Hannah, Sara and Alex from Sixth Class
are learning about asking questions.
We have seen that there are easy questions
like ‘who?’ ‘when?’ ‘where’?
We have to remember what we have read or heard
in order to answer these questions.
Then there are harder questions like
‘how?’ and ‘why?’
To be able to answer there we have to
understand what we have read or heard.
Then there are even more difficult questions
like when we are asked to explain or to compare.
The questions we ask are like a ladder,
starting off with the easy ones at the bottom,
they get harder as we move up the ladder.
We get asked a lot of questions in school.
but what we really love to do is ask them.
Here are some questions we asked today
about the projects we did in class on
the Solar System.
These are easy questions,
from the bottom of the ladder.
To answer them all we need to do
is to remember what we learned
when we were doing this project.
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Earlier this week Jack made his first Voki Avatar.
He chose an avatar that looked quite like himself
but as he says the voice doesn’t sound like him at all!
Jack’s avatar tells us a little about a very dangerous snake.
This is second avatar Jack made.
This time he wanted a ‘friendly labrador’.
This dog has a short rhyme to say
once again about that very dangerous snake.
With Chinese New Year on its way,
we have been learning about China.
Meet Avatar Niamh.
She starts off our project by telling you
about the ABC of China
the abacus, bicycles and chopsticks.
Avatar Tadhg is going to talk to you
about Chinese Dragons
A Forbidden City sounds interesting.
Avatar Owen will tell you about it.
If you want to hear about
the Great Wall of China,
Zac has some information:
Avatar Lewis introduces us
to some important Chinese inventions
Avatar Nicole has some information
about the Chinese inventions
of kite making and fireworks.
There are so many people in China
that there is not enough land to live on.
So what do people do?
Avatar Tom will tell you!
Have you ever seen the
Disney movie ‘Mulan’?
Matthew will tell you about
the Chinese legend of Mulan.
We don’t want to make you hungry,
but Avatar Mark would like to talk to you
about Chinese food.
What do you know about Pandas?
Let Avatar Senan tell you what he knows about them.
When 2nd Class Room 6 saw
‘The Sacred Way’ on Google Images,
they were amazed.
Avatar Shane will tell you why.
Finally Max will tell you about
another spectacular sight that
we saw on Google Images when
we looked up the Terracotta Army.
When doing this project we found this ABC of China
from ‘The Franklin Institute’, Philadelphia
a very helpful starting point.
The alphabetical order was
a very helpful memory aid.
This is our second Voki Project this year.
The other one was on the planets in our solar system.
For these projects we tried to create avatars that looked like us.
Now that we have that done,
we are each making our own unique avatars
that definitely do not look like us.
Look out for them in the weeks to come 😉
Thanks to Lucy from TY who helped us with this project.
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We read ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’
and ‘The Aardvark Who Wasn’t Sure’.
Both of these books are written by
the great children’s author
We talked about how these stories,
between the two stories.
We asked ourselves:
How are these books the same
and how they are different?
Julia is going to begin
by introducing both books
and talking about
how they are the same.
This is how the stories are the same:
The main characters
are both young animals
that live with their parent(s).
The Owl lives with his Mum and Dad
and the Aardvark lives with his Mum.
They are loved and well minded
by the grown ups in their lives.
They are both nocturnal.
They both have to look out for ‘danger’.
They are both very inquisitive
especially about food.
Both stories follow a pattern.
The same kind of thing happens
in every chapter
and over again.
They meet another character
and talk to them,
asking them questions
and finding things out.
But this is not tedious
because each of these
characters are different
Also there are differences
in the pattern each time.
Different things get said.
Funny things get said.
Avatar Kila will tell you a little about
how the stories are different
The stories are different because
one story is about an aardvark
and the other is an owl.
The owl is a carnivore and the
aardvark is an insectivore.
The aardvark and his Mum
are nomads. The owl family
Plop the Owl wants to be a day bird.
As the title of the book says,
he is afraid of the dark
and doesn’t want to go hunting
with his Mum or Dad.
This is the problem
that has to be solved
in his story
Pim the Aardvark is different
He is looking forward
to going hunting at night
with his Mum.
His ‘problem’ is that he is
a brand new, baby aardvark
and he doesn’t know anything.
He isn’t sure at all about
the life of an aardvark
or the world around him.
Luckily both stories are the same
in that they both have happy ending.
In the chapter called ‘The Rotten Digger’
in the ‘The Aardvark Who Wasn’t Sure’,
Pim tries his hands
(or should that be his claws) at digging.
