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.
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!
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?
Today, 2KM and 2KJ were lucky enough to skype with their blogging buddy, Mr Avery!
Mr Avery teaches 4th grade in Massachusetts, USA. He has a wonderful blog and 2KM and 2KJ has enjoyed getting to know Mr Avery’s class this year.
Unfortunately 2KM and 2KJ can’t skype with Mr Avery’s class because when we start school at 9am it already 7pm in Massachusetts! Fortunately, Mr Avery was nice enough to give up 30 minutes of his evening to skype with us!
When we called Mr Avery, it was 10am Tuesday in Leopold and 8pm Monday in Massachusetts. Mr Avery was just preparing for his last day of the school year as it is nearly time for the summer holidays in the northern hemisphere.
Lots of students in 2KM and 2KJ prepared excellent questions for Mr Avery. They tried to think of open questions rather than closed questions with a yes/no answer.
Here are some of the things we found out about Mr Avery:
He will be teaching maths and science in 6th grade next year.
Mr Avery enjoys playing golf, drawing, reading and running.
He has not been outside of the USA, except for Canada, but he has been to lots of different states in the USA.
Mr Avery can speak a little Spanish.
He loves to teach maths and make movies about maths with his students.
Los Angeles is in California, which is a state in the United States of America. We live in Leopold, a town in the state of Victoria, Australia. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.)
***It was 9.00am in Leopold and 2.00pm in California***
Students in 2KJ and 2KM asked lots of interesting questions to our friends in California and we answered some of their questions too. We enjoyed learning about their seasons, animals, clothing, cafeteria, sports and lots more!
Mrs Gray (our student teacher from Deakin University) typed up a transcript of our Skype call. Read it below to see what we discussed with Mrs Yollis and her students…
Thanks to Charlotte’s mum, Martine, who took photos during our Skype session. Watch the slideshow to see the fun we had!
What did you learn during our Skype session?
What would you like to learn about America?
What are some similarities and differences between life in America and Australia?
Today we skyped with Mrs McKenzie and B4 as well as their friends in B3.
We wanted to get to know them better but we also wanted to talk about a book we are both reading called “Flat Stanley”.
Flat Stanley is a terrific chapter book written by Jeff Brown over 40 years ago! It is the first in a series of books featuring Stanley Lambchop, a completely flat boy.
Some of the highlights of our Skype call were:
Talking about the favourite chapters and characters in Flat Stanley.
Imagining what we would do if we were Stanley.
Learning about favourite sports, school subjects and after school activities.
Counting to 10 in Maori and Indonesian.
Hearing the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.
Here is the transcript of some of the conversation we had on Skype (thanks to our student teacher Mrs B for typing!)
While we were skyping we decided it would be fun to make our own Stanleys and send them each other! We thought we could make diaries of the Stanleys adventures in New Zealand and Australia. Stay tuned for more information about our Flat Stanley project!
Have you read any of the Flat Stanley books?
What would you do if you were Flat Stanley?
What did you learn from your friends in New Zealand?