A big congratulations to Libby and Jasmine who performed at the school music assembly this morning. Their courage and growth mindset to performing in front of the whole school was inspiring!
Libby – I loved my singing!
Cierra – I loved how Libby was singing and Jasmine was playing piano
Jasmine – I loved when Libby was singing and I was playing piano
Akemjot – I liked the drums and the tune they were making
Ashvarn – I liked Jasmine on the piano
Holly – I liked Jasmine on the piano and Libby singing!
What was even more amazing to see and hear was students in our class filling both Libby and Jasmine’s buckets after the performance with positive praise 🙂
Mia and Keren shared a special prayer about summer with us.
Mary – Thank you for my friends an family in the world
Nevada – Dear Lord, thank you for my friends because they play with me
Jasmine – Dear God, thank you for making the sandpit and everywhere
Daksh – Dear God, thank you for my friends, when I am sad the cheer me up
Joseph – Thank you for my friends. Amen.
Cierra – Thank you for my family to cheer me up and for my dog
Aiden – Dear God, thank you for making the donuts for Miss B to ear them
Holly – Dear God thank you for the water
Kurt – Thank you for spaghetti
Daniel – Thank you for making our dogs and cats
Ashvarn – Thank you for food so we can eat
TERM 2 – REFLECTING
This term has been a super busy and productive one! Today we took the time to stop and reflect on all of our specks of goldincluding the Learning Powers we have learned and shown.
We were so pleased to see that children included many social specks of gold including making new friends and trying new things!
This afternoon Mary requested to sing a song to the class. She was totally inspired by Libby singing in front of the whole school. Well done girls!!!
Tomorrow is casual day !
A casual day for cans/bottles and other 10c recyclables.
Great prizes to be won for the MOST recyclables, an Aquaponics tank and Popcorn and a Movie for the classes that collect the most.
Can you help out? A BIG BIG interest in the class is restaurants and cooking...
If you are free we would love your help to come in and cook, share a family recipe or anything about FOOD!!! Food glorious food!!
“The Environment is the third teacher” Loris Malaguzzi,
Also we are in the process of moving the classroom around to suit the needs of the children…
We have noticed they are loving quiet corners, technology areas, art materials that are out and available, a class ‘cafe’, small world/block area etc etc. It is all a work in process and we are observing how the children use the same and will adapt to suit their learning and interests!!
Thanks for a great day and will see you all tomorrow morning!!
Using whiteboardsto practice our words and letters
Aaron Blabeyfocus table with our favourite books to read and review
Reading with a teacher
This morning we enjoyed some rare winter sunshine as we stepped outside for some fitness. We skipped, played handball, practiced our cricket skills and even had a big game of chasey happening!
NUMERACY – SHAPE REVISION
During our last week of the term this week, we will be reviewing the different numeracy concepts explored throughout the entire term. Today we focussed on shapes! We discussed the differences between a 2D and 3D shape and provided some examples before we were posed with a special challenge;
Maddox – I am drawing a laptop square
Samurai – I will draw my drink bottle its like a circle
Aiden – My laptop is is a rectangle I am drawing that
Daksh – I drew a 2D star
Sampann – I am drawing a basketball it is a sphere
Magot – I drew a square, love heart, rectangle. The 3D ones are a pyramid and a square cube
Jed – So I drew a triangular prism it sits on top of the building an there are also cylinders on top
Nathaniel – The squishy is a cylinder!
Joseph and Ann shared a prayer about animals. This was a special prayer about gratitude towards animals.
Rhoda – Dear God, thank you for my family and friends. Amen.
Jasmine – Dear God, thank your making animals and nature. Amen.
Holly – Dear God, thank you for animals. Amen.
Jake – Thank you for the trees so we can breathe oxygen from there. Amen.
Daniel – Thank you for making us happy God. Amen.
Cierra – Dear God, thank you for my family and friends. Amen.
Mary – Dear God, thank you for my uncle and aunties cat. Amen.
Daksh – Dear God, thank you for my family and friends to play. Amen.
Ashvarn – Thank you for making technology so we can watch movies.
Sampann – Thank you for maths so we know one plus one. Amen.
What are they?
Daksh – There are 24 character Strengths
Alex – Kindness means team work
Rehat – Things that you do to show love
Mary – It is kind of like what you are feeling
Mia – Your thoughts
Asvharn – Being strong
Character is who you are and what you are strong at! Today we had a closer look at Perseverance! This is when you keep trying to reach your goals even when things get tough or difficult.
