Austen Term 2020 Newsletter

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Get creative with crafts, science, maths and more. Discover great language tips and find your own techniques for becoming better learners. Play games, get book recommendations and more! Laugh along with the winning limericks from last term's newsletter.

i-Learner Austen Term

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7th June - 31st

August 2020

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Contents

Sneak Peek: The Secret Favourite Pt3

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Learn by Doing! p4-5

Jump into Fun p6-8

Limericks We Love

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—— p10-11

Learn by Thinking p12-13

Teachers’ Tips

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Home Scientist

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Books and Activities We Love p16-17

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Number Magic P20-21

Fun and Games P22-23

Message from Ms Pun

We all agree that creativity is important for children.

When they’re little, we paint with them, read stories

to them, and join in with their make-believe games.

As they grow older, we give them creative writing

lessons and encourage artistic pursuits. But as exams

get closer, many parents postpone these creative

activities, saving them for the school holidays. Some

students are even advised that to do well in writing

exams, they shouldn’t be creative. They’re told,

‘Don't write too much. The more you write, the more

mistakes you will make.’ These children soon see

writing as just a way to get grades.

In his 2006 TED talk (the most popular TED talk

ever), Do Schools Kill Creativity, Sir Ken Robinson

explains that creativity cannot survive in our

competitive education system: ‘Our education

system has mined our minds in the way that we

strip-mine the earth: for a particular commodity. And

for the future, it won’t serve us.’ He details the ways

that education systems worldwide suppress the

long-term gains of creativity in favour of short-term

boosts in grades.

Are creativity and grades really mutually exclusive?

From our years of observation at i-Learner, we have

seen that creative students tend to do better in

exams as they get older. If children can hold onto

their creativity, they can become reflective,

independent, problem-solvers who thrive in

secondary school and at university.

In his TED talk, Robinson also quotes Picasso: ‘He

said that all children are born artists. The problem is

to remain an artist as we grow up. I believe this

passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we

grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.’

It is our role as parents and educators to help

children hold onto that creativity. As they grow up,

we should help them develop their full range of

skills, not just the ones on the

next school test. The way to do

this is to look at education from

a whole-picture perspective. It is

not just about one dictation or

one exam, it's a process that

lasts many years, or indeed, a

lifetime.

Kemmiss Pun

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Exclusive sneak peek at an upcoming Bugbug’s Library story

Chapter 3

Bugbug finished the last bit of his cake and said, ‘In Alice in Wonderland,

there‛s a cake that makes people get bigger and bigger.‛ He patted

his round tummy. ‘Cake does that to me too.‛

As Bitbit laughed, something landed on his head. He looked up at

the cloudy sky. ‘I think it‛s raining,‛ he said.

‘Impossible!‛ said Twist. ‘It never rains on Book Day.‛

A crack of thunder made everyone

jump. Heavy drops of rain fell

from the sky, landing on the table, in

the cups of tea and on the cakes.

‘It‛s definitely raining,‛ said Bitbit. ‘Perhaps the sky

doesn‛t know it‛s Book Day.‛

Bugbug looked at all the beautiful decorations he

had made. If it didn‛t stop raining soon, the

decorations would be ruined!

‘Oh dear!‛ said Tara as the wind grew stronger and

stronger and swept her maps away.

The wind blew the teapots onto the hard ground.

Smash!

They broke into millions of tiny

pieces.

‘Quick, let‛s hide!‛ Bitbit

cried, jumping under the

table.

The thunder boomed in

the dark sky. The

bookworms quickly

followed Bitbit and huddled

together.

Read the next i-Learner newsletter for the fourth instalment

of this story or look out for the next set of Bugbug’s Library books

in the i-Learner bookshops. Coming soon!

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Learn

by Doing!

Cori Wong

English teacher

I love reading! In fact, reading was what made me fall in love with the English language when I was a little

girl. Through reading, I have investigated countless cases with the great detective Sherlock Holmes. I have

also gone on a beautiful adventure to the world of witchcraft and wizardry with Harry Potter. Reading is not

only enjoyable but also essential if we want to become better writers (which isn’t just fun but gives us great

grades). If you don’t love reading yet, try these fun activities:

1. Story Re-creation: It’s Alive!

This is great for drama lovers! Get together with your family or friends and re-create your favorite story! You

can start by writing a script together. Think about what characters should be included in the scenes, what

lines you are going to say and how to say them so that it is entertaining. Then you can make your own props.

