Reading & Writing

Debating – Term 2

We will soon be presenting our debates, using the format of 2×2. We will not have a 3rd Speaker on each team, but students can practice any rebuttal at the end.

Here is a decent example of a Primary School Debate. Watch and listen to the formal language used by the speaker, in your position on the team.

Please don’t cook marshmallows on the lava – Making Connections

Click here to read the article

Making Connections (Monday – Whole Group)

Most people have been here before, or walked past it. Discuss as a class all possible connections to: self, other texts, and the world. Click here to read article.

Making Connections (Monday – Independent Work)

Text 1. Watch the video too.

Text 2. Find the details for Southern Right species at the bottom of the page.

Making Connections (Friday – Whole Group)

Discuss the connections you can make with this article, as a whole class.

Making Connections (Friday – Independent Work)

 Article 1

Article 2

Making Connections (Thursday – Whole Group)

Discuss the connections you can make with this video, as a class.

Click here for the article

Making Connections (Thursday – independent work)

There are two articles to practice our comprehension strategy: Making Connections. Please write your answers in your books.

Article 1

Article 2


Making Connections (Comprehension)

Click here for the article on banning Opera Nets. What connections can you make with this text?

Eisteddfod Videos

Some videos I found to give you an idea of the events Woodford has entered in 2018:

Choral Speaking Choir

Poem for Two

Effective Reading Solo **(Can’t find a video yet)

Distinguish between fact and opinion

Herald Sun – gas leak

The Beds are Burning

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back
How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning
How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent, now
To pay our share
Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore East to Yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In forty five degrees
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back
How can

A.N.Z.A.C Day

This week we will learn about the ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli. This website contains some short video animations which describe the landing at ANZAC Cove and how the soldiers risked their lives to keep us safe. Make a timeline by watching the videos, to demonstrate your understanding of the sequence events.

ABC website Gallipoli story chapters

Author Study – Paul Jennings

Activity 1 – Create a timeline of key events in Paul’s life

Activity 2 – Read the Gum Leaf War story, then watch the Round the Twist episode for it.

Make a Venn Diagram (two overlapping circles) to compare what was the same with both versions of the same story, and contrast what was different. Details that were the same in both will go in the middle of the diagram.

Examples of persuasive writing

Not-so-good example = Batman is way better then Superman

Term 1, 2017

We are currently looking at good reading habits and how to become successful readers in 2017. In Writing, we are writing letters to people we admire and consider to be a leader.


Term 2, 2016

We have begun looking at Persuasive (Expositive) Text types, and how to persuade an audience to your ‘way of thinking’. Convincing them with facts, reasons and personal experiences work best.

Read this article on the Wye River Tragedy and tell us your thoughts.

Wye River article – The Age

Term 4

Critical Thinking Skills

Dihydrogen Monoxide is a colourless and odourless compound. Read more about it here.

Dihydrogen Monoxide

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is a rare and endangered species. Read the numerous eye-witness accounts on this website for more information.

Tree Octopus Website

Geography and World Awareness

Geography Skills – Using maps, using the features of an Atlas, countries, continents and oceans

Continental Drift theory

Explanation texts


F1 in Schools – Paper Racer

Collective Nouns – Collective nouns are used to name ‘a group’ of objects, such as a swarm of bees or a fleet of ships. Common nouns can have 1-4 collective terms for a group.

Compare & Contrast

A very useful skill in reading and excellent for developing strong comprehension (understanding) of different texts.

Mem Fox – Whoever You Are – you will need headphones/literacy book for venn diagram

National Book Week – Miss O has videos on her blog of all the shortlisted books for 2015 Book Week. Have a look at them all.


Myths & Legends!

Read through these famous Greek myths and legends and follow the plot, characters and key facts using the worksheet.

Perseus and Medusa

Achilles and the Trojan War

Bellerophon and Pegasus

Theseus and the Minotaur


‘Inferences’ are when readers come to a conclusion, based on evidence and reasoning. It’s very useful when we have to answer a question and the information we need isn’t written in the text.

Riddle Game Solve the riddles by using inferences

What’s in my pocket? Make a list of what would be in this characters pocket, using inferences

Hercules – Myth or Legend?

Detective Game – Solve the case by using inferences and predicting what happens


Bear Grylls Activity – Worksheet

Bear Grylls Sahara Episode (you need the sheet)

Origami Boat – Video Procedure

YouTube – Origami Boat Procedure (no sound)

Bear Grylls – Man vs Wild

Bear Grylls Biography – official website

Apple iWatch 

Click here to visit the Apple iWatch webpage

Click here to read a reviews about the iWatch on the Gizmodo webpage


A cinquain poem is structured as a short, but factual poem about one subject. The lines are set out like this:

Line 1. Title – one word.
This is the subject matter of your cinquain poem.

Line 2. Description – two words
Two things that describe your subject.

Line 3: Action – three words
Three words that describe what your subject likes to do.

Line 4: Feeling – four words
A factual line about your subject.

Line 5: Title – one word.
This should be a synonym for your title.

Here is an example of what a completed cinquain poem looks like.

Loud, smelly
Sleep, eat, cry
Loves to play peek-a-boo


Happy, strong
Run, play, tickle
Makes me laugh a lot.

Click here for more examples of cinquains

Click here for even more examples of cinquains



We are starting to learn about Limericks. Here are a few good websites to help you get started.

Rhymezone will help rhyme any word you can think of, with syllable examples.

This website will help you quickly make a limerick and get a sense of the required ‘metre’ (for this style of poetry).

Click here for more limerick examples

Click here for even more limericks

spider limerick

Author Study – Mem Fox

Click here to access Mem’s excellent website!

To listen to Mem read one of her books, click here

Click here to see the list of all Mem’s books!

Paper Bag Report 2

Sovereign Hill Interactive Map

This weblink will show you all the possible destinations and attractions at Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill Map – Interactive and informative

Sovereign Hill Map – Not interactive, but useful


30 things Warrnambool-ians will understand

This is ONE persons perspective on our local culture…but do you agree/disagree with all 30? Maybe you think some of them are ‘spot on’ or ‘complete rubbish’? Read and comment.

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