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?

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!

shopping bags


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.

Free Rice

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

2KM and 2KJ Dinosaur Conference

At the end of each term, students at Leopold Primary School complete a Dynamic Assessment Task to celebrate their learning.

Grade Two students have been learning all about dinosaurs this term. To demonstrate their learning and understanding, we held the

free glitter text and family website at FamilyLobby.com

Students were asked to perform an interview in pairs. The task involved…

* Students taking on the roles of a journalist and a palaeontologist

* Researching facts about a particular dinosaur

* Writing out a news script with a partner

* Students completing a self-assessment rubric about their script and interview.

Check out the terrific interviews from the Dinosaur Conference below!

What did you think of our interviews?

Did you learn any interesting facts about dinosaurs?

What would you like to write a news script about?

Whirlybird Paper Helicopters

This term, 2KM and 2KJ are exploring some science.

Today we learnt about flight and made whirlybird paper helicopters. We experimented with heights, lengths and weights to see how this affected how the helicopter flew.

Here is a video of Alana, Amelie, Liam, Andrew, Harry, Anthony and Paris flying their helicopters!

You can find out more about the whirlybird paper helicopter lesson and get the pattern to make your own by clicking here.

Have you ever made a whirlybird paper helicopter?

How did your helicopter go? What happened when you changed something about your helicopter?

Happy 50th Birthday, Mrs Yollis!

Mrs Yollis is a very special third grade teacher in California, USA.

Mrs Morris first became friends with Mrs Yollis through blogging in 2009.

Read one of the first posts about the 2KM/Yollis friendship on Mrs Yollis’ class blog here. Our friendship has now developed over three years of blogging with different students!

Even though Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan have never actually met Mrs Yollis, they consider her a true friend. She has helped them in so many ways to make their classroom the exciting place it is today!

June 11th is a very special day for Mrs Yollis!

birthday Yollis

A message from the students around the world…

We are not the only ones who think Mrs Yollis is great. There are many students all around the world who have learnt something from Mrs Yollis. We got together with our blogging buddies in Mr Avery’s class, Mr Salsich’s class and Mrs McKenzie’s class (B4) to create this special “happy birthday” video.

A message from the teachers around the world…

Mrs Yollis loves helping other teachers and there are many teachers all over the world who are very fond of her. This is a special VoiceThread from all of Mrs Yollis’ friends. Students, teachers and anyone else, please add to the VoiceThread by recording a “happy birthday” message!

***Mrs Yollis has published a fabulous post on her blog about her birthday. It includes a thank you video for everyone. Click here to check it out!***

What would you like to say to Mrs Yollis?

What is your favourite memory of working with Mrs Yollis?

Origami Fun!

The students in 2KM and 2KJ love using the iPod Touch as part of their reading rotations each week.

We have been doing a lot of “listening to reading” to practise our reading strategies but we can do all sorts of activities on the iPods using apps, videos, podcasts and music.

The students are enjoying learning some origami using instructional videos on the iPod Touch this week. Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding.

Watching the videos helps us to learn to follow instructions and work as a team.

Last week’s origami video was “How to fold an origami swan”.

This week’s origami video is “How to fold an origami sailboat”

2KM and 2KJ’s tips for making origami are – listen to the video carefully, pause and replay the video when you need to and press down hard on your folds.

How did you go making the swan and sailboat?

Have you made any other origami before?

Have you used an iPod Touch before?

A Surprise In The Mail

We were so excited to receive a special present in the mail from our friend, Chicken! 

Chicken is friends with Mr Avery, and they both live in Massachusetts, in the United States of America.

You might remember Chicken (and his friend, Milk) left us some comments on our post about Food Safety and Storage. Check out what Chicken had to say about food safety!

The present we received from Chicken is a book. He must know we love reading in 2KM and 2KJ! The book is called Cloudy with a Chance of Chicken. What a great title! Our friend Chicken certainly is clever!

The book is written by Judi Barrett and the illustrator is Ron Barrett. It was published in 1978 and it was made into a movie in 2009. Here is the cover of the book and Mrs Morris reading it to the students.



 The book is about a story that a grandfather tells to his grandchildren about the town of Chewandswallow, where the weather comes three times a day, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is always food and beverages. There is a very similar book titled Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and you might like to listen to and watch the story below.

 Even Leo loved our new book!


Chicken wrote us a special message inside the book cover. He asked us the following question:

What are some of the sometimes foods and everyday foods in the book?

You might also like to think about these questions:

What did you like about the book?

What other books do you like that have also been made into movies?

Skip Counting

We are learning about skip counting in 2KM and 2KJ.

Skip counting helps us

  • count things more quickly
  • learn about the multiplication times tables

Skip counting means counting by a number that is not one, for example counting by twos, fives or tens.

Today we practised our skip counting and used counting by fives to help us solve this problem….

How many fingers do 18 people have?

Watch this video to find out!

How many fingers do 18 people have?

Why did we count by fives?

When do you use skip counting in everyday life?

What do you know about skip counting patterns?