Sunday, 1 July 2018

Chapter Chat Tasks for Week 10

2-6 July read chapters: Flight Home, Another Kind of Explorer and Epilogue.

WEEK TEN TASKS
  • VOCABULARY: radiating, signet, rangier, affixing, cataclysm, enigma, tawdry, scandalising
  • DRAW: the scene where they are about to take off on the plane.
  • WRITE: an alternative ending to the story.
  • DRAW: a picture of the children (now adults) at their reunion.
  • DIARY WRITING: Don’t forget to fill in your final diary entry this week.
  • INVESTIGATE; Famous NZ explorers, such as Edmund Hillary. WRITE a biograph about them.
  • MINECRAFT: Create the take off from the hidden city.
  • SCRATCH: create the landing of the plane and being rescued. https://scratch.mit.edu/
  • FLIPGRID: What was your favourite part of the whole story? https://flipgrid.com/yl13kx PASSWORD: ChapterChat5/6

Friday, 15 June 2018

Chapter Chat Tasks for Week 8

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Welcome to Week EIGHT Year 5/6 “The Explore” by Katherine Rundell.

18-22 June read chapters: The Vow, Explorer School, Stuck in the Mud and Max

WEEK EIGHT TASKS

VOCABULARY: precious, irate, gourd, fanatical, gratitude, evolutionary, disconcerting, maniacal, convulsing, erratic.

MAPPING: draw a map of the children’s next journey.

INVESTIGATE: vampire bats. DRAW one and label its parts. Write a short description about it.

INVESTIGATE: Does NZ have any native bats? Write an information report about them. Map their location on a map of NZ. Is there any around where you live?

PLAY: stuck in the mud.

CREATE: a new game for the children to play. Write instructions so we can play it too. Record your class playing the new game and share it with us.

INVESTIGATE: bullet ants. Where are they found in the world? DRAW a picture of one and WRITE a warning sign for the children.

DIARY WRITING: Don’t forget to fill in your diary entry this week.

FLIPGRID: How do you think Lila feels about her brother being bit by the ant? Do you think Max was in the right place when he got bit? https://flipgrid.com/yl13kx PASSWORD: ChapterChat5/6

TWINKL TASKS: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/nz2-e-52590-year-5-and-6-term-2-chapter-chat-week-8-resource-pack-to-support-teaching-on-the-explorer-by-katherine-rundell

WEEK EIGHT QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: Share this week’s tasks. Don’t forget to leave a comment on someone else’s work.
 
QUESTION 2: Do you think the children should have tattooed their hand with an x to prove to the Explorer they would keep his secret? Explain your answer.
 
QUESTION 3: Do you think, with all the advice the Explorer gave them, that the children could have made it out of the jungle if they had had to walk out? Explain why you think this.

QUESTION 4: Why do you think Max was having bad feelings? Do you think he knew something was going to happen to him? Explain your thinking.

QUESTION 5: How do you think Lila felt when she saw Max lying under the tree?

QUESTION 6: Do you think they will be able to get Max out in time? Explain your thinking.

QUESTION 7: What do you think Max was doing when he ended up getting bitten by the bullet ant? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 8: The Explorer said they can fly, how can this be possible? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 9: Who do you think will do the flying? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 10: Do you think Max will survive? Explain your answer.

© Jodi Hermond 2018 / Chapter Chat 2018

Friday, 1 June 2018

Chapter Chat Tasks for Week 6



Welcome to Week SIX Year 5/6 “The Explore” by Katherine Rundell.

4 – 8 June read chapters: The Ruined City, The Explorer and The Top

For drawing activities your students could use tools such as Microsoft paint, Adobe photoshop or google draw.

For writing tasks, a really good website to use is StoryBird https://storybird.com/

WEEK SIX TASKS

VOCABULARY: minotaur, dolorous, exquisite, pungent, taut, impatiently, nonchalant, iridescent, controversial, gourd, contemptuous, hubristic, gauche.

