This term we have learned a lot about using search engines to look for information on the Internet. Sometimes it can be hard to find what you want when you search, so here are some suggestions from the 3/4’s to help narrow down those tricky searches:
“You can use Google to search for information about images, videos, news, the time, information about animals and maps.” — Isabella P
“When you search for information, you always need to check the snippet, the URL, the address name, if it is appropriate and will my teacher be happy about the info..” — Ella A
“You also need to check if it is good for kids.” — Corey H
“Sometimes you might want to use Kidrex instead of Google because it is kid safe and it’s a great search engine and also has appropriate text.” — Ella H
We have also created some mindmaps to work out how various search engines are similar and different. Here is a great example from Lucas M:
Finally, if you can’t find what you are looking for on Google you might need to…
“Check your spelling.” — Lauren C
“Go to Kidrex, Bing or Safari.” — Austin F
“Shorten your search.” — Josh N
“Look in a book.” — Amelie Q
Here is a list of activities you can do at home with mum and dad or your brother and sister.
- Read aloud regularly so that he/ she can practise his/ her fluency and expression.
- Summarising a paragraph- After reading, ask your child to summarise a paragraph orally
- Main idea of each paragraph- After reading a paragraph, ask your child what it was mainly about
- Paraphrasing– Ask your child to read a sentence and then say it in another way
- Making connections– How is that the same as your experience? Does that remind you of another book, movie, TV show, etc.
- Read the newspaper together. What else do you know about this topic?
- Discuss current issues where your child has to form an opinion and justify his/ her ideas
- Encourage your child to spontaneously tell stories to younger siblings in order to help him/ her develop both oral language skills and sequenced narrative ideas.
- Play games, such as Scrabble, Boggle or Upwords to develop Spelling strategies
- Make a shopping list with your child before going shopping.
- Follow a street directory or app and discuss the direction.
- Estimate the weight and then use the scales to weigh fruit and vegetables.
- Give your child little problems to solve. For example, we are having eight people for a barbeque. How many sausages for each person? What will we do if they come in packets of eight?
- Play games such as Boggle, Rumm-yo and Yahtzee.