For example, you could use a paper straw and some paint to make a magic wand or even cardboard boxes to

make a castle. The possibilities are endless. Once you have had enough time to prepare and rehearse your

play a couple of times, it’s showtime!

2. Read Like…..

Reading aloud makes language fun! It can also improve your vocabulary, comprehension, information-processing

skills and confidence! If you find it a bit scary, try this fun technique:

a) Write down at least 10 fun ways to read on some Post-it notes like these:

Read as if you

are under

water.

Read like a

news anchor.

Read as

quickly as you

can!

Read like a

robot.

Read like an

opera singer.

Read as loudly

as you can.

b) Put all the notes in a box.

c) Take turns reading with your friends - each person pulls a note from the box and follows instructions to

read for a paragraph. It’s fun and also improves your reading. Vote on your favourite for the winner.

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3. Roll and Retell

In a group of friends, roll some dice and take a one-minute challenge to talk about the last book you read.

1. What is the story mostly about?

4. When does the story take place?

2. Who are the main characters?

5. What happened at the beginning,

middle and the end of the story?

3. Where does the story take place? 6. How does the story make you feel?

4. Crazy Writer

Get a story and cover some of the words. Challenge friends to guess what’s missing. Give a point if they’re

correct or if their idea makes you laugh! This is a great game for comprehension and vocabulary skills. Test

yourself with these pages from A Rocket to Mars.

5. New Ending

Choose any story that you like and write a new ending for it! You can rewrite the ending starting from any

point in the story that you choose. Did something happen to one of the characters? Did an unexpected event

take place? You can even add a new character in the story! This activity helps us better understand the

elements of plot and see that even the tiniest details can bring big changes to a story.

Your reading comprehension skills and reading rate are often a matter of habit. By reading regularly and

engaging in more fun activities that encourage you to think while reading, we can all become better readers

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What have you been doing at home these

past few months?

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‘Playing!‛ is what my students all say. They

love Switch, Monopoly, Rummikub, Pokémon

and anything with Sumikko Gurashi on. What

do you like to play?

When we want something new to play with, we

can make our own toys.

Have you ever made a jumping paper frog?

It's actually quite easy. To start with, you

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need a square piece of paper. You can

practise with any piece of scrap paper.

I‛ve also put some nice patterned paper on

page 8 - cut it out to make a bookworm frog!

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Cori Wong

English teacher

Brenda Lo

English teacher

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Want some more animal ideas? Want Read some more animal ideas? Read

The Paper Zoo from Bugbug‛s The Paper Zoo from Bugbug‛s

Library. Meg, Nick and the Library. Meg, Nick and the

bookworms make lots of animals! bookworms Can make lots of animals! Can

you make your own paper zoo? you make your own paper zoo?

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Pre-school

English Classes

at i-Learner

Our pre-school courses

nurture a child‛s inborn

curiosity and excitement

in learning. Children

gradually develop their

abilities and skills in

phonics, reading and

writing, alongside a

blooming creativity and

imagination.

Find out more

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Thank you to everyone who entered limericks in our Burns Term competition!

We had some great entries. This selection is sure to make you laugh out loud.

Very quickly a boy ran past.

He was so fast that his head did blast!

His head lew away from Chatsworth.

And said goodbye to the earth.

"Where's my body?" the boy’s mouth asked.

Jamie Lau

Once upon a time,

There was a cat who loved slime;

But the other cat said,

“No, no, no, not on my bed!

It is where I put my juicy lime!”

Hannah Lam

My best friend is called Mabel.

Her best friend’s nickname is Gale,

Who goes to Hong Kong

To play BIG BANGING gongs

Because it is so comfortable!

Sharon Lau

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?

好 奇 心

周 頌 恩 老 師

與 世 界 對 話

一 天 為 什 麼 是 二 十 四

小 時 , 一 個 星 期 為 什

麼 是 七 天 ?

為 什 麼 我 能 吃 的 巧 克

力 , 小 狗 卻 不 能 吃 ?

為 什 麼 一 加 一

等 於 二 ?

為 什 麼 香 港 不

會 下 雪 ?

