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The Teleporter….

BREAKING NEWS!!!

Since all the year 2 students participated in the Commonwealth Bank Start Smart program we all received amazing VR headsets!!

The Teleporter Adventures is an expansion of CommBank’s award winning financial educational program Start Smart, which over the last 8 years has serviced more than 2 million students right around Australia.

The storybook, Sammy the Space Koala (downloadable PDF), teaches children the difference between a ‘need’ and a ‘want’ through an epic space adventure. At 3 different points during the book, users will be asked to ‘Teleport’ into the story using ‘The Teleporter Adventures’ app and a virtual reality headset. The virtual reality setting can also be turned off to allow the app to be experienced as a full-screen interactive game.

We hope you enjoy your Teleporter Adventures!

Kindness in the Classroom

Last week, 2F and 2G learnt about Empathy and the purpose of showing Empathy to others. We discovered that Empathy is not just about understanding someone else’s emotions but it is also about sharing that emotion and finding a way to help.

Children had to select different emotions and come up with a way that they could help people who were experiencing that feeling.

Next we read a book called “I Think, I am” by Louise Hay. It is a book that teaches us all about the power of Affirmations and positive thoughts in our day-to-day lives. 

From this we started to think about words and phrases that could change the way somebody thinks about themselves, the day they are having or feelings they may come across. We decorated different sized pebbles with kind and inspiring words. These will be displayed in our classrooms so we can refer to them when we are feeling down.

 

Bloxels in the Classroom

Over the past few weeks children in 2F have been learning about code, more specifically, coding with Bloxels. Bloxels is a hands-on platform for students to build, collaborate and tell stories through video game creation.

We started off by reading a couple of articles on Bloxels being used in the classroom and formed an opinion of weather we are for or against using them in our classroom. Students used a writing prompt to begin our opinions.

Our next step was to begin planning what our game board would look like. We did this by using a 1 – 169 number chart because our Bloxels game board was a 13 x 13 grid. There are different colours that represent different elements of a game. We used these colours to help us plan what we wanted in our game room. 

Once we were finished creating our paper game board, we transferred our ideas onto the Official Bloxels Board.  The next step was super easy. We took a photo of our game board using the Bloxels app and then all of a sudden we had our own game ready to play.

It was fantastic to see students collaborating and extending their games using each others ideas and creativity! Don’t forget to ask our gamers how they created their game and you can have a go at it too!

Post any questions or comments you have below and we will be extremely happy to reply 🙂

Reading with our Buddies

As part of book week one of our activities was to read our favourite stories to our buddy grade. We got to read different types of books to our buddies and we also got to listen to them read. We gave each other feedback and had so much fun interacting with our grade 3 friends.


 

BOOK WEEK DRESS UP

Dear Parents and Carers,

On behalf of 2F, we just wanted to say a big thank you for all the hard work and effort that was put into all the costumes for todays Book Week Dress Up. It was fantastic to see everyone in all their amazing outfits portraying their favourite book characters.

Stay tuned for another blog post with all our fun from the day!

From, Miss Alebakis 🙂

The Maths Super Hero Challenge!

Good Afternoon Parents and Carers!

Over the next two weeks our students will be participating in the Maths Superhero Challenge created by Manga High.  Students can earn points for our school by completing any activities whether it may be, Games or Prodigi tasks. Students who demonstrate mastery earn medallions and each medal is worth a certain number of points.

We are encouraging students to complete activities and games over the next two weeks, to not only work towards participating in the challenge, but to built upon their maths knowledge.

We look forward to seeing what we can do over the next two weeks.

Best of luck to all who are participating.

Miss Alebakis

YEAR 2’S GOING CRAZY FOR WORD MANIA!

Hello Everyone!

As you know the last few weeks the year 2 students have been participating in the 2017 Word Mania competition. In round 1, we were so amazed with our result, we finished the competition 1st on the leaderboard out of 4000 year 2 classes in the entire country!

In round 2, we finished 3rd nationally as well. However, in our region we have been ranking first throughout the entire competition. We are extremely proud of the efforts all our students have made throughout the competition and have noticed massive improvements in our writing.

Since we have been on an amazing streak while playing Word Mania, we had a special visitor from Literacy Planet and she gave us a special prize pack for all of our incredible efforts!

We are currently playing in the final round and it finishes at midnight tonight so all of us are encouraging our students to keep playing and making some incredible words.

Challenge: How many words can you make using these letters? What is the longest word you can make? What word can you make that will have the most points? 

Comment all your words below, we cannot wait to see what you can all make! 

Addition & Subtraction

Wow! What an amazing start to the term! All the grade twos have been busy exploring different curiosities and developing their knowledge.

This week and the coming weeks we are going to be looking at addition and subtraction. If you know of any awesome games that link to addition and subtraction please add a comment to our blog so we can play them in class as well. 

One game that we know is really fun is Subtraction snap. Played with two players, each player gets half a deck of cards. At the same time each player flips a card over. The first person to figure out the difference between the two numbers collects the cards. The game is played until one player has no more cards left.

Let us know what you think of the game and we cannot wait to hear about and play all the games you have suggested too us!

 

TERM 3 KICKS OFF!

Hello, and welcome back to ACPS for another fantastic term. We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday break and we have loved to see everyone refreshed and ready to learn.

Our first week back has kicked off by looking at different provocations to get our minds thinking about our new big idea in Challenged Based Learning. Children were welcomed on Monday morning by brand new classroom layouts, interesting bits of technology and a variety of other provocations.

Stay tuned to read about our thoughts, wonderings and questions. Also to find out what our big idea actually is!

 

Holiday Learning!

Hello everyone,

Our mid year holiday break is coming up and some of the year 2 teachers have come up with some fun projects to do over the holidays. This is optional and does not have to be done, however it is there for students who would like to do it.

Don’t forget to have fun on your break!!!

Year 2 Teachers 🙂