During writing we have been developing our story telling skills and have been working hard to add suspense and drama to our writing.
We wrote descriptive stories and then used the free app Figment AR to create a portal in our classroom.
Next we recorded our stories using iMovie. We had fun exploring how to speed up and slow down our video clip as well as adding sound effects and music to our voice recording.
We are learning to hold the iPad still when we record and also to slow down when we are moving as we film.
Check out our great work as we finish .. we will add more as they are completed.
We have been developing our painting skills this term.
We have learned about how to hold paintbrushes correctly, how to mix colours and how to tint and tone.
We used the Commonwealth Games as our inspiration for these fantastic pictograms that show the sports.
First we divided our paper into segments, then we drew our pictogram. We painted our artwork in different tints and tones of the same colour before we added the black lines using vivid pens.
Today Sam’s reading class read the story Torty the Lucky Tortoise. This is an incredible true story about a tortoise that was rescued during World War One by a man named Stewart. He was a stretcher bearer in the war. He saw a tortoise get run over. He rescued it and the tortoise hibernated in his bag and ended up back in New Zealand! The tortoise has lived here ever since. It is now nearly 200 years old!
We listened to the story being read to us while we followed along. Then we talked about what had happened and some of the interesting things we learned along the way.
Our next step was to begin using Popplet to create a mind map of the information we had discovered.
We are going to use this to group our ideas before we answer some questions about the story.
Popplet is a great app to add to your own iPad - there is a free version that lets you make one popplet at a time or a paid version that means you can make lots of popplets and save them.
In O3 we are writing stories based upon discovering a portal in our classroom!
We imagined we arrived a school on what seemed to be an ordinary day and then describe what it was like to discover a portal that takes us to a whole new world.
We have written some incredible stories based upon the following format
So far the stories are looking fantastic. We have finished writing now and today spent time editing our work with a buddy.
Our next step is to use the fantastic free app called Figment AR to create a scene with us arriving at school and discovering the portal and then stepping inside. It is pretty exciting making the writing come to life like this! I have loved the excitement the children have shown and the quality of their writing has been very exciting. The descriptive language and creative ideas are fantastic. Over the next few days our stories will be published using the Figment AR app and then importing our AR movie into iMovie before we create a voice recording and add special effects to add to our great piece of writing.
Check out these enthusiastic learners.
This is some information for Sam’s reading class related to ANZAC Day this week.