類 似 的 問 題 , 相 信 每 個 人 成 長 的 過 程 中 , 或 許 是 你 , 或 許 是 我 , 都 曾 有 過 。 有 些 問 題 , 現 在 看 來 , 幼 稚 得 有 些 可 笑 —— 因

為 我 們 已 經 知 道 答 案 , 或 知 道 這 些 問 題 根 本 就 不 對 了 ; 但 有 些 問 題 , 無 論 是 我 們 、 我 們 的 父 母 、 老 師 , 乃 至 最 優 秀 的 科 學

家 、 藝 術 家 、 哲 學 家 …… 都 無 法 解 答 。

弗 蘭 西 斯 · 培 根 曾 說 :「 知 識 是 一 種 快 樂 , 而 好 奇 則 是 知 識 的 萌 芽 。」 小 的 時 候 , 我 們 可 以 問 父 母 、 問 朋 友 、 問 老 師 , 問 身

邊 的 人 ; 再 大 一 些 , 待 我 們 掌 握 了 文 字 與 科 技 , 我 們 也 可 以 查 字 典 、 看 書 、 看 電 視 、 上 網 …… 知 識 的 海 洋 無 窮 大 , 有 時 我

們 未 必 有 人 一 道 航 行 , 此 時 擁 有 一 葉 扁 舟 、 一 支 船 槳 、 一 張 帆 , 或 也 可 憑 藉 自 己 的 力 量 , 至 無 人 之 境 。 正 因 有 了 好 奇 心 ,

和 去 尋 找 答 案 的 熱 情 , 我 們 才 能 從 小 開 始 , 不 斷 往 小 小 的 腦 袋 裡 , 無 限 填 充 各 種 知 識 。

—— 沒 錯 , 只 有 好 奇 心 是 不 夠 的 的 , 還 要 有 去 尋 找 答 案 的 熱 情 ! 你 是 否 試 過 為 了 知 道 「 我 是 如 何 誕 生 的 」, 而 對 媽 媽 糾 纏

不 休 ? 你 是 否 試 過 為 了 做 出 一 個 漂 亮 的 手 工 品 , 在 網 上 搜 索 教 學 視 頻 反 復 觀 看 , 亦 步 亦 趨 照 做 , 直 至 做 出 滿 意 的 成 品 ? 你

是 否 試 過 花 上 十 幾 分 鐘 、 數 十 分 鐘 、 數 小 時 、 幾 天 、 乃 至 十 天 半 個 月 的 時 間 , 用 盡 手 頭 所 有 資 源 , 和 朋 友 一 起 鑽 研 , 只 為

寫 出 一 段 正 確 無 誤 的 代 碼 , 做 出 想 要 的 遊 戲 效 果 ?

也 許 你 會 說 :「 這 些 我 都 沒 有 做 過 , 因 為 」—— 不 是 因 為 你 缺 乏 熱 情 , 而 是 ——「 這 些 都 不 是 我 的 興 趣 所 在 。」 為 了 你

的 興 趣 , 你 能 付 出 多 少 東 西 ? 每 個 人 的 專 注 力 都 是 有 限 的 , 而 對 我 們 有 興 趣 的 事 情 , 我 們 自 然 而 然 會 產 生 更 多 好 奇 心 , 因

此 每 個 人 都 是 自 己 興 趣 的 「 小 博 士 」。 還 記 得 班 上 那 個 成 績 排 名 中 下 游 , 卻 能 就 過 百 種 昆 蟲 種 類 侃 侃 而 談 的 男 孩 嗎 ? 好 奇

心 驅 使 我 們 去 求 索 , 去 致 知 。 所 有 為 我 們 解 出 這 個 世 界 奧 妙 的 科 學 家 、 藝 術 家 、 哲 學 家 …… 他 們 都 是 對 那 個 問 題 最 好 奇 的

人 。 他 們 的 好 奇 為 我 們 帶 來 了 養 分 , 而 你 的 好 奇 , 無 論 求 索 的 是 什 麼 知 識 , 都 能 為 自 己 和 他 人 帶 來 養 分 。

所 以 , 你 的 父 母 , 你 的 老 師 , 所 有 希 望 你 與 世 界 有 更 多 對 話 的 人 , 都 愛 你 的 好 奇 心 。 世 界 愛 你 的 好 奇 心 , 而 你 的 好 奇 心 ,

也 是 在 與 這 個 廣 闊 無 垠 的 世 界 直 接 對 話 。

最 後 , 分 享 一 位 叫 姜 二 嫚 的 詩 人 的 詩 。 她 生 於 2007 年 。

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Jamez Chan

English teacher

Reflective Learning

What would happen if you wanted to do twenty push ups but couldn’t? Most people would start training,

perhaps lifting some weights as well as doing a couple of push ups at first and adding more each day. Over time,

their biceps would become strong enough to do twenty push ups at a time. Success!

