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Ceres

A couple of weeks ago 2E, 2F, 2G and 2H all went on an excursion to CERES in Brunswick. We learnt about the environment and the different types of Energy CERES uses. We saw different  types of Solar Panels and learnt that Wind Turbines can look like windmills as well. Our first task was to sketch what the clouds look like –> we noticed that the dark grey clouds were the ones that had water in them. After this, we went on a tour of CERES and then for our final activity we got to dig and look for worms and mini beasts.

School Walk

During CBL this week we have been investigating Energy and have made connections to a video we watched with a variety of images. 

Since we had beautiful weather today, we went on an Energy Walk around our school to see if we could spot anything we saw in our video. Children investigated different objects and areas that might use energy or create energy.

From this we had to label our work by adding captions to our images. 

Sketchnoting

Sketchnoting is creating a visual story while listening to a speaker or reading a text.

Today, 2F and 2G attempted to sketchnote their thoughts and connections to the text Wind Power. This was the first time we have done this and we were excited to see how it would work in the classroom. We started off by Mrs Rushworth reading a paragraph from our text, from there we continued to add pictures and words to our visuals and our learning came to life. 

We had to talk with a partner about our Sketchnotes and then share what they were thinking on their page.  We summarised what our partner communicated with us.

Chris – “Gursewak was thinking about bubbles, air, clouds, Earth and the sun. Some of these are cold and some are warm. They all use Wind.”

Lachlan – “Navroz was thinking about the sun, cool and hot, kites and trees. He was thinking about these because they all connect to Wind. I knew he was thinking about these things because I could see it.”

Charli – “Brianna was doing a lot of clouds and a bent tree because you said wind can sometimes bend trees. She added blue texta to the wind because we found out that wind can sometimes be cold.”

Harun – “Ari drew a tree being pushed by the wind and he drew the Earth being heated up by the sun”.

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!