Monday, 28 November 2016

Chapter Chat 2017

Big announcement! Chapter Chat is expanding! In 2017 there will be a Y3/4 and Y5/6 Chapter Chat!

Next year I am moving year levels to Y5/6 so I will be running a Y5/6 Chapter Chat!

Mark Lorenzen will take over the Y3/4 Chapter Chat. Mark teaches at Wellsford school in Auckland. He has taken part in all 6 Chapter Chat's this year with his class.

Both Chapter Chat's will run at 10am on Friday and both will use the current Chapter Chat blog. 

So what do you think? Will you be joining Chapter Chat in 2017?

Pretty exciting! Watch this space for more information around next year’s books and how you can sign up to take part!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Chapter Chat 5 - Week 7

Thanks everyone for taking part in Chapter Chat 5 - 'The Person Controller' by David Baddiel! It has been a blast! As usual it was great seeing all the fantastic tweets and tasks this morning.

For a lot of classes that's the end of Chapter Chat for the year. Hopefully you enjoyed it and we will see you again some time in the future. Don't forget there is a big Chapter Chat announcement coming next week about next year. I wonder what it is???

For the rest of us I will see you next week for the start of Chapter Chat 6 - 'Sideways Stories from Wayside School' by Louis Sachar. I have already started reading this to my class and it's funny as!

Anyway here's a few tasks that stood out for me today!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Chapter Chat 6 - Week 1

W1 - Chapters 1-13

TASKS - Choose from the following


1. Create a picture of Wayside School! Even better get your teacher to allow you to do some special art for it!


2. Pick one of the characters introduced so far in the story and draw a picture of them. Write underneath why you picked them.

3. Create your very own flavour of Ice-Cream. What's in it? What does it look like? What are you going to call it?


4. Write your own Maths problems involving mosquitos. Make sure you explain how you answered the questions.


5. Create Mrs Jewl's DISCIPLINE board. Be sure to put some names on it!

6. Make a poster with a funny joke! Is it better than Rondi's?

7. Create a plan to get Jason out of his seat. Illustrate it.

8. Make a seating plan for the classroom. Draw a picture of the kids in each seat and describe them.

9. WRITING TASK:  Create your own character in the class and write a made up chapter. What happened in your chapter?


10. MINECRAFT TASK: Create Wayside School on Minecraft! 




Twitter Chat Questions

1. 
Can you please share any tasks that you have completed this week. Try and leave a reply on someone else's creation.

2. Todd tells the robbers, "Knowledge is more valuable than money." Do you agree? Why?


3. Mrs Jewl tells Bebe and Calvin that art is judged on quality, not quantity. Is she right? Why?

4. In the first paragraph it says: “Other presidents were good speakers. Myron was even better, h
e was a good listener” Do you think it is more important to be a good speaker or a good listener? Why? 

5. Would an ice cream flavour based on a person be a good idea? Why or why not? What ice-cream flavour would you be?

6. What was Calvin confused about? Is there anything that your teacher has gotten you to do that confused you?

7. What was Paul's temptation? Did he give in to it? Have you ever overcome a temptation?


8. Do you think it is a good idea to send kids home early when they have been naughty? What would your parents say if you got sent home early from school?


9. What do you think of Mrs Jewl? Would you like to have her as a teacher?

10. What do you think of Wayside School? Would you like to go there? What do you think will happen next?


Chapter Chat 6 - Reading Schedule

Hey everyone, here's the reading schedule for Chapter Chat 6! (Term 4, Weeks 8-9) The book we are going to read is 'Sideways Stories from Wayside School' by Louis Sachar.

Week 1, 28-2nd December, Chapters 1-13


Week 2, 5-9th December, Chapters 14-30


The chapters are not very long and I envisage it will take about 10 minutes a day to get through them.



Thursday, 17 November 2016

Chapter Chat 5: W7 - Tasks & Questions

W7 - Chapters 52-57

TASKS - Choose from the following


1. Draw a picture of Fred and Ellie lifting the trophy aloft together!


2. Design a new book cover for the book or make a poster advertising the book.

3. Have a class penalty shoot out! Video it!

4. WRITING TASK:  Research the author David Baddiel. What other books has he written? Write him a letter or send him a tweet @Baddiel telling him what you thought of his book. 

5. MINECRAFT TASK: Create the scene when Fred receives the trophy and holds it aloft to the crowd!



Twitter Chat Questions

1. 
Can you please share any tasks that you have completed this week. Try and leave a reply on someone else's creation.

2. Fred's performance had inspired his team mates. What does this mean? How can you inspire others?

3. Why did Fred feel so nervous before taking his penalty? Tell us about a time when you got really nervous? What can you do to control your nerves?

4. Both teams gave 110%. What does this mean? Why is it always important to try your best?

5. What did you think of Fred's speech? Did he do a good job? Why?

6. How did Ellie trick Fred into playing so well? What is the message she was trying to get across?

7. Did you like the way the story ends? How did you feel?

8. 
What are the main themes of the story? What did you learn from them?

9. Did you enjoy the story? What score do you give this book out of 10? Why?


10. Have you enjoyed taking part in Chapter Chat this year? What has been your favourite book?


Chapter Chat 5 - Week 6

Thanks everyone for taking part in today's Chapter Chat. As always it was cool to see everyone's creations and tweets. The quality of the work was awesome again!

Next week is the last week for Chapter Chat 5. I wonder what is going to happen in the book? Also it's the last Chapter Chat for the year! It's been a cool ride! 

Anyway here's a few tasks that stood out for me this week!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Chapter Chat 5: W6 - Tasks & Questions

W6 - Chapters 43-51

TASKS - Choose from the following


1. Draw a picture of Rashid. Surround your picture with describing words about him.


2. Design the Bracket Wood and Surrounding Area Inter-School Winter Trophy.

3. Write and record a chant for the Bracket Wood School Football team.

4. WRITING TASK: Write 5 questions for one of the characters. Interview the character using the Puppet Pals app.

5. MINECRAFT TASK: Create the Football stadium for the final and put the trophy and Fred in it.



Twitter Chat Questions

1. 
Can you please share any tasks that you have completed this week. Try and leave a reply on someone else's creation.

2. Fred was playing for the Inter-school winter Football trophy. Does your class or school play for any trophies? Tell us about it.

3. Did Oakcroft School think they were going to beat Bracket Wood in the Football final? What made you think this?

4. What are the differences between Oakcroft and Bracket Wood schools? Which one do you like best? Why?

5. Why did Ellie cry and why did Fred kick the controller away?

6. Why were all the Bracket Wood supporters looking at Fred hopefully? What did they want to happen?

7. How did Rashid save the day? Do you think he liked Ellie?

8. At the end Ellie let go of all her cares and she flew. What is the message the story is trying to tell us?

9. Ellie told Rashid that the controller could change your appearance. He said, "Why would anyone want to do that?" What did he mean by this?

10. What do you think is going to happen next?


Chapter Chat 5 - Week 5

Thanks everyone for another great week of Chapter Chat! It was so cool seeing all the pictures of Eric and the different boxspitals. Your creativity is inspiring!

Hopefully you are enjoying the story? I wonder what's going to happen next?

Anyway here's a few tasks that stood out for me this week!