With your plans in mind and Perseverence a focus this afternoon we investigated….
Rehat, Rhoda and Libby setup their own simulated school. “We even have our own Dojo Points!”
Nhu, Natalie and TCross were playing ‘sissys.’ “We are all sisters and have our own house and have food as well.”
Jed and Justin are using Minecraft to create ‘a village where Jesus lives.’
Samurai and Maddox are using blocks to create ‘a factory.’ and then it levelled up into a zoo!
Llana and Keren created their own build-a-bears!
Jaiden and Nathaniel worked hard to make a city of different vehicles!
We finished our day with a reflection of our play. What Learning Power did we use? Did we stick to our plan? What did we learn?
Welcome to the coldest morning of 2018! It was only 3 degrees when we woke up!
This morning we began our day with some literacy/reading provocations. We are finding that the children are super engaged with these and it gives the teachers time to listen to various children read throughout the week! We had the opportunity to engage in;
Using whiteboardsto practice our words and letters
Aaron Blabeyfocus table with our favourite books to read and review
Reading with a teacher
Teach my Monster to Read
SHARED READING – STANLEY PASTE
This morning we read through Stanley Paste, our shared reading story for the week. We are starting to really understand the themes apparent in the book including that of bullying.
What was happening in the clip?
Nhu – They were bullying and not really being a good friend
Neisha – It was about bullying
Kim – It was about standing up for yourself
Rehat – It was about anti-bullying and you should just stop or walk away from them
How do you think Stanley felt?
Jasmine – He feels sad
Ann – He feels lonely because he was the only kid who was little in his class
Aidan – He might be feeling frustrated
What can we do to stop bulling?
Raf – So you can speak up to the bully and get them to stop
Jasmine – Say stop I don’t like it
Ashvarn – You can just look at the bully and tell them to stop it
Ann – If they don’t stop you can just tell the teacher
Mary – I would tell them to be nice to others
After listening to McGruff’s thoughts on bullying and discussing our own in the class, we used our 100 languages to show our anti-bullying campaign! We had children paining, creating videos, drawing, using blocks and more!
Lucas, Raf, Deakyn, Daksh and Noah shared a video they created showing what to do when being bullied.
Holly and Jasmine also shared a video about what bullying is
As it is Catholic Identity Day tomorrow, we visited the library today and borrowed our readers for the week. Together we read another one of the shortlisted books for 2018;
We predicted what the story might be about;
Kim – Could be about penguins
Nhu – It is about the sky and now there is a second sky
Sonnie – I have seen this book before and I think it is about a sky
Deakyn – I liked that the was in the ocean
Sonnie – I liked the grass and trees in water like when he saw it
Nhu – I liked how he kept trying and trying until he got there
Rehat – I think he used his creativity learning power
Jed – He was using Hope and Optimism
Kim – I think he used Creativity
We then came together to share our learning..
Ashvarn – I Shared the chocolate with 15 people and they got only 2 pieces each.
Rhoda – I shared 30 with 5 people, they got 6 pieces each.
Daksh – I have 30 pieces of chocolate and i chose to share with 6 people and they got 5 pieces of chocolate each.
Our provocation to the children before investigations to lead us into Catholic Identity day tomorrow – Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus to you?
Maddox: Is God
Magot: My father
Raf: A nice person
Llana: My heavenly father
Lucas: He is a kind and loving God
Rehat: Jesus is a person that made the world and he healed people
Holly: A kind person
Aidan W: He is joyful an helpful
Cierra: He is a kind and loving person
Keren: Jesus is a God that helps us
Tcross: I think he is a saviour to all people who made our world.
Our reflections of Jesus through play…
Ashvarn, Akemjot and sonnie used the lego to make “the village where Jesus lived”
Rhoda, Nhu, Tcross and Rehat made food to feed the poor
Cierra and Nevada were teaching about Jesus
Alex, Dion and Jaiden were using the blocks to build a Church
Nate and Sampanwere building the home that Jesus lived in
Llana, Keren and Kiziahused the screens to play teachers, they taught about how to be kind like Jesus was.
Maddox and Jedcreated an i-movie about their image of Jesus
Jasmine and Holly chose to draw pictures/images of Jesus
SPECKS OF GOLD
Daniel – MY speck of Gold was playing with Aiden at recess
Kurt – My speck of gold was playing with my friends in chaset
Kim – My speck of gold was reading
Daksh – My speck of gold was doing who is Jesus
Ruby – My speck of gold was playing at Log Park with Neisha
Kiziah – My speck of gold was playing with Keren and Llana
Akemjot – My speck of gold was playing handball chasey
Thanks for a wonderful day Year 2! Remember, tomorrow is Catholic Identity Day!
