Quotable Quote: ‘Writing come from Reading…’ Annie Proulx

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Art: Poster making, Quotable Quote, Writing Prompt | Posted on February 23, 2015

HARK!

#stubc15: Great opportunity for class & student bloggers: Student Blogging Challenge begins early March 2015. #edchatie

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in A Challenge, Blogging, Blogging Buddies, Blogging Skills | Posted on February 15, 2015

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Participating in the the biannual

Student Blogging Challenge

is an excellent opportunity

for individual students and classes who blog,

to learn new blogging skills,

to develop their blog

and make contact with students and schools

all over the globe.

 

It is conducted over ten weeks

in September and March of each year.

The next challenge is in early March.

Here are the Frequently Asked Questions

about the challenge.

 

We can’t recommend it highly enough.

Our own experience was

that as a result of participating

in the Student Blogging Challenge

we made contact with many schools

from all over USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand

and we learnt many new blogging skills.

 

Here is a flipboard of the work that was posted globally

during the challenge this time last year.

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We found it was a wonderful opportunity

and we really ‘took off’ as a result of participating

in the ‘Student Blogging Challenge’.

Why not try it?

You have everything to gain

and nothing to lose !

Here are the details of how to register.

Pop Art Creations

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Art Matters | Posted on February 13, 2015

Using the class camera and photo editing tools

on BeFunky.com 

sixth class students created Pop Art.

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We are happy with the results

but would like to experiment some more.

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#BeautifulGreystones – We live in a beautiful place: Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in #BeautifulGreystones, Blogging Buddies, The World Around Us | Posted on February 6, 2015

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We go to school in St. Brigid’s National School

in Greystones, County Wicklow in Ireland.

Most of us live nearby.

We love living in Greystones.

It is a good community where people look out for each other.

 

Visitors to our blog often ask what Greystones is like.

Take a look at this video created

by a talented young photographer Seán Daly

and you will see what a beautiful part of the world we live in;

an hour away from our capital city of Dublin,

beside the sea and near the Wicklow hills.

Poetry; Connections – Spring Poems by John Foster & ee cummings

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Comprehension: Making Connections, Poetry, The World Around Us | Posted on February 5, 2015

We are ‘making connections’ again -

this time, between poems.

Poems about Spring.

The Three Musketeers!
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It’s Spring by John Foster

 

It’s spring

And the garden is changing its clothes,

Putting away

Its dark winter suits,

Its dull scarves

And drab brown overcoats.

 

Now, it wraps itself in green shoots,

Slips on blouses

Sleeved with pink and white blossom,

Pulls on skirts of daffodil and primrose,

Snowdrops socks and purple crocus shoes,

Then dances in the sunlight.

 “Freedom is for honest people. No man who is not himself honest can be free – he is his own trap.”
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In Just-                     by ee cummings

 

in Just-

spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and

piracies and it’s

spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far and wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s

spring

and

the

goat-footed

balloonMan whistles

far

and

wee

February …

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, The Seasons, Writing Prompt | Posted on February 2, 2015

February brings the rain,

Thaws the frozen lake again.

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from ‘The Garden Year’ by Sarah Coleridge

A Prayer Service for Lent

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Lent, Prayer Service, Religion | Posted on February 1, 2015

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

This year Ash Wednesday is on 18th February.

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Good morning & welcome to this prayer service for Lent.

Jesus came to bring Good News

to help us to know God Our Father’s love for us.

Jesus loves us.

Jesus loves us so much He was prepared to give up his own life.

That is GREAT love.

We are going to sing a song about Jesus our brother and our friend.

Song: Jesus I love you and I know that you love me too.

Now we are going to bless ourselves,

the three ways we know how:

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1. In the name of the Father…

2. As Gaeilge

3. The special way we say it here:

God came down from heaven to earth,

To remind us to love everyone on this side

and this side

And not to forget ourselves.

Amen

Candle Prayer; ‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame and shine out bright’.

Song; This little light of mine

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

We know a song about that…

If I go climbing…

And it is time to say Good Morning to our Father in Heaven.

