Hello to our new friends from The Basque Country

We say,

Welcome (in English) 

‘Céad míle fáilte romhat!’

(in the Irish language)

to Erin’s friends from The Basque Country.

 

‘Céad míle fáilte romhat!’ 
means 
‘A hundred thousand welcomes’ in Irish.
  

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.

Her Feast Day is on February 1st.

 

Filling Buckets – A Project in SPHE

‘Have You Filled A Bucket Today’ by Carol McCloud

(A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids)

is a picture book suitable for four to seven year olds.

 

We had a quick read of it, so we understood its message

and then we started our ‘fill a bucket’ project.

 

The message in this book is that

Everyone throughout the world carries with them “a bucket”.

 

In that bucket we carry all of our good feelings and thoughts about ourselves.

Other people fill our bucket when they say and do nice things.

And we can do the same for other people.

 

We find when we fill someone else’s bucket we feel good about ourselves

and our buckets get filled up too.

 

We used plastic cups to make buckets.

During the week we wrote compliments on post-its

and put them in other people’s buckets.

 

At the end of the week we read the post-its in our buckets.

This made us feel GREAT about ourselves

and about the other people in the class. 

 

Beginning our Write A Books

The Write A Book project is run

by Education Centres around the country.

 

We are working on our Write A Books.

The closing date is not until the new year,

but we can prepare for it by integrating it

with work we are doing in class,

like the art we are doing

and the English and

learning about maps and plans.

 

We are making picture books.

Each of our books contain a map.

We deliver the Write A Books to the

Blackrock Education Centre.

They send them out to another class teacher.

He or she will show them to her class

and decide on one writer to be invited

to the prize giving and

he or she will decide on the runner ups.

Winning the competition is not the important

thing. Creating a wonderful book that you can

treasure and be proud to show your children

and grandchildren is! 

 

You can read more about how to write a book HERE

Maps and Plans

Holly, a volunteer with Junior Achievement visited us

on Thursday and the Thursday before.

She will be visiting us for six weeks in all.

She is teaching us about town planning.

 

First we learned about zones:

business, industrial, residential, multipurpose and farming.

We also learned about blueprints.

and we made 3D models and put them in the correct zones on a map.

We had fun and we were learning. We are looking forward to learning more.

A SPHE Project – The Shoebox of Kind Acts

Teacher made a shoe box into a postbox.

 

This week she asked us to write down times

 

other people in the class

 

were kind to us on a post-it

 

and to sign it.

 

Everyday she read out what was written down.

 

It was good to hear how kind we are to each other.

 

At the end of the week there was a BIG pile of post-its.

Genre: Procedure – How to Organize a Party

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Laura B

What you need: Invitations, people/friends, food, drinks and a place/room.

What you do:

  1. Book the room
  2. Write the invitations
  3. Give out the invitations
  4. Set up the room for the party
  5. Order the food and drinks
  6. Then all of the people/friends will arrive at the place
  7. Play all the games (just the children).
  8. While they are playing the games, you (the adults get the food ready)
  9. After the games the children eat the food
  10. Then all of the children go home

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Conan

What you will need: Invitations, people/friends, food, drinks, a room.

What to do.

  1. Invite people/friends to the party
  2. Find a place and go there at least one hour before the party
  3. Get food and drinks ready
  4. When people start to show up get them to have a play outside
  5. When they come in they’ll probably be hungry so feed them.
  6. When their Mums/Dads show up give them a party bag.
  7. Boom! A perfect party!

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Saorla

What you need: Invitations, people/friends, food, drinks, room/place

Method

  1. First buy invitations or send texts
  2. Next book a play centre or have the party at your house
  3. After that buy food, sweets and drinks
  4. Think of games to play
  5. Wait until the day of the party and have fun!

 

Genre: Procedure – How to Organize a Halloween Party by Caoimhe

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By Caoimhe

What you need

Invitations, pumpkins, food, drinks, room, spooky decorations

Method

  1. Book a spooky room
  2. Send haunted invitations and let them dress up
  3. Buy food and drinks
  4. Set up room with scary decorations
  5. Carve pumpkins out around the room
  6. Play spooky games
  7. Then send them home happy.

Genre: Procedure – How to turn Teacher into a Toad

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By Emily F

What you need

Cauldron

A fire place

A wand

500 ml of blood

Three eye balls

1000 grammes of salt

A really long stick

Method

  1. Get your cauldron and fill it up with your 500 ml of blood
  2. Then you get 1000 grammes of salt to soak up the water and then you have watery salt.
  3. Mix them up so that they are 100 percent mixed
  4. Then add your 3 eye balls
  5. Get your wand out and twirl it while you say Abrakebabra.
  6. Then you have your toad stew. Get teacher to have some.
  7. Then enjoy no school.

