Week 3 – Using images fairly

My summary of this week’s challenge from Sue’s Page 

Most important learning from this week’s challenge is:

You must understand that just because an image is on the internet, you may not have the right to use it on your own work.

The Leica iPhone 4

Jorge Quinteros via Compfight

Use creative commons images, not just any image on the net. Always include attribution of where you found the image.

Activity 1 Watch this video about sharing work and write a post about what you learned. Include words such as attribution, share alike, licences and derivatives to show you understand what the video was about. Do some more research on the topic and perhaps create your own poster, slideshow or video about using images, music and videos online.

This video is the reaction of students in Mrs Yollis’ class when she mislabelled their artwork. How would you have felt?



Activity 8. Create your own images and add to a post of your choice. In your post add a link to the website or tool you used to create your image.

Other options for creating your own images include:

  1. Image Generators such as ImageGenerator.org
  2. Comic Generators like MakeBeliefsComix.com,  ToonDoo
  3. Photo Editors like Befunkyfd’s Flickr Tools
  4. Tag Cloud Creators such as Wordle
  5. Graph Creators including GraphJam and Crappy Graphs

Here are some wonderful tips on inserting images into your blog.

My extra challenge:

Wikimedia Commons logo with bracketsHave a look at WikiMediaCommons  

  1. Search for an image that represents one of your passions or interests.
  2. Insert the image into your post with the correct attribution – you will need to read the instructions carefully as there are a number of ways to do this task.

Student Blogging Challenge Week 2

Blogging is all about writing for an audience and encouraging comments.  Commenting skills are very important.  Watch these videos :

How to Compose a Quality Comment! from yourwonderfulteacher on Vimeo.

Here is a summary of the week’s challenges from Sue,

“Activity 1: Write a post, create a video or create a poster about commenting.  

Might be tips to get more visitors,  guidelines for acceptable comments on your blog, examples of good and bad comments – think outside the square. 

Here are some links to commenting guidelines written by students and classes. Class in New Zealand, grade 11/12 class in USA, Huzzah class blog in Canada, Abbey has a blogging guideline page, Mrs Allen created a poster about commenting, Shaffer writers, WarriorKat uses lots of visuals in her guidelines,  Sophie had a great post, the Blogging Frogs have some great tips, Cole wrote about commenting,

 Activity 2: Write a really interesting post that you think will get lots of comments.

Often writing about one of your passions will get lots of comments, so will something controversial where your readers could agree or disagree with your opinion. Remember to end with a question so your readers can give an answer. Leave a comment on this challenge post so Sue can add it to twitter.

Here are some posts written by students saying how to attract visitors to your blog –Alexandra,Jake, Ashleigh, Leif, Mrs Vazquez’ class wrote about a global challenge they took part in, Corinna asked a question about the school year, Alex asked about iPhones

Activity 4: Write a post about the overseas blogs you have commented on.

We have over 35 countries represented in our class and student blogging participants. Visit some of them, read their posts and leave a quality comment. Why did you choose that blog and particular post?

Here are the countries from classes and students participating in this challenge: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, China, Bangladesh,  Canada, UAE, Russia, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Philippines, South Korea,  Taiwan,  Spain, Indonesia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Japan, Italy, Marshall Islands, Turkey, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Sweden, Armenia, South Africa, Romania, Georgia, Bahrain, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Guam, Uganda, Brazil, Norway, Honduras, Algeria .

Activity 9. Questions in a post

Write a post asking questions about one country mentioned in activity 4. Have at least 6 questions in your post. If your questions are interesting you might get lots of comments. Remember to get your teacher to tweet about it or leave a comment on this post, so I can tweet.  #stubc15″

Also, remember :

  • Respond to any comments you may already have received
  • If they left a link to their blog, visit it, read their posts and leave a quality comment
  • Add the Class Blogs widget to your blog (it will look like the one on your teachers blog) –  in your dashboard> appearance> widgets> drag across Class blogs to your sidebar. Change the number to 30 or however many in your class.

Here is a wonderful example of this week’s post response http://stephanietsl.global2.vic.edu.au/2015/03/13/commenting/

Student Blogging Challenge

Our class will be participating with thousands of students around the world in the 2015 Student Blogging Challenge. All students have their own blogs (see the sidebar for links) and will attempt weekly tasks that start in March.   Click on the image to learn more!



Before the challenge begins, your  tasks are to update your blog (don’t worry some of your classmates already know how)

  • change the password (Update Profile)
  • update the first post
  • change the theme – choose one you like
  • change the title and tagline

Welcome back to an exciting term 4

Dear Year 5 & 6 Parents,

Welcome to the final term of 2014 which is shaping up to be the busiest of the year.

We leave for our 3-day camp at Stringybark, Gembrook on Monday, anticipating good weather, a lot of fun, new experiences with a focus on leadership and team building.

This term we are introducing Genius Hour, where the children pursue a personal area of interest culminating in individual presentations. The aim of Genius Hour is to engage children wholeheartedly in research by inspiring them to achieve through personalised learning.

The Yr6 students will be involved in a seven week Public Speaking course facilitated by Sylvia, one of our parishioners, who has been highly recommended by other schools and who will seek to develop our students’ confidence and skill when speaking publicly. The Yr5 students will engage in a Leadership course that is intended to prepare them for their leadership roles in 2015.