This simple scenario shows how easy it is to identify something we’re not good at, train the skills we need, and

complete a challenge. We do that often with physical activities, from push ups to running and swimming. But

how about when our brain is met with a challenge like this? How easy is it to train up our skills and improve?

How can we become better readers, critical thinkers or essay writers?

To do this, we need a very special tool - self reflection. Our push up training needs us to identify the problem,

use specific activities to train up our weaker areas, and then test ourselves to see how well we’re improving.

These are the same steps we need for overcoming mental challenges. However, many people find this tricky

because it requires us to be self-aware and independent when reflecting on our progress. This doesn’t always

come naturally, but there are some great tips we can follow to brush up our skills.

Goals

When you’re learning something new, setting a clear, defined goal is essential. You shouldn’t aim to do

everything at once, just like you wouldn’t decide to suddenly transform yourself from a couch potato into Mr

Universe. It isn’t helpful to set general goals like: get better at English. Choose specific things such as mastering

the present perfect tense, learning the plot and themes of a Shakespeare play, or improving your score in a

vocabulary game (vocabulary.com is great for this!).

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Know your Style

There’s nothing worse than spending hours in front of a book without learning anything! There are many

different learning styles, and it’s only natural that some of them are better suited for certain students. The best

use of your energy is not trying to change your learning style, but finding the way that works for you. Some

people take notes, others do mock tests, while other people prefer to highlight key information. Spend time

finding out what works best for you, and don’t be afraid to change it up if you think you can do better. That’s

time well spent!

Embrace Failure

Embracing failure isn’t the same as enjoying it or feeling good about it. Embracing failure means making

something positive out of that experience. We say someone has a growth mindset if they can turn a mistake into

a positive experience, and people like this are often the high-flyers of the world. If you try your best on an essay

and still get a terrible mark, it’s tempting to throw the essay into the bin and forget about it. But next time you

have to write an essay, you’re going to get the same bad mark again! Instead of ignoring the failure, learn from it.

Ask your school teacher or i-Learner tutor to talk through your mistakes. Or you can look at your friends’ essays

and work out what the successful ones did differently.

When we look at a reflection, we see ourselves in it. To see more of our chin or our left cheek, we move our

head. The same goes for reflective learning, we should also see ourselves in it and always keep moving to see

and do more. It’s up to us whether we put more emphasis on broadening our knowledge across a subject or

solidifying skills in one key topic. Learning is a lifelong journey, but so is becoming a better learner. You are an

individual, and you should feel confident that you are the one who holds the key to your own success.

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Language

Learning Tips

from our Teachers

The theme of this term’s newsletter is ‘Creativity’, so

take a look at these creative language-learning tips

from our teachers. i-Learner’s teachers all love

languages, and many of them are multilingual.

Each term, they’ll share tips with you about how

they learn languages. Try some of these yourself and

share your progress with your teachers!

Dr Liliana’s Tip: Make Connections

Make connections between languages as much as possible to remember grammar points and

vocabulary. If you know some German and are learning Latin, notice they not only have very similar

cases, they also use the accusative with prepositions of motion, as zu + acc. and ad + acc. If you speak

Mandarin and are learning French, you can compare similar sequences of pronouns and verb

positions, as in 'je lui ai dit' and ’ 我 给 他 说 ‘. If you're studying Latin and learn 'schola', you'll be able

to compare it to the English school, French école, German Schule, Spanish escuela, Italian scuola and

even Yiddish לוש The more you know, the easier it gets!

Languages Dr Lili speaks:

Modern

English & Spanish (Native)

French (Fluent)

Mandarin (Fluent)

German (Fluent)

Italian (Fluent)

Hebrew (Intermediate)

Portuguese (Intermediate)

Arabic (Beginner)

Classical/Medieval

Latin

Greek

Biblical Hebrew

Old English

Old French

Ms Alison’s Tip: Watch and Listen

Variety shows are full of colloquial expressions and clichés, which

are useful for learners who wish to speak a language naturally

instead of in a literary style. It also allows viewers to understand

the hottest topics of another culture and take in different opinions.

Music is another great tool for language learners. It seems to be

one of the most interesting ways to learn new vocabulary. You

search the lyrics, play the song a couple of times, and try to sing

along. It's not the perfect way to learn grammar, but it definitely

expands vocabulary and improves pronunciation.