Here is a video of an aardvark digging
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We are doing a project on the Sun, and the planets in our solar system.
We thought it would be fun to do our project using avatars.
First we wrote down what we were going to say.
First Avatar Abi will tell us about the Sun.
Avatar Alice talks to us about Mercury
Avatar Amy tells us
some interesting facts about Venus
Avatar Calum talks
about his home planet, Earth.
Avatar JC gives us
some information about the Moon.
Avatar Cian has some information about
The Red Planet, Mars.
Guess how many moons Jupiter has?
Avatar Clara will tell you the answer and more!
Saturn has even more moons than Jupiter.
Our reporter Avatar Fiona will tell you about it 🙂
A report from the very special
and unusual Avatar Jack.
He is truly out of this world!
This is Isabella’s report on the planet Neptune.
Well done to all.
The experts tell us that Pluto is a dwarf planet
but we are fond of it and wouldn’t like
to see it disappear from school books
Finally Avatar Jake is going to tell us
about the early days of the Planet Earth.
We think we would have a lot more fun
if only we could get our own voices recorded properly on Voki.
At the moment we have to change ‘text’ into words instead.
It is fun, but we really don’t sound like this!
We are working on trying to solve this problem
and are going to try a different microphone.
Has anyone any advice?
We enjoy learning about the planets.
Can you see the planets hanging from our classroom ceiling?
to our visitors from
United States (US)854
United Kingdom (GB)470
New Zealand (NZ)29
United Arab Emirates (AE)25
Russian Federation (RU)19
South Africa (ZA)16
Saudi Arabia (SA)13
Hong Kong (HK)11
Qatar (QA)8 Trinidad and Tobago (TT)8 Portugal (PT)8
Taiwan (TW)7 Bangladesh (BD)7
Mexico (MX)6 Hungary (HU)6
Korea, Republic of (KR)5 Kuwait (KW)5 Romania (RO)5 Oman (OM)5 Kenya (KE)5
Jamaica (JM)4 Slovenia (SI)4 Ukraine (UA)4 Sri Lanka (LK)4 Nepal (NP)4
Jordan (JO)3 Israel (IL)3 Ethiopia (ET)3 Mauritius (MU)3 Sweden (SE)3 Japan (JP)3 Bhutan (BT)3 Colombia (CO)3 Austria (AT)3 Slovakia (SK)3
Nigeria (NG)2 Seychelles (SC)2 Peru (PE)2 Czech Republic (CZ)2 Argentina (AR)2 Belarus (BY)2 Norway (NO)2 Zimbabwe (ZW)2 Switzerland (CH)2 Bulgaria (BG)2 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA)2 American Samoa (AS)2 Armenia (AM)2 Uganda (UG)2 Puerto Rico (PR)2 Belize (BZ)2 Nicaragua (NI)2 Iran, Islamic Republic of (IR)2 Asia/Pacific Region (AP)2 Yemen (YE)2 Cyprus (CY)2
Paraguay (PY)1 Lesotho (LS)1 Botswana (BW)1 Chile (CL)1 Antigua and Barbuda (AG)1 Guernsey (GG)1 Dominican Republic (DO)1 Estonia (EE)1 Finland (FI)1 Latvia (LV)1 Virgin Islands, U.S. (VI)1 Northern Mariana Islands (MP)1 Denmark (DK)1 Uruguay (UY)1 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VC)1 Azerbaijan (AZ)1 Montenegro (ME)1 Netherlands (N)1 Grenada (GD)1 Venezuela (VE)1 Lebanon (LB)1 Palestinian Territory (PS)1 Angola (AO)1 Bahamas (BS)1 Malawi (MW)1 Guatemala (GT)1 Barbados (BB)1 Croatia (HR)1 Mali (ML)1 Cambodia (KH)1 Myanmar (MM)1
and Ireland (IE) of course: 3,583 visits.
Double click on any of the place names
to see where they are in the world
Information from Clustermap for this blog
As we say here in Ireland ….
Nollaig Shona Daoibh Go Léir
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Learning about online safety is important.
We shouldn’t take it for granted
that children will learn this automatically.
Avatar Jack S has some useful advice
about staying safe online.
Being actively involved in this classroom blog
will help the children in Room 6
value and learn
appropriate online behaviour
We just use first names.
We don’t post personal information.
Avatar John Paul is going to talk to you
about being safe and
not talking to strangers online.
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