings and arrive on time for all commitmenst and fully engage in tasks.

Science Monitors:

– Assisting with lab organisation.
-Setting up and helping classes in the lab for National Science Week.
– Running a station at Family Science Night.
– Making advertisements for National Science Week.
– Gaining an understanding of laboratory equipment.
– Assisting with Science incursions.

Visual Art Leaders
Possible Names: Curators, Leaders
Positions Vacant: 3

The roles of the Art Leaders will vary depending on the tasks needing
completion each week. Art Leaders will assist with organising students
work into class piles and delivering work to class teachers. They will
also assist with the photographing of artwork that needs to be put on
The Art Department blog. Art Leaders will be required to make signs
and help with the displaying of artwork around the school grounds and
assist with hanging these displays. Another area the Leaders will assist
with will be the 2015 Art Show. Other jobs may involve clean ups,
organising of art equipment, working with younger students etc.

Performing Arts Leaders
Possible Names: Directors, Leaders
Positions Vacant: 3

The role of the Performing Arts Leaders will involve a range of activities.
Leaders will be required to help to organise the store cupboard, order
and sort the costumes, label musical equipment, assist with filming and
photography for the blog and work with the younger students. The
Leaders will assist with displays around the school. They will also assist with the 2015 Art Show

ICT leaders

The role of ICT leaders will be to work with teachers and students across 5/6 and the wider school to share knowledge about use of how our school uses ICT in the classroom and at home. Leaders will give support to students with using programs and software. With support from teachers they will also help troubleshoot issues that arise with netbook computers.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Good communication skills- an ability to communicate and work with peers, younger students and teachers
  • Curiosity about computers and audio/visual technology
  • Developed ICT knowledge
  • Knowledge of the programs and software used at MPPS
  • A desire to investigate ICT possibilities
  • A willingness to learn about new computer skills and programs


Communication leaders

The role of communication leaders will be to communicate with our Principal, Vice Principal and Administration staff about events in 5/6 and throughout the school. Leaders will meet with all other team leaders (house, gala sport, ICT, Library, Arts, Science, SRC) to find out what has been happening in their teams and pass reports from these teams onto leadership and administration for publication on our school website and in the newsletter. In general, Leaders will only collect reports and photos from these groups, but may occasionally be required to write reports as well. Leaders may occasionally need to share some items at assembly.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Good communication skills- an ability to communicate and work with peers, younger students and teachers
  • Knowledge of software required for communication, publishing and editing (e.g email, blogs, Microsoft Word) and an ability to edit and collect information from the school network.
  • Enthusiasm about sharing information


Tournament of Minds student coordinators will be chosen in term 2 as we develop the teams.