Languages Ms Alison speaks:

Cantonese (Native)

English (Fluent)

Putonghua (Fluent)

Japanese (Beginner)

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Iain MacDonald

English teacher

Fun Science Eggsperiment to do at Home

Here is a fun experiment to do with an egg while you are at home. Even

though this experiment is very easy to do, it touches on several different

areas of science including physics, chemistry and biology!

Materials

You will need:

● A clear measuring jug or a glass tumbler

● An egg

● Some tap water

● Some salt

Method

1. Add about 250 ml of water to the measuring jug or glass

2. Write your prediction about what will happen when you

put the egg in.

3. Place the egg carefully inside.

4. Was your prediction correct? Did the egg float or sink?

Write your observation.

5. We’re going to add some salt next. What do you think will

happen to the egg? Write your prediction.

6. Remove the egg and add about 1 tablespoon of salt to the

water. Give it a good stir until most of the salt has dissolved.

7. Put the egg back into the jug.

8. What happened this time? Was your second prediction

right or wrong? Write your observation.

9. Think about what you have observed and write a hypothesis

(a theory) about the egg. What makes it float or sink?

10. Check the answer box on p22 for an explanation of what is

happening.

Prediction 1

When I put the egg in the water, I think _______________________________________________________________

Observation 1

What happened to the egg? _________________________________________________________________________

Prediction 2

When I put the egg in the water, I think _______________________________________________________________

Observation 2

What happened to the egg? _________________________________________________________________________

Hypothesis

Why does the egg float or sink?_______________________________________________________________________

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Join i-Learner’s creative teachers

on their fun escapes through fictional worlds and exciting games.

Book title: How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

Author: Saša Stanišić

Suitable for: P5 and above

What is this book about?

This semi-autobiographical book charts the author's childhood in Bosnia and

Herzegovina in its turbulent years, after the breakup of Yugoslavia. The author's

family was forced to flee to Germany, and young Aleksander’s life was turned

upside down. Through the eyes of this young boy, an interesting period of

history is brought to life with a funny, gentle and emotional perspective.

Mr Matthew

Why do I love it?

I loved this book as a teenager because it's tragically powerful, vividly put into words, and yet also has an abundance of

magic and miracles unique to brilliantly written coming-of-age books. It is also very, very funny! At a time of great strife and

uncertainty in Hong Kong, Stanišić's book would serve to remind young ones as well as adults of the importance of dignity

and kindness, and the joy of life even under harsh circumstances

Who would like this book?

Anyone who enjoys a vicarious journey through time and space would love this book, which is filled to the brim with mystery

and surprise at every turn. It’s great for those bursting with wanderlust who long to get away, even if only in their minds!

Mr Matthew loves theatre and is an amateur translator. He likes instilling a sense of creative humour into everything he

does.

Game name: Books Talk

Suitable for: Anyone who likes books

How do you do this activity?

Browse through the titles of your books and detect their secret connection! Take the Bugbug’s

Llibrary collection for example. Here is a hidden conservation I’ve found in this series:

-‘What’s in Bugbug’s Box?’

-‘Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!’

Ms Celine

Of course, sometimes you need to add a little something to make sense of the conversation:

-‘Be Careful, Twist’, there’s a ‘Vampire Rabbit’.

-Where is ‘Meg’s Missing Present’?

-It’s ‘Lost in the Garden’.

Why do I love it?

It’s fun to discover/create new connections between things that we are familiar with and take for granted. Let your

imagination run wild and toy with the most ridiculous ideas. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you come up with.

Who would like this activity?

Those who enjoy making up stories in their heads.

Ms Celine enjoys learning new languages and diving into different cultures. She finds that exposure to foreign languages

makes her more attuned to the nuances of language. In her experience, learning a foreign language with English as the

medium is also beneficial for English learning.

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Book title: American Born Chinese

Author: Gene Luen Yang

Suitable for: P5 and above

What is this book about?

One book, three interlocking stories. It follows American-born Chinese boy

Jin, famous Chinese fable character Monkey King and popular caucasian boy

Danny in their struggle with their identity. Jin wants to be a ‘normal’ American,

Monkey King seeks the approval of the gods and Danny cannot stand

his Chinese cousin. Each character embarks on their own journey of self-discovery,

showing us the value of embracing how unique each of us is.

Ms Leung

Why do I love it?

It is a quintessential graphic novel that beautifully merges witty tales with colourful panels. The first graphic novel to

win the Michael L. Printz Award offers chicken soup for the soul in a fun package.

Who would like this book?

This book is a great choice for those who enjoy comics, and it’s a perfect introduction to the graphic novel genre. A

literary gem disguised as a comic, it offers something for both younger and more mature readers to rejoice in.