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By Brianna

Take 30 days

What you need

Cauldron, fire, toad legs, toe nail clippings, stick, slug, spider legs, bone, toad and magic

Method

Get everything you need

Next day

Put the cauldron over the fire

Next day

Put in the toad legs at the exact same time as the toe nail clippings

Next five days

Get the stick and stir the mixture very slowly. If you don’t it will fall apart.

Drop some spider legs in then stir and put the rest in

Next 10 days

Add the slug bit by bit and stir very quickly

Next 24 days

Then put bone and the toad in or else you will not turn teacher into a toad.

Use the magic to turn it to look like water and invite and trick her/him

ENJOY

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By Hannah

What you need

A spoon

A cauldron

Fire

Slug slime

HOT water!

Method

  1. Get the greenest of leaves
  2. Get flowers as blue as the sky
  3. Get your !HOT WATER! Be careful of it.
  4. Wait until the leaves and flowers have melted.
  5. Then add the slug slime
  6. Put the liquid into a perfume bottle
  7. Trick your teacher into thinking it’s a new smell.
  8. Then spray your teacher.
  9. Now RRRUUUNNN! Run!

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By Seán E.

What you need for your spell

Cauldron

Fire

A toad’s heart

A witch

  1. Get the cauldron and turn into a witch
  2. You will also need a teacher
  3. Put some sticks under the cauldron and get a lighter to make a fire
  4. Put in a toad’s heart and get yourself to turn it
  5. into a bottle of toad.
  6. Get yourself to open the lid
  7. Then pour it on the teacher
  8. POW! There is a toad

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By Chester

What you need for your spell

Cauldron

Spoon ( a big one)

Potions (red, blue, green and yellow)

Fire

Method

  1. Put the cauldron on the ground
  2. Set the fire below the cauldron
  3. Put in all the potions in the cauldron
  4. Stir with the big spoon into the potions in the cauldron and say the magic words ‘Turn the teacher into a toad’
  5. Put the potions in a sprayer. Then spray it on the teacher.
  6. Your teacher is a toad!

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By Pola

What you need

Frog legs

Magic potion

Cow tongue

A roasted heart

Method

  1. Boil the frog legs
  2. Melt the roasted heart
  3. Cut the tongue
  4. Tell the teacher to come and drink it
  5. And BOOM!!!
  6. She’s a toad

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By Saibh

What you will need

Cauldron

Fire

Water

Rat tails

A spider

Green Paint

An eye from a horse

Teeth

Wooden Spoon

Method

  1. First put the paint and spider into a cauldron
  2. Then mix it till it is green
  3. After that put the fire and water in.
  4. Smash the teeth and put four in
  5. Then squash the eye
  6. Mix everything with the wooden spoon.
  7. Your teacher is a toad!

 

 

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By Laura E

What you need for the spell

Cauldron

Fire

Green Paint

A tear of real sadness

A tooth

A tin of blood

Spider legs

Pig’s nose

A snail’s trail

Tea

Method

  1. Put on the fire and put cauldron on the fire
  2. Pour the whole can of paint into it
  3. Stir for 20 seconds
  4. Pour the tear into the cauldron. By the way it will turn blue
  5. Add spiders legs, pig’s nose, the snail’s trail and the tooth. It will bubble.
  6. Add it to a cup of tea.
  7. Give this to teacher to drink
  8. And you have one toad and zero teachers

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By Aisling

You will need

Cauldron

Spell book

Frog burp

Slug slime

Big spoon

Toad legs

Water

What to do:

  1. Open spell book on page 24
  2. Put your frog legs in the cauldron
  3. Put slug slime and toad legs and water in at the same time
  4. Say what is in the spell book
  5. Say ‘Hocus Pocus smelly frog turn this teacher into a toad’
  6. Enjoy a holiday from school

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The Magic Door in Room 14

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Hannah wrote: ‘Do you know every day I come into school,

but I don’t learn anything because I go in through the magic door.

Can we go to the Gingerbread House?’

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Seán E. explains ‘If you push a button the door will magically open. Look inside.

There is a huge garden with flowers, trees and tall grasses’.

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Emily M.says I have a secret door in my classroom.

When you go through the door there is a land of fairies.