Our Religious Education Program will pursue the notion of Change through the understanding that Jesus came to bring about change to humankind and that we, as Christians, can become agents of change. The Yr5 Parents & students will be invited to a Spirit Night where the significance of Confirmation will be explored. Advent will be celebrated as a time of prayer and hope with Christmas being the culmination of God’s amazing gift to the world.

Theinquiry question,What is change and what does it look like?” will lead the children into scientific investigations under the topic heading:Beware, change is on the way.The students will be encouraged to investigate change within the four areas of science, Earth and Space, Physical Science, Biological Science, Chemical Science and respond through scientific reports, experiments and observations of the class activities.

The Literacy Program:

Reading:a focus on Comprehension; independent reading; a novel study on The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Writing: major text types are scientific reports / explanations; recording scientific experiments; narratives.

Listening and Speaking: engagement in regular discussion groups across the curriculum. Public speaking including leadership positions for 2015.

Spelling: daily spelling will continue & specific strategies will be addressed and practised.

The MathsProgram will include:

  • Fractions to decimals to percent
  • Using percent in real life – discount, interest, tax, (Financial  Matters)
  • A very basic introduction to algebra (Yr6)
  • Review of speed, distance, time.
  • Data and Probability – activities involving chance.
  • Recording and reading data and statistics through graphs
  • Lines  and angles
  • Problem  solving.

In Sport, It is intended to continue the games we learnt last term: modified Korfball, Bloomsterball, and continuous cricket.

Major events:

Camp: Mon October 13th – Wednesday October 15th

Spirit Night: Tuesday October 28th

School Closure& Melbourne Cup: Monday 3rd& Tuesday 4th November

Celebrate the Learning: Monday December 15th

Graduation: Tuesday December 16th


Helen, Robyn, Aria & Rosemary

Guest Speaker- Winston Zammit

This morning a guest speaker came to our classroom to talk to us about packaging. I learnt that lots of packages cost more or less depending on the quality, the materials or the design. An average plastic bag costs approx 25-30 cents. An average high-end paper bag costs approx $1.00-$1.80. (Theodore)

I learnt that most bags are white and they then have the colours printed on them. (Mietta)

I learnt that it takes about one hour to make 5,000 plastic bags. (Kaye)

I learnt that there are only four colours used in the printing of bags. (Heath)

The fabric recyclable bags that supermarkets sell are made out of plastic and take longer to disintegrate. (Simone)

I learnt that high-end stores pay attention to quality packaging and tend to spend more money on packaging to make their advertising effective. It’s important for packaging to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and environmentally friendly. (Patrick, Simone, Asher, Charlotte)

There are two types of plastic bags – low density and high density. Low density bags, e.g. Myer. High density bags, e.g. supermarket (singlet) bags. They used resin to start off making plastic bags. (Chloe, Kayla H)

The process of making paper bags consumes a lot of water. Some companies pay extra to have the ‘epi’ symbol on their bags. These bags are degradable bags and they take approx 18 months to break down. Does anyone know what ‘epi’ stands for? (Rhys, Matthew)


Paper bags  Vs.  Plastic bags

Are paper bags more environmentally friendly than plastic bags? What are your thoughts?


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Volume, capacity, displacement strategy

During measurement, the children were separated into two groups.  Group 1 saw a you tube clip on the differences between volume and capacity and group 2 had to work out how to find the mass of an orange without using a scale. Each group not only took responsibility of their own learning through exploration but also had the responsibility of teaching others what they had learnt and discovered.

This is what the children had to say:

Capacity is the amount a container can hold. Volume is a measure of the space taken by something. (Asher)

The capacity of Patrick’s drink bottle was 800ml.

Maddie’s car has a capacity of 5 seats. (Kyle)

The jug has a capacity of 1500ml or 1.5 litres. The volume of the water in it was 200ml.

Displacement is when you put an object into the water and it takes up space. (Stella)

The orange we measured was 200g. We all used water displacement to measure the mass of our orange. (Fergus/Byron)

We discovered that 1 mL is the same as 1 g. ( Heath)

It is important to accurately measure the water levels of your container to work out the water displacement. This helped us work out the mass of our orange by a long shot!( Matt)



We learnt how to measure the mass of an object using water. We filled up our measuring jug with 300 mL of  water and put an orange in the water. It rose by 175 mL.  We then measured the orange using the scales and found out that it weighed 175g. How much the water rises is how much it weighs. We also found out that 1g is equivalent to 1mL.

Mietta and Steph S.



Step by step of “How to Measure how much an orange weighs by using water.

1. Get a measuring jug.

2.Fill it up with water to a point e.g. 300 mL.

3. Take an orange and place it in the jug.

4. The water will rise.

5. The amount the water rises is how much the object weighs. When we placed the orange in the jug, the water rose by 125 mL. So from 300mL it rose to 425mL. That is 125mL difference.

6. Change mL to grams as you are weighing a solid and because 1ml is the same with 1g.

Siobhan and Cassie



Does the displacement affect the capacity and/or volume of the water?

TIP: Think of ” Mr Archimedes’ Bath” by Pamela Allen.







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