Ms Lina believes in the magic of graphic novels and the importance of visual literacy in language learning. Her masters thesis

focused on the use of graphic novels in English Language teaching.

Game name: Creating your imaginary friend!

Suitable for: P1-6

How do you do this activity?

Are you missing your friends from school? If

you don't have any siblings, being the only

child at home can be a little boring. Create an

imaginary friend and go on adventures with Ms Allison

him / her / it! The friend can be anything - a

little baby, a child your age, an old woman, a

giraffe or even a flying blanket! All you have to

do is create an identity for it. Give it a name, a

personality, a favourite thing to do, and some special physical features

(mine always wear matching hats and socks). Draw it so you can better

visualise it. This activity doesn't stop with creating a friend. Imagine doing

different things or going on adventures with this friend! Unleash your

creativity as there are no rules for this! Your friend and the story can be

as crazy as you can imagine. Then, share your adventures and stories

you’ve created with your parents or friends. You can write them down,

draw them or even act them out!

Why do I love it?

I love this activity as it is boundless. You can create any friends that you

want and do anything you want with your friend. You can go on crazy

adventures in space or even in another dimension, or you can do daily

things like going to imaginary school with your friend! This activity needs

no preparation and no other materials. You can do it anytime, anywhere!

This activity is great as it boosts creativity, organisation skills and

presentation skills.

Who would like this activity?

Those who miss their friends and have a lot of creative ideas!

Miss Allison loves reading and travelling. When she isn't travelling

around, she always dives into a book and goes on an adventure with the

story characters.

書 名 : 抉 擇 叢 書 系 列

作 者 : 雅 倫 ‧ 夏 普

適 合 年 齡 :P3-P6

內 容 簡 介 : 以 懸 疑 題 材

為 核 心 , 讀 者 穿 梭 於 古

堡 、 海 底 等 不 同 場 景 ,

在 面 對 各 種 怪 事 、 災 難

的 同 時 要 找 出 事 件 的 真 相 , 故 事 情 節 更 將 交

由 讀 者 去 決 策 。

推 薦 理 由 : 閱 讀 時 , 各 位 小 讀 者 不 再 只 是 單

方 面 接 收 訊 息 , 得 到 新 奇 的 閱 讀 體 驗 之 餘 ,

更 可 以 帶 領 小 讀 者 思 考 正 反 兩 面 的 情 節 , 刺

激 創 意 思 維 。

大 家 更 可 以 套 用 這 個 模 式 , 自 創 新 故 事 , 設

定 不 同 行 動 之 下 的 情 節 和 結 局 , 寫 在 一 張 張

卡 紙 上 , 給 予 家 人 或 朋 友 故 事 走 向 的 選 擇

權 。 閱 讀 和 遊 戲 的 雙 重 結 合 將 會 為 你 們 擦

出 新 的 創 意 火 花 , 從 中 得 到 更 多 的 樂 趣 !

推 介 對 象 : 很 想 成 為 故 事 主 角 、 常 常 覺 得 故

事 主 角 不 夠 聰 明 或 者 被 限 制 玩 電 子 遊 戲 的 小

朋 友 。

沈 老 師 喜 愛 抓 住 一 切 機 會 想 像 「 如 果 ……,

會 發 生 甚 麼 事 」 這 個 問 題 。

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創 意 無 窮

的 中 文 活 動

鍛 煉 中 文 , 難 道 只 限 於 讀 書 、 作 文 ? 當 然 不 是 ! 在 書 本 和 紙 筆 之 外 , 你 還 可 以 活 用 身 邊 的 一 切 材 料 : 樹

葉 、 畫 筆 、 彩 色 卡 紙 …… 不 僅 能 幫 助 練 習 中 文 的 表 達 能 力 , 還 能 訓 練 對 美 的 觸 覺 。 看 看 智 愛 的 中 文 老 師

都 推 薦 了 什 麼 活 動 , 和 家 人 一 起 嘗 試 吧 !