It is like walking though a fairy door.

I saw a few unicorns as well in the land of fairies.

The land is made of sweets and yummy things like marshmallows and chocolate.

The fairies are nice. They let me ride a unicorn.

The unicorns gave me a basket to filled with sweets and flowers and what ever I wanted .

I even got to keep a fairy.

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Rainbow wrote: There’s a magic door in my class.

If you go through you’ll meet elves, fairies, mermaids, dragons and unicorns.

The animals there will talk.

Baby fairies will be born in flowers.

Seashells will have pixie dust inside.

If you put pixie dust on plants, they will grow really fast.

Trees will grow candy on them.

The fish scales change colour depending on their mood.

If you blow on the sand it will turn into jewels.

If birds dive into the sea, their tails turn into flippers.

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Conan wrote about a magic garden

There is a magic door in our class in the library.

You have to pull some story books and a door opens on the ground into a magic garden.

If you go in you will meet fairies, elves, gnomes and loads of mythical creatures.

There are dragons, gargoyles, vampires, devils and grim reapers over on the dark side.

There is loads of jewellery to buy and lots of nice food.

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Darcy wrote

In my classroom there’s a door and one day I went to look at it and it was open.

Everybody was scared.

What if there were dinosaurs or witches.

I said it would be fine and I walked in.

And there was a magical garden there.

There was unicorns and there was an evil queen and her name Gargona.

She cut loads of the horns off them so then I defeated her but then it was time to go.

So I went back to the classroom and I closed the door and went to my seat

and everybody wanted to know, so I told them all about it.

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Dax said 

If I went through a magic door I would find a computer dimension.

Inside the computer it is fun.

You could be various characters in games.

I would be Steve in Minecraft and I could fly and build without need any resources.

Then I could build a hotel and a mini town.

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When I’m finished in Minecraft I would move on to Roblox.

In Roblox I would play Boom Box Battle and win all the battles by using distorted audio.

I would then visit Spotify and listen to my favourite songs.

Toot, toot, 2nd last step.

Now I shall go to Starve.ie and build tons of houses and become a millionaire.

 

Now I’m gonna leave the computer because I miss my family and I’m hungry.

My clothes are filthy plus I keep on getting electrocuted.

It’s gonna be good to be back in the real world.

My Weekend in Neverland

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By Mya

On Saturday my family and I met Peter Pan.

On we flew to Neverland with him and Wendy.

When we got to Neverland we sat on a cloud and ate popcorn while we were looking at the view.

And then I fell right through the clouds and fell flat.

Then I heard something in the bushes and then all of a sudden Laura jumped out and gave me a great big hug.

Then I started screaming and so did Laura.

After we both started screaming I said to Laura

‘What are you doing here?’ and she said

‘I don’t know because one minute I was asleep and another minute I was here.

Just after Laura had finished talking my Dad flew down to us and said

‘Take my hand’.

We took his hand and we flew back home and when we got home Laura and I told all our friends the adventure we had.

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By Brianna

Hello my name is Miss. Tinkerbell and I am a fairy.

I am very happy because today is my birthday.

I am very excited I am going to fly to Neverland with my pet Master Gem.

He is a dragon. He is excited too.

 

Right now I am flying to Neverland. I cannot wait.

First we are going to meet my boyfriend Peter Pan.

After that we will go out for dinner.

I am on my way to Peter Pan’s house.

I am so excited.

‘Hello Peter Pan’

‘Hi Tinkerbell’.

‘Are you ready to go out?’

‘Yes’.

‘Let’s go’.

‘OK.’

We arrived and all of a sudden the heavens opened. We got soaked. We sat down at the table and ordered.

Next thing Peter Pan went down on his knees and asked

‘Will you marry me?’

‘Yes I will.’

‘Thank you’.

So we lived happily ever after.