DRAW: The stranger (description is in the first few pages of “The Ruined City”)

INVESTIGATE: What is a caracara? Draw it and write a short description.

WRITE: A job description for an archaeologist. You will need to investigate what they do first.

CREATE/MAKE: a food storage unit for the children

DESIGN: A spring snare to help the children

DRAW: The man’s ring. Or CREATE the man’s ring. (Don’t use the same materials as he did!)

DRAW: The lost city, try and use as much detail from the book as you can.

DIARY WRITING: Don’t forget to fill in your diary entry this week.

MINECRAFT: create the city they are now standing in

SCRATCH: create the scene where Fred and the man set the traps. https://scratch.mit.edu/

FLIPGRID: Why do you think the man was not being kind to the children? https://flipgrid.com/yl13kx

TWINKL TASKS https://www.twinkl.co.uk/…/nz2-e-52559-year-5-and-6-term-2-…

WEEK SIX QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: Share this week’s tasks. Don’t forget to leave a comment on someone else’s work.

QUESTION 2: What do you think the man is hiding behind the tangled creepers?

QUESTION 3: Why do you think the man wouldn’t help the children to begin with? Explain why.

QUESTION 4: Why do you think the man wants the children to keep the city a secret? Explain your thinking.

QUESTION 5: Should the children keep this place a secret, so the man will help them get home? Do you think they will keep it a secret once they get home (if they do get home!).

QUESTION 6: What do you think the yellow thing is that Fred saw?

QUESTION 7: How long has the man been in the lost city? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 8: What did the Explorer mean by “The greatest threat to living things is man”? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 9: Why do you think the explorer believes “Your bad ideas will become good ones when you are extremely hungry” ? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 10: What do you think they will catch in the trap? Explain your answer.

© Jodi Hermond 2018 / Chapter Chat 2018

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Chapter Chat Tasks For Week 5

WEEK FIVE TASKS

  • VOCABULARY: swelteringly, gorged, provisions, paralysed, unrecognisable, coaxing, plummeted, eddy, plausible, propelling, tributaries, mutinous, alight
  • DRAW: the scene where the blue butterflies alight from the bank.
  • INVESTIGATE: dolphins – find out what type of dolphins we have here in NZ and where they can be found. WRITE a information report on a NZ dolphin.
  • DRAW: the scene where Fred talks to the dolphins.
  • MAPPING: Draw a map showing the travels the children have taken so far. Remember to use key information from the book.
  • DIARY WRITING: Don’t forget to fill in your diary entry this week. Who did you choose? Fred, Con, Lila or Max?
  • MINECRAFT: Create the scene when they get to the lake and see the cliff.
  • MINECRAFT: Create the scene from the top of the cliff.
  • SCRATCH: Show them climbing up the cliff. https://scratch.mit.edu/
  • FLIPGRID: Explain what you think the children were thinking when they got to the top of the cliff. https://flipgrid.com/yl13kx

WEEK FIVE QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: Share this week’s tasks. Don’t forget to leave a comment on someone else’s work.

QUESTION 2: Do you think these children were friend at the beginning of this story? Are they friends now? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 3: What started the fire? Explain your answer. What impact do you think the fire will have on the Amazon? Explain why you think this.

QUESTION 4: How long have the children been lost for? What makes you think it’s that long? Explain your thinking.

QUESTION 5: Why did Con say, “Is it me, or does the river suddenly feel less on our side?” What might have changed to make her feel this way?

QUESTION 6: What did the children find at the top of the cliff? Describe it.

QUESTION 7: Why do you think there was a city at the top of the cliff? Who do you think made it? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 8: Who do you think the man is? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 9: How do you think the children feel about finding an adult at or least another human in the jungle? Explain your answer.

