The One and Only Ivan – Character Captain

As we read our 100th page of the text, The One and Only Ivan, let’s reflect upon the main characters, their individual identities, qualities, feelings, features and expressions that make them unique and draw us (the audience) in.

Use the poppet app to create a graphic organiser that allows you to list four main characters and key ideas and adjectives to describe them. Conclude the task by thinking of a minimum of three shared characteristics that they all have in common.


Check out some of the Tagxego word clouds that 5M made from their adjectives.

Adjectives for Ruby

Adjectives for Bob

Adjectives for Ivan

Everyday leadership – TED talk

This week’s task for Reading Roations is a TED talk about Everyday Leadership. Click on the link below to watch the talk by Drew Dudley who belives that leadership is not just about famous people but about small actions by everyday people that change lives.

Answer the folowing questions in your workbook:

1. Do most people believe leadership is about everyday people or people that change the world?

2. Drew tells the story of a young girl on her first day at university. How was she feeling that day?

3. What did Drew do that made the girl feel more comfortable about her first day at university?

4. Leadership is about making a change in others’ lives. How did Drew change the girl’s life?

5. Drew talks about “lollypop moments.” What does he mean by this?


Your chance to comment:

Do you believe that everyone can be a leader or do you believe that leadership is about being in charge and making decisions?

Silverback Gorilla Fact File

We now know that Ivan is a Silverback Gorilla.

To understand the main character Ivan, research the male Western Lowland Gorilla. You are to use your iPad to both gather your information and draw upon your creative technology skills to present the research task. Yes, you can even select an appropriate app of choice to complete the final task to share with your peers. Think about the text type structure you will employ to communicate the following required facts:


  1. Habitat
  2. Diet
  3. Size and features
  4. Geographic range
  5. Behaviour
  6. Lifespan
  7. Status
  8. Threats
  9. Protection

How is Ivan’s life different now that he lives in captivity? Choose one of the dot points above to guide your answer. For example – how is his diet different to the diet of a wild gorilla?

The One and Only Ivan – Predictions

In class 5M looked at the cover of The One and Only Ivan in preparation for the Global Read Aloud and made some predictions about the book on Wallwisher.


In class 5M looked at the cover of The One and Only Ivan in preparation for the Global Read Aloud and made some predictions about the book on Wallwisher.

How might your prediction change now that we have started the book?

Global Read Aloud

This year all the grade 5 classes are participating in the Global Read Aloud. We are reading the text “The One and Only Ivan“.

Check out this video below from the Global Read Aloud website! We’re so excited and can’t wait to share our thoughts with other classes around the world!

How might we communicate with other classes around the world about the book we are all reading?

Digital Footprint – Behind the News

This week’s reading task is a BTN story about Digital Footprints.

Click on the link below to watch the story “Digital Footprint”. Then answer the questions in your workbook.

1. Give an example of how a person’s movements are tracked.

2. Why  has  online  privacy  been  an  issue  in  recent  years?

3. What  happened  to  the  Sony  Playstation  network?

4. What did it mean for Sony’s online users?

5. What sorts of information are people sharing online?

6. How can online activity be monitored?

7. How can information  footprints  be  useful?

Leave a comment:

How  people  can  make  smart  choices  online?

What  do  you  understand  more  clearly  since  watching  the  story?

Narrative immersion

Over the past fortnight we have been reading a variety of narrative styles. We have particularly focused on the text structure and explored new adjectives and adverbs to enhance the meaning and description of our writing. For a writing task, the class shared the narrative below. Students highlighted the adjectivesand verbs in different colours. They then edited the piece and replaced the highlighted words with new words to enhance the meaning. The narrative, ‘I am a Possum’ is below.

I am a possum

One morning I climbed out of my tree to search for some food.

Suddenly I heard the noise of someone running and there was shouting. I stooddead still. I was terrified. Then I saw a foot, and my muscles came into action. I ran for all I was worth into some bushes.

The noise stopped. “Hey, Charlie! Get a box. I saw something move in the bushes,” said a voice. I saw a big thing coming at me, and then the mosthorrible face I ever dreamed of.

Suddenly it was dark. I was inside something. There were strange noises all around me. “Can I have a look?” asked someone.

“No, he might get out!”

Then there was an enormous roar. After a few moments it stopped and I was carried somewhere. The lid opened and a flood of light came into the thing. I climbed out cautiously and looked around. There were humans.

I shot back into the box. (I had realised that the thing was a box, and I huddled into a corner.) A hand grasped me and, almost chocking me, pulled me into the light.

That night I was put into a small cage made of rabbit-proof wire……….ADD YOUR COMPOSED PIECE HERE…….…After a struggle, I escaped and ran towards the bush.

Many days passed, and then I ran into..No, it couldn’t be…Yes, it was…My own territorial boundary. I passed it and saw my tree and my mates who had kept out trespassers.

I climbed into the tree and had breakfast.


Can you use your creative writing skills to contribute to the missing piece of the story above?

If you were the possum, what would you see from the cage? How would you feel? What would you do to try to escape?

Remember to write from a little possum’s perspective who has no idea about the items and things in the human world!


Source of Narrative. Durkin, Ferguson, Sperring, (2002) Text Types for Primary Schools: Book 5. Page 45. OXFORD University Press