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FriYay focus lesson (reading) = timelines

Using all of the facts about Chinese miners on the 1850-1860 goldfields you have learnt this week, create a timeline that displays key events and key facts. Try and place the facts and events in roughly the correct order. Sequence is important on a timeline. Use the Eureka Stockade mini book from Monday’s Integrated task to help you.

FriYay focus lesson (writing) = finish publishing

Please continue to publish your Information Reports on the Eureka Stockade. We have been very impressed with the reports already sent in on SeeSaw. Keep up the good work!

Thursday focus lesson (reading) = comprehension (Head & Heart) Questions

Answer the HEAD & HEART questions in your pack. Re-read the ‘Chinese on the Goldfields’ text BEFORE YOU START, to refresh the details.

Thursday focus lesson (writing) = publishing (cont.)

Continue publishing your Information Report. Here is a video of how to publish work on a large poster, if you are interested.

Wednesday focus lesson (reading) = comprehension questions

Please watch the video from Ms Humphrys before starting the activity. The Chinese at the new gold fields text will be in your pack, with a copy of the questions.

the chinese at the new goldfields – student text

The Chinese at the ‘new goldfields’ student text questions

Wednesday focus lesson (writing) = publishing!!

It’s now time to publish! There are a few different options to choose from, in order from easiest –> hardest: poster, pamphlet/brochure, Microsoft PowerPoint or Prezi Presentation (online – requires signup for free account – ask a parent for permission first).

We have found some videos to watch, to potentially learn a new trick or two:

How to make borders

How to do creative lettering

How to use Prezi

How to use MS PowerPoint

Top 20 Tips for using PowerPoint 

Tuesday focus lesson (reading) = BTN video (cont.)

During this lesson you are answering the ‘HEAD’ & ‘HEART’ questions on the BTN Chinese Migration video.

Re-watching the video again would be a good idea – to refresh the facts and details.

Tuesday focus lesson (writing) = Information Report ‘conclusion’

You have almost made it! Today we attempt writing the conclusion. Please watch these 3 videos, including the video from Miss Hutchins, before you begin the writing activity today. Please take a photo of all your draft work and send to your teacher. You may get mum and dad to now help you edit, and correct your writing.

Monday focus lesson (reading) = comprehension

Watch the BTN episode on ‘Chinese Migration’ to learn more about life on the Ballarat Gold Fields

Answer the HERE & HIDDEN comprehension questions in your pack.

Chinese Migration BTN questions

Monday focus lesson (writing) = spelling

Spelling – The diagraph /gu/ making the sound ‘g’ as in guitar.

Choose 10 new words to practise this week.

Highlight  your 10 words  on the page.

*Brainstorm as many ‘gu’ words as you can. 

Find the definition of your 10 chosen spelling words.

Friday focus lesson (reading) = venn diagram

“Growing up on the goldfields was hard work, but an amazing adventure.
VENN Diagram: Compare the different games and activities that Children on the Gold Fields played vs the games and activities Children Play Today.
What are the similarities and differences?

venn diagram 2 circles blank

Friday focus lesson (writing) = body paragraphs (cont.)

Today focus on the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ subheadings, or continue working on the paragraphs from yesterday.
Use your lined loose leaf paper and write this work on a new page.

Watch this video from Miss Hutchins for extra assistance.

Thursday focus lesson (reading) = comprehension

“Growing up on the goldfields was hard work, but an amazing adventure – Kids News”.
Read the article in the pack from Kids news and answer the comprehension questions.

Growing up on the goldfields

Week 7 Reading Thursday questions

Thursday focus lesson (writing) = body paragraphs (cont.)

Continue writing the body paragraphs for each subheading.
Today focus on the ‘When’ and ‘Where’ subheadings, or continue working on the paragraphs from
Use your lined loose leaf paper and write this work on a new page.

Wednesday focus lesson (reading) = venn diagram

Please watch this video before you start the task.

Compare the life of Children on the Gold Fields V’s the Life of Children Today by using a Venn Diagram.
What are the similarities and differences?

venn diagram 2 circles blank

Wednesday focus lesson (writing) = body paragraphs

Watch the video from Miss Hutchins here, before you start the task.

Then using the template, work on writing the ‘Who’ and ‘What’ subheading paragraphs in your information report.

How to write a paragraph burger

Tuesday focus lessons (reading) = comprehension questions

Read the article ‘Children on the Goldfields‘ and answer the questions in your pack.

Comprehension Questions Week 7 Reading

Tuesday focus lessons (writing) = spelling

This week we are looking at the digraph /ti/ making a ‘sh’ sound, as in station.

Choose 10 words from the pack to practice this week, then brainstorm as many words using this

digraph as you can.

