Welcome to our blog! We are the children from 2KM and 2KJ at Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia. There are 45 of us and our teachers are Mrs Kathleen Morris and Miss Kelly Jordan. We used this space to share all the great things that happened in our classroom in 2011.
Today we went to the Marine Discovery Centre! The Marine Discovery Centre is in Queenscliff, which is about 15 minutes from our school. It is a great place to visit to learn about marine life and how to care for the sea creatures. We had great fun and learnt lots of interesting facts!
We got on the bus at 10.00am. We spent an hour and a half at the MDC and got back at school at 12.30pm. We went to the Marine Discovery Centre because we are learning about the sea this term.
Some of the things we did were:
Met the leaders, Anne and Jess.
Held the creatures in the “feel and touch” pool.
Watched Alan, who works at the Marine Discovery Centre, feed the animals.
Watched thehugelobster in the tank.
Made a rock pool.
Explored the different fish and marine animals in the many tanks.
Saw flathead fish come out and dig them selves up again.
Saw one of our favourite fish, the pufferfish.
We hope you enjoy the slideshow we made…
We had great fun at the Marine Discover Centre! A big thank you to Anne and Jess, who taught us so many new things!
What do you like about this guest post?
Have you ever been the Marine Discovery Centre? What did you enjoy?
Today the students in 2KM and 2KJ worked on mini projects about sea creatures.
Using the netbooks and classroom computers, students researched interesting facts about their chosen marine animal. Some of the animals we investigated were sharks, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, stingrays, octopuses, seahorses and sea stars.
Students found information about the animals’ diets, habitats, lifespans, special features and much more. They had to put the information into their own words and create posters to share what they had learnt.
After researching and writing out some facts, students focussed on the presentation of their posters. It is important to make posters bright, easy to read and attractive. We included colourful headings, neat borders and realistic pictures on our posters. Check out some of the students’ work!
What is an interesting fact you know about a marine animal?
Do you have any questions for us about sea creatures?
We are so excited that the 2KM and 2KJ student bloggers have been asked to write for the
Bay FM is one of Geelong’s two major radio stations, and we are thrilled that students in our class will have the opportunity to write about news and reviews of our own suburb, surrounding areas and the city of Geelong. Read the introductory post on the Bay FM website here.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (until the end of the school year) different 2KM and 2KJ student bloggers will write their own posts and they will be published on the Bay FM website for everyone to read. What a fantastic opportunity!
Jarrod is the first of our bloggers to feature on the Bay FM website. Follow this link to check out his post now!
Make sure you support our blogging students by visiting the Bay FM website regularly!
What do you think of this exciting project?
Do you have any ideas of what our student bloggers could post about?
The posts and comments on the Our World, Our Stories blog have generated some great discussions in our classroom. We enjoy spending time on the netbooks to read the posts and reply to comments. We are learning about the world and improving our literacy skills at the same time!
What is an interesting fact you’ve learnt through this project?
What is a similarity/difference you’ve noticed between life in Leopold and other parts of the world?
Do you have an idea for a future global project we could do?
In Maths last week, 2KJ learnt about making equal equations.
Usually when we complete equations, we just need to solve the answer…
However, it is important to know that you can also make equal equations. The “equals sign” means that the equations on either side of the equals sign are equal to each other. You could say they are balanced.
To practise making equal equations, students had to complete a series of questions by adding in the missing numbers. Their goal was to make sure the equations were equal to each other.
You can even mix up the different mathematical operations to make equal equations…
As an extra challenge, students had to make up their own equal equations using whatever operations they liked.
It was a fun morning in 2KM and 2KJ today because we skyped with Mrs Yollis and her third graders!
We haven’t been able to skype with Mrs Yollis and her new students yet because of the different time zones. However, now there is daylight saving here in Victoria, and Americans have finished daylight saving, so we have a small window of time where we are at school when Mrs Yollis’ class is!
2KM and 2KJ students came to school early today and it was 8.45am Wednesday morning when we started skyping. Over in California it was 1.45pm Tuesday afternoon!
Mrs Yollis’ class finishes school at 2.21pm. Lots of her students stayed back after the bell to keep chatting!
For our Skype session, we assigned some special jobs to students:
Alana was our greeter. She introduced the class and started our skype call.
Haille and Ava were our typists. They used netbooks to type up the questions, answers and conversations we had.
Jordi and Mia were the photographers. They took photos of the interesting moments during the skype chat.
Our researchers were Charlotte, Molly, Quinn, Liam, Jarrod, Dana and Kayla. They thought of interesting topics to share with our American buddies and found information on the internet.
Other students brought in some special “Australian” items for a show and tell session.
Before our skype call, 2KM, 2KJ and Mrs Yollis’ class organised some questions and answers to share. It was interesting to learn some new information about America. Our researchers enjoyed sharing some Australian facts.
Read what our typists recorded during our Skype chat below…
Our photographers took photos to show all the fun we had…
What did you learn about America?
What are some similarities or differences between Australia and America?
Do you have an interesting fact about Australia that you could share next time we Skype?
Be sure to head over to Mrs Yollis’ Class Blog and check out the post about the Skype call from their end. It is a terrific post!
Mrs Morris had a fantastic dinner party with her friends last night to celebrate her 30th birthday.
Today Mrs Morris will spend the day with her husband, Nate. She is looking forward to a family dinner tonight!
Mrs Morris has made lots of friends through blogging and Twitter. Listen to their birthday messages in the VoiceThread below! Teachers, students and anyone else, feel free to add to the VoiceThread by recording a “happy birthday” message!
Leave a comment to wish Mrs Morris a happy birthday!
How do you like to spend your birthday?
Have you celebrated a “milestone birthday” for someone before?
It is held on the first Tuesday in November each year.
The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861.
2011 is the 151st Melbourne Cup.
The race is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
It is run as a “weight-for-age handicap”. That means the weight of jockey and riding gear is adjusted to a certain amount depending on the horse’s age and how well it has gone in previous races. Some horses carry more weight. Some horses carry less weight.
Race day in Melbourne is a public holiday. That means no school or work for people in Melbourne.
Many people like to bet on the race or particpate in a “sweep”.
The famous horse “Phar Lap” won the race in 1930.
The present record holder is the 1990 winner “Kingston Rule” with a time of 3 min 16.3 sec.
We has a sweep in 2KM and 2KJ today. That means everyone pulled the name of a horse out of a hat.
It was a very exciting race and it was a “photo finish” at the end!
First placewith the horse Dunaden was Morgan (2KJ) and Millie (2KM)
Second placewith the horse Red Cadeaux was Charlotte (2KJ) and Andrew (2KM)
Third placewith the horse Lucas Cranach was Sophie (2KJ) and Ella (2KM)
Fashion is very important at the Melbourne Cup. We had our very own “Fashions on the Field” competition. The students had to design an outfit for the Melbourne Cup.
The winner of the girls wasElla (2KJ) and Mia (2KM).
The winner of the boys wasMorgan (2KJ) and Ryley (2KM).
Here is a slideshow of all our Melbourne Cup action.
What a fun day!
What horse were you going for in the Melbourne Cup?
What did you think of our Melbourne Cup activities?
What other sporting events do you think “stop the nation”?