Guitar Lessons

If you are keen to learn how to play guitar, write an expression of interest to Mr Lyon on this blog. At the very least, you must own a 3/4 sized acoustic guitar. If you have an electric guitar, this will also suffice. The lessons will be Tuesday lunchtimes, second half (1:30-1:55) starting next term. 5 places available only!

Lemon Cordial Friday!

Dear Parents and Carers and students,

My name is Maddy and I’m a grade 5 student at Wooranna Park Primary School. As part of our entrepreneurial action, our Environment Committee are putting on a lemon cordial stall this Friday 31st at lunch time. It will be a pop-up stall so keep your eyes peeled! Cost is 50c per cup.

Thank you,

Maddy.

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Science Talent Search

This year’s science talent search topic is ‘A Century of Australian Science’. Last year several grade 3 and 4 students participated by creating posters, games or inventions to show at the statewide competition. Don’t let the competition put you off though. It is on a Saturday and I’ll be there. If you are interested, please get the entry forms from Mr Lyon by Wednesday 29th of May.

Click here for more information.

Here are some more websites to get you started…

Australian scientists

http://www.science.org.au/scientists/index.html

Australian science organisation

http://www.csiro.au/

Encyclopaedia of Australian Science

http://www.eoas.info/

Website dedicated to Australian scientists and what they have achieved

http://www.australianscientists.com.au/

Australia’s surfing scientist explores everything marine

http://www.abc.net.au/science/surfingscientist/

Great science show

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/default.htm

Mr Lyon’s recent work with CSIRO scientists

http://teachwild.org.au/wooranna-park-primary-school

If you are interested, please contact Mr Lyon.

Thank you.

Hopping Mice

Mr Lyon’s newest animal friends for his classroom are four Mitchell’s Hopping Mice. Unlike the mice you find at the pet shop or in your shed, these hopping mice are Australian native marsupials from north west Victoria. Aren’t they cute?!

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Vegetables in the garden now

This year the grade 4s along with grade 3 are lucky enough to join the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.

Have a look at the veggies, herbs and fruits growing in our garden at Wooranna.

Can you name all these vegetables, herbs and fruits?

Research some recipes where we could use these ingredients.

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Don’t Wrap it, Contain it!

Wrappers, wrappers everywhere. They wrapped our food, left to litter, drifted through air and water, drained away to the big seas, down an esophagus to stomach, caused grief then death and was left to do it all again. This story needs to stop. As we discussed, young, intelligent grade 4’s, we need to think differently when it comes to plastic, wrappers, waste and how these impact our world. As requested, here are some sites to explore and learn more…

Here’s the Teachwild website I created over the holidays during my expedition at Phillip Island with the other teachers from around Australia and CSIRO scientists. Be careful, there are pictures of the shearwater birds we opened up!

http://teachwild.org.au/wooranna-park-primary-school

This BTN episode interviews Denise, the scientist I worked with at Phillip Island for our marine debris surveys. On this page, there are also great related sites listed on the right side. Check them out.

 

 

The Cleanup Australia website has great fact sheets on plastic bags and other rubbish

http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Factsheets/

This site, ‘The Story of Stuff’, talks about how stuff is made and how we need to reuse and recycle

http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-stuff/

I’ve stopped using plastic bags and do not buy food if it’s wrapped. So fresh is best! Let’s stop wrappers in our school by using nude food reusable containers!

Think about changes that you can make to help stop the problems wrappers cause,

Let us know how you would reduce the wrappers problem in our school, community and oceans.