Why should I? Persuasive devices to follow rules by Grade 3s

Last week the Grade 3s started looking at persuasive devices that ad companies use to convince us to buy their product or idea. Today, in pairs, they started to brainstorm and create their own posters to persuade others to follow a common school rule or rule at home.

Here is some of their early work. Students were encouraged to use devices such as:

Colour, alliteration, repetition, celebrity, character endorsement, target audience, slogan/catchy phrase, facts and figures, promise, song, rhyme, logo and more!

We hope to put these up around the school to show off our awesome work when we finish them over the next week.


Book Club – A Visual Reponse

This week during Book Club, the Grade 3s in 3B, 3F and 3S have been continuing their reading of The One and Only Ivan as a shared class text.

In the last few chapters, Ivan the Gorilla talks about how he likes to draw things, but only things he sees in his domain. The challenge was for students to do a literal drawing of something from their classroom environment. We were very impressed with the results!

Here are a few:

Imagine all the questions, how do they fit?

We are well into the questioning phase of our inquiry question “How do we fit” which will involve students seeking to understand their place in the family, school, neighbourhood, country and world etc. This week 3B and 3F have been working hard to remind each other that our questions should lead to MORE QUESTIONS! We’re not looking for answers yet, we’re letting our curiosity guide us to bigger and better things!

Here are some pictures of our thinking questioners researching more questions and using a lotus chart to record their thinking!


 And here is a picture of Rory, not looking too impressed!

Buddy Reading

This afternoon, students in grade 1G and 3S demonstrated their love of reading during a paired reading session. Paired reading helps students with their fluency while they read aloud to each other. It was great to see how well they interacted with each other during the session.

Race to Bee-once`! A maths game.

This week, Jack taught the Grade 3s and Sam a new game called ‘Bees!’

The game was to imitate how place value works. Students created 4 columns with the headings:

Bees, Hives, Colonies and Beyonce`

They then had to roll a 6-sided dice, the number that came up was how many bees they got to collect for that round.

The only rule is that you could fit 1 group of 6 bees into a square before turning them into a hive after a few rolls. Students used tally marks to keep track of how many bees turned into hives, that then turned into colonies and then ultimately turned into Bee-once`!

This helped us to explain that in each column, one can only fit single digits from 0-9 before having to regroup them and move them across to ‘tens’ or ‘hundreds’.

They did a great job! Here are some pictures 🙂


Being eSmart with our personal information!

We take cybersafety and digital citizenship seriously here at Bell PS. To ensure that we remain an accredited eSmart school, students will need to engage in a series of learning activities to broaden their knowledge of what it means to be safe online. The focus of this lesson was on the importance of a ‘Safe Online Profile’ – making sure that students understood that a non-identifying nickname or pseudonym accompanied by a non-identifying photo or avatar would help them to keep their identity online safe and private. Using Piccollage and avatarmaker.com the students created a mock Online Profile. We were pleased to see that those students who had an online presence were already using an online pseudonym or ‘gamer’ name. Thumbs up for being eSmart!


Safe profiles could include:  

  • First name, nickname or pseudonym  
  • Hobbies, interests with no specific details such as club name  
  • Only photos where specific details can’t be identified such as school or sports uniform, location, time  Likes and dislikes such as movies or food

Safe profiles should not include:  

  • Full name  
  • Full name of friends or family  
  • Birth date  
  • Name of school or clubs/teams  
  • Photos that can easily identify you e.g. school uniform  
  • Home address, phone number

Below are some examples of the student online profiles that they created.


Be An Upstander!

As part of our Startup and eSmart program here at Bell PS the students will engage in a series of learning activities centred around bullying and using the internet safely. This first lesson focuses on what it means to be an Upstander! What is an Upstander I hear you ask? Well, it’s someone who stands up to bullying using these four techniques.

  1. Be A Buddy
  2. Interrupt
  3. Speak Out
  4. Tell Someone

After watching a short video where a character called ‘Ned’ helps someone being bullied by using the above four interventions, the students were then asked to create a series of short still framed vignettes/scenarios and create a comic that demonstrates their understanding.

Below are a couple of examples. Please click here to download the other ePub examples to view on your iPad or other device using iBooks.

Be an Upstander 1

Be An Upstander 2

Grade 3 eSmart Lessons Startup

As part of our eSmart Accreditation, each year level needs to complete a series of 5 lessons on Cyber Safety over the year from grades 1-6. In a digital world, increased vigilance is required to help our children and students to be better equipped to be a part of that online space.

In this lesson, we made a ‘Safe Online Profile’ – making sure that students understood that a non-identifying nickname or pseudonym accompanied by a non-identifying photo or avatar would help them to keep their identity online safe and private.

We also discussed that as soon as anything nasty or uncomfortable occurs online, it is important to have a support network of trusted adults to turn to for help.

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