Letter from Canada Part 4 – Animals

Emelia, Rad, Tyler, Elise and Chelsi

We have lots of wild animals. We see lots of raccoons and squirrels and chipmunks. We also have deer and we watch for warning signs that they might be around because we don’t want anyone to hit them with a car! There are some wild bears too but we don’t see them very often in southern Ontario. Here is a picture of a raccoon. They are nocturnal, so if you see them in the daytime that probably means there is something wrong with them!
What kind of animals do you have? Do you see kangaroos in the wild?

We often see kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and wombats in the wild. In some areas we have to very careful while driving because they jump out onto the road in front of the cars.

In Australia we have kangaroos, koalas, wombats, cockatoos, platypus, emus, turtles, lizards and echidnas. Our birds are kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, magpies, budgies, fire-tail finches and lyre birds. (by Elise and Chelsi)

We don’t have any poisonous snakes or spiders. But one of us heard that there are some in
Australia! Is that true?

Yes it is true. We have tiger snakes, red-bellied black snakes and brown snakes in Victoria. We are always careful in the summer months in the long grass so that we don’t step on one. We don’t see them very often. (Tyler)

We have poisonous spiders like the Red-back spider, Funnel Web spider, White-tail spider, and Black Widow spider. (by Emelia)

 

Skype with Pularumpi School, Tiwi Islands

My Place – Your Place

Pularumpi Town on Melville Island Pularumpi is at the “top end” of Australia
Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 10.19.08 AM Pularumpi

The 2FS wrote a short recount about the Skype. They were practising the use of commas by using a list of student names and places in their writing by including the following information. Below is an extract of some of the students’ writing.

Bailey Wrote:

  • The class and I Skyped to Pularumpi School yesterday. We talked to Bruce, Darnelle, Clara, Pearl and Noelissa.

Emelia Wrote:

  • Their school was Pularumpi school on Melville Island, in the Tiwi Islands, in Northern Territory, in Australia.

Kyra Wrote:

  • Yesterday my class Skyped the Northern Territory school in Melville Island, Australia. The teacher is called Mr. Mosley. Mr. Mosley’s students are called Bruce, Darnelle, Clara, Pearl and Noelissa. They are Aboriginal students. Next week we will Skype Bruce, Darnelle, Clara Pearl and Noelissa for more information. This time they are asking the questions.

Bella Wrote:

  • Yesterday we Skyped with the Tiwi Island. It was exciting.

Aaron Wrote:

  • We asked them some questions and we told them where we live. They were in grade T/1 and there was one boy and four girls.

Matilda Wrote:

  • There were 22 people in their class but some were away. They love fishing, football and soccer. Next week we are going to Skype with them again.

Tyler Wrote:

  • Yesterday we Skyped with Pularumpi School. Their names were called Bruce, Darnelle, Clara, Pearl and Noelissa. Their favourite thing was swimming and fishing. They were in the Northern Territory, Australia, World, Universe!

Chinese New year

On  the  14  February  we  had  a  Chinese  parade.We dressed  in  red  or  a Chinese  costume. The  grade  twos  sang  first. I  was  a  bit  shy  but  it  was  not  scary.It  was  fun. We  made  lanterns  to  hold  and  we  made  mask.