Thursday focus lesson (reading) = comprehension (cont.)

Please read Please read The Women of Eureka (pg20) and answer the questions from your pack.

Thursday focus lesson (writing) = introductions (info reports)

Please watch the video from Mr Logan before starting this activity.

Look over all 5 sizzling start drafts from yesterday and pick the one you like the most.

Write your introduction on the plan included in this week’s pack.

Information Report introduction planner

Wednesday focus lesson (reading) = comprehension (cont.)

Please read Protests Begin (pg13) and answer the questions from your pack

Wednesday focus lesson (writing) = sizzling starts

Sizzling Start options for Information Reports:
# Fact/Statistic (use a ‘shock’ fact to hook!)
# Hyperbole (exaggerate and tell a whopper!)
# Personification (make the issue ‘human’)
# Metaphor/Simile (tell a story we understand)
# Rhetorical Question (is used to emphasize a point or just to get the audience thinking.)

PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO by Mr Logan, then have a go a writing 3-5 different sizzling starts today.

Tuesday focus lesson (reading) = comprehension questions

Please read Licences (pg12) and answer the questions from your pack

Eureka Stockade Questions

Eureka Stockade student text

Tuesday focus lesson (writing) = Misty sentence

Find the nouns/verbs/adjectives/preposition etc. in another sentence from ‘Eureka! A Story of the Goldfields’ by Mark Wilson. This is part of our Misty Language Orientation Lesson.

Week 6 Misty Languge Orientation

Week 6 – Monday focus lesson (reading) = Summarising

Watch the video ‘Eureka! A Story of the Goldfields’ by Mark Wilson on the blog.
Picture Summary: Draw 6 pictures of what happened in the text to show a summary of the story. Please include a 2 -3 sentence written summary with your picture in each box. (A3 Worksheet in pack)

Reading picture summary 2 boxes week 6

Monday focus lesson (writing) = Spelling

Spelling – Prefix ‘pre’
The prefix mis -meaning before. Choose 10 new words to practise this week.
Highlight your 10 words on the page. Brainstorm as many ‘pre’ words as you can.
Please complete the assigned spelling task on Seesaw.

Week 6 spelling words 2020

Thursday focus lesson (reading) = ‘Head’ comprehension

Today you will focus on the ‘Head’ questions, which you cannot find the answers to in the text. You can only find the clues! Piece together all the  clues and predict/guess the most likely answer you can.

This video may help you understand ‘Head’ questions a little better. It refers to ‘Here’ questions as Literal and ‘Head’ questions as Inferential. Don’t be confused, they are just using synonyms.

Then answer the ‘Head’ questions in your pack.

Thursday focus lesson (writing) = planning an info report (cont.)

Ok. The planning pages we saw yesterday were pretty good…but a lot are forgetting our ‘paraphrasing’ skills from last week (hint: there was a deliberate reason why we practiced paraphrasing last week…to help you research your info report!)

Today you can continue with the ‘who’, ‘where’ & ‘what’ boxes from yesterday if you haven’t finished them. If you don’t have 4-5 facts in each box, you might want to do a little more research. 

If you have finished these boxes, you can start researching the remaining boxes on the planning sheet: ‘when’, ‘why’ & ‘how’. It’s important to have enough facts before we start writing, and of course this information will be in your own words!

When – When did the Eureka Stockade occur?

Why – Why did the miners rise up and create the Eureka Stockade?

How – How has the Eureka Stockade changed Australia or what long-lasting impacts did it cause?

Miss Hutchins has also created a video to help you with researching information for you planner

Wednesday focus lesson (reading) = ‘Hidden’ comprehension

Watch this video about comprehension. It should refresh your memory on what we’re practicing this week.

Then answer the ‘Hidden’ questions in your pack.

 Wednesday focus lesson (writing) = planning an Info Report

Today we’re planning our Information Report on the Eureka Stockade

You should have your planning sheet in your pack to use. We are using the who, what, when, where, why & how planning model. Planning Page Eureka Stockade Information Report

Who – who were the key figures leading up to and during the Eureka Stockade?

Where did they come from? What country did they travel to the goldfields from? What ’faction’ did they belong to (eg: miner, government, businessman)?

What – What key events occured in the lead up and during the Eureka Stockade? Where – Where did the events of leading up to the Eureka Stockade occur?

Ms Humphrys has also organised the best list of websites to help you with your research. eureka stockade website resources

BTN videos relating to the Ballarat Gold Rush, or gold in general, have also been added into the Integrated Page.

