Tune in to interesting words

Our reading focus this week is “tune in to interesting words” and use them in our reading and writing.

We read ” The Boy Who Loved Words” and wrote down interesting words as we came across them.

Here are just some of them……..
























Can you remember any more interesting words?

Reader’s Workshop

I have not posted many entries about Reading lately, so thought I would show what a typical morning in 3A looks like.

This week our Learning Focus is to recognise character’s traits in Author’s writing. 

In our class we have four groups who are grouped according to the goal that they re working on. We then focus on that goal during Guided and Independent Reading sessions. During the week each group rotates through activities based on our Learning Focus.

This morning we had one group doing Reader’s Theatre (the play they chose was Rapunzal)


Here they are rehearsing outside. We thought and talked about the traits of the main characters and really enjoyed it when Rapunzal was performed to our class.


This group were reading passages and identifying the traits that the characters displayed.


This group were doing activities with their spelling words. Some of the activities included using 7 words and writing a short story, making a comic strip with their words, words in alphabetical order, breaking up their words etc.

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This group were doing Guided Reading. We looked at a procedural text and focussed on monitoring and re-reading (if words don’t look or sound right or don’t make sense).

When students finish their activity they do Independent Reading, focussing on our Learning Goal.

Which reading activity do you enjoy most?


This week in Writer’s Workshop we are learning about the features of a picture story book

Below is a table that we developed which shows what 3A consider to be the ……..



TITLE Memorable, catchy, match tone of story
THEME (Message) emotions, difference, friendship, feelings, YCDI keys
CHARACTER/S Personality, mood,
NARRATIVE STRUCTURE (Problem/complication) A problem/complication that needs to be solved
BOLD BEGINNING Hooks the reader
SETTING Set the mood and help reader become involved with story
VOICE/AUDIENCE Story appeals to the audience. Author’s personality shines through. Believable and related to author’s experience.
WORD PLAY(good to read aloud) Rhythm, rhyme, repetition, voice, flow, sensory words, alliteration, vocabulary, adjectives, verbs, similes, onomatopoeia,
ILLUSTRATIONS Create drama and excitement, support the text, reveal what is not said (gives reader opportunity to make inferences), create a “big reveal” moment
EXCELLENT ENDING Ties up the story.



Today we read



It made us laugh! Fearless is timid and polite but people who didn’t know him thought he was scary.

We wrote on the features of this picture story book on our whiteboard.


 What did you like the most about Fearless?

Can you describe Fearless’s character traits?



For the past two weeks we have been working on “Summarising” fiction and non-fiction texts.

Our skills have developed considerably. It is important to be able to summarise as it assists with working out the main idea and comprehending texts. Knowing how to summarise also helps with writing Information Reports.

This is a poster that we have in our classroom to assist us with summarising fiction and non fiction texts.


Do you prefer summarising fiction or non fiction texts?

Context Clues

Context Clues

The meaning of a word can often be worked out from clues in the surrounding context. What comes before and after a new word can reveal its meaning, structure, and use. We call these clues “context clues” and we have been learning about these in class.

For example, if I asked you what the meaning of “tore” is, you would probably say “ripped.”

In the following context it means something different: “Nelly was so excited that she tore down the stairs as fast as she could”.

The meaning of “tore” in the context of the example is “ran quickly”.

Here are some examples the we worked on in class….

Johanna has so many friends because she is a gregarious person. What does gregarious mean?

Friendly and outgoing

  1. Shy and quiet
  2. Boring and uninteresting
  3. Rude and mean

What do you think thrill means?

That rollercoaster was a thrill!” Max shouted, eyes wide open and a grin on his face.

  1. Feeling of excitement.
  2. Feeling of sadness.
  3. Feeling of curiousity.

What does irate mean?

Zeo’s father was irate because Zoe had been rude to him and kept answering him back.

  1. Happy
  2. Angry
  3. Not bothered
  4. Tired
  5. Doesn’t care

What does opponent mean?

The soccer game ended when Jono’s opponent kicked the ball onto the roof.

  1. Someone who teaches
  2. Someone against another
  3. Someone who helps another.

Can you remember any words that you have read then used the context to work out their meaning?