Federation for Stage 3

In Terms 3 and 4, to complement Stage 3 students’ class work in the areas of “Gold!” (Human society & its environment) and financial literacy (Priority Schools Program), the weekly library lessons will be providing field knowledge opportunities and Guided Inquiry research activities for the subsequent HSIE unit on Australian Federation.

By way of orientation, I have found these introductory Youtube clips:

A continent for a nation – Australian Federation.

Australia – A Federation in stamps.

This next clip is certainly both persuasive and irreverent in nature:

A brief history of Australia.

We are not sure what our final product might be, but these clips may well generate some discussion of the myriad of possibilities.

Gotta keep reading – a response

Gotta keep reading


This is the Year 4 (of 4/5P) students’ response to the famous Ocoee Middle School Youtube flashmob.

The rappers decided they wanted to try using the forward and back buttons of PowerPoint for creating a stop-motion animation to the Youtube-famous version of “Gotta keep reading”. They brought in soft toys from home, and some from the library, and we spent about half an hour doing the main shoot in the playground. It works really well on my laptop, but when we tried to video podcast it, the file was just too big. This .mov version is miniscule, but it’ll give you a taste of the fun we had making it.

The original flashmob is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6D9jiEYxzs