Tuesday focus lesson = Here, Hidden, Head & Heart comprehension

This is a copy of the text from the story Reading Eureka-Stockade-by-Alan-Boardman

We also have a copy of the powerpoint, if you need it here_hidden_heart_head

Tuesday writing focus lesson = Misty sentence

Here is the next sentence from the book ‘Flood’ for you to analyse. A copy should be in your pack.

Here is another copy, just in case. misty sentences week 5

Please navigate down the page if you need to find the demonstration by Miss Hutchins

Monday (Week 5) focus lesson = ‘Eureka Stockade’

Watch the video of Ms Humphrys reading the story, Eureka Stockade by Alan Boardman.

Picture Summary: Draw 6 pictures of what happened in the text to show a summary of the story. (A3 Worksheet in your pack)

A spare copy is here = Reading Response – 6 box picture summary BLANK

Friday = finishing/publishing

Use the time today for finishing off a piece of writing, or perhaps publishing it? You can publish by either writing it out again with your neatest handwriting, or typing it up on the computer.

Thursday focus lesson = paraphrasing (cont.)

Please watch the video below and fill in the Thursday paraphrasing worksheet from your pack,

(or download it here). You may need to watch the video more then once, but that is ok. When paraphrasing, you need to work out which information is the most important by reading it multiple times. In this case, you’re listening to the information. Feel free to take notes while you listen if you like.

Week 4 writing Thursday <– (write on this)

BTN video – “Gold Price” <–(watch this)

Wednesday focus lesson = paraphrasing

‘Tune in’ with this short video on paraphrasing

Then, watch the video with Miss Hutchins on how to paraphrase,

Then, complete the worksheet Week 4 writing Wednesday (there should be one in your pack too)

Tuesday focus lesson = Misty writing

Watch the video from last week by Miss Hutchins (The Flood – Jackie French) to refresh your memory of what to do

Complete the new sentences misty sentences week 4

Monday focus lesson = spelling

This week’s spelling focus is the digraph (ph) making the sound ‘f’’ as in dolphin.

challenge words= 













(Reading) Summariser

(Reading) Vocab Enricher

(Writing) Persuasive Devices

(Reading) Connector

(Writing) Persuasive about (W’bool/Woodford/Bushfield) is the Best Place!

Step #1 – Watch video

Step #2 – Look at planner example (download and zoom in)

Step #3 – Download a blank copy of above template (or copy onto a piece of paper)


Step #4 – Download and read document below: ‘how to structure a persuasive text’

How to structure a Persuasive text

Step #5 – Download and read this copy of powerful, emotive vocabulary (producing emotions in the reader). Powerful emotions in ‘the reader’ = more chance % to successfully persuade!

persuasive vocabulary emotive language word bank

(Reading) Character Profiler

(Writing) Misty Sentence Analysis

Watch today’s story: Flood – By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Misty Analysis Lesson By Miss HutchinsMisty approach colour coding (1)

Click here for a copy of the Misty Sentence Misty sentences week 3

Student Analysis Sentence: Copy down this sentence or use the links about to open the documents.

The rain stopped, but the wall of water surged into the river. Hour by hour the river rose.

In some places water only nibbled at the banks, but in others it burst across the river bends…. up into the streets.

Persuasive Sentence Starters

These might be helpful…

Book Club – Remote Learning videos

Here are some videos to help explain what to do for Book Club activities at home, which also describe their ‘roles’ a little better too

Vocab Enricher video

Summariser video

Character Profiler video

Connector = Video 1 & video 2

Character profiler task card LC1

Character profiler example

Connector task card LC1

Connector example

Discussion Director task card LC1

Discussion Director example

Letter Writing – Remote Learning

Informal – formal language

Letter writing text sample 


Persuasive Writing

We have been working on persuasive writing or expositions. There are many different elements and features which are used in persuasive writing, so it’s our job to identify and practice as many as possible.

This week we’re looking at figurative language, such as: alliteration, simile & metaphor, exaggerations and personification.

Simile/Metaphor Song

My dog is smelly as dirty socks

exaggeration ads


come alive with personification

Mars Insight Rover landing

Click here to find the NASA Insight website

Bunnings Onion Slip

Click here for the article on ABC news

No Pens Thursday – The Legend of the Golden Snail

How to make a paper hat

How to make a paper boat

Recalling facts and details

Week 4

THURSDAY: Learn about the gold nugget found in Queensland.

MONDAY: Read about the worlds largest gold coin here, and find out where it is.

Week 3

TUESDAY: Read this article about New Zealand Kauri trees and take some notes/facts as you read.

WEDNESDAY: Read about what makes a ‘blood moon’ turn red and how often they occur

Read about the planet Mars and how close it is to the Earth at the moment (July 2018)

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

Persuasive reading/writing

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

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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August 2020

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