Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Witches and Wizards

Our Daily Writing topic today was "Write a story about a witch or a wizard." Immediately, our ideas started brewing! Our vocabulary brainstorm came up with words like potion, castle, dragon, poison, wart, magic, cauldron and broom. Here are some of our stories.

Once upon a time, there were 3 girls. Their names were Too Nice, Horrid and Very Horrid. When Horrid and Very Horrid were playing, Too Nice said "Can I play?" "No," said Horrid. "Go away and see Babar Yargar and ask for a toad with a diamond jacket," said Horrid. "Ok," said Too Nice. So, she went to Babar Yargar and she did lots of jobs but did not finish so she knew she'd be roasted, but the doll her mother gave her before she died did the rest of the work so she got a frog with a diamond jacket. It ate Horrid and Very Horrid and from now on Too Nice was normal from then on.
By Indi

Once there was a big rain forest and a witch lived in a secret society in the rain forest. She was no ordinary witch. She was a special witch and no-one knew where she lived. She lived in a black castle and she got married to a wizard and the wizard and the witch lived happily ever after.
By Kate

Once upon a time, in a castle, there was a witch. She was catching lots of children and putting them in a cage with a snake.
By Kiara

There once was a witch. She was a nasty witch. Every Halloween, she would steal people's lollies.
By Jack

One day, there was a witch and a dragon and they saw a castle. She went to the castle and used her magic and they lived happily ever after.
By Kelsi

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful forest and there were unicorns and flowers. One day, a nasty witch and a dragon turned the beautiful forest into a dark forest and the unicorn turned into a dragon and the flowers died. The dragon blew fire at the trees and the witch got caught by a nice dragon and from that day there were no more spells.
By Allia

Once upon a time, a wizard tried to destroy the world. He used magic but he lost his magic, so he asked his sister the witch. She gave him some of her magic but he forgot to destroy the world.
By Isaac

We learned about adjectives today. They are words used to describe something. We needed to think of a big list of words that described our mums. We thought of heaps of really good ones!  We can't say what we did with these words though, because it has something to do with our presents for Mother's Day, which is coming up in just under two weeks (May 9th)!

We did some more work on our holiday digi-art today. After we wrote about something we did in the holidays, we had to position our bodies so it looked like we were doing one of our holiday activities. We took photos and then printed them and cut them out. After that, we drew a background for our photo. We had to think about position and size, so that our cut-out picture fitted in well. Here is Indi's. She finished hers today. Doesn't it look great? We'll show you everyone else's when they're finished.
 Indi at the Aquarium
When we came back from lunch, we noticed that there was a big concrete truck near our classroom. It was for the floor of the new kindergarten building. We stood and watched the workmen for a while. We saw how the concrete came down a long tube from the back of the truck after it was spun around and around inside it. When it came out, it was all lumpy, but the men had special long poles that they used to make it all smooth. They wore big gumboots to walk around in it. We thought it looked fun! We're lucky that we're going to be able to see how buildings are made.
The workmen laying down the concrete for our new building
We've started learning about Australia. Our activity today was about our states and territories. We learned that there are 6 states and 2 territories in Australia. We labeled the map on the IWB with each of their names and then copied them onto a blank map. We needed to be careful to remember to use capital letters at the start of the words because they are proper nouns. Here are some of our finished maps.
Allia, Jack, Caitlin and Joel with their maps.

Mrs N is going to look at video cameras tomorrow, so maybe we can post our first video on Thursday!

Love from The Smarties and Mrs N

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