Anuki, Nathaniel, Ralphe, Sidney, Lilly, Rakshana.

Term 4, Week 9

1. Reciprocal Reading

Read chapter 3 of ‘Mr Willoughby’s Wallaby’.

Choose a Reciprocal Reading role that you haven’t yet done. Complete that role to share with others.

2. Inquiry

After watching the video complete the following:

  1. Define the following terms: conductors, insulators, insulation
  2. What sorts of materials act as heat conductors?
  3. What sorts of materials act as heat insulators?
  4. What might you use heat conducting materials for?
  5. What might you use heat insulating materials for?


3. Writing

Finish your Volcano Big Write draft – put your name on the board to conference with John. Then publish your Big Write.


4. Spelling

Choose your spelling words and put them in the back of your book.

Use your chosen words in a short narrative. Write a short narrative that includes all of your chosen spelling words. Write the spelling words in red so it is easy to see where they are. 


5. Book Report

Either using your focus group text or a silent reading book, complete a book report about the book. Use this template as a guide to how you should set out your book report.

Term 4, Week 8

1. Reciprocal Reading

Read Chapter 2 of ‘Mr. Willoughby’s Wallaby’.

Complete the following roles:

  • The Artful Artist: Nathaniel
  • The Summariser: Ralphe
  • The Questioner: Sidney
  • The Predictor: Lilly
  • The Connector: Rakshana
  • The Vocabulary Finder: Anuki

2. Inquiry

Design your ultimate dream house. What would it look like? What would it be made out of?Why would you use different materials for certain parts of your house?
Draw your ultimate house, label it, and explain why you used these materials.

3. Writing

Finish your Big Write draft from last week – When you have finished your draft, revised it and edited it, put your name on the board to conference with John.

4. Spelling

Choose your spelling words and put them in the back of your book. Use a dictionary to find the meaning of each word and put each word into a sentence.


Term 4, Week 7

1. Reciprocal Reading

Read Chapter 1 of ‘Mr. Willoughby’s Wallaby’.

Complete the following roles:

  • The Artful Artist: Ralphe
  • The Summariser: Sidney
  • The Questioner: Lilly
  • The Predictor: Rakshana
  • The Connector: Anuki
  • The Vocabulary Finder: Nathaniel


2. Inquiry

Our Learning Space is full of different objects that are made of different materials. Look around the Learning Space and find 6 different objects, made of different materials.

Then, go to the Inquiry folder in your Google Drive. Use the document called ‘Objects, materials and properties’ and complete the tables.

Once you’ve done this, play the game at the bottom of this website:



3. Writing

Finish your Big Write from last week.

First, finish the draft of your explanation text.

Then revise your writing so that it makes sense,  then edit the spelling and up level VCOP.

Finally, publish your explanation text on poster paper.


4. Spelling

Choose your spelling words and put them in the back of your book.

Then, complete a Thrass explosion using one of your spelling words as the starting word.


Term 4, Week 6

1. Reciprocal Reading

After Focus Group on Monday, read Chapter 6 of ‘Rock on, Ryan’ 

Sunshine Online Learning Space 3, Level 21.

  • Log in: olsc1
  • Password: olsc1

Complete the following roles:

  • The Artful Artist: Lilly
  • The Summariser: Rakshana
  • The Questioner: Anuki
  • The Predictor: Nathaniel
  • The Connector: Ralphe
  • The Vocabulary Finder: Sidney


2. Remembrance Day

Symbols and ceremonies have become an important part of commemorating Remembrance Day. Choose one to research in depth and explain the significance using sound, photos or video.


3. Inquiry

Click on the picture above to read about materials and their properties.

Choose 5 properties of materials and write their meanings in your Inquiry book. List 4 things that have that property.

For example:

  • Property: Waterproof
  • Meaning: Stops water from passing through or soaking in
  • Examples: Umbrellas, gum boots, rubber, glass.


4. Writing Brainstorm

Brainstorm ideas to write about for an explanation text, like in the picture below. Remember, it should be a ‘How’ or ‘Why’ question.


Choose one and begin to research your topic.

Use sticky notes to record important information in your English book, like the picture below.


5. Spelling 

Your new Spelling lists are in your Focus Group tray on the locker tubs.

Choose your spelling words and put them in the back of your book.

Complete MASUTA for three of your words.


Term 4, Week 3

1. Poetry – Double Entry Journal.

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Remember, the left side is the “Facts” side.

The right side is the “My Thinking Voice” side. On this side I want you to also think about the following two questions…

  • ‘What do you think the author is trying to say in this poem?’
  • ‘What do you think the author is thinking?’