Father in Heaven, you love me.

You are with me night and day.

I want to love you always

in all I do and say.

I’ll try to praise you Father,

Please help me during the day.

Amen

I’ll try to please you Father.

That is not easy.

But if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

So let’s say sorry to God

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.

Amen

Let us ask God in song to forgive us

if there were times we have not shown love

and help us be good

Song: Forgive and Forget

Repeat after me…

Father in Heaven I give you this day,

All that I think & do & say.

Fill me with love & make me strong.

With you by my side I won’t go wrong

God our Father in Heaven will make us strong.

God our Father in Heaven is strong.

There’s nothing that he cannot do.

And now it is time to say thanks to God

God our Father I come to say,

thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family

and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning, please send your light. Amen.

And now we are going to sing our thanks to God;

‘If I were a butterfly’

When we were saying our sorry prayer we said;

‘Help me to live like Jesus’.

Jesus is our brother,

our friend and our teacher

This time in the Church’s Year is Lent.

Lent is a time for getting ready for Easter.

At Easter we celebrate when Jesus came back to life.

Easter is a time when we celebrate New Life.

Spring is here now and it is a great time for New Life

Green buds appear on the trees

The spring flowers start to grow

Baby lambs are born

Frogspawn turn into ……………………..tadpoles.

Tadpoles turn into ………………………..frogs.

Caterpillars turn into ……………………butterflies

(Take out pot, potting compost and seeds.)

God through your goodness we have these little seeds to plant.

God we ask you to care for these flower seeds and help them to grow.

God with the work of our hands we have planted these seeds.

Keep these seeds safe.

Watch over them in the dark earth of the pot,

until they grow into beautiful flowers. Amen

Song: The Flowers of the Field

Now try this one; The little seeds are now fast asleep safe in the earth they lie

The children have covered them over and said little brown seeds goodbye

The seeds are asleep, but the sunshine and rain will help them wake up to new life again

New Life is Good News, so we are going to finish up with a happy song;

Final Hymn: I’ve got that Joy, joy, joy

Another Milestones: 50 Thousand Visitors to Our Blog :D

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Buddies | Posted on January 21, 2015

50 thousand

Today we reached a new milestone on this blog.

We now have had 50,000 visitors.

 

We really appreciate because

in our first year blogging 2011-12,

we had just 1,000 visitors.

In 2012-13 we had 14,000. 

Year beginning  Visitors   
30th August 2011-2012    1,000
30th August 2012-2013   14,000
30th August 2013-2014   24,000

 
 
 
 

 

Now we have had a total of 50,000 visitors.

 

Thank you for visiting,

and call back again soon.

St. Brigid’s Day: February 1st: ‘We Sing A Song To Brigid’

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Music: Song SInging, Religion | Posted on January 20, 2015

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We sing a song to Brigid, 
Brigid brings the spring
Awakens all the fields and the flowers
And calls the birds to sing.
All were welcome at her door, 
no one was turned away.
She loved the poor,
the sick and the sore,
She helped them on their way.
She laid her cloak out on the ground
And watched it grow and grow,
In wells and streams and fields of green
St. Brigid’s blessings flow.

 
Lyrics from Alive-O (Veritas).
Written by Clare Maloney and Patrica Hegarty

Prayer Service for St. Brigid’s Day (February 1st) for Infant Classes – Third

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Prayer Service, Religion, Uncategorized | Posted on January 20, 2015

St. Brigid’s Day 1st February

Prayer Service for the Infant Classes -Third

 

St Brigid of Kildare
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Good morning & welcome.

 

We are all here today in the school hall with new friends

and old friends and our kind teachers and helpers.

We know that Jesus is our friend too and so we sing our first song; 

*Hymn

 

Yes Jesus is our friend.

He has lots of friends.

Saints are very special friends of Jesus indeed.

 

Do you know any saints?

Lots of us are called after holy people in the bible

like Sarah or Hannah or Rebecca, Aaron, Stephen, Daniel.

