We have got to a CRUCIAL part of the novel where Ivan has promised Ruby he will get her to a zoo. Will he succeed?? Here is a clip of the real Ivan that this novel was based on:
Why do you think Ivan has made such a big commitment to Ruby?
What aspect of Ivan’s personality is revealed by this promise?
Have you ever made a promise that was hard to keep? How did you go?
In Art, we have been developing our mosaicing skills. Progress is slow and it is time consuming but we are looking forward to seeing our finished artworks. We have each designed a symbol of Confirmation and have been transforming these into colourful mosaics. Here are a few photos of us at work:
This term we are doing a novel study. Each student has selected a novel that appeals to him or her and we are going to use these novels throughout the term to find out about how writers work, the kind of devices they use in their texts and how to improve our own writing. The first task was to create a front cover in our literature books depicting the novel selected. Here are the best ones, as selected by the class and Mary. It was VERY hard to choose as there were so many wonderful illustrations. These are inspiring …
This week in literacy, we have been looking into the features of a picture story book. Our class, 5/6 M and M have been split into groups of up to four and have taken turns in sharing their picture story book that they have chosen to study. As well as discussing our picture story book, we also had to create a front cover for our litracy book along with a favourite picture and sentence. Here are Paul, Emma and Bianca’s front covers for our literacy activity which were chosen by Mary as the best picture story book front covers.
Today we began the first of our Picture Story Book discussion triads. We chose a leader and the leader read his/her story to the group. We then worked together to discuss some of the important elements and features of the book. Some of the things we focused on were:
- characters – their traits, looks, actions, attitudes
- setting – how it impacts the story
- messages contained within the story
- illustrations and their relationship to the text
- rich language
Here are some photos of us in action!
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Do you have a favourite picture story book? What makes it your favourite?