Katherine Applegate

The one and only Ivan

The one and only Ivan by K.A Applegate, is our class novel this term. The One and only Ivan is based on a true story, about a silver back gorilla that spent 27 years in a small isolated cage. K.A Applegate came across the silver back gorilla in a petrol station supermarket on an American freeway.

Katherine Alice Applegate has written over 50 books some of the books that she has written are the Animorphs series, Remnants, Everworld, Spring Break, The one and only Ivan and much more.



For her works K.A Applegate has won the John Newbery Medal (2013), the Golden Kite award for fiction (2008) and Best New Children’s Book Series Awards (1997), she has also been nominated for the Kids choice award for favourite book (1999 & 2000), the Dorothy canfield fisher children’s book award (2009) and Goodreads choice awards best middle grade & children’s (2012).

When K.A Applegate was a young child she wanted to raise gerbils, but at the age of 10 she had achieved this goal. She then went on and studied liberal arts, but she failed as it didn’t prepare her for a career besides being a college student. The next 7 years K.A Applegate worked in the restaurant and flower-delivery trade, before settling down to clean homes and offices. K.A Applegate and her husband (Michael Grant) had dreams to become famous authors. Three years past and her and her husband wanted to start their dream of becoming famous authors by writing their first book a Harlequin romance novel.

K.A Applegate finds her story ideas around her, when she’s reading the newspaper and there is an interesting article she will cut it out and put it into a box where she keeps all of her story ideas.

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What I care about!

Hi everybody,

What do you care about?

What are you passionate about?

Well the week 9 Student Blogging Challenge is to write a great post about what you are passionate about (like a world issue). I am choosing to write about a world issue which is poverty:

Poverty is a major world issue and effects lots of people. Not just in 3rd world countries. Poverty is when you don’t own very much of anything, absolute poverty is when you hardly have any clothes, food and drink, money, shelter or materials you need to stay healthy and fit. Poverty reduction is a major goal and issue international originations such as the united nations and the world bank.

                                                              I found this info at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty

What can you do about poverty?

Watch: Anti-Poverty Week: 22/10/2013, Behind the News and tell me what you think and answer the questions below.

What does Daphne do you help people in poverty?

How would you feel working to feed the poor?

What can you do to help?

Also watch: Poverty Campaigner: 21/10/2014, Behind the News and tell me what you think and answer the questions below.

How many people in Australia are living below the poverty line?

How many kids are living below the poverty line?

There are so many things people can do for this world issue, and lots of those things we either can’t or aren’t doing. So join in the fight for this world issue contribute something.


What world issue are you passionate about?smiling childrenI found this at:http://s637.photobucket.com/user/nickyhamid/media/Smiles/mograga-gaza-children-smiling-1.jpg.html

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Spectacular Summarising!

Hi everybody,

The past few days my class has been talking about summarising. Today we got set the task to summarise our favourite author and here is mine:


E.Lockhart is an American children picture story book, young-adult novel and adult fiction novel writer. E.Lockhart’s real name is Emily Jenkins; she was born in New York City, New York, United States on the 13th September 1967(she is now 47). She has wanted to be a writer since she was 8, and she wrote 2 novels when she was in 3rd grade! E.Lockhart went to Columbia University and got a doctorate in English literature. She studied illustrated books and interviewed Barry Moser; Barry Moser is an artist, known as a printmaker and illustrator of numerous works of literature. E.Lockhart’s first book was The Boyfriend List which was published in 2005. Some of her other books are: We Were Liars, Fly on the Wall, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and How to Be Bad which was co-written with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski. Here is where I found my info:

http://www.emilylockhart.com/bio and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Moser 

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!!!

Hi everybody,

Today and yesterday the grade 5s watched The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The movie had NO dialog (speech).

Here is my recount of the movie:

Mr. Morris Lessmore was writing, when a wind/tornado came. Everything was lifted up into the air and spun around and then got dropped, everything was black and white after that. Then Mr. Morris Lessmore walked along a path and a lady with an alphabet skirt, was flying in the air with books tied onto a string in her hand. Then one of the books jumped down and made everything colourful. Inside the book was a picture of Humpty dumpty and he was telling him to follow, so he did. At the end of the path he came to a grand library, and then went inside to follow the Humpty dumpty book. He walked down a long corridor and heard the Humpty dumpty book playing the piano, so he went in and started dancing to the music with the books. He woke up on a giant book. He got up, and gave the books alphabet cereal and then put there “jackets” on. Then he saw an old book that he had to fix. He then gave out books to the public which gave them colour. He finished writing his book about his life. He was an old man now so the books made him young and took up into the sky where he gave a little girl his book he wrote, so that she can look after the books.

These are what I thought were the messages:

  • Books give you colour and meaning
  • Never give up (on life)
  • Books can change your life
  • Expressions, lights and colour can tell the mood



These techniques helped me think of messages:

–         Colour

–         Using ideas from other films

–         Expressions

–         Light/Dark

–         Body language

–         Music

Here is one of the things that I noticed:

When it is dark, gloomy and dull the mood, peoples expression and body language is sad. But when it is happy it is colourful, bright and the music was fast and happy, and the peoples expression and body language is happy.


fantastic flying book

Before question

Have you ever seen this movie and what do you think?

To see this movie go


(This video is posted on the 12th August)


After question

What do you think of this movie?

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Brilliant Base Words

Hi everyone,

This term we are learning about different types of words. So far we have been learning about base words. Base words are words that you can add on other words to make new words. For example: Friend. You can add on, ly, to make friendly or, ship, to make friendship etc.

This is a table I made of base words with their  Pre fix and Suffix’s.


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