Under the Sea Sing-Along!

We are having fun exploring what lies under the sea for our Integrated Studies topic.

Next time we have Prep to Grade Two Assembly it will be our turn to lead, and we thought we’d sing one of our favourite songs, Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid movie.

Here is a video with the lyrics (words to the song). 2KM and 2KJ students might like to practise singing at home and everyone else might just like to have a sing-along!

What is your favourite song from a movie?

What fascinates you about life under the sea?

20,000 Visitors

The 2KM and 2KJ blog reached a big milestone on the weekend.

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This blog has been running for nine months and we’ve enjoyed getting to know our readers from all around the world.

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Well done, everyone!

We thank all the students, parents, teachers and community members who have made the 2KM and 2KJ blog a friendly and exciting place to visit.

Look at the Clustrmap and see if you can answer any of these questions.

How many different countries have we had visitors from?

What continents have we had the most visitors from?

Have we had visitors from all seven continents?

We have eight more weeks of school. How many visitors do you think we’ll get?

Three New Student Blogs!

This week, three more students in 2KM earned their own blog.

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Liam, Mikayla and Hannah were awarded their blog because they were very committed to learning about blogging and left lots of comments for our class and blogging buddies.

If you get time to check out these new bloggers’ blogs, they’d love to hear from you!

Liam’s Life

Liam's blog

Hannah’s Blog

Hannah's blog

Mikayla’s Happy Blog

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There are now 14 bloggers in 2KM and 2KJ. You can find all the links on the right hand sidebar, under “L.P.S. Student Blogs”.

Jarrod’s Awesome Blog

Charlotte’s Amazing Blog

Millie’s Magical Blog

Haille’s Happy Blog

Keira’s Exciting Blog

Kayla’s Lovely Blog

Alana’s Animated Blog

Ava’s Awesome Blog

Ella’s Fantastic Blog

Amelie’s Adventures

Jordi’s Joyful Blog

Alana and Jordi have already written posts to introduce the new bloggers. What a nice idea!

We also thank all of the above bloggers who have been involved in teaching Liam, Hannah and Mikayla about blogging!

Which student blogs have you visited?

Do you have any compliments or questions for our student bloggers?

Operation Christmas Child Update

Recently, we had some special visitors come to tell us about Operation Christmas Child. You can read about that here.

Most of the students in 2KM and 2KJ have been busy collecting some special items to fill up our shoeboxes for less fortunate children overseas.

Some of the things we donated were small toys, soaps, pencils, shoes, clothing, toothbrushes and books.

We also wrote a letter for the boxes to tell the child all about our class.

2KM and 2KJ filled up seven shoeboxes.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan paid for the postage online so we could get a special tracking code. This tracking code will let us find out where the boxes go! It will be fun to follow our shoeboxes.

Here is Ella, Leo and Hamish with our shoeboxes that are all ready to be sent off.

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What did you donate?

How does it feel to give something to someone else?

What special things do you do at Christmas time?

How many days are there until Christmas?

Our World, Our Stories

In 2KM and 2KJ, we love to connect and learn with our friends around the world.

Today we are excited to start a new global project called Our World, Our Stories.

We have a blog  http://ourworldourstories.edublogs.org/ where all the blogging buddies will meet up and learn together for the next seven weeks.

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Classes involved

The students are all from junior primary classes and are from three different continents and six different countries.

2KM and 2KJ from Victoria, Australia

B4 from New Zealand

Mrs Yollis’ third grade class from California, USA

Mr Salsich’s third grade class from Connecticut, USA

Mrs Watson’s 2/3 class from Canada

Andy Sefa Boachie and his students from Ghana

Miss Usher’s standard 3 class from Punta Gorda, Belize

A map showing participating classes

View Our World, Our Stories in a larger map

How will it work?

A different class will “lead” a topic on the blog each week. The lead class will publish posts and reply to comments.

Topics will be based on students’ interests such as school games, hobbies, food, local environment etc.

The other classes will read the posts, possibly publish their own posts, and leave blog comments.

The students will be able learn a lot from getting to know how the other classes live their lives.

We plan to have a special celebration in December to finish our project!

If you want to keep up to date with how the fun and learning unfolds, there is a “subscribe via email” box on the right hand side of the Our World, Our Stories blog.

We encourage all members of the 2KM and 2KJ community to get involved!

What do you think about Our World, Our Stories?

What do you think we’ll get out of doing of this project?

Blog Action Day: Food

Today, Sunday 16th October is Blog Action Day. This is an organised event where bloggers around the world post about an important topic on the same day. This year the topic is food.

Thank you to Jarrod’s mum, Melane, who told us about Blog Action Day! Jarrod has also published a post for Blog Action Day here.

Recently in 2KM and 2KJ we have been talking about how lucky we are to have so much nutritious and delicious food at our fingertips. When we were learning about some of the children who will receive our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, we found out that many of them don’t get to eat three meals a day like we do.