推 薦 老 師 : 徐 小 茜 老 師

推 薦 活 動 : 樹 葉 貼 畫

適 合 年 齡 : 學 齡 前 兒 童 及 小 學 生

活 動 說 明 : 學 生 將 落 葉 通 過 拼 貼 、 裁 剪 、 添 畫 、 裝 飾 等 形

式 , 組 合 成 一 幅 創 意 新 穎 、 構 思 奇 特 的 作 品 ,

然 後 寫 下 一 段 話 來 簡 單 介 紹 你 的 作 品 。

推 薦 理 由 : 既 增 強 了 學 生 的 環 保 意 識 , 又 提 高 了 學 生 的

動 手 能 力 和 創 造 能 力 , 更 能 夠 讓 學 生 鍛 煉 描

寫 能 力 。

推 薦 老 師 : 余 皓 瑋 老 師

推 薦 活 動 : 手 影 戲

適 合 年 齡 : 六 歲 以 上

活 動 說 明 : 傾 聽 故 事 , 用 手 影 戲 表 演 ; 也 可 以 用 手

影 戲 和 家 人 朋 友 自 由 創 作 故 事 。

推 薦 理 由 : 手 影 戲 在 中 國 有 著 悠 久 的 歷 史 , 操 作 起

來 也 十 分 方 便 。 只 需 要 一 雙 巧 手 , 同 學

們 便 能 在 家 中 或 教 室 裏 開 展 手 影 戲 的 遊 戲

。 同 學 們 可 以 根 據 手 影 想 像 故 事 , 配 上 語 言 ,

和 家 人 或 朋 友 一 起 表 演 , 鍛 鍊 說 話 和 想 像 能 力 。

推 薦 老 師 : 蔡 倩 茵 老 師

推 薦 活 動 : 商 品 創 作

適 合 年 齡 : 八 歲 以 上

活 動 說 明 : 學 生 自 行 創 作 一 件 適 合 兒 童 使 用 的 商 品 , 並 繪 畫 該 產 品 的 外 形 , 就 功

能 寫 一 段 圖 文 並 茂 的 廣 告 。

推 薦 理 由 : 每 個 孩 子 都 可 以 是 一 位 發 明 家 , 他 們 的 創 意 天 馬 行 空 。 孩 子 藉 著 在 報

章 、 雜 誌 或 電 視 上 所 見 的 廣 告 , 思 考 一 件 兒 童 商 品 , 這 活 動 可 以 訓 練

思 維 能 力 和 創 意 力 。

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推 薦 老 師 : 沈 紀 均 老 師

推 薦 活 動 : 四 格 劇 場 創 作

適 合 年 齡 : 八 歲 以 上

活 動 說 明 : 各 位 小 朋 友 首 先 設 計 二 至 三 個 角 色 , 並 賦 予 他 們 不 同 的 性 格 、 外 形 和 習

慣 等 , 然 後 安 排 不 同 的 場 景 、 對 話 , 讓 他 們 在 你 的 畫 筆 下 上 演 一 幕 幕 或

幽 默 或 童 真 的 小 劇 場 吧 ! 你 甚 至 可 以 把 不 同 的 四 格 劇 場 組 成 一 個 連 貫 的

系 列 呢 !

推 薦 理 由 : 小 朋 友 絕 對 可 以 是 一 個 小 世 界 的 主 人 ! 以 此 吸 引 和 推 動 他 們 成 為 創 作

者 , 使 他 們 感 受 想 像 和 創 造 的 滿 足 , 便 可 激 發 他 們 的 潛 在 的 組 織 能 力

和 表 達 能 力 。

推 薦 老 師 : 周 頌 恩 老 師

推 薦 活 動 : 奇 思 妙 想 連 紙 環

適 合 年 齡 : 八 歲 以 上

活 動 說 明 : 學 生 剪 出 八 條 或 以 上 的 彩 色 卡 條 , 標 上 序 號 , 依 次 在 標 上 序 號 的 那 版 寫

上 句 子 成 分 / 完 整 句 子 , 越 有 創 意 越 好 。 較 簡 單 的 玩 法 , 可 以 寫 ( 我 →

在 ( 地 方 )→ 用 ( 事 物 )→ 做 了 一 個 ( 形 容 詞 ) 的 →( 事 物 )→ 然 後 和

( 誰 )→( 副 詞 ) 地 → 做 了 ( 事 情 ))。 較 複 雜 的 玩 法 , 甚 至 可 以 寫 一

個 完 整 的 故 事 ! 如 ( 時 間 → 地 點 → 人 物 → 起 因 → 經 過 → 高 潮 → 結 尾 → 感

受 )。 寫 好 後 按 序 號 歸 類 收 集 卡 紙 , 再 讓 學 生 隨 機 抽 取 卡 紙 , 就 能 連 成

一 個 創 意 十 足 的 紙 環 啦 !