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Rules to be Happy

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Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Clean up after yourself
  2. Bed at 9 o’clock
  3. Help my little brother (Dion)

My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Be nice
  2. Never tell someone they can’t play
  3. No teasing other people (Lisa)

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My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Be always kind to your family
  2. Be happy
  3. Be brave (Alicja)

My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Share
  2. Be nice
  3. Take Turns (Jamie C)

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My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Have a nice family
  2. Don’t get angry with each other
  3. Have a clean kitchen (Kyle)

My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Peace
  2. Someone to play with
  3. Reading

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My Rules for a Happy Class

  1. Learn
  2. Read
  3. Make Friends (Jamie C)

My Rules for a Happy Class

  1. Enough elbow space
  2. Don’t give me a lot of homework
  3. To keep the class tidy. (Jack M)

Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Always be nice
  2. Never be mean
  3. Always be gentle ( Seán D)

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Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Let everyone join in
  2. Don’t litter
  3. Don’t knick knack (Sam)

My Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. A shop close to the houses
  2. A playground in the estate
  3. Every house is nice (Abi)

My Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Have nice friends
  2. Have nice people around you
  3. Be a nice person (Michael)

My Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Keep it clean
  2. No Graffiti
  3. Be happy

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My Rules for a Happy World

  1. Share things
  2. Be kind
  3. Help people (Darcy)

My Rules for a Happy World

  1. Don’t break off branches off trees
  2. Don’t make fun of others
  3. Don’t litter anywhere (Tulga)

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My Rules for a Happy Universe

  1. No aliens
  2. Don’t send missiles to space
  3. Go to the moon (Kyle)

My Rules for a Happy Universe

  1. Don’t blow up the moon
  2. Don’t blow up the sun
  3. Don’t burst the ozone layer (Conan)

Using One Copybook

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Some of you may know that students are using just one copy at the moment.

This is very practical in terms of seeing student progress since September.

 

One copy ‘tells the story’ for student, teacher and parent of our time in school.

I find it is encouraging for student and teacher as a substantial’body of work’ builds up

and it is there to be seen all in one place.

 

You can see progress in terms of presentation and content.

 

Teachers and students can make connections between different subject areas

as links between topics and possibilities for integration are so apparent on the page.

 

It is good value. Instead of eight copies where some like English fill up quickly and need to be replaced

and others may only be half full at the end of the year, less copies will be used.

We are a Green School, so this is important to us.

We can concentrate on content and presentation instead of’Which copy do I use?’

There is much less of ‘I can’t find my copy’too. This means I have a happier class.

Earlier this term, I was reassured to read this blog post from an inspiring and encouraging blog

by the Imperfectly Honest Teacher  to find I wasn’t the only one taking this approach.

Click HERE to read his post

 

Homework Policy 2017-18

Dear Parent,

This year you should find that in the main,

the homework this year is repetitive and predictable.

This is so the students can do their homework independently.

The main aim of this homework is to create a ‘homework habit’

which will stand to them in Senior Classes and at second level.

 

I would consider that learning tables and reading

are the most important part of the homework given.

 

Tables: From October 3rd, we will start with number patterns and then move on to multiplication and division tables.

Reading: From Monday 9th October reading will be more challenging and I hope enjoyable.

Mental Maths: For the time being each night your child is asked to do the sums laid out in New Wave Maths for that day.

Learning Spellings: In general the class are very good at spellings.

When I pretested spellings from the 3rd class programme quite a number of students were getting full marks.

This meant that if I stuck to those spellings, they would have no spellings to learn.

So I am going a bit faster through the spelling lists so that each child will have three spellings a night to learn.

These are the spellings from the lists in the booklets I sent home, that are spelt  incorrectly in their pretests in their copybooks.

Irish Verbs: Children are asked to read these three times each night, to become familiar with the pronunciation and the pattern.

 

At the end of homework each day,

your child should get into the habit of paring

three pencils for use in class the following day.

In doing this your child is taking some responsibility

for their own learning. Preparing for school the next day,

like this, is a valuable habit to get into. 

 

School Policy is that homework in Third should take 30 – 40 minutes.

If homework is taking significantly less time than that a child can supplement it.

This month I will be sending home some ideas in this regard.

 

If homework takes significantly more than

40 minutes uninterrupted work,

please ask your child to stop

and sign their homework notebook to this effect.

 

If your child attends Learning Support

I would ask you to prioritise the work

given by the Learning Support teacher

as that work is carefully chosen by the LS

for your child’s specific and individual needs.

Thanking you for your support and co-operation,

Music Matters: Songs we are learning in class

3rd Class Room 14 LOVE to sing.

Here are some songs we are learning in school.

 

Here they are on Vimeo. Unlike You Tube Vimeo is not blocked in school.

Please supervise your child online.

The internet is a postal to the world outside.

Mrs. Dempsey is teaching us

‘Carol of the Bells’ for the Christmas Pageant.

Here is a version of the song.

The introduction lasts about 40 seconds

and then you should be able to recognize it.

We are not quite this good yet, but we are working on it.

Click HERE to hear Pentatonix on Vimeo

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Click HERE to see Gary Barlow’s ‘Sing’ on Vimeo.