We began our day with a beautiful liturgy led by 2DT. The liturgy focused on friendship. We all read with confidence and showed a growth mindset to reading aloud in front of a large group of people. After the gospel we reflected on what we appreciate in our friends.
Sonnie – They are kind
Daniel – They are fun
Ashvarn – happy
Jake – Super super hilarious
Justin – Kindness
Raf – Being nice
Deakyn – Amazing
Aiden – Family
Noah – Funny
Ruby – Kind
Neisha – They care for you
Llana – My friends make me laugh
Sukhman – Playing
Dion – They are cool
Holly – They are kind
Mia – They are supportive
LITERACY – SHARED READING
Tying in with the theme of our Liturgy, today we discussed the theme of friendship after listening to our shared reading story ‘Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley.’
What do you think makes them good friends?
TCross – They like to help each other when one is sad or worried
Ann – When one forgets their mittens the other makes them warm as toast
Rehat – When Pearl gets tired, Charlie looks after her and tucks her into bed
What do you love about your friend?
Jasmine – They help you to write or read and make you feel better
Libby – If I don’t have anyone to play with they will help me
Mia – They play with me
Akemjot – They play handball with me
Rehat – They make you laugh
Neisha – When I have lost something they help me find it. She likes things like me
We discussed the importance of handwriting. We then recorded what we personally think makes a good friend. Have a read of some of our heartwarming responses 🙂
Jasmine and Holly led a special prayer with the class … “thank you God”
Mia: Dear God I am grateful that I have enough food to eat.
Rhoda: Dear God when my friends are sad I support them.
Ashvarn: Dear God thank you for the classes.
Daksh: Thank you for our friends are making us happy.
Sukhman: Thank you for my cousin.
Daniel: Thank you for making our families and the world.
Has anyone heard of the word division?
Jake – ive heard of it but unsure what it means.
Jasmine – taking away
Ashvarn – yeah it means…sharing
We then watched this clip on youtube..
We reflected on the clip…
Joesph – if you had 8 flowers and 2 vases you make it fair so put 4 in each vase
Ann – so division is in like halves. If one has more than the other it is not fair
Daksh – it is about equalling the same
Jed – its abit like fractions but you divide things into each group
We then played musical statues…when the music stops make groups of….
Then we explored this concept of division and grouping through play and recording.
Sharing and reflection about what we did…
Libby: I was using the gems..i divided the gems into 5, there was 2 groups, both groups had 5 so there was 10 altogether.
Dion and Jed shared an i-movie they made about sharing popsticks (lollipops) “we made 2 groups of 11…they were the same in each group”
Jake shared his work on the laptops “i made 2 groups of 2 which equals 4 altogether”.
Ruby shared an i-movie
Rhoda – This is my old toy. I have had it since I was a baby. I like doing my work with it. I got this from my aunty.
Jasmine – These are my drawings and I searched them on the internet to help me. I drew lots of different girls because they were so cute I Couldn’t resist.
WORLD CUP INQUIRY
We continued on with our World Cup Inquiry guernseys!
Just a quick reminder that 2TD have their class liturgy tomorrow morning at 9am where all parents are welcome.
We are also still collecting bottles as part of a whole school initiative – feel free to bring in from home!
As we focus on Information Reports during our literacy learning, today’s guided reading focus was exactly that. Each group read through their own Information Report book and reflected using their 100 languages about what they had learned.
Upon return to class from our PE lesson we used our knowledge surrounding the CLARA Learning Powers to reflect on our lesson.
Today for prayer we said the ‘Our Father’ prayer together.
Kristina – Dear God, thank you for my friends and family. Amen.
Mary – Dear God, thank you for everything ike friend and families. Amen.
Nevada – Thank you for my mum my dad, my sisters and my pets. Amen
Daniel – Thank you for making our families and friends. Amen.
TCross – Dear God, thank you for my friends for being on my side. Amen.
Daksh – Thank you for our houses so we can stay safe. Amen.
Ashvarn – Sorry for hurting my friends. Amen.
NUMERACY – FRACTION FUN!
We began our numeracy session with a fun, exciting and challenging game of KAHOOT! The questions focussed all around our fraction learning over the past fortnight.
After this, we were given the opportunity to showcase our knowledge surrounding fractions. It was a challenge to be able to show halves, quarters, eighths and any other fractions we know!