推 薦 理 由 : 這 個 遊 戲 把 簡 單 、 甚 至 有 點 機 械 化 的 造 句 、 寫 故 事 , 化 為 了 一 樁 充 滿 未

知 性 的 集 體 探 險 。 學 生 不 僅 能 在 寫 作 的 時 候 , 練 習 和 掌 握 句 子 及 故 事 的

基 本 成 分 , 且 有 更 大 的 動 機 去 發 揮 想 象 力 , 以 求 最 後 的 滑 稽 笑 果 。

我 在

做 了 一 個

然 後 和

做 了

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Michael Kan

Maths teacher

These number tricks are guaranteed to surprise and

entertain everyone. I’m going to share with you some exciting

and popular number tricks. Challenge yourself by performing

the calculations mentally. Don't hesitate to invite your family

and friends to witness how clever you are!

1. Mysterious 37

Choose any number from 1 to 9 and

repeat it three times. For instance,

you get 111 if you pick 1. Divide the

3-digit number by 3, then divide the

result by the number you first chose.

The result? It’s 37 every time!

111

1+1+1=3

111÷3=37

2. Prediction by sevenths

Find a die. Roll the die, and

multiply the number on top of

the die by 999,999. Then divide

that number by 7.

The result will always contain the

digits 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8.

3. 12,345,679, the imperfect number

When you look at the number 12,345,679, you probably notice that the

number 8 is missing from the sequence. This number seems to be

imperfect, but it actually contains some magical powers.

Multiply the number by your age.

If your age is a multiple of 3, you will see a strange 3-digit number

repeating itself 3 times.

For example: 12,345,679 × 3 = 370,370,370

Otherwise, you will see the number shuffled around, and there is a new

digit missing now from the sequence of 1-9.

For example: 12,345,679 × 7 = 86,419,753 (2 is missing)

This is not the end. If your age is below 10, multiply the result by 9.

What do you find?

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4. Division and recurrence

Get a calculator. Press any digit from 1 through

8. Divide it by 9. What do you find?

Clear the display, and enter a 2-digit number

less than 99. Then divide it by 99. The

calculator will again repeat the

selected number.

Now clear and enter a 3-digit

number less than 999. Divide it by 999.

Guess what?

5. 2020/4/19, the magical date for younger

mathematicians

This magic maths trick only works on people under ten

(the most magical people). I wrote this article on 2020/4/19.

Let’s have some fun with this date. Convert the date into a

single number, i.e. 2,020,419. Add your age to this number.

Next, add up all digits of the result. You should get a 2-digit number. Add up the digits again.

What number do you get? For example: 2,020,419 + 8 = 2,020,427

2 + 0 + 2 + 0 + 4 + 2 + 7 = 17

1 + 7 = 8

You can find more fun by subtracting your age from 2,020,419 or

multiplying it by that number. Repeat the same process and see

what you get.

Can you find the secret behind all

these unbelievable tricks?

Join Mr Michael’s classes to

discover more!

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天 就 要 到 了 , 喜 歡 吃 冰 冰 涼 涼 、 甜 甜 蜜 蜜 的 雪 糕 嗎 ?

根 據 成 語 提 示 , 在 雪 糕 球 上 寫 出 正 確 字 的 部 件 / 部 首 , 再 在 方 格 中 寫 出 完 整 的 字 ,

拼 出 好 吃 的 雙 球 和 三 球 雪 糕 吧 !

勢 欺 人

而 談

效 尤

烏 之 眾 無 出 其

副 其 實 狼 虎 嚥

戒 備 嚴 瑩 剔 透

頭 論 足

百 足 之

now less dense than the water, so it floats.

egg! When the egg is placed back into the water, it is

water more dense and even makes it denser than the

than the water. Adding salt to the water makes the

fresh water. This is because the egg is more dense

P15: You should see the egg sink when placed into

3. 戒 備 森 嚴 / 晶 瑩 剔 透 / 品 頭 論 足 / 百 足 之 蟲

2. 烏 合 之 眾 / 無 出 其 右 / 名 副 其 實 / 狼 吞 虎 嚥

1. 仗 勢 欺 人 / 伶 牙 俐 齒 / 侃 侃 而 談 / 以 儆 效 尤

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答 案 :

P.23


Bookworm Comic

唔 ...

記 住 要 畫 得 我 瘦 啲 呀 !

1 2

唔 ...

我 要 係 瘦 呀 , 唔 係 長 呀 !

3 4

Bookworm Game

Find 5 differences between these pictures from Time to Sail, a level 2B book from Bugbug’s Library.

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