Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Rat Friend by Thisseas (Part 1)

“Hey,” I exclaimed, “you’re being rude!”

Vill laughed. “Gimmy your nut, or I’m gonna beat you until you beg for me to stop!”

I was scared because I was sure she would do exactly what she said. Vill was the daughter of the forest’s mayor so technically could do anything she wanted .I wasn’t sure what I should do because I didn’t want to get beaten but my family was poor. My family was one of the poorest in the forest, also I had had to go on a very thin branch of a tall tree to get the nut and a snake chased me. Vill took one step closer to me, was so scared I was trembling. The sight of me had to be funny because Vill fell over laughing.

“You are so funny Dwellwap.” She paused, thought a bit then sneered “give it to me and stop making me laugh, I might even give you a foodie.”

That caught me by surprise. I really wanted a foodie. A foodie is a squirrel shaped thing that scientists call a robot .It moves around for a time bringing (or making) food. A lot of animals have foodies even though it’s hard to get one. Just then the mayor suddenly came out of a bush.

“Vill , leave us. “He commanded.

Vill backed away than then stammered. “As you say.” And scrambled away.

“Thanks,” I said. “Now what do you want?”

“Oh nothing, I just hate when my daughter threatens people.”

“No, tell me the real reason you came here.”

“I prefer having fresh nuts, and my daughter wouldn’t give it to me .She would have buried it in a secret hiding place

“Maybe you could persuade Vill to tell us where you get foodies?” I asked.

“What a great idea Dwell, we could have a group of forest animals that don’t have a foodie an once we know where foodies are we can have a quest to find how they are made so we can have some! He exclaimed. And with that he bounded into the woods towards Vill.

“So enthusiastic on something almost impossible,” I muttered.

So I continued to my family’s tree with the nut feeling ashamed because I should have been enthusiastic about persuading Vill.

The next day I was gathering nuts and going to Nikol’s house. Then I heard something. Suddenly Nikol’s burst out of the leaves and shouted “Ants!” running past me desperately! A floor of black emerged out of the leaves. I began fumbling in a small pouch I had tied on my waist for emergencies like this. It was water with soap that freezes ants. I began running dripping soap on the ground after me. When I was out of breath I hid with Nikol in a hollow tree.

“Good morning Dwellwap.” Said a small rabbit.

It was my friend Gillfie the red eyed rabbit.

“What are you doing here Gillf?”

“I’m learning about your quest, can I come?” she pleaded.

I began thinking about foodies again and why everybody wanted one because there is little food in the forest.

“I told all the animals that don’t have foodies about this quest. The scientists are trying to find how foodies are made but my father who’s a scientist says that they get energy from some things they call batteries but nobody knows how you make them”, said Nikol. “Though I know where foodies come from, a place that is a giant beach with no water!”

We began walking to the hottest parts of the forest until we found ourselves in a place filled with sand. We were walking slowly and I began wondering why I had volunteered on this quest because I was scared by new places. Finally we stopped to rest and look at the sandy place in front of us with nothing but cacti to look at. We had named this place the desert because it looked kind of deserted to us.

Two days later we were running out of water. We were also bored out of our minds. I glanced in front and saw a cactus with a hole in it and it looked like a perfectly good place to sleep. We did not remember that owls live in hollows even though we learned it in school. It was going to be hard to climb the needles but we could manage it. When we reached the top we saw a sight that took our breath away. Two yellow eyes glaring at us…

To be continued!

If you want to read more of this exciting story, written by Thisseas when he was in grade 3, please add a comment. The next episode will be published when 5 comments have been received!

A Turkey Tall Tale by Asimina

Tom Turkey was a big turkey. Now, I don’t mean any ordinary big turkey.  No sir! I mean an extraordinary, gigantic big turkey.  In fact, Tom Turkey was so big, that in the barnyard, he ate way more than all the other regular sized turkeys.

Now, Tom Turkey did something very different than all the other turkeys.  Something very, very weird! Whenever Tom Turkey got mad at some other turkeys, he ate.  Oh boy, he ate a lot! So that he grew bigger and bigger and scared the other turkey away.
One day, when Tom Turkey woke up, he was all excited to eat his enormous breakfast.  One turkey came over to him and told him that he was very fat and that he all the evidence by looking at his lunch.  This time, Tom Turkey had had it.  This time, Tom Turkey ate so much food! He ate the biggest meal of his life! He started growing and growing and he couldn’t stop until he became a giant Godzilla turkey! He stared walking on buildings and on mountains.  He started crushing everything until he stepped on a pointy tree! There was a hole in his foot and he started to deflate until his size went back to normal.Everybody told him whenever you grow big you should turn back to normal.