 

Lots of people are called after saints like

Patrick, Kevin, James, and Elizabeth, Bernadette and Brigid.

 

Now it is a long time since there was any little girl called Brigid in the school,

but this year we are in luck and have a new girl here called Brigid.

 

Does anyone have a friend or a Mum or an Auntie or Granny called Brigid?

And of course our school is called St. Brigid’s.

 

A new month started today – what month is it.

Yes it is the 1st day of February.

The day many people say is the first day of Spring.

And it is St.Brigid’s Day!

 

So let us sing ‘We’ll sing a song to Brigid!’

Now we will say the Sign of the Cross

in the three ways we know how

(In the name of the Father… As Gaeilge …

and finally;

God came down from heaven to earth,

to remind us to love people

on this side and this side

and not to forget ourselves. Amen … )

 

Candle Prayer;

‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame

and shine out bright’.

 

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven

is always with us.

 

*Song; This little light of mine

 

Now it is time to say GOOD MORNING

to God our Father in Heaven.

Father in Heaven, you love me,

You are with me night and day

I want to love you always,

in all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you Father,

Please help me during the day

Amen.

 

I’ll try to please you Father.

That is not easy.

But if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

 

So let’s say SORRY to God

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.

Amen

 

Yes today celebrating St. Brigid’s Day.

She loved the poor, the sick and the old.

 

Because it is St. Brigid’s Day

Sister says there is to be no homework

for good children to celebrate :)

 

Now I know some of your teachers

have been talking to you about St. Brigid.

What do you know about St. Brigid?

 

Legend has it that when Brigid was born,

angels sang in the sky over the place she was born.

 

St. Brigid – father was a pagan chief.

He didn’t believe in God. Brigid’s mother was a servant

who knew about God and believed in God.

 

Brigid was born near Faughart,

a village a few miles north of Dundalk.

 

Brigid was minded by a foster mother

because her mother worked

in Connaught, far away from where Brigid lived

 

When Brigid was about your age,

she helped her foster mother around the house.

 

Any free time she had was spent in the nearby forest

with the wild animals living there.

 

Just like Saint Francis of Assisi,

she was very fond of animals.

Legends tell us she tamed a wild boar (pig)

and she loved nature and the beautiful world

God has made for us to live in:

 

*Hymn

 

She was very kind to the poor people

that called to the door

and was always giving away her father’s things.

 

When she was about twelve,  

Brigid was waiting outside

the King of Leinster’s fort

for her Dad when she met a poor man.

 

He was covered in rags and mud.

What do you think St. Brigid did?

Yes she just had to help him. 

 

There was nothing else in the chariot,

so she took her Dad’s sword

and gave it to the poor man.

How do you think her Dad felt about that?

 

He was furious.

Luckily the King of Leinster was there

and he believed in God like Brigid did

and understood why Brigid had done what she had done,

so the King gave her Dad an even better sword

and told her Dad to forgive her.

 

St. Brigid was told she couldn’t visit

her Mum in Connaught,

so do you know what she did?

Yes that’s right!

 

She visited her Mum in Connaught!

Her Mum had a job looking after

the druid’s cows at the druid’s farm.

 

*Time for a song

 

St Brigid worked with her Mum helping her,

making cheese and butter. 

 

And guess what happened

when poor people called to the door?

 

Yes, you are right,

she gave away food at the door.

 

How do you think the Druid felt about that?

 

Well a very surprising thing happened.

No matter how much food Brigid gave away

there always seemed to be more food there.

The Druid realised that

there was something special about Brigid,

so he tried to give her all his cows.

 

She said she didn’t want that.

What do you think she wanted.

Yes for her Mum to come home with her!

 

Brigid believed in God, Our Father in Heaven.

She saw God in everyone and in everything.

She saw God everywhere.

So this story has a happy ending.

Brigid’s family was back together again.

 

*Hymn

Now we are going to say a special prayer

to keep us and our families safe:

 

Repeat after me!

St. Brigid’s Blessing

May no fire, no flame burn us.

