Book reviewers of the week – Juliette, Chyanne and Kia

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Here’s Juliette writing about David Walliams’ Grandpa’s Great Escape and a picture of the old folk’s home where he’s been “put”:  

So far in the story, Jack has a grandfather who was a pilot in the air force in World War II but when he is put into an old folk’s home it is up to him and Jack to escape from the evil matron.

 

 

 

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Chyanne’s reading Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene:  

Nancy Drew is a detective.  She solves tons of mysteries but the only mystery she’s trying to crack at the moment is what to get for her dad’s birthday without making a mess!  Nancy lives in River Heights and is well known for her skills. I am enjoying this book because I would love to solve some mysteries too.

 

 

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Kia’s reading Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvelous Medicine: 

George has made his marvelous medicine and is now cooking it on the stove.  He’s added a lot of animal pills.

 

 

 

Brazil’s different climates

In geography we talked again about the extraordinary range of natural environments in Brazil – from tropical rainforest to desert to wetlands to savannah to fertile grassland.

Amazon rainforest
Pampa – fertile grassland
Pantanal – wetlands
Caatinga – semi-desert
Cerrado – savannah
Mata Atlantic – forest

Then we discussed the difference between weather and climate and the children used climate data to plot graphs of average temperature and rainfall in different areas of Brazil.  Not surprisingly, we found there were big differences between regions, with some having a hot and wet climate all year around and others with long dry seasons.

 

4TBM today

The class is working really well together – here are some pictures from this morning.  In maths, the children coached one another on placing numbers accurately on number lines between 1 and 1000 and 1 and 10,000.  In English, we learned about adverbial phrases (“fronted adverbials,” we call them, when they are positioned at the start of sentences) and a challenge to the children, working with their partner, was to classify a range of phrases as adverbials of time, place or manner (i.e. adding information about when, where or how an action takes place).   They could give you examples, I hope, if you ask them!   We’ll be trying to use fronted adverbials effectively in the stories we are about to start writing.

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