Grade 6

A Midsummer Night's Dream DVD

posted Jun 14, 2011, 5:33 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley

Please click the link if you would like to order a Midsummer Night's Dream DVD.

Once on this Island

posted Apr 28, 2011, 6:04 AM by Keri-Lee Beasley

It is time to start organising the rehearsals for Once on this Island. You need to indicate whether you really want to be onstage, or if you would prefer to help out behind the scenes. 

Below you will find a link to a Google Spreadsheet, where you need to make an important decision: If you would like to be part of the onstage cast, you need to fill your details in on the FIRST SHEET of the spreadsheet (helpfully titled 'ONSTAGE').

If you would prefer to be a part of the backstage crew, you need to fill in your details on the SECOND SHEET of the spreadsheet (helpfully titled 'BACKSTAGE').

You will need to indicate your availability for rehearsals outside of school hours. Fill the cell RED if you can't make that time, and GREEN if you can. See the example Mr B has provided for you on the spreadsheet.

Reviews: Never Judge a Book by its Movie...

posted Apr 24, 2011, 7:29 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Apr 24, 2011, 7:51 PM ]

Your task is to review a book -- and a movie based on it.

These websites will help you choose your book:
Post your review on Shelfari - in the Grade 6 @UWCSEA Shelfari group.

Kinetic Typography, Stop Motion & Poetry

posted Apr 19, 2011, 5:25 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley   [ updated Apr 19, 2011, 5:48 PM ]

Procrastination from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.

Who's On First

Check this link to find details of your next project.

Google Reader, RSS & a List Post

posted Apr 11, 2011, 4:14 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley

This week, we're going to be making the most of our Google Reader - one of the many Google Apps we have available to us with our Google Apps account. Here is a simple video to explain RSS:

Task 1

Go to and sign up for an account using your Google Apps account. You need to put your full Google Apps email address as the username, and your regular Google Apps password as the password. 

Task 2

  • Add subscriptions to the blogs of 3 of your friends
  • Add subscriptions to the blogs of 1 person from each of the other G6 classes
  • Make sure that you have an even gender split in your Google Reader

Task 3

Organise your RSS reader into Folders to help you manage/view content.

Task 4

List posts are very popular types of blog posts. You will probably have seen a list post before, e.g. Top 100 YouTube Videos of All Time, or 10 Hottest iPad Apps, or 5 Things You Didn't Know About Linkin Park.

To link in with your English/Humanities unit on Poetry, I would like you to compose a blog post on the following topic:

10 Things I Know to Be True

Please take the time to think carefully about this list. Really craft it well. I look forward to reading them.

What deserves a bigger audience?

posted Mar 21, 2011, 4:50 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley

You have created a mind map of your ideas for what you would like to blog about, and of course you know that I have said there will be times when I will decide something for you to blog about. This week is one of those times!

A blog is a platform where you can give a voice to things that you believe are important, which is why I have decided on this as your topic for this week:

What do you think deserves a bigger audience?

I want you to think about what you believe needs to be shared with more people. Think of something you are passionate about.

Here is a link to my blog post about something I think deserves a bigger audience. 

Task 1

Link your blog on the corresponding document below

Task 2

Write a blog post on what you think deserves a bigger audience.

Top 5 hints for making a great blog post:
  • If you refer to it, link to it!
  • Include photos (properly licensed & referenced of course)
  • Go for quality information instead of quantity
  • Remember the Blogging Guidelines
  • Include a catchy title, categories & check your spelling!

Task 3

Over the holidays, you are welcome (in fact, encouraged) to create some blog posts of your own choice (provided they fall under the Blogging Guidelines). As always, I'd expect you to discuss with your parents about what they are happy with you putting online. 

Make sure each post you add is quality work that you are pleased to share with others.

Image credit: Rallying call by Donald Macleod

Musical Sign up Sheet

posted Mar 16, 2011, 12:34 AM by Keri-Lee Beasley

Click on the image to go to the sign up sheet for auditions for Once on this Island

Widgets and Mind Maps

posted Mar 7, 2011, 10:44 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley

One of the neat things about having your own blog is the ability to customize it to be more representative of you.

