Reading is thinking!

Hi Room 2,

Let’s kick off our book week celebrations by sharing our thinking about the texts we are reading at the moment. We are going to try out a new tool but before we get started there are a few things to remember:

  • Only use your first name
  • Write in full sentences
  • Stick to the topic
  • Respect yourself and others

Click on your group’s link below to contribute your ideas:

Happy reading! 🙂


Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt

Over the past two weeks we have been learning to identify and describe the effects of figurative language in texts.

We have focused on identifying and explaining onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, alliteration and idioms. Here is a chart to help you remember these:

Your task:

When you find examples of figurative language in your texts, add it to our padlet and share it with the rest of the class!

Happy reading 🙂




Said is dead!

We are learning to make our writing more interesting. One way we can do this is to get rid of boring words like ‘said‘, ‘good‘ and ‘nice‘.

Here are some of the words we thought of that we could use instead of said:

  • asked
  • answered
  • yelled
  • suggested
  • screeched
  • told
  • cried
  • wondered
  • begged
  • announced
  • sobbed
  • shouted
  • agreed
  • whispered
  • sighed
  • screamed
  • replied
  • squealed
  • thought

Crash! Bang! Pop! Meow!

In Reading this week, we will be learning about the different types of language authors use to make their texts interesting. One of these is onomatopoeia. Let’s watch the clip below to find out what this is.

Let’s watch it once more. This time, write down as many onomatopoeia words as you can.

Next, we are going to read The Beast Beneath the Bed by Clemency Pearce and Laura Hughes. When you hear an example of onomatopoeia, put your thumbs up. What effect do these words have on the audience?

Here’s what we found in the book:

  • Scritch! Scratch! – These words might have been used because they are realistic and they could make the audience feel scared.
  • BURRRRRPPPPPPPPP!!! – The author might have put this in to make the audience laugh or to make them feel disgusted.
  • WHEEEEEEEEE! – We think the author might have included this to make it seem like an adventure and to show that the beast is having fun.

What other onomatopoeia words can you think of? Add them to the comments below!

Your task now:

  1. Find a partner.
  2. Use this website to create a comic strip.
  3. Use onomatopoeia to tell the story.

I look forward to seeing them all 🙂



Bulldogs Program

This week we had our first session of the Bulldogs program. Through this program we will be learning all about the AFL and the Western Bulldogs. We will also learn football skills and important values including team work, respect and cooperation.

On Tuesday we learnt the following things:

  • There is about 50 players on the Bulldogs’ list. If they don’t play in the AFL they play in the VFL (Victorian Football League) – Charli
  • The Western Bulldogs used to be called the Footscray Bulldogs – Leroy
  • If Bulldogs have a victory, they sing their team song – Tyrese
  • Luke Beveridge is the coach of the Bulldogs – Oscar
  • The Western Bulldogs will have a girls’ team next year – Rakshiga
  • The Western Bulldogs captain is Robert Murphy. His nickname is Bob – Nikhil 4
  • The Bulldogs wear blue, white and red – Yesareg

After we learnt about the Bulldogs, Shane and Matt gave us a challenge – to create a new guernsey and team name for the Western Bulldogs. Here’s what we came up with:


The Western Hedgehogs: 


The Western Suns: 


The Western Pizzas: 


The Western Stars: 


The Western Power Ups:


The Western Girls:


The Western Checkers:


The Western Dragons:


The Western Flowers:


At the end of the session, we learnt how to sing the Western Bulldogs theme song. We are excited for next week’s session.

Capacity Fun

This afternoon we went outside to measure the capacity of different containers. We used measuring cups and jugs to help us.


Here are some of the things we have learnt about capacity:

  • Even if the container is tall and skinny, it can still hold the same amount as a short, wide container – Rakshiga
  • Capacity is a type of measurement – Oscar
  • Capacity is the measurement name for how much something can hold – Khang
  • We use litres and millilitres to measure capacity – Charli
  • There are 1000 millilitres in a litre – Catherine

After measuring the containers, we had a race to see which group could fill a two litre container fastest. We had so much fun! We discovered it was better to move more slowly when carrying the water otherwise it spilled.

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Welcome back!

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to school for term 3! I hope you all had a wonderful break and got plenty of rest – I know I did! I can’t wait to hear all about your holidays.

We have a busy term ahead with lots of exciting events and learning opportunities. We have a new Inquiry topic – Incredible India, the NED show is visiting next week and the Olympics are starting soon. Lots of things to look forward to 🙂

What are you most excited about this term? What goals are you setting for yourselves?

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

We are going to watch a fun clip to help us learn about the 3 Rs – Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.

You will need your Inquiry books and a pen or pencil so you can take notes while we watch.

Now that we’ve watched the clip, let’s discuss! What did you learn?

  • We need to recycle or the environment will go bad – Oscar
  • The 3 R words are recycle, reduce and re-use – Nikhil 3
  • We need to look after our environment – Shykeena
  • We can pick up rubbish to help the environment – Jada
  • Plastic bottles, paper and cans can go in recycle bins – Lency
  • If we destroy our environment, we are destroying everything that depends on it
  • We should change our light bulbs to ones that use less energy – Khang
  • Don’t waste water and when you are leaving a room turn off the lights – Nikhil 4
  • Hurting the environment kills animals – Tyrese

Now it is time to get into your Inquiry groups to work on an action plan for helping our environment. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished work 🙂