Rhoda – We did Kahoot with colours in Spanish
Dion – If you won Kahoot you got a lolly
WORLD CUP INQUIRY
As World Cup fever sweeps through the country and our school, this afternoon we spent some time discussing what the event is all about! We had a look at some of the highlights from a game and were in awe of the skills shown!
We then used our 100 languages to show what we understand the international event to be and even created our own teams!
Nathaniel – Roosters
Neisha – Powerful Kittens
Mile – Real Madrid 2.0
Aidan – Port Power
Raf – The Fire Dragons
Lucas – Lucas the Power
Ruby – Adelaide Kittens
Dion – The Reds
Alex – MIG Kids
Eva – Unicorn Love
Thanks for a wonderful day Year 2 – keep warm & see you tomorrow!!!! 🙂
Hi Bloggers! Welcome to Week 8! We hope you kept warm and dry over the weekend 🙂
This week we welcome Jannita to our learning environment. She is a year 10 student who is competing her work experience with us 🙂
Thursday 9am 2DT will be hosting a liturgy.
COME READ WITH ME.. with a TWIST!
We began our morning with a focused literacy time. Students still had the opportunity to read their readers independently or with a group. We also introduced some other hands-on literacy activities including;
Matching contractions to their extended version
Creating sight words using playdough
Deciding appropriate punctuation endings to sentences
Using whiteboards to practice our words and letters
Aaron Blabey focus table with our favourite books to read and review
Reading with a teacher
Teach my Monster to Read
Nathaniel – I was matching up the words with the pictures
Andy – I was reading and writing numbers on the whiteboards
Akemjot – I was doing reading. I read some of Justin’s books, their junior novels
Noah – I was reading Cat in the Hat with my buddy Nathan
Kim – I was at the play dough. I made a word!
NUMERACY – FRACTIONS
Building on our investigation surrounding fractions, today we were posed with the challenge of creating our own object, food, shape and dividing into our own fraction.
Mia and Mary shared a prayer about being calm and not worrying.
Rehat – I feel calm when I meditate
Daksh – I am calm when I put on calm music
LITERACY – SHARED READING
In groups we took on specific roles including; recorder, sharer, reporter and organiser. In these groups we were posed the question; Why do you think Aaron Blabey writes about friendship in his stories?
Sukhman’sGroup – I think it is friendship and it is teamwork
Kurt’sGroup – Because he wants to be kind. He never wants us to be mean to our friends
Samurai’s Group – Friends are important. Because he wants to be kind and kids to be friends.
Kim’s Group – Aaron Blabey made this book because you have to be nice and not be mean. To be kind and make friends. So kids don’t fight.
TCross’ Group – It is about being kind to others and wanting to be friends.
Raf’s Group – He is trying to teach us to be nice to others
Jasmine’s Group – Aaron Blabey is trying to kind to everyone. Aaron Blabey makes a lot of stories. He makes kind stories tries his best. Aaron Blabey is trying to be kind.
Rehat’s Group – If you don’t write about friendship it is mean. If you don’t be kind to others you will make the mad. Friends should make people kind.
Aidan’s Group – He never gives up and doesn’t want to be sad. It is a nice emotion. It is kind for people to learn about friends.
Akemjot’s Group – Friends are kind and they help each other. I think Aaron Blabey did that because friends are nice to one another.
Group 3 worked on making simple sentences using subjects and verbs.
Today as a group we completed a guided meditation.
Sukhman – During investigations I was making beyblades with Akemjot
Nevada – I was playing teachers with Cierra we were doing fractions
Jed – I made a restaurant menu. It had pizza, hot dogs, burger, donuts!
Nhu – I liked to play with Natalie in the restaurant. We were giving people their food and there was a lot of customers.
Neisha – I made stuff with Neisha. I made a charger and headphones.
Ann – In investigations me and Bella were making a play set for something in Roblox and then we put glitter on it.
Jake – We made a restaurant with jelly and pringles and nachos.
Today we made our own cakes! Chocolate, caramel, strawberry, blueberry, banana – you name it, we had it!
Libby – Fractions are when you divide stuff like if you had 4 it would be quarters and if you had 2 it would be half
We were posed with a provocation; There were 4 friends coming to our own cake party and we had to cut our cake so everyone would get the same size piece…
In today’s library session we read through another one of the Shortlisted Books for 2018 – ‘Boy’ by Phil Cummings and Shane Devries.
What do we predict the story to be about?
Sampann – Army and attacking?
