Friday, 27 May 2016

'Because of Winn-Dixe' Reading Schedule

Hey everyone, here's the reading schedule for Chapter Chat 2! (Term 2, Weeks 7-10) The book we are going to read is 'Because of Winn-Dixie' by Kate DiCamillo.

Week 1, June 13-17 - Chapters 1-7

Week 2, June 20-24 - Chapters 8-13

Week 3, June 27-1 - Chapters 14-20

Week 4, July 4-8 - Chapters 21-26

It works out at about 6/7 chapters a week. The chapters are not very long and I envisage it will take about 10 minutes a day to get through them.

Chapter Chat 2

Hey everyone, with Chapter Chat 1 being such a success I have decided to run a Chapter Chat 2 from week 7 to week 10 of this term! Now the big question is what book are we going to read?

Well after lots of research and consultation with very important people (My wife, fellow teachers, librarians) I have decided to choose......wait for it..... 'Because of Winn-Dixie' by Kate Dicamillo!

'Because of Winn-Dixie' is about a mischievous dog who befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends. It was published in 2000 and won the Newbury Honor distinction the following year. In fact it has won many awards and has featured on lots of 'Best Chapter Book to Read to Kids' websites.

The book has fantastic themes and is perfect for Y3/4's. It is easy to read and will fit perfectly into the 4 week time frame.

Are you excited? Well I am! I can't wait to get started!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

W5 - Tasks & Questions

Week 5, Chapters 17-19

TASK - Create an advert poster for the County Fair. The advert needs to feature Zuckerman's pig, Wilbur.

Twitter Chat Questions

1. Why does Templeton call Charlotte "You old schemer"? Is that supposed to be a compliment?

2. Charlotte calls her egg sack a "Magnum opus" and a "Masterpiece." What is the greatest thing that you have done?

3. Why do you think so many eggs are contained in the egg sack?

4. What does 'languishing' mean? Tell us about a time when you were languishing?

5. What special award do you think Wilbur will win at the County Fair?

6. Can you please share your County Fair Posters. Please leave a reply on someone else's poster.

7. Do you think the Zuckerman's will keep Wilbur alive?

8. What do you think will happen to Charlotte?

9. Are you enjoying Chapter Chat? Why do you like or dislike it?

Chapter Chat - Week 4

Thanks everyone for another great Chapter Chat today! I think the kids are really getting the hang of the tweeting. Wasn't it cool to see lots of kids giving the book 10/10 in their tweets???

Today we recorded over 2,200 tweets in 1 hour!! It was hard work trying to keep track of them all!

Anyway here's a few pieces of work that stood out for me today.

Friday, 20 May 2016

W4 - Tasks & Questions

Week 4, Chapter 13-16

TASKS - Choose from the following:

1) Create a flow chart that shows the main events in the story so far. Make sure they are in chronological order. (You could you Haiku Deck to present the events)

2) Make an acrostic poem using the letters CHARLOTTE'S WEB.

3) Act out a scene from Charlotte's Web using the Puppet Pals App (There are some great farm animals in the app) 

4) Build the setting of Charlotte's Web in Minecraft. Include Zuckerman's barn, the Arable's house, the orchard.....

Twitter Chat Questions

1. Charlotte is an expert web builder. What is something that you are good at?

2. Is radiant a good description for Wilbur? What word would you choose?

3. How do you think Lurvy feels about Wilbur when he finds out all the extra work he has to do?

4. Dr. Dorian says two very important things: "Children pay better attention than grownups" and "Perhaps if people talked less, animals would talk more." Do you agree with him?

5. Can you please share any tasks you have completed. See if you can leave a comment on someone else's creation.

6. Wilbur realised that friendship was one of the most satisfying things in the world. Do you agree?

7. Charlotte was a versatile spider. Are you versatile? How? Can you think of something else that is versatile?

8. What do you think is going to happen at the fair? How do you think Charlotte and Templeton will help?

9. What mark out of 10 do you give the story so far? Why?

Chapter Chat - Week 3

Thanks everyone for taking part in today's Chapter Chat. 50 classes recorded over 2,200 tweets in one hour!

