Aaron Blabey Books

This term the Year Ones will be reading picture books written by Aaron Blabey. Aaron Blabey has published many award winning picture books, including Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, Sunday Chutney, Pig and the Pug and The Bad Guys. Aaron Blabey’s picture books use simple language and illustrations and focuses on children and their relationships.

 The Book Creator app will be our focus on the iPads. The students will create pages that include drawings, text, photo/video and sound.

the bad guyspig the pug

pearlsunday chutney

 

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Cat Cam

cat cam app

After reading the book we used this fun app to create a Cat in the Hat themed card.  First we chose a card, then we used the camera tool to take a picture of ourselves which we could resize and drag around the screen until it fit nicely into the card.  Once we were happy with our picture we could add a frame and stick on some fun Seuss-y stickers or text.  We had lots of fun creating our cards and we think they turned out pretty great.  What do you think…..

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Daisy the Dinosaur App

We introduced the Grade Ones to a new programming app this week – Daisy the Dinosaur.  This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen.  It offers a taste of computer programming and builds problem-solving and analytical skills.  We look forward to learning more about this app in the next couple of weeks.

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Bee-Bot App

We also got to practise programming with the Bee-Bot app (free iTunes)  on the iPads… This proved to be quite a challenge as we had to remember our left from our right and that once we turned the Bee-Bot we then had to move forward or backwards not keep turning the Bee-Bot in circles. We had to get three stars before we could pass a level. Each level got a little more tricky!

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Learning to program with the Bee-Bots.

We really enjoyed using the Bee-Bots floor robots today. Today’s challenge was to tell a story with the Bee-Bots using a variety of floor mats. We had to programme the Bee-Bot to move exactly where we wanted it too. Here’s some of us enjoying the Bee-Bots…

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Buzz, Buzz, Buzzing with the Bee Bots

We met our team of programmable floor robots today – the Bee Bots. You can program your Bee Bot to go forwards, backwards, left and right. But be careful, the Bee Bots have a memory! We had to really think about direction and control in order to make them go where we wanted.

 

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Earning our Zippep’s Astro Circus Certificate

Today we earned our final ticket in Zippep’s Astro Circus… Ticket K which means to keep your personal information safe. Never give your real name, address or phone number to anyone you don’t know in the real world. Use a nickname in chat rooms or when playing games online.

So over the past weeks we have learnt about five safety rules when online… each ticket represented a letter which spelled the word T…H…I…N…K

Which is just another reminder to play it safe online and think before you do anything!

We finally got to enter the Big Top and claim our prize…. which were posters of the Zippep’s Astro Circus characters, as well as a certificate for all our hard work.

Well done Grade One on being official cybersafety CHAMPIONS!!!

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Earning Ticket ‘I’ and Ticket ‘N”

This week were lucky enough to earn two tickets to Zippep’s Big Top.

Ticket ‘I’ was all about interesting websites and how they can be fun.

But it is always a good idea to check with Mum, Dad or someone from your Trust Club if a site is ok before you visit.

Ticket ‘N’ taught us that name calling or being mean online isn’t cool and could be cyberbullying… Be nice when talking online or on the phone.

Remember to look out for yourself and others.

We are all getting very excited as there is only one ticket left to get!!!

 

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Zippep’s Astro Circus… Getting our second ticket.

This week in Zippep’s Astro Circus we needed to earn our second ticket ‘H‘.

H‘ – stands for hide your password. Only ever share it with members of your Trust Club – never with your friends. Someone else could go online pretending to be you and do something that could get you into trouble.

We talked about keeping our passwords a secret ‘ssh‘ and not telling our friends. We played a game on Zippep’s Astro Circus to help us recognise who was in our Trust Club, who we could trust and who couldn’t be trusted.

So now we have two tickets and are getting closer to getting inside the Big Top 🙂

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