Monday, May 25, 2009

OH NO! Possum Trouble!

On Sunday afternoon Pesky and Miss S came into school so Miss S could do some jobs around the class before she went to play hockey. Unfortunately time went by so quickly Miss S was in a rush to her hockey game and forgot to take Pesky with her. So Pesky the Possum had a sleepover at school and this is what we found this morning...

What a mess! Miss S was not impressed by the mess but agreed with the children it was her fault for leaving him at school and it was rather funny.
Pesky the Possum is now asleep up on the top of the big bookshelf in Room 3.

While we were packing up the mess we began to wonder what Pesky must have got up to last night so we wrote about what we thought Pesky the Possum got up to in Room 3. And we created our own Pesky the Possum pictures using Kidpics. Then we used GarageBand to podcast our thoughts. Soon Miss S will have put it all together so we can share our thoughts about what Pesky the Possum got up to last night with you.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Our newest character in Room 3

This is Pesky the Possum the newest character to join the Room 3 Learning Team.

Over the week we have been finding out about possums,
- what they look like,
- how they behaviour,
- their personality and
- some interesting white hat facts about the possum.
We watched lots of YouTube videos people had made about their experiences with the curious possum. We also read lots of information about the New Zealand possum in books and off the internet. So now we feel like we know heaps about the possum and hope that our cute new friend proves to be no trouble.

Here is the brainstorm of what we know created in kidspiration.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Step two...

Wow the first few weeks of this term have gone by in a blur.
I have been busy planning and laying some ground work with my class over the past few weeks. Here's a quick overview;
Week One: Just settling back into school for an exciting new term.

Week Two: I have a very productive release day catching up on the other E-Fellow online, sorting out student permission forms and looking at the baseline writing data of the students.

Week Three and it's all go!
This week I dived into writing up my action plan for the rest of the term and gathering resources. I also had a lovely visit from Michael (CORE Education) on the Wednesday to look at things so far.
The Room 3 Learning Team also began looking at how authors and illustrators show what the characters in their stories look like, feel and act. Our favourite book this week was The Best Loved Bear by Diana Noonan. The English Exemplars provided a great base to plan from.

It has been a great experience engaging the student with the text and looking at what the text and illustrations are telling us about the character. I am looking forward to developing a character of our own, as a class, next week.