May no lake, no sea drown us

May no sword, no spear wound us.

May no king, no chief insult us.

May all the birds sing for us

May all the cattle low for us

May all the insects buzz for us

May the angels of God always protect us

 

And we are going to sing a song to Brigid, one last time!

@YollisClass; Thank you for visiting us in Ireland

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Buddies | Posted on January 14, 2015

We say, ‘Céad míle fáilte romhat!’

to visitors.

This means ‘A hundred thousand welcomes’ in Irish.
We would like to say Go raibh maith agat! (Thank you)
to Mrs. Yollis’ class who visited us here in
Greystones, in Wicklow in Ireland.
and especially Aryana, who left a great comment.

 

Ireland is sometimes called ‘The Emerald Isle’

and people say there are forty shades of green

in the country side. We have never counted,

but we think there might be more. 

 

Here in Greystones, we live close to the

Little Sugar Loaf Mountain.

 

The Three Trout River is our nearest river

 

The name of our county is Wicklow

This means ‘Viking Meadow’.

 

The Vikings were fierce warriors

who came to Ireland 

from countries to the North 

from 795 AD

 

In the 1800s the sailors who sailed past

our coastland would call it ‘The Grey Stones’.

They would say

‘There was a storm at the Greystones’,

or ‘There was good fishing at The Greystones’.

This is how our town got its name.

 

The name of our school is Saint Brigid’s.

She was born over fifteen hundred years ago!

But people remember her because

she was good to the poor, the sick and the old.

February 1st is her Feast Day

 

Welcoming @lindayollis ‘ class to Ireland; What we think you should see!

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Buddies, The World Around Us, Wonderful Wicklow | Posted on January 9, 2015

Mrs. Yollis’ class are exploring Europe in their socks! Click on this link to read about their fantastic journey!

Dear Mrs. Yollis’ Class,

 

Thank you for visiting Ireland :)

We hope you find your visit interesting.

Did you know that Ireland is an island?

Our closest neighbour is Great Britain.

Ireland is in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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You will see from your enormous map that Ireland

is the third largest island in Europe.

Iceland is the largest island in Europe.

Can you guess what is the second largest island?

(Hint: It is our nearest neighbour.)

 

Ireland is the twentieth largest island in the world.

Australia is the largest island in the world.

 

Ireland is divided up into 32 counties

(like states in the USA).

26 of these are in the south of Ireland

and 6 are in the north.

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We live in the County of Wicklow.

It’s nickname is ‘The Garden of Ireland’

because it is pretty.

 

Wicklow is on the east coast of Ireland.

We live 39 kilometres south of Dublin.

Dublin is our capital city.

O'Connell Bridge
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Dublin, is our largest city.

There are 859,976 people living in Dublin.

 

There are 4.5 million people living in Ireland.

There are 3.9 million people living in California.

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Ireland is 84,421 km squared.

We see that California is 423,970 km squared,

So we estimate that Ireland would fit

5 times into the state of California

Ireland would fit into the USA

120 times approximately.

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The most northern part of mainland Ireland

is the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.

It lies at latitude 55.38ºN.

The most southern part is  Mizen Head.

It lies at latitude 51.45ºN

Mizen Head
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The most easterly point is the Ards Peninsula,

County Down at longitude 5.43ºW.

Dingle & Peninsula, Ireland
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The most westerly point is on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.

It lies at longitude 10.51ºW.

People joke and say that the next stopping point is the USA

(which it is, over the sea!)

Carrauntoohil, Killarney
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Our highest mountain is Carrantuohill, County Kerry,

which is 1,041 metres above sea level.

Carrick on Shannon
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The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon  (386 km) 

Lough Neagh (396 km²) is our largest lake.

Powerscourt Waterfall
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We live near Ireland’s tallest waterfall.

Powerscourt Waterfall is in County Wicklow.

The water falls 106 metres.

 

However there are three places in Ireland

that our class really think you should see.

One is the Giant’s Causeway.

Giants causeway.
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The Giant’s Causeway  resulted from

the eruption of a volcano in ancient times.

