Monthly Archives: August 2013

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September each year. It is a very special day when we can thank our dads for everything they do for us and tell them how much we love and appreciate them. Read this special poem with your dad.

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it … Dad

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What do you love about your dad?

Challenge: encourage your dad to leave a comment answering the following questions.

What do you love most about being a dad? 

What do you like to do on Father’s Day?

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Narrative Writing

Five White have been learning all about Narrative. A Narrative tells a story and is mainly used to entertain, motivate or teach. They also aim to get the attention of the reader and maintain their interest.

Narrative Structure

  • Orientation – usually introduces the main characters, the setting and provides some idea of what is to follow (when, where, who or what).
  • Complication – a problem that sets off a series of events.
  • Series of Events – triggered by the complication.
  • Resolution – climax or ending where the problem is resolved.
  • Coda – it makes explicit how the character(s) has/have changes and what has been learned from the experience.

Narratives use the following features to maintain the interest of the reader.

Figurative Language

  • Simile – uses the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ to compare one object or idea with another. Example: The water was as cold as ice. Click here to play a game using similes.
  • Metaphor – states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison. A metaphor says you are something. Example: This room is a pigsty.
  • Personification – A figure of speech in which human characteristic are given to an animal or object. Example: The rabbit smiled at her.
  • Alliteration – the repitition of the same first letter, sound or group of sounds in a series of words. Example: Slithering snakes
  • Onomatopoeia – the use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object or an action. Example: Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Verbs 

  • Action verbs: He jumped.
  • Relating verbs: She had lots of money.
  • Saying verbs: He shouted.
  • Thinking verbs: She wondered.
  • Feeling verbs: He worried.

Time Sequence Language 

Click here for time sequence language.

Adverbs and Adverbial Phrases  

Cause 

  • Therefore…
  • As a result…
  • Due to…
  • As a consequence…

Place 

  • Close to the door…
  • Adjacent to the house…
  • …towards his prey…
  • …away from the fight…

Manner 

  • Slowly
  • Trembling
  • Quickly
  • In an angry voice
  • With tears trickling down her face
  • Fleetingly
  • Angrily
  • Carefully

Degree

  • Gradually
  • Certainly
  • Absolutely
  • Incredibly
  • Extremely
  • Always
  • Really

Take a look at the YouTube clips below for more information.

In a comment, write a paragraph using as many of the above features as you can. 

For example: Little Red Riding Hood always visited her grandma on Sunday morning. She carefully carried her basket as she quickly skipped through the woods. She wondered what the rustling noise was behind the tree, when a large wolf appeared right in front of her. His fur was as dark as the night sky and his claws were daggers.   

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Multiplication and Division

In Mathematics, year five have been learning about multiplication and division. Take a look at the YouTube clips below to revise long multiplication and short division.

Click here to visit Jenny Eather’s Maths Dictionary. Remember to complete the set activities on Mathletics. 

What do you need to remember when completing long multiplication or short division?

When would we need to use multiplication or division in everyday life?

Find the definitions of the following words and use them in a sentence: product, array, divide, multiply, composite, prime, quotient, remainder, digit and factor. 

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Just Like You! Part One

On Monday 12th August, years five and six participated in part one of the disability awareness program called ‘Just Like You!’. The aim of the program is to show school students that people with a disability are the same as everyone else – they are ‘just like you’. Year five were very lucky to meet Natalie and Erica from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and participated in activities that helped them to understand what it would be like to have cerebral palsy. Take a look at the important information below that Natalie and Erica shared with year five.

  • Cerebral palsy is also known as CP.
  • ‘Cerebral’ refers to the brain and ‘palsy’ means weakness or lack of muscle control.
  • Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, however a child with CP can achieve greater control over movement as they learn and practise motor skills.
  • In Australia, a child is born with CP every 15 hours (approx).
  • There are different types of CP.
  • CP is not a disease, it is a condition. It is not contagious – you can’t ‘catch it’.
  • A person with CP may find it difficult to talk, walk and/or use their muscles.
  • Many people with CP can and do live independent lives in the community and are able to participate in the same activities as others.
  • It takes a lot of concentration for a person with CP to complete tasks such as walking.
  • People with CP often become tired very quickly because they need to concentrate really hard.
  • We should be careful about the words we use to describe a person with a disability.
  • There are many inspirational people who have a disability, such as Kurt Fearnley.
  • A disability is not the same as being sick. We should not describe a person with a disability as someone who is ‘sick’.
  • People with disabilities are just like us, they have likes and dislikes and should not be defined by their disability – their disability is a part of them just like having blue eyes is a part of you.

Click here and here to learn more about the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and CP.

We can’t wait until part two of the disability awareness program!

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Take a look at the YouTube clip below. Nick Vujicic has a disability and he is incredibly inspirational.

What did you learn from the program and why is it important?

Why makes Nick Vujicic and/or Kurt Fearnley inspirational?

Teach your parents and other family members about CP and other disabilities. 

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Grandparents Day

On Friday 26th July, we celebrated Grandparents Day with a mass. Our grandparents are very special people. They have many stories about our families and our communities. Grandparents Day is a great reminder for us to ask our grandparents about their memories, family traditions and to spend time with them to create new memories!

 Below is a special prayer for grandparents.

Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure,
The founders of a loving legacy, the greatest storytellers,
The keepers of traditions that linger on in cherished memory.
Grandparents are the family’s strong foundation.
Their very special love sets them apart.
Through happiness and sorrow,
through their special love and caring,
Grandparents keep a family close at heart.

– Author Unknown

What do you love about your grandparents?

Can you think of a have a nice memory you have of your grandparents?

What is something nice that you could do for your grandparents?

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Cooking Up a Storm

On Tuesday 23rd July, the students in Five White made their own pizza in the ‘Cooking Up a Storm’ program.

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Don’t forget, if you are interested in drawing a picture that may appear in the cook book, get started and bring it into class when you’re finished. 

What ingredients did you use to make your pizza?

Have you made pizza with your family before?

Click here for facts about pizza. What did you find interesting?

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Family Blogging Month!

Five White enjoy sharing how they are learning and what is happening at St Felix through our class blog with family members. When parents and family members are involved in student learning, it is more meaningful. Research shows that parent involvement can improve student behaviour, attendance and achievement.

Five White want more family members to be involved in our class blog. We are starting a challenge involving all family members. It is called

TheAugust

Whenever a students’ family member leaves us a comment, Miss Azzopardi will record it on our class Google Doc comment chart using the following codes.

Mum – M

Dad – D

Aunty – A

Uncle – U

Sister – S

Brother – B

Cousin – C

Grandparent – G

Family Friend – F 

Other – O

At the end of August, the student who has the most comments from different family members will win a prize! The goal is to get as many different family members involved as possible during the challenge!

Having conversations through commenting is one of the best parts of blogging so feel free to ask questions in your comment and reply to other people’s questions.

Family members don’t have to comment on this post only, they are encouraged to comment on any post on our blog.

Miss Azzopardi would like to thank Miss MorrisMiss Jordan and Mrs Yollis for this fantastic idea.

If you would like to read about writing quality comments, click here.

Which family members will you invite to comment?

What do you think of “The August Family Blogging Month Challenge”?

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