A Visit to England by Jason

We had just landed in the London airport. We got off the plane and in the airport to pick up luggage. We then ordered a taxi to come pick us up. The taxi came after a good 10 minutes. We then drove into town to go sleep at a friend’s house. We got there in about an hour and played Minecraft and then went to sleep.

The next day my friends went to school and me and my mom went to the [British] Museum and saw mummies and sarcophagi. After a while we went to the gift shop and I got two catapults. Then we got out of the museum and got on a double decker bus to Oxford and spent the night at a college.

The next day we went to the Oxford [University] Museum [of Natural History] which was really good because it had a kids’ menu! It was also good because it had many real skeletons! The next day we took a diesel train to Bristol and slept over at a friend’s house. The next day we played Minecraft and took a bus to the airport and the bus ride in the country was great!

Jason with sister Atalanta (front) and Bristol friends Michael and Rebecca.

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The white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland         A 495 million year-old ammonite

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Stuffed heads of a hyena, aardvark and stork.

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Turkey Tall Tales by Catarina

Terrance Turkey’s hearing was so sharp that he could hear a fly sneeze 50 meters away. Now that means he could hear just about anything that was said or done in the barnyard. As you may imagine, this unusual ability caused problems for Terrance. In fact one day he was minding his own business when he heard some other turkeys talking about something strange. Having nothing better to do he decided to listen to them.
He heard them talking about the fact that they would be eaten on Thanksgiving Day and would have to escape the barnyard. Terrence Turkey decided to join the conversation.
He walked up to them and said, “If you are going to escape can I also come with you? I also don’t want to be eaten.” In response he heard what all turkeys said when he heard their conversations.
“Here is Terrence again listening to everybody!” said one of the turkeys.
“Go mind your own business!” said another. So Terrence walked away.
As he walked he could still hear the turkeys talking. He was so eager to hear them that he decided to hide in some bushes and listen. He then heard them say that they were going to escape that night and to meet near the barnyard gate. Terrence figured he could also escape if he met them that night so when night came he went to meet them.
When he found them he said, “Hey can I please come with you? I won’t bother you again.”
“Oh fine but once we’re out that gate you won’t follow us.” So all the turkeys leaned against the gate and pushed. After they pushed for a while it opened. They all ran away and were free so Terrence Turkey’s sharp hearing paid off!

Mystery Skype! by Mrs Kynigou

It was great meeting Ms Wampler’s Fifth graders from Maryland this afternoon as we did our very first Mystery Skype call. Add a comment to explain what Mystery Skype is, or how we set up this activity or share your impressions of  how it went. What skills do you think you learn from participating in Mystery Skype? Would you like to do it again?

If our new friends are reading this, we’d love to hear your comments too! I know your day is just starting, whereas we  are all heading home now!

Ms Evloyias’ and Ms Maratou’s students, don’t worry, your teachers are planning to do this with your classes too!





To the 5th graders,

Instead of keeping your book reviews/recommendations confined to the classroom bulletin boards, here is a place where you can all share information about the books you enjoyed reading.
In a comment include:
  • The author
  • The genre
  • The year published
  • Write about the book but don’t give too much away
  • Tell us how it made you feel
  • Who you would recommend the book to.

I am looking forward to reading your recommendations!!!

Ms. Maratou

Monkey Bar Academy by #9


‘’Lily I’ve got a great idea!’’ I shrieked. We can teach Jenny and Danae how to do the bars. Keep in mind that these bars are special kind of bars ones you do flips on. Lily and I worked really hard every lunch recess to teach them everything we knew. We split up all the flips into 3 units and gave them mini tests. Then it came to the front flip switching hands. Both of our students were really struggling. No matter how many times we tried, they still couldn’t do it. Lily and I tried everything, or at least we thought we did.
Lily and I told Danae and Jenny that they wouldn’t have class that day. Meanwhile, we worked really hard to find out a way to make it easier. We found out that they just needed some self confidence. We came up with a brilliant plan. What we would do is hold their legs while they switched their hands. Then every time we saw them get better we would hold farther down on their legs. Now, let me tell you the clever part, when we saw them get really good we would raise our hands just off their legs, so it would look like we were holding them. We tried the first part of our plan and it worked like a charm.
Then came the moment of truth! I signaled Lily, to try the clever part of our plan on Jenny and it… worked! She didn’t notice a thing and did it perfectly. Same thing happened with Danae.
So I can prove that you can do anything with a self confidence and a little help from someone you trust. Lily and I never dared to share our secret with Jenny and Danae. So Shh! Don’t tell our secret!