Jed – Vikings because of the picture
Libby – He is pretending to be a viking
Ann – He is using sign language to talk to people
Joseph – You can use sign language to talk to people in case you can’t talk
We also discussed how important it is to accept people for their differences. We are going to look further into sign language when we get back to class seeing as we were so interested. We borrowed our new books and read these independently and in groups before heading back to class. Please remember to bring black reading bags to school each day 🙂
2TD LITURGY PRACTICE
2TD practiced our class liturgy which will have a focus on Friendship.
You are all welcome to attend next weeks class liturgy which will be in our classroom at 9am on Thursday – Hope to see you there!!
We had a range of literacy investigations in the classroom to explore…
Dion and Alexwere playing a game where you had to guess the word….they were giving clues “the word starts with a M’
Akemjot and Sukhman were also playing the same game “it starts with an S and you say it” “the word is said!”
Eva and Ebony were creating sill sentences using the word cards “fish walk under my sister”
Mia, Mary, Keren, Cierra, Nevada and Kiziahenjoyed using the playdough to form letters and their names.
Daksh, Kurt, Holly, Rehat and Ruby liked exploring the dictionaries and finding the meaning to new words they recorded in their books to use at a later time…. Rehat said “Hoot means hooting a horn loudly”.
Kurt said “Hiss was interesting, it is the sound the snake makes with its tongue”
Jake, Rhoda, Nhu, Aidan, Aiden, Sonnie and Tcrossworked together to play a game of scrabble. Fantastic teamwork and turn taking. They supported each other to sound
Hi Bloggers! Welcome to Week 7! Today we wish Mile a Happy 9th Birthday! 🙂 Thank you so much for bringing in a cake to share with us all!
We hope you enjoyed your long weekend! We spoke about our long weekend Specks of Gold;
Mary – My speck of gold was playing with my brothers and sisters with Badminton
Dion – I had fun at my mums party
Sampann – Four hours at Kumon!
Deakyn – I went camping in a forest
Daniel – My cousins came over to my house
Nathaniel – We had to learn the letters and know the colours and then we had to colour in the balloons with the letters
Jasmine – In Spanish we had to learn the colours from the balloons
Llana – We had a sheet of paper and we had to colour them in
Mia – We did some instruments, we did like a song like d, f, g, a ,b, c, e, f
Ashvarn – We had to do the same as the song did using instruments
Sonnie – I liked the song when it was playing but sometimes it made some people laugh
POSITIVE EDUCATION – MINDFULNESS
Over the past term we have been collecting ‘data’ in a fun way surrounding student wellbeing. This has been occurring in the way of our feeling rocks. As students enter class each morning they put a colour stone on their name to reflect the way they are feeling. They are welcome to change this at any point in the day.
To continue the discussion surrounding emotions and ‘feeling positive‘ today we asked for a little help from our class friends… The Dojo’s!
We asked ourselves… What is you beast? How can you tame it?
Rehat – They mean beast like when you get embarrassed at something and you can get nervous
Libby – The beast isn’t real it is about your emotions so if you’re feeling nervous
Mary – It is telling us to be strong and that you can be confident
Mia – It was telling us that Dojo wasn’t so confident
LITERACY – RECOUNT
Mr. Coad came in to have a chat to us about Recount Writing. He shared with us what he did on his long weekend. With one big massive breath he read his recount to us – geeeee it was a lot of writing to read!
Magot – You forgot talking marks
Rehat – There is no full stops!
Sampann – There is no commas
Neisha – There is a lot of ‘ands’
As a group we discussed how we could improve Mr. Coad’s writing. We noticed that we read the word ‘and’ far too many times. We worked out how we could improve this. We made some sentences shorter and even added other words! It was then our job to complete our own long weekend recounts!
As a class we together completed a Smiling Mind meditation.
This afternoon we explored Chance and Probability using our 100 languages. Our challenge was to show the teachers all we have discovered over the past week in any capacity surrounding Chance and Probability.
Flip Tile Game
Snakes and Ladders
Whiteboards using Probability Language
Paint and Oil Pastels
Akemjot – It is impossible the car to have red wheels because there aren’t any red lego wheels
Cierra – We are making our own Kahoot. One question will be about if it is likely to go to bed
Kurt – One of my Kahoot questions asks if it will rain
Bella – We are making paper skittles and then will make some questions to go with it like ‘Will I pick an orange one?”
Nevada – I am paining an impossible picture. Like it will rain muffins
Raf – It will be impossible for me to shrink into our creation!!
Neisha – It is impossible that a cat will fart out rainbows!
