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.
We used Storybird earlier in the year to write our own stories, but we had never used it to write collaborative stories before. Earlier this year, B4 in New Zealand and Mrs Watson’s class in Canada collaborated on Storybirds and gave us the idea to do this ourselves. Check out their work here and here.
Even though the students in Mr Avery’s class are four years older than us, that didn’t stop us working together. Mr Avery’s sixth graders were excellent role models for us and helped us to produce our very best work.
Here are four of the Storybirds and you can find the rest by visiting Mr Avery’s class blog here. Thank you Mr Avery for collating the Storybirds!
What did you enjoy about this project?
Do you like writing stories?
How did you enjoy using Storybird compared to writing a story on paper?
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?
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?