Motivational Speaker

Tomorrow we are lucky enough to have Jeremy (aka Quinnus) visiting our school in order to talk to us about his monumental challenge.

Jeremy has just finished a solo unassisted cycle ride from London to Auckland, on a push bike.  Jeremy was born with an enormous hole in his heart, and was not expected to survive.  Life changing corrective surgery saved his life, and 35 years later, he did the ride to push himself beyond what he ever thought he was capable of, and to give back by raising funds for the Heart Foundation.

Today we spent some time exploring Jeremy’s amazing blog in order to try and gain some insight into his journey. We learnt that Jeremy faced challenges in each leg of his journey but also discovered that he saw some amazing things and met some amazing people.

You can reach Jeremy’s blog by clicking on the following link: http://quinsadventure.wordpress.com/

There is so much to read!! And it’s all so interesting!!! Make sure you get on and have a look through some of his photo albums!!

What did you learn about Jeremy’s adventure this morning?

Don’t forget to think about some of the challenges he faced, the positives of his trip and some FAT questions to ask.

Our Class Novel – Wonder

This is our class book for the term. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

The following link is a short trailer: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

If you click on this link you will be able to listen “How I came to Life”: R.J. Palacio reads a chapter from Wonder

What do you think of the story so far?

Show Don’t Tell

Over the last couple of days we have been speaking about creating strong visual images for those who read our writing. In order to do this we need to use concrete nouns and strong verbs as our main ingredient and adjectives as our seasoning. We also need to think about the five senses.

Tomorrow we are going to be practising these skills as we write about our imaginary climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Have a look at the following links and try and make some notes under the five senses headings: see, hear, smell, taste and touch.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-caves-sydney-harbor-bridge-climb/

http://www.bridgeclimb.com/

http://www.sydneyharbourbridge.info/

You could also Google search images or look at any other websites that you think might be helpful.

Good Luck

Plastic Free July

Do you know where your plastic bag goes after you throw it away?

Do you know what happens to your plastic drink bottle when you’re finished with it?

 plastic bag

At school for the month of July (and a little bit of August too!) are participating in Plastic Free July.  Across the next few weeks, our grade will be participating in some plastic awareness activities.

plastic turtle

 

The aim of Plastic Free July is to limit our use of single use plastics, like plastic bags, plastic packaging, plastic straws and plastic bottles. At school we are hoping to have a ‘nude food’ lunch day where we don’t have any single use plastic at all in our lunch boxes for a day.

Your family can take up the challenge if they like- you can try being plastic free for a week, a month or even a whole year.
This is the official Plastic Free July website: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
The website has lots of great ideas for how you can reduce the amount of plastic in your day to day lives.

This website http://bit.ly/plasticfacts  has some really wow facts about plastic like…
A plastic cup can take 50-80 years to break down.
An estimated 13 BILLION plastic bottles are disposed of each year.
Plastic and other rubbish in the ocean kill up to 1 MILLION sea creatures every year.
Every year, Australians use 6.9 BILLION plastic bags every year.

Which plastic fact blew your mind?

What do you think we could do to try and reduce the amount of plastic we use?

Do you think it matters how much plastic we use?

I’m keen to read your answers in the comments!