Both teachers and students love the opportunity for students to freely express themselves and their learning using the 100 languages as it provides an opportunity for students to draw on their own strengths and actively engage in their learning.
Thank you for such a productive day year 2! See you tomorrow in full sports uniform 🙂
Just a reminder there is no school on Monday because of the Queen’s Birthday 🙂
What did you like at assembly?
Tcross: the dancing and songs
Mia: I liked when the PJ masks videos
Rhoda: The kids were good at dancing
Sonnie: I liked all the songs
Jed: The dancing was good
Kurt: the dance!
Cierra: PJ masks videos
NUMERACY – PROBABILITY
To start off we did Kahoot!!! we answered probability questions….
Then we became engaged in probability focused investigations. Some included games such as snakes and ladders, flip tile game, dice rolling etc…
Holly: One was the most likely to roll and 6 was the least likely
Rheat: It is impossible to roll a 7
Rhoda: It is unlikely for me to roll a 6
Today we read through another one of the shortlisted booked for 2019 – Rodney Loses It!
Mile – I think Rodney is the rabbit
Lucas – Loses it means like when you get really angry
Jed – Well I think it was teaching us not to get and when you lose something
Magot – You should look everywhere for something before getting angry
As a class we agreed that we liked this week’s book more than last weeks because it was more fun! We borrowed our new books for next week and began reading them. It is super important that we practice our rating over the long weekend 🙂
We listened to some special prayer music and reflected…
Ebony: Dear God Thank you for my family
Eva: Dear God thank you for my family
Nhu: Dear God thank you for the world
Rhoda: Thank you for my family that supports me when i am feeling sad
Mia: Dear God I hope that my Aunty, Mum and Grandma do not get sick
Rehat: Dear God please be beside me when I need you
Aiden: Thank you for the trees so we can breath
Tcross: Dear God I am grateful for my family and the food God created
Cierra: Dear God thank you for my Aunty Daphene even though she died i still know she is there
Kurt: Thank you for friends so we are not alone
Guided reading groups;
Today Mrs Diotallevi worked with team ‘cool books’ we read a book about ‘pasta’…
What was the book about?
Rehat: The book was about how to make pasta and who discovered the pasta. It spoke about pasta in many different shapes
Nhu: Some pastas doesn’t have to be same colour
Nhu: You need to mix flour and water to make the dough first, then you make the pasta
Did you learn something new?
Eva: I learnt about how to make pasta, you use flour and wheat
Rhoda: Pasta comes in many different shapes, sizes and colours. The spinach makes green pasta and beetroot makes purple.
Ruby: the book talks about where pasta comes from, it comes from Italy a long time ago
Kurt: I learnt how the pasta is cut into different shapes, one is like a bowtie
Relating to our lives
Eva: I made pasta last night, it was abit like spaghetti, my nonna made it
Rhoda: I like bowtie, or I call it butterfly, I also like the twirl one
Eva: I also like the shell pasta
Rehat: We have sauce, I make it myself with tomato sauce, we use fresh tomatoes and we chop them and use liquid and salt to make it.
Eva: We make the sauce too with tomatoes
Kurt: ive tried it once but I didn’t like it
Ruby: I like it, my great grandmother made up a recipie about making pasta
Eva: My nonno knows how to make it because she is from Italy
Nhu: ive tried pasta, it was ok but it needed more sauce and flavour
During this guided reading session we focused lots on oral language. In the other groups children spoke about the characters and drew comprehension illustrations.
LITERACY – KINDNESS
Together we viewed the ‘ColourYour WorldWithKindness‘ video!
Jasmine – The world got colour from happiness
Neisha – There was colour with happiness
Magot – Today I showed kindness by helping Natalie and Nhu
Ashvarn – I showed kindness to Akemjot by helping him with a maths game
We took a moment to focus on our breathing….
Today during investigations we had some leaders who led mini workshops. Children could chose which student led workshop they would go to..
Cierra: Im making a car…in my car I am going to put an ipad in the car
Andy: was making a marble track using cardboard
Sonnie: we added lights to the marble run, green means to go but the blue will be for stopping. We need to add more detail to the marble run
Kurt: I am the guy filming the track
Mia: Its called Mia’s restaurant, we have a number we can call.
Rhoda: So far i have wrote down bowtie, macaroni and spaghetti on my menu
What did you do/enjoy during investigations today?
Ruby and Neisha: We made an iStop motion video on Miss B’s desk. We used ice cream. We took 6 different pictures.
Daniel – We did the marble run. I made it 8 times.