2. Writing – Cinquains, Five Senses

This week practice writing Cinquains. Write 3 cinquains. Choose your favourite and upload it onto your site.

Remember to use the example Cinquain on the back wall for help.


This week I also want you to try writing a Five Senses poem… Write 3 and choose your favourite and upload it to your site.

For a Five Senses poem, pick a topic and then write a line each for what it looks, sounds, tastes, smells and feels like… an example:

Winter smells like chimney smoke.

Winter tastes like ice.

Winter looks like heaven.

Winter feels like a deepfreeze.

Winter sounds like a howling wolf.

3. Big Write

Finish your autobiographical poem from Friday’s Big Write. Take a clear photo of your poem and upload it onto your site.


4. THRASS Explosion!

Complete 5 rows of a THRASS explosion using Poetry as your starting word.


5. Studyladder

Log onto Studyladder and complete English activities.


Term 4, Week 2

Term 4 – Week 1 

Must Do’s


1. Spelling

Highlight your spelling words on the Take-home sheet.

Copy your words into your Practice Pad in your book.

Now complete 2 of the activities from the following grid:

2. Poetry Vocabulary

Choose 5 of the Poetry Vocab words we talked about in Whole Group.

Create a PicCollage or other creative display with your 5 words, the meaning of each, and examples of each. Upload it to your English Google Site page.

The words are: alliteration; stanza; couplet; imagery; limerick; metaphor; simile; onomatopoeia. 



1. Sally’s Silly Sentences Sound Strange! – Alliteration.

In your Work Book write down the definition of ‘alliteration’.

Create at least 6 of your own alliteration sentences (like the one above).

Then, choose your favourite to publish on paper and illustrate it! We will display these in the Learning Space.

2. Poetry Analysis

Now you will practice analysing a poem like we did in Whole Group.

Go to your Google Drive > English Folder > Open the document ‘Poetry Analysis’.

Choose one of the following poems, read it and complete the analysis!

Weary Will by Banjo Patterson

The Silent Shearer by Banjo Patterson

Old Man Platypus by Banjo Patterson


Term 3, Week 2

Learning Intentions: 

1. To use strategies such as questioning to interpret ideas and information in a text.

2. To understand the structure of narratives.

Success Criteria:

1. I will complete the Discussion Director role to write deep level questions.

2. I will use a graphic organiser to plan my narrative in detail.

Must Do Activities

1. Kids Thrive

Read A NEW SCHOOL then answer the following questions in your book:

  • How do you think Peter feels?
  • How do you think Peter will be affected by the teasing?
  • What could you do to help?


2. Goal Setting

Finish working on your learning goals (that you started with Gloria last Wednesday), including thinking about how you will achieve them!

3. Writing

Using the Narrative Graphic Organiser in your ‘English’ Google Drive folder, plan your Big Write narrative for Friday.

Choose ONE of the following pictures as your stimulus for your story:


4. Reading

Read chapter 1 of the story ‘The Snow Race’.

  1. Go to Sunshine Online.
  2. Username: olsc1      Password: olsc1
  3. Go to Learning Space 3
  4. Level 25 – ‘The Snow Race’

After reading the chapter, complete the Discussion Director role in your ‘English’ Google Drive folder. Remember to ask DEEP LEVEL questions!



Using the MASUTA in your ‘English’ Google Drive folder, choose 4 words from the list of /ea/ words from last week to analyse using the MASUTA strategy.




Term 3, Week 1

Learning Intentions: 

1. To use strategies such as questioning to interpret ideas and information in a text.

2. To plan, draft and publish a variety of texts.


Success Criteria:

1. I will complete the Discussion Director role to write deep level questions.

2. I will follow the writing process to publish a recount of my holidays.


 Must Do Activities

1. Cover Page:

Complete a Cover Page on the next full page in your English Book. Make sure you write ‘English’ and ‘Semester 2’ on your cover page. 


2. Spelling:

Digraphs are 2 letters making 1 sound. For example /ea/ as in beach. List in your English book as many words with the digraph /ea/ as you can. 


3. Writing:

Follow the Writing Process to plan, draft and publish a recount about your holidays! Think about the following – What did you do? Did you sleep in most mornings? Did you travel anywhere? Did you watch any new movies or TV shows?


4. Reading:

Using the book you are reading in silent reading and independent reading time, complete the Discussion Director Literature Circle role. Remember to write at least 5 interesting ‘deep’ questions.


5. Radio Plays:

Watch the following video clip about Radio Plays. In your English Book answer the following questions – 

What were radio plays?

Why did they make radio plays?

Why are radio plays no longer popular?