It is a very interesting formation of

40,000 basalt columns that fit together

as if a giant had laid them down.

Lots of tourists visit the Giant’s Causeway.

You can read a legend about how it got its name here.

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Then there is the Greystones Bear

Mrs.Mooney's shop

and last but not least is Mrs. Mooney’s sweet shop.

Her sweet shop is beside our school.

 

An interesting fact:

There are some differences between the way

English is spoken and written in the USA and Ireland.

For example Americans write kilometers

and we, here in Ireland write kilometres

Céad míle fáilte romhat (100,000 welcomes) to ‘The Garden of Ireland’.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in The World Around Us, Wonderful Wicklow | Posted on January 6, 2015

We believe that we live in the most beautiful county in Ireland :)

Take a look at this breathtaking footage from ‘Skycam Ireland’

It was photographed from a drone.

We feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

 

January …

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, The Seasons, Writing Prompt | Posted on January 1, 2015

January brings the snow,

makes our feet and fingers glow.

lonely tree in the snow
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from ‘The Garden Year’ by Sarah Coleridge

Poetry: ‘A Christmas Kenning’ by Alex aged 11

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Christmas, Poetry | Posted on December 17, 2014

Christmas Lighted Wreath
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A kenning is type of poem.

It is a description that is economic in its use of words.

Two nouns metaphors are used to describe a person, place or thing.

You can read more about kennings here

on the Young Writers.co.uk website.

This is Alex’s kenning:

 

Present deliverer,

Cookie muncher,

Reindeer rider,

Chimney climber,

Joy maker,

Carrot feeder,

Roof lander,

Suit wearer,

Sack bearer,

Milk slurper,

Stocking filler,

Once a yearer,

Happy morning bringer…

 

Guess who?

Why … it’s Santa!

December…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, The Seasons, Writing Prompt | Posted on December 1, 2014

Chill December brings the sleet,

Blazing fire, and Christmas treat. 

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from ‘The Garden Year’ by Sarah Coleridge

The Wonder of #Symbaloo – Part Two – English: 1st – 4th approximately

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Literacy, Symbaloo | Posted on November 28, 2014

The Wonder of #Symbaloo – Part One – A Webmix of Mostly Maths – 1st Class to 6th

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths websites, Symbaloo | Posted on November 28, 2014

Symbaloo is a great time saving curating tool.

I heard about it first from @MariaMernagh who sang its praises.

 

Currently I teach mostly maths to children aged 6 - 12.

Instead of setting up the links to maths websites on tabs

each day before school now all I have to do is open a  webmix

that I have prepared of the online maths activities

I use most frequently in class. Scroll to the right to see more.

Symbaloo is a great discovery.

Thank you @MariaMernagh for some great advice!

UPDATE: Click here for a Symbaloo of useful websites for teaching English 1st Class – 4th approximately.

For Parents: Some Online Games that Teach Comprehension Strategies for 1st/2nd Class approximately

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Comprehension Strategies, Comprehension: Determining Importance, Comprehension: Inference, Comprehension: Making Connections, Comprehension: Monitoring, Comprehension: Prediction, Comprehension: Questioning, Comprehension: Visualization | Posted on November 26, 2014

In our school there is a Whole School Approach to

learning comprehension using the strategies from

Martin Gleeson’s ‘Building Bridges of Understanding’. 

The following is adapted  for our school

from resources for ‘First Steps’ from the PPDS website.

E =  We Expose , T= We Teach, M = We Maintain.

 
    J.I.   S.I.  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
 Think Aloud  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Prediction  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Visualisation  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Making  Connections  E  T  M  M  M  M  M  M M
 Questioning    E  T   M  M  M  M M M
 Monitoring  Comprehension:  Clarifying                E  T  M  M  M M M
 Monitoring  Comprehension:  Declunking        E T  M  M M M
 Determining  Importance          E  T  M   M
 Inference          E  T  M  M
 Synthesis              E  T
 Application of  Strategies  E  E  E T  E  T  M  M  M  M

 

The following games will give you an idea

of what many of these strategies involve 

and will give your child a little practice.