Mia – I made my own restaurant and there was a boss and I was a boss and we made lots of food and there were lots of customers.
Ashvarn – I was playing with Sukhman and Jaiden and we were making bay blades and we were battling and helping people to make them. Sukhman and me said lets battle.
Rehat – Me and Rhoda were making silly pasta recipes like slug, slime and vinegar.
Ann – Me and Bella were making games and then we tested them out with Noah.
Mile -I was in the restaurant
What are we up to this long weekend?
Aidan – I will play roblux at home
Eva – I am going to Bounce!
Dion – It is my mum’s party
Lucas – I am going to eat a chicken wing
Kristina – I might go to Saint Kilda
Mai-Anh – I might go shopping to buy some toys
Sonnie – My cousin might be over at my house
Deakyn – I will go to the aquatic centre tomorrow
Jasmine – I will go to swimming lessons
Sukhman – On the weekend I am going to my friends house to play soccer
Daniel – I might go to high school and do some maths
Magot – On the weekend I am going to go swimming
Ashvarn – On the weekend I am going to go to McDonalds. My dad will pick my cousin up and my dad will bring my cousin home and we will play on the PS4.
Raf – I will go play soccer
Nhu – It will be my mums friends party
Rehat – I will go to netball on Saturday
Mia – On Monday we will go out somewhere fun like lollipops
Cierra – My mum and dads friends are bringing friends
TCross – I might be having a play date with one of my friends
Welcome to Tremendous Thursday June 7!
COME READ WITH ME
This morning we had the option to read our books independently, with a partner or trial a new interactive reading program.The program is called ‘Teach My Monster to Read,’ The online portal gives each individual student their own account. There are three Teach Your Monster to Read games to play at varying levels which means we can individualise to student needs!
Game 1: First Steps For children practicing letters and sounds.
Practice for 31 letter-sound combinations:
s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, qu, v, w, x, y, z, zz
Blending and segmenting practice with CVC words
The first 6 non-decodable (‘tricky”) words
Game 2: Fun With Words For children who are confident with early letter-sound combinations and are starting to read sentences.
Lots of blending and segmenting practice with CVC, CVCC, CCV and CCVC words
Practice of non-decodable (‘tricky’) words:
he, she, the, to, we, me, be, was, no, go, my, you, they, her, all, are, said, so, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, do when, out, what
Reading and comprehension of sentences, from short ones such as “Get the cat” to longer ones such as “Can you get me an owl that is not green or red?”
Game 3: Champion Reader For children who are confidently reading short sentences and know all of the basic letter-sound combinations.
Champion Reader is the most advanced game so we are starting all children on either Game 1 & 2 so we can see how they go first up.
s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, qu, v, w, x, y, z, zz, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
Introduces alternative spellings of sounds (e.g. /ai/ as used in eight and they)
Introduces alternative pronunciations (e.g. i as pronounced in fin and find)
More non-decodable (‘tricky”) words
Lots of reading for meaning and comprehension – from sentences to magical little books
This is the 2IB link for students to access: http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/u/1216998
This is the 2TD link for students to access: http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/u/1616938
As the children explored, the teachers walked around and had some learning conversations;
Nathaniel – I am learning sounds like ‘a’ for apple
Samurai – I am finding ‘t’
TCross – I am matching the word with the item
Kurt – It asked me which letter have to go in order like ‘s’ at the end of duck
Daniel – The ‘n’ means to go down like the letter its telling me to go up
Jed – It has been asking me letters and telling me letters and to go in the places and do the challenge
Deakyn – To find the words like ‘cat and ‘dog’
Ebony – It is telling me to put the ducks in the pond like to make more than one duck
We also borrowed some headphones from different generous classes around the school to help us really hear the sounds we are trying to learn!
Seeing as it was very grey and lightly raining outside, our brain break today consisted of some dancing indoors!!
LITERACY – PRAYER WRITING
The children previously wrote a prayer in their writing books in draft form.They then edited their work before having a conferencewith the teacher and then doing a good copy.
Each child was given a checklist to place into their writing books….
The children then had some coloured paper, crayons, textas etc to create a good copy of their special individual prayers.
Rhoda, Cierra, Holly, Raf, Sonnie, Neisha and Natalie led prayer today. they shared their special prayers that they wrote…
We also had some quiet reflection time.
Mia: Dear God I am so sorry for upsetting my grandma and grandpa, Amen
Mary: Thank you for the world.