There are many widgets and tools to give you information about who is visiting your site and where from, that you can add to your blog, with some simple html copying-and-pasting. Here are 2 examples:

ClustrMaps - this widget adds a red dot to your world map, to show the location of people viewing it.
StatCounter - is a hit counter website, where you can choose a design of counter, and it will add a number to the counter each time someone visits your blog. The link provided shows you exactly how to embed it once you have generated the html code.

Task 1
Add one (or both) of the above widgets to your blog sidebar.

Task 2 
Use one of the following online mind mapping tools to map what you would most like to blog about. When you have finished it (please be as detailed as possible), then embed it in your blog as your first blog post. You will need to write an introduction first.

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Task 3 (optional)

You may like to explore some other widgets that you can include on your blog (e.g. Shelfari). 

Top Digital Citizenship Tip: you need to explore the Terms of Service for any widgets you use, to make sure that under 13s are permitted to use them. If you find one you want to include that requires parental permission to use, then talk it over with your parents to decide if it's right for you.

Top Design Tip: Don't go crazy over the many widgets available. You don't want your blog to look busy and flashy, as it will detract for your fabulous content.

Blogging Guidelines & Commenting

posted Feb 28, 2011, 5:07 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 8:27 PM ]

You have done some fabulous research on what you like/dislike about different blogs out there. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your perspectives, and finding out a little more about what you are interested in. 

Rule of Thirds
This week, we'll be looking at some guidelines for blogging, and look at effective commenting.

Task 1
You will be divided in pairs, and with your partner, you will need to select an appropriate Creative Commons image to illustrate one of the blogging guidelines. I would like you to use your creativity and knowledge gained from our unit at the beginning of the year on Creative Commons images to create a slide/poster of your blogging guideline. Remember to acknowledge your sources and check the licensing info  of the image you choose.

Task 2
You need to look at the commenting guidelines contained in the guidelines for blogging

Watch the video below:

Disconnect to Connect

Think about the content of the video and make a comment on this Google Doc with your class name on it (below)

Respond to other people by adding a comment (I will show you how) using the @ symbol in front of their name, e.g. @Mrs B, I disagree with your point about.... because...

Task 3 - Comment on a blog

A Middle school teacher in Jakarta wrote this post on Custom Blog Headers. Do you agree that the ability to personalize and customize your blog makes a difference to you?

You might like to leave a comment on his post. 

Alternatively, check out some of the student examples here (look on the right on the sidebar - you will have to scroll down), and leave a comment about what you like about their headers and why.

Blogging - Testing the Waters

posted Feb 14, 2011, 5:50 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 8:45 PM ]

This year we would like every Grade 6 student to have the opportunity to have a blog. Blogs offer a world of possibilities, and while it is an expectation that you work on your blog in class, I hope you will make it your own, and use it outside the parameters of the classroom.

Personally, I have found having a blog to be fantastic for sharing thoughts and ideas, reflecting on my learning, and engaging in conversation with people who are interested in Education.

Before we dive in to getting our own blogs up and running, we will take the time to think about what makes a good blog.

Here are some things to think about:
  • What do you see that attracts your attention on blogs you enjoy?
  • What makes you want to explore a blog you come across?
  • How do you navigate the blogs you like best?
  • What do you think helps a blog look inviting?
  • What kind of information is shared on the blogs you like best?
  • How much information is shared on the blogs you like best?
  • After looking at a number of blogs, what are the key features you think every blog needs?
Here is a list of blogs from around the world, on a range of different topics. Choose 3 of the ones I have posted below and review them on this blog research sheet. Then choose 2 more blogs (with school appropriate content) to review. You will need to make a copy and rename it in your Google Docs.

We will discuss 2 of my favourite food blogs in class:
ChubbyHubby - Singaporean food blog
Chocolate & Zucchini - French food blog

Here are a list of other blogs to review:
Confessions of a Travel Junkie - Joseph Linaschke's travel blog
MacRumours - a site dedicated to the latest Mac info
Moturoa's Blog - a Year 4 class blog from NZ
The Book Bloggers - students review books
ReadWriteWeb - a popular ed-tech blog
ZenHabits - a blog promoting balance in your life

Link to DSz Blog research

Link to MiB Blog research

Link to AMO Blog research

Image: I Blog by Alamodestuff
Content in this blog post draws on the work of Kim Cofino at YIS and her post on Becoming a Blogger

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