Term 2, Week 10

Must Do Activities


I can consolidate the use of MASUTA.

Complete the Week 10 and 11 section of the spelling booklet.



I can conduct research and present my learning in a creative way.

Complete your Inquiry presentation for our Expo.



I can write an information report.

Complete your Information Report about your Inquiry topic. You will need to complete the following:

  • A draft version on your report

  • Conference it with John

  • Produce a HANDWRITTEN good copy

  • Publish a DIGITAL copy on your Google Site


4. Double Entry Journal

I can use strategies like questioning and making connections to help me understand a text.

Complete a Double Entry Journal of the “Facts” and “My Thinking Voice” after reading the following story The Gossips.





Term 2, Week 8/9

Must Do Activities

1. Learning Goals.

I can reflect on my learning and set SMART goals.

Highlight Kids Speak in the ‘Learning Goals’ folder in Google Drive. Use the Learning Conversation pro forma (available on the shelf) to reflect on the goals you have achieved this term and to set SMART goals for Term 3.

Also, continue to update and upload work on your Google Site. Use the poster in our learning space as a checklist.


2. Spelling.

I can consolidate the use of MASUTA.

Use the Week 8/9 Spelling book to select words from your own reading, writing, maths and inquiry. Use the practise pad to practise writing your words. Choose 4 to use the MASUTA strategy.


3. Famous Landmark – London Bridge.

I can take notes as I read and select important information from a text. 

Read all about the history of the London Bridge. Then complete the ‘A Famous Landmark’ activity at the end.

Click here for the reading —-> Tale of London Bridge


4. Writing/Inquiry.

I can research a topic and plan my writing.

Continue to research your Inquiry topic and use the graphic organiser (on the shelf) to plan your writing. Remember, you will begin writing the First Draft of your Inquiry information report during Big Write on Friday.



I can recognise the phonemes on the THRASS chart. 

Complete 4 levels of a THRASS explosion using GIANT as our starting word. Remember to THRASS out the words to find the sounds and key words. 


6. Parts of a Text.

I can understand different organising features of texts.

Write in your own words definitions for: bibliography, index, contents, and chapters

Include a description of how/what each is used for.


7. Prefixes and Suffixes.

I can understand prefixes and suffixes and how they are used. 

For each part of the prefix/suffix tree, write one word with that prefix/suffix on a leaf, then decorate the leaf and cut it out to stick on the tree. You need to do 2 leaves per prefix/suffix (so 8 in total).

8. Thrive!

I can present my word to a high standard.

For those doing Thrive in Performing Arts, review the tasks you have been asked to complete in your Thrive workbook. Make sure all your work is updated to a high standard.


9. Reconciliation Week.

I can reflect on an issue.

Watch the following video about Reconciliation Week…

Now create a timeline using THIS WEBSITE and include all of the key moments in the history of Australia and the Reconciliation movement.





Term 2, Week 6/7

Must Do Activities

I can compare own experiences with fictional characters to enrich understanding.

I can understand and use prefixes and suffixes to make meaning of new words.

I can apply basic research skills to gain information on a topic.

I can produce short informative reports about less familiar topics using subject-specific terms and concepts.


1. Spelling

Complete the Week 6/7 Spelling activity books.


2. Reading

The Solar System: Read the following text and complete the activities in your workbook.

Solar System


3. Writing

This week’s Big Write will be a report about Anzac Day. Plan your writing using a spider organiser (on John’s trolley). Use information you already know, as well as any research you can do.


4. Thrass

100 word challenge – write  short story of 100 words (no more, no less) but it MUST have 10 Thrass words in it.


5. PenPal

Write a draft of your letter to your penpal. Show John your draft before publishing it. Don’t forget to post it in the postbox!!!

6. Prefixes/Suffixes

Watch these videos about Prefixes and Suffixes – in your workbook, write down in your own words what prefixes and suffixes are.


7. Inquiry Research.

Once you have chosen a question for your project, begin to research it. Use the Sticky Note strategy to take notes.





Term 2, Week 4

Must Do Activities

Below is your Must Do grid for this week and next week. There are 4 activities for each week. Take your time to complete each activity to the best of your ability!

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Must Do Grid: Click Here —–>  T2W4ArmyGrid


Focus Group – Tuesday Week 5


an important room this cried Mr Wonka taking a bunch of keys from his pocket and slipping one into the keyhole of the door This is the nerve centre of the whole factory the heart of the whole business and so beautiful I insist upon my rooms being beautiful I cant abide ugliness in factories In we go then But do be careful my dear children dont lose your heads dont get over-excited keep very calm




Term 2, Week 3

Must Do Activities

1. Spelling.

I can consolidate the use of MASUTA spelling model. 

