Literacy Circles Week #2-Once

Right there: What are the little kids playing?

Right there 2: What is Felix Wearing?

Think + Search- Summarise what happened when Felix went into his old house. What happened?

On My own: What would you do if you lost your parents?


100wc-Picture Prompt (98)

Wow! There is a-? Window…? A blue window? Wait, a handle. It’s a door! I open it and it reveals a jungle on the other side. Cool! I think, stupidly. I jump through the entrance, closing the door behind me. I look back. No door. I’m stuck here!

I walk around for hours. Sweaty. Tired. I am so thirsty. I feel like I am dying. My lips are so dry. I sit down, with my back against a tree. I see glistening of blue. The door. I approach it, legs trembling. I slowly turn the handle. Wait…. Mongolia?

Writing-Show Not Tell

“GOOOOOALLLLL!” yelled the commentator. The whole stadium went up in loud cheers. Half the stadium stood up, screaming. My shoulders dropped. I let out a massive sigh and look down at my can of lemonade. As the ball flew into the net I knew that we would lose 2-1. Play on I guess… The ball was booted into the crowd, when I realised it was coming right at me! I got up and tried to catch it, but the person next to me, a fat man, got in front and snatched it out of my grasp before I could catch it. I slumped back into my seat and took a long, sighing sip of my lemonade.

Literacy Circles #1

Book: Once

Pages: 1-27

Vocab Expander

Word 1: Catholic- including a wide variety of things; all-embracing

Page 12, Paragraph 4.

Word 2: Dormitory- a large bedroom for a number of people in a school or institution

Page 16, Paragraph 4.

Word 3: Nazis- a member of the national socialist German worker’s party

Page 20, Paragraph 3.

Word 4: Singe-burn lightly

Page 19, Paragraph 2.

Word 5: Nuns-a member of a religious community of women

Paragraph 4, Page 25


Why do you think that Felix wants Dodie to have his soup?

Why was Felix leaving?

Extra: Is the carrot really a sign, or just a carrot?


Btn-Don’t Panic

2 families were asked to participate in a drill of some fake natural disasters. The Mathews family had to participate in a pretend bush fire, and the (no name provided) family had to participate in a pretend cyclone. The Mathews do things like fill up the bath and block all open cracks of windows and doors so the smoke does not get inside. The (no name provided) family did things like put tape on the windows, and tried to drive through flood water, which is a really bad mistake and is very dangerous. The kids, however, knew this and saved the family from a very crucial mistake. The Mathews had to put out small fires and wear glasses to make things look dark so it looked like smoke and they also wore earmuffs so they could hear the loud roar of the fire. Their kitchen is on fire, so the family try to escape by moving to the bathroom, which really is not a very good idea because now they are trapped! In the fake cyclone, the (no name provided) family do not know what to do as the fake storm rages outside. The people who are helping with the fake cyclone bang against the door to give a slamming effect as if the wind is blowing hard against the door. Then after all these scary things, the family are let out!

Fact 1: The natural disasters were quite realistic.

Fact 2: The kids coped better than the adults.

Fact 3: The fire was actually real!

Understanding 1: I understand that it would be really scary.

Understanding 2: I understand that not all people would be able to cope with this.

Wondering: I wonder what it would be like to be in a fake or REAL natural disaster.

100wc- …however, she couldn’t believe what she had done… (5 big questions report)

” …however, she couldn’t believe what she had done…”

“She killed someone?” asked a little girl.

“What?” asked all the boys in unison.

“Why?” they all asked.

“If you let me read on I will tell you,” said the care lady impatiently. ” …however, she couldn’t believe what she had done. She had just murdered someone!” she finished her sentence.

All the kids froze with pale faces.

“Ahhhhh!” they all screamed. The kindergarten turned into a hellhole. Screaming, crying, a total massacre! All the toys and crayons went everywhere and soon, all the kids fell down, tired. They all had a nap.


The 5 BIG Questions

Big Question #1: I think that the twist of them all falling to sleep at the end made the book good.

Big Question # 2: I think that this 100wc would be better if it had more detail or descriptive words or both.

Big Question # 3: Well, I am the author of this 100wc and I don’t really think that there is something I really want the reader to know.

Big Question # 4: I wrote this because it was set for homework.

Big Question # 5: The audience needs to know that the teacher is a bit silly for reading kindergarteners a murder mystery book to enjoy this.

BTN-Capetown Water Crisis

Fact 1: Capetown has been suffering from a very bad drought for several years now.

Fact 2: Water reserves are so low in Capetown that the whole town is at risk of running out.

Fact 3: Authorities predict that the taps could be turned off by June 4, and they are calling this day zero.

Understanding 1: I understand that this would be so scary for them.

Understanding 2: I understand that 50L of water really is not much.

Wondering: I wonder what the authorities will do about the problem.

100wc- Bridge Sprinkled Pink Daffodil Huge (Not true)

As I sprinkled malteasers on the huge pink cake. My aunty is getting married and I am in charge of making the wedding cake. It is perfect but I am worried. The wedding is on a bridge.

The Next Day….

We get to the wedding. A boy hands my aunt a yellow daffodil that she slips into her hair. The cake is on a precarious edge. Two kids are playing around at the table legs that the cake is on. One pushes the other. The cake rocks and rocks and slips and falls off the edge into the water below.

ALL KIDS SHOULD PLAY SPORT-Moderated Writing Task by me


First, sport is proven to get people active and fit. The Centres of Disease control and Prevention recommend sports participation as a way to keep a healthy weight and keep active. They say that 80% of kids play on technology for at least 3 hours a week when they could be playing sport.


Next, schools support sport. You should go into sport with a positive attitude because you will be doing a lot of sport in most of your school years. They support it by organising things like P.E (Physical Education), Interschool Sports, martial arts programs and more! I do interschool sports and it really gets you active!


Third, most of the time, sport is fun. If you are with a team or on your own, either way, it is made for fun. If you win or lose, who cares? Sport is made for getting active, cultural reasons and for fun!


Furthermore, sport teaches you skills and strategies. Sport teaches things like teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship. In soccer, you need strategies to weave around other players; in footy you need a hard kick. In swimming you need to push your body to its limits to get your personal best and there are many more sports, don’t worry! There is a whole range of different sports for a range of different people. Don’t limit yourself!


Therefore, in conclusion, I think all kids should play sport because it gets you active, schools support it, its fun, it teaches you strategies and there are different sports for different people.  So, are you swayed? Because that is why I think all kids should play sport. Come on, tell your child to come on and give it a go!

BTN-Disaster Recovery

Fact 1: So many homes were destroyed

Fact 2: Entire villages have been submerged

Fact 3: The people got severely injured and needed medical assistance

Question 1: How bad was it?

Question 2: Was anyone killed?

Wondering: I wonder if I will experience something like this.