NUMERACY – PROBABILITY
Our numeracy warm-up today involved a game of Kahoot! Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform for teachers of awesome, classroom superheroes and all learners. Students connect online to a survey created by a teacher with multiple choice answers. Today the possible options for answers were; certainly, likely, unlikely and impossible.
We then played this ‘Flip the Tile’ probability game with a friend.
Today for mindfulness, Mrs Diotallevi read a guided meditation to us all. We used our visualisation skills to centre our attention and enter a calm space to begin our afternoon learning.
Guided meditation for kids
Close your eyes, gently, as if you’re sleeping. Take a deep breath… and now let it out. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out. One more deep breath in, and as you are letting it out, imagine a star up high in the sky. This is the Heaven Star and there’s a beam of light coming out of the star. The beam is coming down through the sky, into our house and right into the top of your head.
Feel it move very, very slowly. Down from the top of your head, past your eyes… your ears… your mouth and into your neck. It’s moving slowly down your neck and then down your spine, the centre of your back, slowly… slowly. Feel it coming down past your tummy and into your hips. Now it’s slowly moving down your legs, down to your knees and slowly working its way past your ankles. Feel it filling your feet up with its beautiful light.
Now it’s spilling out the bottom (soles) of your feet and down through the floor, through the house and into the Earth. The light makes its way through the ground and past an underground stream to cleanse the light, and then it flows down deep into the centre of the Earth where the Earth Star lives.
When this light touches the Earth Star another beam of light comes up from the Earth Star and through the ground. Up… up it comes, through the underground stream and up… up into our house. Feel it coming up and into your feet.
As it fills your feet, it moves up past your ankles and slowly makes its way to your knees. Feel the light passing your knees and making its way up your legs to your hips.
Now the energy is coming up your body, working its way up your spine. Feel it slowly filling you with its gentle, relaxing feelings. The energy touches your throat and moves up, slowly into your head. Past your mouth… your ears… up past your eyes and out the top of your head. The beam of light is reaching up to the sky, and right up to the Heaven Star.
Now imagine yourself in a field full of flowers. There are so many different colours. Look up at the sky. Do you see any birds or butterflies? Look around and see how many different colours of flowers there are.
Off in the distance you can see a group of horses. When you see them—one of them looks at you and comes over to meet you. This horse is so beautiful and very gentle. What colour is the horse? Now the horse is kneeling down so you can climb on its back and go for a ride.
Feel the wind in your hair and feel the freedom as your horse runs faster and faster through the field. When you get to the other side, slide off your horse and pick a flower for your horse. What colour would your horse like the best?
Pick some flowers for yourself as well, all your favourite colours.
Holding your flowers in your hand, climb back on top of your horse and ride, slower this time, looking at all the beautiful rocks, ponds and trees as you make your way back to where you began.
When you arrive back where you started, as you get off your horse, look into its eyes and ask it its name. Is it a boy horse, or a girl horse? Thank your horse, and say goodbye. Sit down in the flowers, taking a nice deep breath and slowly open your eyes, feeling calm and happy.
After this meditation we discuss all the adventures she had with her horse. Sometimes we go to a pond and drink from it, stopping to take a swim (it’s a magickal pond where we can breathe under water!), other times we walk along the beach and pick up shells.
I hope this meditation brings you and your children closer together and empowers them to control their feelings in a healthy, functional way.
What do we know about forces?
Nhu – If you push something it moves
Jasmine – You can make things fly
Sonnie – If you just say move to a banana it wouldn’t move
Mia – If you have a car it won’t just move on it’s own
PUSHING AND PULLING
Jasmine – The magnets pull up
Rehat – Some doors push and some pull
Ashvarn – If you got to McDonalds with will be a pull sign
Rehat – When we pull our trays
Cierra – Tug of war is a pull
Sampann – A cabinet to pull the TV to come out
Maddox – “When you flt the airplane it push”
Sukhman – “A bay blade is a pull!”
Holly – “The magnets are a pull they pull together.”
Raf – “If we make a higher ramp it will push even faster”
Sonnie – “We push the marbles to move”
Rehat – “We can use the balloon to put air in the car to move it”
Ruby – “Im making a van, i need something round for the wheels. The van is push force”
Bella and Ann – “We are going around the school looking for all different things that pull the magnets.”
Rehat, TCross, Rhoda – We worked together to make a car. We thougth the balloon would make it move.
Daksh, Lucas, Aidan, Noah and Kurt – We were making a video about an airplane. The airplane pushes in the air. *The boys showed us an iMovie they made!
Thank you for a really productive day year 2! We are super proud of your engagement and work ethic today 🙂