We have learnt this song with Mrs. Dempsey in Music Generation.

Winter Songs from Crush Creative on Vimeo.

Colour My World from ivor jones on Vimeo.

Everyday – Buddy Holly from Anastasia Loekito on Vimeo.

Mrs. Dempsey is also teaching us ‘One in a Million’

and ‘Raise your Voice’ from Sing Up.

Both of these are on You Tube which is blocked in school.

Click on THIS link to hear ‘Raise my Voice’ and to see the dance we can do.

Click HERE for Bruno Mars ‘Count on Me’.

Multiplication Tables – Counting Rap

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We are learning this Counting Rap at the moment.

It will help us when we start to learn our multiplication tables.

Counting Cadence

Based on the Counting Cadence song from
the Dr. Jean Feldman Kiss Your Brain CD

We’re the best, we’re number one.
Now let’s have some counting fun.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

We are smart, we’re really cool.
Come on and let’s count by twos.
2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24

We are rockin’ you can see.
All together count by threes.
3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36

We’ve got the beat&we know more.
Everybody count by fours.
4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48

We can count and we’re alive.
Now let’s try and count by fives.
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60

Skip counting is a kick.
You can do it-count by six.6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72

We’re on a roll-our brains are revvin’. Everybody count by seven.
7 14 21 28 35 42 49 56 63 70 77 84

We’re fantastic-doing great.
Come on now and count by eight.
8 16 24 32 40 48 56 64 72 80 88 96

Lookin’ good and counting fine.
Now it’s time to count by nine.
9 18 27 36 45 54 63 72 81 90 99 108

Skip count, skip count once again.
One more time and count by ten.
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120

We added the following verses:

We can count be six, we can count by seven. We can even count by eleven.

11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99, 110, 121, 132.

We can’t think of anything that rhymes with twelve. Let’s finish this rap and count by twelve.

12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108, 120, 132, 144.

We are super, yes we are. Look out world, here comes a star!

First Class – If you would like to supplement your child’s homework.

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1. If you haven’t already, join the local library and visit it weekly.

2. Try an activity from the webmix for 1st class (see below).

In particular there are lots of Maths games on it. (There is some science too).

3. Try games such as scrabble, draughts, chess,

Monopoly and card games

4. Perhaps start an ‘extra work’ copybook.

In it you could …

5. Write a book review or a film review.

What was it? What happened in it?

Was it enjoyable?

What mark would you give it out of 10? Why?

6. Make a bookmark for your favourite book

or the most recent book that you have read.

7. Make a card or write a letter

to a family member or friend.

8. Beginning with the letter ‘A” list in alphabetical order

as many names you can think of.

(Other lists can include: places, animals, foods, sports,

hobbies, jobs people have, things you would find in school,

in the kitchen etc.)

9. Write a story or poem.

10. Compose tune. Write the words to this song.

11. Write down all the things you are good at.

12. Describe how to play your favourite sport.

13. Write down 5 facts about something that interests you.

14. Listen to some music and draw what you see.

15. List as many adjectives or describing words that

you can think of to describe yourself

16. Describe yourself for an alien. Can you write a story about meeting an alien.

17. Who is the person you would most like to meet?

What would you like to ask this person?

18. Design a useful invention.

19. List all the verbs (doing/action activities) you will do today.

20. Paint how you are feeling using colours.

21. What would you do with 3 wishes?

22. Invent your own super hero. Describe and illustrate. Can you put him in a story. What happens? Who needs rescuing? What happens in the end?

A Special Post for Mr. Geiman’s Class in Pennsylvania, USA

 

 

Hi there to the students from Mr. Geiman’s class in Pennsylvania, in the USA

who are doing the Student Blogging Challenge.

We thought you might be interested to read about the differences between

the way we speak English here, in Ireland

and the way you speak it in America.

 

If any of you were coming to visit us here in Ireland,

the different way

we use English might make things a bit confusing.

If you asked for a scone this is what we would give you:

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We would serve it with jam and cream.

By jam we mean jelly.

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Mmm, this looks like raspberry.

If you asked for jelly, we would give you this;

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We call these crisps

Builders Breakfast Edward Kimber via Compfight

Though we wouldn’t eat them with a knife and fork,

we might put them in a sandwich.

We call these chips:

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unless we are in McDonald’s, in which case

we call them ‘french fries’.

We think it is interesting, that

although both the Irish

and the Americans speak English,

they speak if differently.

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

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.


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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