 

Though some of these strategies are not

taught formally until the middle and senior

classes, it is good to give your child practice.

 

You might like to concentrate on

one or two strategies a week

from the list of those being covered

in First and Second Class

and gradually build up your child’s skills.

 

1. Prediction: 

Prediction game from Phil Tulga.com

 

2. Visualisation: 

Visualizing activity from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

3. Making Connections: 

Making Connections from Blue Ribbon Games

 

4. Questioning: 

The Questioning Cube from Blue Ribbon Games

 

5. Monitoring Comprehension by clarifying and ‘declunking’

(‘Declunking’ is the process of breaking up a word into syllables

in order to pronounce it correctly and understand its meaning.)

The Fridge Game from Blue Ribbon Readers requires students

to identify confusing words (by monitoring)

and replace them with words

that make sense of the sentence (clarifying)

 

6. Determining Importance:  

Blue Ribbon Readers – The Hamburger Game

 

7. Inferring: 

Inferring using riddles from Phil Tulga.com

and The Detective Game from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

8. Synthesis is a complex process

and is taught in Senior Classes

but here is a simple game that

introduces it from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

You can read more about comprehension strategies here.

#HourOfCode – Class Discovery: Code Combat

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding, Coding: Python | Posted on November 25, 2014

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Ok so we liked Code.org a LOT

and we were sad when we finished Level Three.

Then along came the coding activities

based on the Disney film ‘Frozen’. 

and we were very taken with that.

Well the girls were really.

 

Then today Teacher showed us Code Combat.

Now we feel there is something for everybody.

Suitable for students between the ages of nine

and thirteen, we are using it to learn Python.

 

As we play a game, going on missions

being successful and having fun, we are learning.

We think there was probably never a better

or more interesting time to be in school!

 

We find the work we have already done with Code.org

really helps us understand what we are doing.

We are looking forward to doing more!

 

#HourOfCode: Fans of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ ? Then read on!

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Coding | Posted on November 24, 2014

 

The largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code,

is happening during Computer Science Education Week

(December 8th – 14th 2014).

Last year, 15 million students tried coding in this one week.

This year, the aim is to reach 100 million students worldwide!

 

We live in a world surrounded by technology.

In such a world computer science is important

and coding and programming are becoming life skills.

Websites such as Code.org demystify coding

and make it easily accessible and enjoyable.

 

The clever people at Code.org are working

to get more girls involved in computer science

and have devised a lovely series of exercises

to create snowflakes, using the ‘Frozen’ theme.

You can find it here: Code.org’s ‘Frozen’

It is suitable for beginners, from 1st/2nd class up!

 

And for those who aren’t big fans of ‘Frozen’,

Code.org’s ‘Frozen’ is a warmer alternative.

 

Try it. We did and it was fun!

Simple Advent or Christmas Prayer Service (Junior Infants – 2nd Class)

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Prayer Service, Religion | Posted on November 23, 2014

Good morning & welcome to the hall today

for our Christmas Prayer Service.

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Photo Credit: Markus Grossalber via Compfight

Advent is the special time in the Church’s year

when we get ready to celebrate

the birthday of a very special baby.

What was his name? (Jesus).

 

Does any one here know when is Jesus’s birthday?

Yes that’s right we celebrate Jesus’s birthday

on Christmas Day.

How many more sleeps is that? (  )

 

Sign of the Cross

 

Candle Prayer;

‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame

and shine out bright’.

 

We can be like ‘candles’ who share

the light and warmth of God’s love

with everyone we meet.

 

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

 

On the night Jesus was born,

there was a light in the sky over the place where He was.

Does anyone know what was that light in the sky?

It was the Christmas star shining out bright.

 

So now we are going pretend that we are going on a journey

like Mary and Joseph and the donkey

and the Shepherds and the Kings

And to find our way we have to follow God’s shining star.

