Poem Challenge

Learning Intention:

This week we are going to learn an Australia classic called “home among the gum trees’, by B Brown and W Johnson

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Success Criteria – you will know you have been successful when:

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# You can sing the song without words

# You can give thoughtful answers to the questions relating to ‘ the Australian way of life.’


  1. Write the meanings for each phrase:

a)  cookin’ up a roast

b) mull upon the porch

2) The singer of this song says she’s/he’s been around the world and visited many foreign places.  Yet it’s Australia that she/he adores.

What things does the singer like to do in Australia?

b) There are probably many things that you like to do here in your homeland; things that you can’t do anywhere else.  List five of these things.


Poetry Challenge

Learning Intention:

This week we are going to discuss, answer questions and sing the ballad, Waltzing Matilda  by Banjo Paterson


Success Criteria:

By the end of this week you be able to:

# Answer questions about the meaning of the poem

# take part in a competition (boys v girls) – Sound quality and articulation

Appreciating Poetry

1)What is a swagman?

2) Why is a billabong a good place to camp at?

3) How did the swagmen boil their billy?

4) What does ‘grabbed him with glee’ mean?

5) What kinds of food do you think the swagman  might have in his tucker bag?

6) How did the squatter arrive at the scene.

7) How do we know that the troopers arrived from a different direction than the squatter did?

8) What action of the swagman shows us that he was afraid of going to jail?

9) What do you think was the cause of the swagman’s death?

I still call Australia home


  1. There are three cities mentioned in verse one.  In which countries are they?
  2. What is meant by ‘cities’ that never close down?
  3. What do you think ‘over the foam’ means?
  4. In verse three who do you think is the mother of all sons and daughters?
  5. Where does the journey end? (verse 3)
  6. Peter Allen can be described as a true patriot.  What is a patriot?
  7. Are you proud to call Australia home?
  8. Name five things you like about your country?

Colour Poetry

Lesson Intention:

We  are going to investigate the use of colour with poems


Success Criteria:

You will know you have been successful when:

# You use words that relate to a colours meaning/interpretation

# Write your poem in your book (answering the questions)

Complete a good copy of the poem


Poetry Templates

Colour Poetry

  1. What is the difference between these two colour poems?
  2. How do you know?
  3. Which Year level would you assign to each colour  poem?
  4. How would you make improvements to one of the poems? (add/change)


White is like the sound of ice cubes clinking in a glass.

White is like the smell of freshly picked daisies from a green, green meadow.

White is like the taste of sweet, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day.

White is like the feel of a soft, fluffy pillow comforting you to sleep.



Blue smells like the fresh, salty ocean as the breeze blows across it.

Blue sounds like a peaceful river flowing through the forest.

Blue tastes like a slippery, sweet lollipop energizing you in the middle of the afternoon.

Blue feels like soaring through the air with the birds and the clouds.

Brown is like the taste of rich, thick chocolate as you smooth it around on your tongue.

Brown is like the smell of tangy spices, soaking into barbecued meat.

Brown is like the sound of construction equipment, struggling to move the earth.

Brown is like the feeling of sluggishness, like lying around all day.



Pink tastes like light, sugary cotton candy you get at the circus.

Pink smells like a baby just after a bath.

Pink sounds like tiny, glass wind chimes blowing in the breeze.

Pink feels like a light feather tickling your skin.



Learning Intention:

Today we are going to discuss what poetry looks and sounds like.

20160523-195950-1yqiui9.jpgSuccess Criteria:

By the end of the lesson you will be able to

# identify different types of poetry.

#read poems with consideration to the tone of your voice.


What is Poetry


Poetry can be a tricky beast – abstract, bound by rules, free form or highly focused.

  • Are there deeper meanings in poetry?
  •  Can you give examples (names) of different types of poetry?
  • What is your favourite type of poetry?__________________________

Shape Poems  select a theme

Save your poem to a (usb) so you can print it at a later date.

Hey True Blue

Learning Intention:

Today we are going to investigate the meaning of the poem ‘True Blue’ written by John Williamson.


Success Criteria:

By the end of the session today you will have

#  discussed word meanings

# thought in depth about the meaning of ‘True Blue’

Steve Irwin Tribute

True Blue Lyrics

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Answer the questions in comments :  Number from 1–6


Learning Intention:

Today you are going to explore using tone whilst reading poetry.


Key Success Criteria: 

#Try you best – rotations voice 

# Extend your vocabulary (learn new words)

# Read poetry out loud

# Explain how your tone of voice can tell how you are feeling

Poetry Task

How does your voice express  emotion?

What happens when you express emotion whilst reading a poem?

Meet Ken Nesbitt –

About Kenn Nesbitt

Poetry Podcast – listen to poetry written by Kenn Nesbitt

2N Alliteration

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Humourous Poem

Kenn Nesbitt – I’m staying home from school today


Step 1: To write an alliteration poem, first pick a consonant. It can be any letter of the alphabet except for the vowels a, e, i, o, or u. For example, let’s say you choose the letter “B.”

Step 2: Think of as many words as you can that start with your letter and write them down. You’re going to need nouns, verbs, and adjectives, like this:


  • Banana
  • Bee
  • Bat
  • Baseball
  • Boat


  • Buy
  • Be
  • Bust
  • Beat


  • Black
  • Bad
  • Big
  • Brilliant
  • Broken

I bought a black banana,
And a broken baseball bat.
A burst balloon, a busted boat,
A beat-up bowler hat.

2N Couplets


A couplet is a two-line poem. The last word of each line rhymes. 

1) A baby spider played in the sun.

2) Bouncing on a web is so much fun.

Select three pairs of rhyming words from the box below. Write a couplet for each.

tree, bee red, bed book, look dad, glad ball, small rocket, pocket double, trouble kite, height crown, brown baker, maker jump, thump roar, more pop, stop green, seen carrot, parrot fly, try

Term 3 Week 6

Homework Task 9 Due 21st August

        My Country   Biography D. Mackellar         Core of My Heart
       Cool Maths         Mathletics       Order of Operations
        Artefacts        Artefacts UK       Artefacts Collection

 SpellCity Assignment

 Vocabulary: Origin, Definition, Sentence

1) coppice  2) horizon  3)  tragic  3) pitiless  4) famine  5) lavish

Extension: Interpret the meaning from the author, Create alternative adjectival phrases 

a) Opal-hearted country    b) The sapphire-misted mountains 

Quote of the Week

What does this poem mean to you?

How did Dorothea Mackellar communicate with the world as to her thoughts about her homeland? Be specific!