Sleepover!

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We had a sleepover at school last Thursday. All the grade 2s slept at school.

First we got dressed. After that we went outside to play and eat fruit. Then we did these activities: dodgeball, yoga, dancing, origami and sport activities.

Fourth, we ate dinner. We had fish and chips with a dim sim and potato cake. Fifth we had an icy pole and then played on the playground.

Sixth, we had a lolly hunt. When we were in our conga line for the lolly hunt, Mrs Fraser got some people to shake cream in a jar with a marble to make butter for our toast in the morning.

We got out our sleeping bags then brushed our teeth and put our PJs on. Then we watched two movies, had a break for milo and popcorn, and went to sleep.

The next morning we had toast and we used the butter we made, and we also had cereal. Then we watched Gnomeo and Juliet and then went outside to wait for the bell to ring.

The best thing about the sleepover was that we got to stay up later than we normally would.

Blog post written by Kate and Willow.

How To Make Lemonade, Frozen Yoghurt and Jelly

In writing, we have been learning to make lemonade, frozen yoghurt and jelly using a procedure. These types of procedures are called recipes.

Some of us have to eat our food tomorrow because it takes a long time to be ready (it needs to turn into a solid before we eat it), but some of us get to have it today.

We learnt that sometimes they don’t number the steps. Instead they put it all into one paragraph. We thought this is harder than when they use dot points.

The procedures helped us to know how to make foods and drinks. It was  easier than we thought to do it ourselves (except for the kettle part because the water is too hot, so you need an adult to help you).

These are the recipes we used:

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Hairy Harry

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Aim:: To make a plant called hairy harry.

Materials:

  • googley eyes.
  • 1 stocking leg.
  • 1 plastic cup.
  • 1 small handful of grass seeds.
  • 1 full cup of soil.
  • Glue stick.
  • Water

Steps:

  1. Open the stocking and push it in the cup and stretch the stocking over the cup.
  2. Take a palm full of seeds and tip the seeds in to the cup.
  3. Tip the soil into the cup.
  4. Tie a knot on the top of the stocking.
  5. Squish the stocking.
  6. Turn the stocking so you can not see it.
  7. Get 2 googley eyes and stick them down on the cup or on the stocking.
  8. Spray the hairy harry.
  9. Put your hairy harry in the sun.

Written by Isabel and Willow

Christopher the Butterfly

cooltext1804822492Photo 60 1While we have been learning about our big idea of CHANGE we have been lucky enough to have some butterfly chrysalises in our learning neighbourhood. They are caterpillars that are still in their cocoon, waiting to hatch into a beautiful butterfly. While we watch their lifecycle we are seeing change in nature.

When Mrs Malloch took the last one home to look after on the weekend, the chrysalis hatched.

Cade thought that the butterfly was a boy because of the colours of its markings.

We took a vote and named our new butterfly ‘Christopher’ before choosing some people to set him free in the garden.

Zara, Maryam, Olivia F and Tanisha took him outside and set him free and took some photos and a video while they did it.

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You can visit this website to learn more about the butterfly lifecycle

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle 

What surprised you most about the changes in our chrysalises and butterflies?

What other things in nature can go through changes? How do they change?

Cup Phones

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We learnt that when we get two cups and a really long piece of string and we put one of the cups on our ears and a second cup on our mouths, and one person listens and one person talks through it we could hear the person’s voice. In the olden days, this is how they made their phones.

What we discovered:

  • Foam cups didn’t work. Plastic cups worked better. 
  • The string vibrates when you talk. 
  • It only worked the string was taut. 


How to Make a Cup Phone 

Materials:

  • 2 plastic cups
  • 1 piece of string, about 2 metres
  • Pen
  • Pin

Steps:

  1. Make a hole at the bottom of the cups by poking with a pin and then a pen. If it doesn’t work you can use scissors (carefully!).
  2. Put the string through the hole and tie a knot or double knot so the knot is inside the cup. Put the other end of the string through the other cup and tie a knot so the knot is inside the cup.
  3. Hold your cups so that the string is taut (pull the string tight). One person puts the cup to their mouth and the other person puts it up to their ear. One person talks and one person listens.

We hope you enjoy playing with your new phone!

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Olden Day Changes

We have been learning about how things change. 2B has been making interactive images (using Thinglink) about changes from the olden days. We went to Cooper’s Settlement and that’s where we found out all about the olden days… 100 years ago. We learnt lots about history and now we are learning to think more deeply about change. Click or tap on the red dot to read, or watch a video or see a picture.


Classroom – Kate, Jacinta, Addison

Gramophone – Nathan, Sebastian, Avraj

School – Hasrat, Harleen, Olivia

Classroom – Yilkan, Zara

Kitchen – Hannah, Daniela, Isabel

Printing Press – Josh, Rian

School – Willow, Mason, Cooper

Boys and girls – David and Tanush

Excursion Reminder

Just a reminder that our excursion to Bundoora Park is this Monday 13th of October!

You will need to bring your lunch and snack food in a clearly labelled (name and grade) plastic bag. You should also bring a water bottle in your bag. Make sure it is a plastic one so it is not heavy.

You will need to be at school at the normal time – 8:50 – so you do not miss the bus! If you are late you will miss out.

If you normally leave medication at school (e.g. epipen, asthma pump) your parents will need to give this to your teacher before school.

It will be a fantastic excursion!

 

Competition Winner Willow!

A big congratulations goes to Willow who came third place in the Victorian Spanish Writing Competition.

Willow chose to write about a Spanish Fiesta and came third out of 400 students in the prep to grade 2 category, which is an amazing achievement!

¡Felicidades Willow!

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Willow with her Spanish teacher Señorita Garcia

 

Welcome to Term 4!

cooltext1744178654Welcome back to our last term for the year! I hope you are all excited to be back and are looking forward to a great term! There will be lots of exciting things happening.

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In week 2 we will be going on an excursion to Bundoora Park and visiting the heritage village of Cooper’s Settlement. We will learn lots about what it was like to live a long time ago.

In reading we will be working on heaps of new CAFE strategies, and as always, seeing how many new words we can learn to expand our vocabulary!

In writing we will be working on how to change someone’s mind using persuasive texts. This will be lots of fun! We will also learn about procedures – telling someone ‘how to’ do something.

In maths sharing and division are up first! Then we will keep on getting super fast at our mental maths and so much more!

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Our CBL big idea is CHANGE! I won’t give away any more than that but you can start thinking about it to get ready…

Later on in the term is the Grade 2 SLEEPOVER! I’m sure you have all been hanging out for this for year’s one. It is always heaps of fun.

 

What are you looking forward to this term?
What are your goals for the rest of the year?