 

But first let us get ready for our journey

by making the best possible start when we say

Good Morning to God; this is the best way to start each day;

 

Father in Heaven, you love me

You are with me night and day

I want to love you always

In all I do and say

I’ll try to please you Father

Please bless me during the day

Amen.

 

Yes, Christmas is Jesus’s birthday.

 

Hands up who is doing a Christmas play ?

What job do you have in the Christmas play?

Hands up who is an angel?

Who is a shepherd?

Who is a wise man or a wise king?

Is any one a Whoops a Daisy angel?

I am sure that after all your hard work your play will go well.

 

Who knows who told Mary that she was going to have a baby?

It was an angel who came to visit Mary

to tell her the Good News,

that she was going have a baby,

that was going to be the Mother of God. 

So stand up and spread your wings you are an angel

and we will sing ‘Mary Will You Take This Baby Boy’

 

Where did Mary live?

Mary lived in a place called Nazareth.

Who was Mary’s husband?

Mary was married to a carpenter called Joseph.

 

Mary and Joseph had to go on a journey.

Where were they going?

They were going to a place called Bethlehem.

 

Why were they going to Bethlehem?

They were going to be counted!

The reason they had to go to Bethlehem 

is that that was where Joseph’s family were from.

 

As well as getting ready for a new baby

Mary and Joseph had gone on a journey

from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

This journey is a long long journey

and there were no cars…

or buses…

or trains…

So how did Mary get there? Mary travelled on a donkey

And how did Joseph get there? He walked

The roads were rough and rocky.

The journey would have taken about a week,

so it would be like if you started walking today – Sunday

and you kept walking ….

on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

…until next Sunday.

 

And what happened when they did get to Bethlehem?

Well Bethlehem was full of people.

Mary and Joseph went looking but there was no place to stay.

Mary and Joseph went knocking on all the doors

 

Poor Mary and Joseph had no place to stay

So now it is time for us to say sorry for times

when we closed the doors to our minds and our hearts.

And if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

 

So let’s say our Sorry Prayer

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen

 

Is any one the innkeeper in their Christmas play?

What does the kind innkeeper say?

Yes, luckily one kind innkeeper said,

‘Would you like to stay in my stable?’

 

So let us open our doors and our hearts and our minds

like the kind innkeeper who let Mary and Joseph stay in his stable did.

That night Baby Jesus was born,

and Mary loved her baby so much

just like your parents love you

Silent Night

 

Shepherds were minding their sheep.

Who came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born?

Yes angels came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born.

 

And how did the Three Wise men find Jesus?

The Three Kings or the Three Wise Men in the East saw the star,

they followed the star and found the Baby Jesus.

‘We Three Kings’

 

The Three Wise Men brought presents.

What presents did the Three Wise Men bring?

gold,

frankincense

and myrrh,

I am sure Mary and Joseph would have said thank you.

 

And now it is time for us to say Thank You to God

God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning, please send your light.

Amen.

‘Away in a Manger’

Thank you, dear Jesus, thank you

for coming down from Heaven to save us.

Thank you for Christmas time.

Help us to get ready for

Your coming this year.

Amen

 

So as we get ready for Christmas.

Let’s remember that

it is a special baby’s birthday

and celebrate as we go

 Jingle Bells.

 

A Winter Walk

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in The World Around Us | Posted on November 8, 2014

We went on a Winter walk.

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This is a slideshow of what we saw:

If you have difficulty seeing the slideshow, 

click on this link instead :)

Maths: We are learning about symmetry

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Maths: Symmetry | Posted on November 8, 2014

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We are learning about symmetry.

First we made designs with unifix cubes.

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Then we finished symmetrical designs on paper.

If you can’t see the slideshow above,

click on this link instead.

 

Making name aliens is another interesting way

to learn about symmetry.

You can see how here. 

It is fun.

Writing Prompt: ‘I have a little shadow’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on November 8, 2014

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‘I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

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The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

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He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,

And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;

I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

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One morning, very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,

Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.’

 

If this slideshow won’t play,

click on this link instead.