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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

We have been reading Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge in our class.

We made predictions and changed them after reading information about the text.

We used thinking hats to make connections to what we already know about nursing homes.

We described a character from the book and compared Miss Nancy and Wilfrid Gordon using a Venn diagram.

We worked with a partner to think about the mood and tone of the text and used evidence to support our opinions

We made connections to our own memories by linking different types of memories found in the text. We recorded our memories in a flip book to share with the class.

After sequencing Miss Nancy’s memories, we made a timeline using our own memories.

Working together to research different types of energy.

We have been using roles to help us work collaboratively. It has helped us to make sure everyone is helping contributing and participating in the group. We have researched different energies and started thinking about problems and possible solutions.

Alvana is researching hydro power and learnt that the Snowy River Hydro plants took 25 years to build.

Jayden and Jaisal have been researching coal. They know that it is made from bark and trees that have been buried for a very long time.

Emma, Saad and Ahmed have learnt that solar energy is renewable and comes from the heat of the sun.

Chelsea, Sameen, Vidhi and Arda are also researching solar energy and are beginning to understand how solar panels work.


Navraj, Attila, Ishan, Vihaan and Sanjay have found out that petrol is made from oil and is used in most cars. Some cars use diesel though.

Jack, Charlotte, Japnoor, Azra and Mohammad are exploring how energy is used in our bodies. They have found out how food is absorbed and turned into energy.

CERES Excursion!

On Tuesday, we went on an adventure to CERES. Even thought it was a bit hot… and the bus over heated on the way home, it was still a great day filled with fun and hands on learning.

Here is what we did…

Sharing Energy

We saw chickens finding food. We were giving energy to the chickens when we fed them. We were playing a game where the sun was giving energy to the sun-rays, then the sun-rays were giving energy to the plants, then the plants gave energy to the animals and then the energy was given to the people.

The sun gives energy to the sun-rays, which give energy to plants, which give energy to animals, and they give energy to people.

We could see chickens eating to get energy. The chickens were clucking! Kim gave us chicken food so we can feed the chickens and the rooster. We can use all the energy from a chicken by putting their poo in the garden, eating their meat, using their feathers to make art and craft and boiling their eggs to eat. People can eat meat or veggies for energy.


When the worms make a baby they put their saddles together. Worm poo is called casting. They have no eyes and 5 hearts. Worms are slimy on their backs.


We learnt about the seasons. The seasons are Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter. Melbourne actually has 6 seasons instead of 4. We used a thermometer to check how hot or cold it was. The trees can tell us which way the wind is blowing and we used a compass to check the direction.

Persuasive Writing

We have been exploring persuasive texts. We have been using the structure of an exposition to persuade readers to think the same as us. We have also been putting expositions back into order and filling in the missing modality words.

In writing I learnt about persuasive text and I will write more sentences. – Vihaan

Persuasive writing tries to make people think the same. – Anaadi

I learnt that persuasive texts have arguments and next time I will add supporting sentences. – Sanjay

I learnt I need to put supporting sentences in my work. – Jayden

I learnt that its easy because there’s gaps between the paragraphs and if you don’t put them in, you might get mixed up. – Jack

Persuasive writing has taught me how to make someone believe me. – Vidhi

Persuasive writing persuades us to read the book. – Chelsea

In writing I learnt about persuasive texts. A persuasive text has I believe, Firstly, Secondly/In addition, Thirdly/Finally and In conclusion. I think persuasive text s are a better and easier way to persuade someone. – Attla

Persuasive writing tries to make people think the same. – Azra

So much has been happening this week in 2A…

Emma and Anaadi are making fractions with circles and squares
Arda is cutting fractions
Jaisal is practising subtracting
Mohammad is trying to figure out the hidden picture by completing subtraction
Ahmed is working on subtraction problems
Azra and Chelsea are working on making fractions
Sameen is gluing down the fractions she made
The boys are working on making their fractions the same size
The boys are cutting fractions to make them the same size – a whole, quarters and halves
Jack is carefully folding the square into fractions
Vidhi is making fractions the same size
Vihanna is straightening his array
In this array there are 8 rows and 5 in each of them
Jaisal is working out how many rows in his array
Ishan is carefully placing the coins to make an array
Emma is working out her array
Jack is making arrays with a dice
NAvraj is making an array by carefully ling them up
Emma is thinking about how to line up her array
Anaadi i sproud of her array made from scissors
Alvana and Azra are working together to make a neat array
Ahmed worked hard to put his circles into straight lines
JAyden is recording his array on his iPad
Azra is recording the array on her iPad
Jack is trying to figure out how to put the dice into an array
Japnoor and Sameen are working together to put the counters into an array
Charlotte and Chelsea are sharing the blockas and working together to turn it into an array
Jaisal and Mohammad are watching a video and thinking about how it connects to them in CBL
The boys are watching a video and recording their ideas in CBL
Chelsea is thinking about the connections she can make to the video in CBL
Emma and Ahmed are watching the video together and sharing their ideas
Charlotte and Alvana are talking about their ideas from the video
These are the words that our CBL video made us think of

Curiosity Solutions

Mohammad – A basketball court that tells your friends you have no one to play with.
Arda and Azra – A robot to remind people to ask before taking someting.
Sameen and Vidhi – Our robot tells people to cooperate. There is a switch so the robot can solve problems and get people to be nice to each other.
Saad, Sanjay, Vihaan, Ishan and Attila – A robot that finds lost objects.
Japnoor, Emma, CHarlotte, Jaisal and Anaadi – A robot that helps to clean up rubish.
Alvana and Jack – We made this solution because people keep on falling off the monkey bars. We made sticky gloves and socks.
Jayden, Ahmed, Chelsea and Navraj – A robot that makes sure you don’t spend too much time on the iPad.

e-smart week!

Cyber bullying is not ok because sometimes when you cyber bully your friends, you can lose them.

Don’t go on the internet when you’re being cyber bullied because they can hack you and it is very dangerous try one of these.

Tell everyone in your family. Turn off your phone off. Don’t text them back. Walk away. Tell a teacher ,parents and a friend. These are things you can try if you get cyber bullied.

Azra, Mohammad and Jack