It was awesome to see the kids sharing their fantastic learning! Well done students and well done teachers!

Here's a few pieces of work that stood out!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Great Creation!

Check out this awesome spiderweb made by a student in @markroom6 Tumeke, it's so cool to see the kids get into the activities! 

Friday, 13 May 2016

W3 - Tasks & Questions

Week 3, Chapters 9-12

TASKS - Choose from the following: 
- Draw a picture of your favourite and least favourite characters. Explain why you like and dislike them. 
- Create a KAHOOT (An awesome Quiz programme) with at least 10 questions about the story so far. 
- Create your own spiderweb with the words SOME PIG in it. Maybe you could make it in MINECRAFT?

Twitter Chat Questions

1. A spider's legs has 7 sections. What could you do if your legs had 7 sections?

2. Charlotte says people are gullible. Tell us about a time when you were tricked or you made a mistake.

3. How did you feel when Avery was about to catch Charlotte?

4. Fern and Avery like to play on the swing. What is something that you like to play with?

5. How did the various people and animals react to the broken egg?

6. Please share your tasks this week. Try to leave a reply on someone else's creation.

7. If you were Charlotte, what would have you written in your web about Wilbur?

8. Charlotte said Wilbur is his best friend. Why does he like him so much? Who is your best friend? Why do you like them?

9. What do you think will happen next? Will the people like the word 'Fantastic'?

Week 2

WOW, thank you so much to all the awesome classes that took part in Chapter Chat this week! It was so cool to see all the spider creations and to read all the student's tweets! I am so impressed how everyone is getting into the tasks and taking part in the twitter chat! It's brilliant!

So what were the stats from today's session? Well, over 50 classes recorded 2,800 tweets in 1 hour! That would have to be a student twitter record! Ka pai!

I tried to go back through all the tweets tonight but unfortunately twitter only allows you to go back 1,000 tweets. Here's some photos/work that I found!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Fantastic Work

WOW, check out this video and photo from last week's Chapter Chat. Ruma Rima's class made the video and 2 girls in Sandi Harnett's class made the barn! Ka pai!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

W2 - Tasks & Questions

Week 2, Chapters 5-8

TASKS - Choose out of the following: Create a poster, slideshow or movie with at least 10 facts about Spiders. Make a spider using any materials you want. Maybe you could build one in MINECRAFT? I'm sure someone could!

Twitter Chat Questions

1. Wilbur couldn’t sleep as he had too many things on his mind. Have you ever worried about anything? What can we do to help ourselves when we get down?

2. Salutations is a fancy word for greetings. Do you know any other ways of greeting people?

3. Spiders are amazing creatures. What have you learnt from the story about spiders? Share your tasks about spiders!

4. The goose had to show patience and work hard to keep her eggs warm. Tell us about a time when you had to work hard and show patience.

5. No one liked Templeton the rat. Why was he not liked?

6. Who is your favourite character so far? Why do you like them?

7. Fern had a really close friendship with the animals. Have you ever had a close friendship with a pet? Explain?

8. Does Mr. Arable really believe that animals talk or is he teasing Mrs. Arable?

9. Charlotte is going to save Wilbur. How do you think he is going to do this?

The First Chapter Chat

Hey everyone, thanks for taking part in the very first Chapter Chat! 

What a crazy little session! We had over 40 classes taking part and we recorded over 2,100 tweets in 45 minutes! That's incredible!

It was great seeing all the kids creations and reading all their tweets! Hopefully the kids enjoyed the session and can now see that they have a real audience for their learning.

If you had a few problems with twitter or weren't sure what was going on, don't panic, I'm sure things will become clearer over time. Remember to read the How To Join Page as this goes through everything you need to know.

Here are a few photos from today's session!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Question Time

Hey everyone, I created this poster for Friday's Chapter Chat. 

Every time I tweet a question I will add the poster to the bottom of the tweet. Look out for the poster and every time you see it you will know there is a new question.

Questions start at 10am and will be tweeted at 5 minute intervals.