Sizzling Starts Part 2

Room 2 did a great job of writing sizzling starts for information reports. Here are a few examples:

Tigers – by Charli

Come on a safari adventure  to see the true king of the jungle.

Tigers – by Oscar

This fierce creature is bigger than any picture in a book. These are deadly and big! Now I’ll take you to the wild for a little adventure!

The Beach – by Nikhil 3

The beach my friend is a place where many people go. Some beaches are closed to keep you safe. the beach is truly a beautiful place.

The Beach – by Catherine

A trip to the beach is a wonderful experience. There are many fascinating things there. Come join me. It’s an adventure! 

Popcorn – by Khang

Do you know how to cook popcorn? Do you know how to make it the best way? Well come with me on a poppy adventure. POP!

School – by Jasmin

Come with me and let’s go to a school. Come with me and see!!! Let’s go and explore!! 

Sizzling Starts

This week we have been learning to write ‘sizzling starts’ for our information reports. Even though these are factual texts, we still need to make them interesting for our readers. We looked through some texts to find out what makes a great introduction:

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Here’s what we came up with:


We liked introductions that were:

  • short and sharp
  • a bit weird
  • funny.

We liked introductions that included:

  • a few interesting facts
  • adjectives
  • pictures
  • questions
  • a care factor (it made us care about the topic).

Today we are going to have a go at writing our own introductions! We look forward to sharing these with you later 🙂

What makes a good friend?

Today we got together with the students in Room 1 to discuss what makes a good friend. Here are some of our ideas:

  • Someone who tries their best to make others happy – Henry
  • Someone that looks after you – Charli
  • Sharing is caring!
  • Somebody you trust and who trusts you as well – Catherine
  • Someone you never take out of your heart.
  • Being nice and no fighting – Calvin
  • Letting people join in.
  • Not being nasty. Always being kind.
  • Never leaving others out of a game.
  • Somebody who supports you – Oscar
  • Having fun with your friends.
  • Respecting others – Jasmin
  • Playing with your best friends – Yesareg
  • Encouraging each other – Aziza

To celebrate being great friends, we worked together to make friendship bracelets:


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Interesting Information Reports

Let’s watch an information report about ants!


While we are watching this video, I would like you to take notes of the interesting facts and ideas.

How does David Attenborough keep you entertained throughout this report? How could you use these techniques in your own writing?


Over the past fortnight, the students in Room 2 (and the rest of SAEPS) have been learning about friendship. Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Friendship is being nice to each other – Jasmin
  • Friendship is where you can trust someone else and they can trust you – Charli
  • Friendship is caring about others – Catherine
  • Friendship is when you are there for someone – Khang
  • Friendship is about being polite and making friends – Ramla
  • Friendship is playing with others – Nikhil 3
  • Friendship is about saying sorry when you have done something wrong – Lency
  • Friendship is support – Emmanuel
  • Friendship is sharing and helping – Nikhil 4
  • Friendship is about making each other happy – Oscar

Online Reading

Good morning Room 2,

Welcome to Week 6! We are almost half way through the term. Today we are starting our unit on online reading. We will be learning about the features of online texts as well as reading lots of different things online. Here are some hyperlinks to get you started. You can use these for online reading at home as well!

Hopefully we can add to this list throughout our unit. Happy reading 🙂

Reading Reflections

This term, we have been learning to ask and answer questions about texts we are reading. Here are some of the things we have learnt:

  • The answers can come from the text or your head – Jasmin
  • When you answer Author and Me questions, you have to use your prior knowledge and clues from the text – Charli
  • You can look for answers in the text – Tyrese
  • Author and Me questions are questions that don’t have answers that are in the text – Khang
  • The answers to Think and Search questions are in more than one place in the text – Nikhil (4)
  • We need to use our prior knowledge to answer questions – Catherine
  • Asking and answering questions helps us understand the text – Emmanuel
  • You can point to the answer of a Right There question. It is in the text so you don’t need to use your prior knowledge – Shykeena

Next week, we will begin our unit of work on online reading.


Congratulations to our grade 3 students on completing NAPLAN. You all worked really hard and tried your best. We are very proud of you all!! Well done to the grade 4 students as well. You did a great job of supporting the grade 3s through the assessments 🙂

Animal research

Good morning Room 2, welcome to week 4! We are kicking off our week with Inquiry. You are going to work in groups to research an animal or group of animals. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Find 1-2 people to work with.
  2. Choose an animal or group of animals you want to research.
  3. Write down a list of questions (at least 5!) that you want to know about your topic.
  4. Use our classroom library books and the laptops to find the answers.

Here are some websites that might help you:

Remember to write down your information. You will need it later in the week to create a poster.

Good luck!