We have been thinking about how lots of people in Australia actually have more food than they need! It is sad that so much food is wasted in our country.

We watched this BTN story about food wastage.

We couldn’t believe that one out of every four bags of groceries we buy is wasted!

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If you want to help feed people overseas, why don’t you check out the website http://freerice.com. On this site you can answer questions. For each question you get right, ten grains of rice are donated to hungry people overseas.

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How many questions did you get correct on Free Rice?

How can we avoid wasting food?

Leave a comment with your tips!

P.E. 9am

with Mr Ben Dew and Mr Andy Hair/Mr Haydn Marshall

Operation Christmas Child

Today we had a Leopold Primary School parent, Tim, and his friends, Kristy and Peggy, come to talk to all the Grade Twos about Operation Christmas Child. This is a project that the Grade Two team is supporting this year.

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Tim, Peggy and Kristy told us that there are a lot of children around the world who have a very difficult life and don’t get presents like we do. We learnt that we can make a difference by donating a small gift to a child in another country.

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Each class is collecting small gifts to put in a shoebox. The shoebox will then be sent overseas and will make a child very happy at Christmas time.

The shoeboxes might go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea or Thailand. We will be able to track our shoebox online to find out where it goes!

Peggy and Kristy gave us lots of ideas of what we could donate to our Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Some ideas include small toys, things for school, soaps, hair accessories, sunglasses, thongs etc. Anything that is used, breakable or food cannot be donated.

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We learnt that some children in other countries are extremely happy just to receive anything at all. They don’t care what colour it is or where it came from. Look at this boy in Uganda. He received a shoe box of presents. He didn’t care that it was pink or smaller than the other boxes. He is over the moon!

2KM/2KJ students who want to donate to our project should send along their gift by Friday 21st October.

Families or anyone else who wants to prepare their own shoebox can visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.au to find out more information. Note: there is a $9 postage cost per shoebox.

This is a video we watched about boxes being delivered to Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

What do you think about Operation Christmas Child?

What ideas do you have for shoebox donations?

Have you ever supported a charity or helped someone before? How did you feel?

A Surprise from the Northern Territory!

On the holidays Mrs Morris was helping Miss Dwyer in the Northern Territory with her first class blog. Miss Dwyer used to live in Geelong and is friends with Mrs Sliwa who is a teacher at Leopold Primary School.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris also enjoyed getting to know some of Miss Dwyer’s students on the holidays through some commenting conversations.

What  a surprise everyone in 2KM and 2KJ got today when we received a package in the mail from the Northern Territory!

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There was a postcard from Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park in N.T. and a book called”Cranky Crocodiles” by Steve Parish. Miss Dwyer said there are crocodiles near their school!

We enjoyed reading the book!

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We looked at the 3/4 Dwyer and 4 Francis blog and saw all the great things they were learning. Everyone loved their Voki.

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We looked at Google Maps to find their school. It is a long way from Leopold Primary School to the top of the Northern Territory.

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When we got back from P.E. we noticed that Leo and his pet Lulu were also enjoying the book!

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Thank you Miss Dwyer!

Have you ever received a surprise in the mail?

Have you ever looked at Google Maps?

Do you know anything about the Northern Territory?

Welcome Back Mr Avery and Mr Salsich!

We hope everyone in 2KM and 2KJ has enjoyed their first week of holidays!

A few weeks ago we welcomed back our blogging buddies from Mrs Yollis’ class in California on the west side of the USA. You can click here to read that post.

It is now time for us to send a belated ‘welcome back’ to some of our blogging buddies on the east side of the USA. They are Mr Avery’s class in Massachusetts and Mr Salsich’s class in Connecticut.

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This year Mr Avery has a new role teaching maths and science to year six students. You can click here to find his blog. Check out the tricky decimal maths they’re doing!

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Mr Salsich teaches third grade and has two class mascots who have become good friends with Leo! They are Juan Pablo and Perezoso.

You can click here to find Mr Salsich’s blog. It looks like they’re having fun learning about habitats and adaptations.

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Why not visit Mr Avery’s class blog or Mr Salsich’s class blog now and leave them a comment. Don’t forget to say where you’re from and be sure to model a quality comment for the new bloggers!

Have you left any comments for our blogging buddies or blogging students these holidays?

Skyping a Dinosaur Expert

This morning 2KM and 2KJ were very lucky to skype with Jenni from the National Dinosaur Museum (NDM) in Canberra!

We thought of some very interesting dinosaur questions and Jenni answered them for us on Skype. We learnt so much and we are so grateful that Jenni gave up time in her busy schedule to help us all learn more about dinosaurs!

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Check out the summary Miss Jordan typed while the students spoke with Jenni.

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What did you learn from Jenni?

What else would you like to ask a dinosaur expert?

What other sort of expert would you like to skype with?