QUESTION 10: What do you think will happen next? Explain your answer.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Chapter Chat Tasks for Week 2



Welcome to Week Two Year 5/6 “The Explore” by Katherine Rundell.
You will need to ensure you keep up with the reading schedule each week. Please ensure you are vigilant at reading to students daily, so they can join in in the discussions on Fridays.
7-11 May read chapters: The River, Food and Fire
You do not need to do all these activities each week. Some may take more than a week to do, so can go over a couple of weeks. Share them on Twitter when your class has completed them.
For drawing activities your students could use tools such as Microsoft paint, Adobe photoshop or google draw.
For writing tasks, a really good website to use is StoryBird https://storybird.com/
WEEK TWO TASKS
VOCABULARY: wedged, triumph, surreptitiously, convalesce, unobtrusive, unswervingly, inscrutable, sarcastic, pulsating, skeptical
VOCABULARY: wedged, triumph, surreptitiously, convalesce, unobtrusive, unswervingly, inscrutable, sarcastic, pulsating, sceptical
DRAW: A NZ ant, label its parts. Draw a bullet ant and label it’s parts. Compare them. What is the same, what is different? RESEARCH how many varieties of ants there are in the NZ and then in the Amazon.
MATHS RSEARCH: Learn about compass points. Locate East from your classroom. Next explain what is located North, South, West from your classroom. You could go one step further and locate North East, North West etc…
RESEARCH: What plants are poisonous in the Amazon – list 3 and explain how to spot them. Then look up poisonous plants in NZ. Learn about 5 common plants found in the garden that are poisonous and CREATE a warning poster for one of them.
RESEARCH: Investigate what Pneumonia is. WRITE an explanation about what it is.
RESEARCH: How long can a person survive without water? How long can a person survive without food? Why is there a difference? CREATE a warning flyer for people going on expeditions in the wild.
INVESTIGATE: What a caiman is and then create and BUILD a caiman catcher (not life size!).
DIARY WRITING: Choose one of the children and write a diary entry every week about their adventure from their point of view.
RESEARCH: Who is Percy Fawcett? WRITE a biography about him
INVESTIGATE: Are there any bugs you can eat in NZ? CREATE a poster to identify edible bugs!
MAKE: a compass – you’ll need to investigate how first.
MINECRAFT/SCRATCH: Create the camp site. Show the children
https://scratch.mit.edu/
FLIPGRID: Explain a time when you were either lost or homesick. https://flipgrid.com/yl13kx
TWINKL: https://www.twinkl.co.nz/…/nz2-e-52542-term-2-week-2-year-5…
https://www.twinkl.co.nz/…/nz2-e-52543-term-2-week-2-year-5…
https://www.twinkl.co.nz/…/nz2-e-52540-term-2-week-2-year-5…
https://www.twinkl.co.nz/…/nz2-e-52524-year-5-and-6-term-2-…
WEEK TWO QUESTIONS
QUESTION 1: Share this week’s tasks. Don’t forget to leave a comment on someone else’s work.
QUESTION 2: What does the author mean by “his voice practically wore a tie” when she was describing Fred’s Father?
QUESTION 3: Why do you think it is important to explain directions using compass turns? Explain your answer.
QUESTION 4: Do you think Con chose her clothing, or was it chosen for her? Explain your answer.
QUESTION 5: How old do you think Fred, Con and Lila are? Explain why you think they are that old.
QUESTION 6: Explain why Fred thought the mud tasting river was better than ‘hot chocolate at Christmas” or “fresh lemonade at summer” ? Explain your answer.
QUESTION 7: Why do you think returning to the clearing was like “going home’ to the children? What did they mean by this?
QUESTION 8: What do you think the title of the book was that explained what types of insects could be eaten?
QUESTION 9: How would you feel sleeping out in the jungle, lost at night? Explain your answer.
QUESTION 10: What prior knowledge do these children have that has helped them survive so far? Explain your answer.
© Jodi Hermond 2018 / Chapter Chat 2018

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Build Your Own X-Wing Helmet - DIY Prop Shop

Good afternoon,

Just found this, and although it is specific to an X Wing helmet, this bloke does show some cool ideas that you can use in your own mask / helmet designs.


:-)

Mr Grant