2D’s Data Investigation

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In numeracy this week, 2D investigated the growth of student population in our school community since we have opened in 2011. During investigation, we brainstormed types of data required and the methods of gathering data. First method suggested was researching on the Internet. We went on the MySchool website to gather data and realised that data for 2015 and 2016 were missing.Anna2

This triggered our class to go on a data hunt around the school to find our missing data. We were successful in collecting the missing enrolment data when we discovered school photos hung up on the walls near the office and by asking lovely members of our school community.

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We explored different methods of organising and representing data for our investigation. Going through this process enabled us to engage with the concept of place values. We used variety of learning tools, MAB blocks, maths digital manipulatives and Mindtools to help us connect our investigation with our new learning.

 

Using digital manipulatives such as Pieces Basic made our learning experience engaging. Most of all, it enabled us to visually represent and manipulate our mathematical concepts that otherwise would remain abstract.

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2C’s Community Agreement

Throughout the year 2C will strive to show our school values of Respect, Achievement, Responsibility and Teamwork both inside and outside the classroom.

We will always try our personal best in all that we do including our work and friendships. We will help each other when other students and teachers are in need, by sharing our knowledge and ideas. We will be friendly and kind making sure that everyone feels included and safe in our classroom so that everyone feels happy at school. We will also take responsibility of our actions.

2C’s community agreement was created as a class. We brainstormed the ideas now hat we thought would make this year successful and great. The students and I worked together to create our mission statement it will be a great year as our classroom exceptions have been set. 🙂

 

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Skype with Mt Austin Primary school

On Thursday the 25th February 2B and 2C had their first experience using Skype to talk to students in a different school. We had welcomed Mt Austin Primary School from Wagga Wagga into our school community to show the students and teachers what our community looks like.

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During our Skype session we had discussed the differences and similarities that both our school communities have. Both classes had taken it in turns to ask and answer questions in regard to our school to find out new information about the other school. By the end of the session we had noticed that there are differences in our school such as the time we start and some subjects that we learn, but we have some similarities such as our school values.

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Thank you to Mt Austin Primary School for welcoming us and sharing what your community is like we can wait to do it again. 🙂

Our Skype with Mariana Llanos

On Monday 22nd February we welcomed a very special visitor to our classroom using SKYPE. Mariana Llanos is an author who lives in Oklahoma, United States.

Listening to Mariana.
Listening to Mariana

During our Skype she read us her book ‘No Birthday for Mara’. It explored 6 main emotions that we can feel; happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear and surprise. We learnt to say the emotions in Spanish and we were able to act them out.

Acting out our emotions
Acting out our emotions

She told us to READ, READ, READ to make our brains smarter and stronger! Mariana also told us that she uses a Writer’s Notebook to brainstorm all of her ideas. Just like us!

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This is a strong brain.

It was great to have Mariana visit our Community. We really loved Skyping and hope that we can do it again soon!

Check out her website http://www.marianallanos.com/

 

 

 

Numeracy in 2B – Term 1, Week 5

Numeracy is in full swing in 2B and with so much to learn about, what better way to do it than to integrate different learning areas under one topic.

Blog 4Using our CBL big idea of ‘Community’ we decided we would explore how our ACPS community has changed in size since the school opened in 2011. Students will be learning about collecting and analysing data, creating tables and graphs and place value.

Today we gathered our data by looking at all the pictures in the main admin area of the school (which listed the school’s population) and by asking our great office staff for help. We used this data to create a table in our Numeracy books. From there, we looked at how each of these numbers can be represented in place value format by using both physical MAB and on our iPads using the app, ‘Pieces Basic’. Students demonstrated their understandings of ones, tens and hundreds and took screenshots of each number they created. They then placed these screenshots in ‘Pic Collage’ to create an infographic on the school’s population change.

Our learning on this will continue throughout the term and students will be given a chance to create graphs and will be challenged to notice different things about the data that they can explain.

It was wonderful to see the students take control of their own learning and become engaged in the process of creating a product that showcases their new knowledge and skills.

A completed infographic on the school's population change since 2011
A completed infographic on the school’s population change since 2011

 

 

Exploring Beyond our Community

We’ve been busy learning all about ‘Community’ in Challenge Based Learning (CBL) this term. To help us learn about the different types of communities we have been exploring the area around Mount Austin Public School in regional New South Wales, so that we can identify similarities and differences.

We have been using Google Maps and Google StreetView on our iPads to explore the area around the school and have already found some stark differences and some unexpected similarities. We are using this knowledge to develop a series of questions that we will ask Miss Parsell’s year 2 class at this school via a Skype video call on Thursday. The students are really excited to be able to talk to and meet these other children and hope to develop some interesting knowledge about how different it is in a rural area compared to suburban Melbourne.

Watch this space to find out what we learned from our Skype call.

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2G has had a great start to the year!

We have been learning about community and using our iPads to record what we already know. We have wondered about community and asked questions such as:

-How can communities help us?

-What happens when people don’t support the community?

-What do people do to make communities?

On Tuesday the 9th of February it was Safer Internet Day where we learnt about how to be safe on our online community. On Nearpod we explored Internet communities and found out what we could do to make sure we stay safe online. We recorded our learning on mini iPhones.

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Welcome to Grade 2!

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to our blog! Here we will share with you all the learning and fun that has been taking place both inside and outside our classrooms.

We encourage students, parents, grandparents and carers to regularly visit and make comments on our blogs.

Our individual class blogs will help the students learn many important skills, like communicating safely and appropriately in online environments, writing posts, revising and editing, uploading images and files, communicating with others and much more.

From all the grade two teachers,

Have a great year!

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