Use the Spelling Book from John. Remember, you are creating your own spelling list with words from your reading, writing and other subjects.

Keep your Spelling Book in your Writing Folder.


2. Coordinates.

I can use adjectives in my writing.

Read the following text about maps and coordinates, then complete the activities below in your English Book.

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3. Focus Text – The Gift.

I can summarise what I have read.

After reading Chapters 1 & 2 of your Focus Text with John on Tuesday, use the ‘Sum it Up’ strategy to write a summary of the chapters. SumItUpStrategy


4. Writing – Pen Pal Letter.

I can write an interesting letter ‘All about me’.

I remember the fun I had at school writing to my PenPal at another school! It was exciting to hear all about my pal’s school, what they were learning. We are going to connect with students in Grades 4-6 at St Mary of the Cross PS in Point Cook.

This week, you will write a letter to introduce yourself to your PenPal. John will tell you who your pal will be. Include:

  • Your interests.
  • Hobbies and sports you like.
  • Favourite subjects and things to learn about.
  • Describe our school and learning space.
  • Describe your family and pets.
  • Music and TV/Movies you like.
  • Favourite holiday.

Conference your draft letter with John before writing a good copy on special paper (ask John) to send to SMOC.



Term 2, Week 2

Must Do Activities

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Term 1, Weeks 8 & 9

Must Do Activities

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#2 ‘What Flowers Do’

The following is the reading and questions for Must Do number 2:

What flowers do – questions


Term 1, Week 7

Must Do Activities

  1. Learning Conversations:

I can reflect on my learning and share with others.

Reflect on your SMART learning goals from Week 3. Use the pro forma to reflect on the goals you have achieved, and set new goals to share during learning conversations.



  1. Spelling:

I can consolidate the MASUTA spelling framework.

I have uploaded into your Google Drive a MASUTA Week 7 document. Use it to analyse 5 words from the spelling page on our learning group blog, or from your own reading and writing.


  1. Reading – Suffixes:

I can read familiar words using decoding strategies such as prefixes and suffixes.

Building on last weeks learning about prefixes, revisit the video about suffixes and create the following flipbook…

suffix2 suffix1


  1. Writing:

I can what I write in detail.

Following on from our focus groups about ‘Writer’s voice’, complete the following Character profile about the main character in your narrative. How can you extend and enrich your protagonist?



Can Do:

Complete unfinished must do tasks from previous weeks.




Term 1, Week 6

Must Do Activities

1. Reading

I can make predictions while reading.

Sam Hawkins, Pirate Detective. Read Chapters 5-8 and make 4 predictions about what you think will happen in the remainder of the book, then choose a role to complete before next week’s focus group.


2. Spelling

I can consolidate the use of MASUTA.

Use MASUTA to analyse 5 words from the spelling digital Word Wall.


3. Big Write

I can edit and publish my writing.

Choose one persuasive Big Write to edit and publish by the end of the week.

Make sure you:

  • Edit and Uplevel your writing.
  • Buddy read your writing and get 2 stars and a wish.
  • Conference with your teacher.
  • Make any changes that are needed.
  • Publish your writing any way you wish.


4. Prefixes and Suffixes

I can decode familiar words using prefixes and suffixes.

Watch the following videos about prefixes and suffixes and then create the flip books pictured.

Term 1, Week 5

Must Do Activities

1. Literature Circle – I can make in-depth predictions and inferences about a text; I can justify my opinions about a text.

Sam Hawkins, Pirate Detective. Read Chapters 1-4 and use the role descriptions on the ‘Literature Circle’ blog page to complete the following roles in your ENGLISH BOOK:

Anuki: Discussion director

Dylan/Simona: Clever connector

Kyran: Summariser

Nathaniel: Character captain

Ralphe/Sidney: Vocab Extender


2. Spelling – I can consolidate the use of the MASUTA spelling method.

Use MASUTA to analyse 5 words from the spelling list in your ENGLISH BOOK


3. Persuasive text: Introductions – I can uplevel my writing.

Watch the following video about introduction paragraphs in persuasive writing texts, then answer the questions in your ENGLISH BOOK.

What is the job of the introduction?

What are the 4 elements of the introduction?

What is the hook and what’s it used for?

Now look at your Big Write introduction – does it have these four elements?


4. Big Write – I can reread and edit my writing using the student-friendly criteria.

Edit and publish your Big Write from last week.

5. Plan writing for Big Write this week.

John will give you the topic. Use a graphic organiser or write a plan ready for Big Write on Friday.




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