Western Water – The Water Cycle

Today we were lucky enough to have a special visitor come and speak to us. Her name was Jacqui and she was from Western Water. She bought a friend with her too, lots of us remembered Sammy Snake from kinder. Before Jacqui visited us we spoke about some of the reasons why we need water. We came up with lots of great ideas and discovered that we need water for just about everything we do. Have a look at our slideshow below to see what we came up with.

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Then Jackie came in to conduct the School Starter Program. This program encourages Prep students to make water conservation a lifelong habit and educates them about drinking water for health.

As part of the presentation, Jackie introduced students to the water cycle and talked about ways we can save water every day.

Jackie read the water cycle story to us and then asked students to take on a role to act out in the story. Each student had a role to play, that included a costume or prop. We were well behaved and found the program very interesting.

Our slideshow below will introduce each of us and our parts and then check back later to see the video of our performance.

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What did you learn today?

What did you like best about the Western Water visit?

Can you think of any useful ways to save water?

Who Sank the Boat

On Friday we spent a lot of time working with the well known Pamela Allen story, ‘Who Sank the Boat?’

 

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In Reading we read the story through first before talking about what happened at the start of the story, in the middle of the story and at the end of the story. We worked really hard to draw a story map and I think we can safely say that we all enjoyed drawing the splash picture where the animals all got wet the best.

In Maths we spoke about floating and sinking. We used plastic plates with the words ‘float’ and ‘sink’ on them in order to classify our items. Then we tested items in the room and guessed whether they might float or sink. After testing each item we placed it on the correct plate as a group.

After our mini lesson on floating and sinking we went back to work at our tables to try and make a boat from plasticine that would float.

It was a lot of fun making a big mess of the water in our classroom and using our PERSISTENCE to try and make a boat that would float.

Have a look at our slideshow by clicking on the photo below.

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You could try this activity at home. What household items can you find that will float and which ones will sink.

What did you enjoy the most out of the Who Sank the Boat activities?

Making Letters

Over the last week Prep D have been working really hard to learn some of their letter names and sounds as well as working on how to form these letters correctly.

On Friday we used playdough to help us become more familiar with what each of the letters looked like. We were concentrating our attention on: Ss, Aa, Tt, Ii, Pp, Nn, Cc, Kk, Ee and Hh. Funnily enough we all started with the upper case form of each letter and found the lower case form of each letter a little more difficult.

Click on the picture below to view a slideshow of our work.

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Did you enjoy using the playdough to make letters?

Which letter did you find the easiest and which letter was the hardest?

We love our buddies!

We really enjoy spending time with our buddies. This week they have been meeting us out in the playground rather than having snack and lunch with us, meaning that some of us have missed seeing our buddies lately. We were overjoyed to spend some time with them this afternoon where we completed an activity about some of the things we liked.

Have a look at us working with our buddies in the first slideshow and then of our finished pieces in the second slideshow. Just click on the pictures below.

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What do you like doing with your buddy?

What are some of your other favourite things?

The Lolly Jar game

On Monday in Maths we learnt a new game that helps us to practise our counting skills. It also helped us to work on our teamwork and getting along skills.

The game was called Lolly Jar and it is one of Michael Ymer’s warm up games.

In this game the children take turns to roll a dice, before representing the number on the dice as ‘lollies’ in their jar (or tens frame) and adding on the next number and so on. The partner that fills up their jar to 10 first is the winner of that round.

We played the best of five games and were very good sports about winning some and losing some. The children shared their experiences with the group afterwards and the consensus was that we had heaps of fun and want to play again!

Have a look at our slideshow below by clicking on the photo below.

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What are your favourite lollies?

Can you explain to mum or dad how to play The Lolly Jar Game?

Buddies Activity Number 2

On Thursday we were lucky enough to spend another lesson working with our Grade 6 Buddies. There is always such excitement in the room when the children know that their buddies are on there way. They have been invaluable in helping the children settle into their first few weeks at school, having snack and lunch with us each day and helping us to change our readers.

From next week our buddies will meet us in the playground and we will be responsible for changing our own readers.

Back to Thursday morning though… In this session our buddies brought their netbooks over and we worked together to create a cover for our Reading Goals books that will be coming home in our reader bags very soon. We enjoyed using Microsoft Word to create our headings and looking through Google images for pictures of our favourite books.

Have a look at us working hard in the slideshow by clicking the picture below.

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What are some of your favourite books?

Multi-Sensory Maths

On Thursday in maths we practised forming our numerals 1-5. We used play dough to make sausages and then form into numbers, sticky ‘Wikki Stix’ that we stuck onto the tables, white boards, ipads and we used shaving cream on foil!!  We enjoyed using the different materials to build our fine motor skills and improve our writing.

It was heaps of fun! Check out our slideshow below by clicking on the picture.

Multi Sensory Maths

 

Independent Reading

On Thursday we learnt all about reading. We started off by watching a short video of Bert and Ernie. You can show it to mum and dad by clicking on the picture below. Bert is trying to show Ernie how much fun reading can be.

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After we watched the video we talked about some of the reasons why we might read. Here are some of the things we came up with:

– It’s important

– To learn

– To share a story

– So we can read when we are older

– To practise concentrating

– To help us get smart

– For enjoyment and fun

Next we talked about some of the different ways we might read because as we know some of us are still learning how to read. Some of us might be able to tell a story through looking at the pictures, some of us might be able to recognise some of the letters and some of us might be able to read some or all of the words.

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Click on the picture below to watch Zoe, Telly Monster and Prairie Dawn sing about the different ways that they read.

Thats the way i read

So that we knew the correct behaviours for Independent Reading Mrs McConville and I pretended we were students reading. One of us was very good at Independent Reading and one of us was VERY VERY naughty!!!!!

Finally we got to practise Independent Reading for ourselves. We managed to read quietly for 2 and a half minutes. If we practise every day soon we will be able to read quietly for 10 whole minutes!!! Have a look at us reading in the slideshow below.

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Can you leave a comment telling me some of the things I should and shouldn’t do during Independent Reading??

First Buddy Session

On Thursday morning we had our first session with our Grade 6 buddies where we did an activity together. We sat with our buddy and we discussed our eye colour, hair colour, what we can do and what we like then we filled in a sheet with the help of our buddy and added photos.

Take a look at our work by viewing the following slideshow.

Click on the picture below to open it:

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What makes me special?

On our first day of school we talked about some of the things that made us special. We read a book called ‘The Things I Love About Me’ and watched a Sesame Street video called ‘I’m Special with Bert and Ernie.’ (Click on the Bert and Ernie picture to re-watch the video.

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Here are some of the reasons why the children in Grade Prep D are special:

Joe – Because I have red hair

Connor – Because I am good at dancing

Lyla – Because I have big brown eyes

Myah – Because I’m good at colouring in

Liam – Because I’m good at basketball

Chelsea – Because I love my mum

Perrie – Because I like singing and dancing

Abbi – Because I have a cheeky smile

Mason – Because I am very caring

John – Because I love football

Max – Because I am nice to my friends

Leon – Because I can sit nicely

Kyle – Because I am a good bike rider

Eloise – Because I am happy and smiley

Lily – Because I have a scooter at home

Ava – Because I have lovely blonde hair

Kaida – Because I am good at dancing

Matilda – Because I have special birthmarks

Archer – Because I am good at drawing

Isaac – Because I am good at cricket training

View the following website to see a slideshow:  http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4e4449784d4463324f54673d0d0a&blogview=true

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