Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We are absolutely fantastic at Doughnut news now. Once we've been paired up we just get into position and off we go.
This was Wednesday so it was Book News day but since it was the last week we had a few other news items as well.
Thanks for sharing some fabulous books Room 3.
Briah and Cairo are giving us a great example of sharing a book.
Libby is showing a great example of how to respect the speaker by looking at KayLee's book and listening carefully.
Mina and Annashay have their hands on their head to show that they have both finished sharing.
We learned about time during the last 2 weeks. On Wednesday afternoon we built a giant clock on the floor of Room 3 and moved the hands around. We're pretty good at knowing that when the big hand is pointing to 12 that it's 'something o'clock'.
We also did some more drama and role playing in the last week.
We started by pretending to pass things to each other and had to work really hard to make sure we looked at the thing we passed just as though it was really there.
Briah and Annahsay are both watching very carefully.
In these photos we are pretending to be cats. We thought about how cats look and move then used our facial expressions and body movements. In small groups we convinced our audience that we were cats then the audience shared points that they noted about our performance.
Annashay, Rebecca, Arleyah and Tigue prowl around.
Stefan stalks his prey while Destiny and Josiah get ready to pounce.
Cairo creeps up while Steven basks in the sun.
Kelli contentedly cleans her paws.
To finish off the week, Leanne took this photo of us in front of our Rainforest on Friday.
Thanks Room 3. You've been a super duper, fantastic class. I hope you had a great holiday and are looking forward to Term 4. I know Mrs O'Donnell will be very pleased to be back and I will come and visit you soon.
Have fun -
Big hugs from
Friday, September 17, 2010
Today we went back to the first week of Term 3 and remembered our learning about birds. We put the birds into the correct layers of the rainforest. The harpy eagle, macaw and lorikeet live in the emergent layer. The toucan and quetzal are canopy dwellers.
Then we spent some time recalling the book that started Room 3's Rain forest growing. The Great Kapok Tree. We used drama to help us think about what might happen if people cut down rainforest trees.
We all started by taking on the role of a creature in the rainforest. Then we used a drama technique called Spoken Thoughts. We stayed in role as a rainforest creature and when we were tapped on the shoulder we spoke the thought that was in our head.
Read on to see all the really neat reasons why Room 3 thinks people shouldn't cut down rainforest trees.
Libby the frog says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be no place for my nest."
Josiah the snake says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because I will be angry because there will be no place for me to lay eggs."
Destiny the frog says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere for my tadpoles."
Kaylee the toucan says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere for me to eat."
Stefan the quetzal says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere for my eggs."
Cairo the leopard says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere for me to get my dinner."
Aden the red eyed tree frog says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere to get a drink."
Briah the snake says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere for me to sleep."
Mina the Harpy Eagle says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because the rainforest will turn into a dessert."
Luke the snake says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere for me to have dinner."
Kerrianne the frog says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because it's my home."
Zoe the butterfly says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere to fly."
Dylan the frog says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because it's my home."
Rebecca the snake says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because it's my home."
Koby the frog says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere to jump."
Tigue the snake says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere to hang my clothes."
Kelli the toucan says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere for my nest."
Arleyah the toucan says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because I will have nowhere to live."
Annashay the red eyed tree frog says, "Don't cut down rainforest trees because there will be nowhere to do the dishes."
Pretty amazing thoughts eh? We hope that people think really hard about what might happen if all the rainforest trees are cut down.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
Last Friday we made TANK BROMELIADS for our rainforest. These are amazing plants that do a very special job in the rainforest. As you can guess from the TANK part of the name, they hold water. They are the ideal place for small creatures that need water. Especially tadpoles. And that's why frogs often go up to the CANOPY level.
Check out this short (and silent) video clip that shows just how a tadpole finds itself a long, long way up a tree!
After the tadpole has emerged from the egg it stays alive in the very wet leaves on the forest floor but it won't live very long down there. The frog (Briah) hops down to the forest floor where it laid the eggs and lets the tadpole wriggle onto it's back. Kerrianne is here to help our tadpole wriggle!!
The frog then hops up the tree and lets the tadpole wriggle into the tiny pool of water in the bromeliad.
(The bromeliad is demonstrated by Libby, Aden, Rebecca, Mina, Dylan and Kaylee all showing the curved leaves and Luke holding the bucket)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
...frogs. Very brightly coloured frogs.
We learned that RED EYED TREE FROGS like to camouflage themselves just like the snakes. They tuck up their red feet & close their eyes. This means the insects they like to eat can't see them coming. And their predators find it hard to spot them too. But... when they get a fright... they flash their red eyes and feet so they surprise their predators and have time to get away. Cool eh?
We also learned that POISON ARROW FROGS are very brightly coloured to let their predators know that they are are poisonous.
Frogs live in the UNDERSTORY most of the time. Except... well... sometimes they go to the CANOPY but you'll have to come back next week to find out why!!!
In the meantime, check out these amazing facts and creative stories about our rainforest from some really clever authors.
The butterfly is flying around the big emergent tree.
The butterfly and the snake are playing on the emergent tree.
The emergent tree is humungous. The butterfly and the snake are on the tree.
Why is the emergent tree so very big?
Because they are. That’s why.
We are learning about the rainforest. The canopy has leaves like an umbrella.
Butterflies live in the emergent layer. They have beautiful wings.
It has a trunk and it has big leaves.
I like the butterflies and the leaves.
I like the tree. It has leaves. I really, really like it. Wow.
The emergent tree. It was blue. It was smelly. Cool.
I saw some leaves. It was cool. The end.
I saw a big tarantula on the forest floor. It was hairy. Wow.
The frog is on the emergent tree.
The emergent tree is covered with snakes.
I like the emergent tree. It is cool.
This is a snake.
There are snakes in the rainforest.
The butterflies are flying round the tree.
Emergent, canopy, Understory, forest floor. These are the four layers of the rainforest.
The emergent trees stick out so not much rain and sun can get in. The rainforest smells like nature.