Bahasa Indonesia

At our school, we learn Bahasa Indonesia, or the Indonesian language.

This language is spoken by the people of one of our closest neighbours, Indonesia.

Indonesia (orthographic projection)

The country of Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world. This means Bahasa Indonesia is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

Bahasa Indonesia is similar to the Malay language which is spoken in Malaysia and some other Asian countries.

Our guru Bahasa Indonesia (teacher) is Bu Mac. Bu means Miss or Mrs in Indonesian. Everyone loves going to their Indonesian class once a week.


Here is an Indonesian VoiceThread. Record yourself saying these Indonesian phrases. Simply press on the comment button at the bottom of the VoiceThread.

We have added a new Indonesian Word of the Day widget on the left hand side of our blog. Check it out each time you visit our blog to learn a new Indonesian word. This is what it looks like.

learn indonesian widget

Another fun tool you might want to try out is Google Translate. You simply type in something in Indonesian and it will translate it to English. Or, you can type in something in English and it will translate it to Indonesian. You can also listen to the pronunciation.

Click here to use the Google English-Indonesian translator.

Google Translator

What languages do you know?

Do you think it is good to learn other languages?

What do you know about Indonesia?

Can you say anything in Indonesian?


When reading blog comments and other text as a class, we have been focussing on where to use an apostrophe.

An apostrophe is a type of punctuation.


On a keyboard, you can usually find an apostrophe to the left of enter.

keyboard apostrophe

Apostrophes can be confusing. Here are some tips that 2KM and 2KJ put together.

We enjoyed looking at this cartoon because it reminded us that we should not use an apostrophe every time a word ends with an s.  Remember, plurals don’t need an apostrophe before the s.

Apostrophe man to the rescue!


Did our tips help you learn about apostrophes?

Leave a comment with a sentence that has some words with apostrophes.

Can you make up a sentence that has an apostrophe before an s, after an s and in a contraction?

2011 Edublog Awards Nominations

Everyone in 2KM and 2KJ is very excited that it is time for the annual Edublog Awards because, in case you haven’t guessed, we love blogging!

The Edublog Awards have been running since 2004 and showcase some of the most popular blogs in education.

The purpose of the Edublog Awards is to promote and demonstrate the educational values of blogging. This is something we really believe in!


It was very, very hard for us to narrow down our choices for nominations as we have blogging friends in all corners of the globe.

Here are our nominations

Best Class Blog

Mrs Yollis’ Classroom Blog

We have many blogging friends but Mrs Yollis’ class is the first class that 2KM connected with nearly 3 years ago and we have developed a very strong friendship. Mrs Yollis and her class are constantly teaching us something, inspiring us, encouraging us and they are always up for a conversation using quality comments. They are true friends and role models!

Most Influential Blog Post

Family Blogging Month by Mrs Yollis’ Class

Mrs Yollis came up with the idea of Family Blogging Month a number of years ago. She runs it twice a year as a way for families to become more involved in their child’s education. 2KM and 2KJ have been running Family Blogging Months for a number of years also. We would like to nominate Mrs Yollis’ class for most influential blog post because there are now hundreds, if not thousands, of class blogs around the world implementing their idea of Family Blogging Month.

Best Student Blog

Jarrod’s Awesome Blog

Jarrod is a member of 2KM and he is seven years old. He has only been blogging since the end of June but he has already had well over 2000 visitors from around the world. Jarrod is a role model for student bloggers everywhere. He has developed a large following due to his quality posts that integrate a lot of different web 2.0 tools, and his commitment to replying to every visitor on his blog. Every week, he works with his mum, Melane, to create an interesting and creative post.

Best Individual Tweeter

Ross Mannell

Mr Mannell has to be 2KM and 2KJ’s biggest fan! He comments on nearly all of our posts (and student blogs) and tells us stories about all the adventures he has been on and things he has seen and done. He asks us questions and gets us thinking. Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan met Mr Mannell on Twitter. He is a retired primary school teacher who loves to use Twitter to find and support students and classes around the world.

Best Twitter Hashtag


We love the #comments4kids hashtag! We have 14 student bloggers in 2KM and 2KJ. Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan often tweet with the #comments4kids hashtag to help drum up some support. It is fabulous!

Best Teacher Blog

The Learning Journey

This is a fabulous blog by second year graduate teacher, Stef Galvin in Melbourne, Australia. It is full of reflection and ideas. 2KM and 2KJ particularly like this teacher blog because Stef is one of our biggest supporters. She is always leaving us comments and helping us grow as writers and as people. She models for us what a good blogger is; someone who is involved in all aspects of the blogging community.

Best Use of Audio/Video/Visual/Podcast

Mr Avery’s Classroom Blog

Our friend Mr Avery is amazing at making videos with his students. This year, he has been making lots of maths videos with his students. Some of the maths concepts are a bit tricky for us because our students are four years younger than his students, however, we love each and every video he makes. What an amazing way to learn!

Best Library Blog

The Bulldog Readers

Mrs Hembree and her students in Seattle create this fabulous blog that links kids to books and web 2.0 tools. Mrs Hembree shares our love of reading and we enjoy seeing what is happening on her blog. Mrs Hembree also regularly comments on the 2KM and 2KJ blog and is always there to give us a reading recommendation.

Lifetime Achievement

Sue Wyatt

Miss W is a teacher and blogger from Tasmania. She is currently on a big trip around the USA with her mascot, Mr ‘Davo’ Devil. They are visiting lots of schools, bloggers and exciting places. Miss W runs the Student Blogging Challenge that Jarrod has taken part in and is constantly supporting classes and students who are blogging.

Best New Blog

Grade 2MK Leopold

2KM, 2KJ, Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris love encouraging other classes to give blogging a go. We would like to nominate 2MK and Mrs Milton at our school (Leopold Primary School). They have just started blogging this year and they’re always wanting to learn new things and grow as a blogging class. They have started Quad Blogging and they like making posts on a variety of topics with a range of web 2.0 tools.

Edublog Awards PPT

Now it’s your turn

If you have a blog or website and you want to submit your nominations, just visit to find out how. Voting will be begin soon and then there will be an awards ceremony in December.

Some of our students have also written their nomination posts:









What do you think of our nominations?

Who would you nominate?

Our Student Bloggers join Bay FM!

We are so excited that the 2KM and 2KJ student bloggers have been asked to write for the

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Bay FM

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?

“Our World, Our Stories” Update

Four weeks ago, the “Our World, Our Stories” global project was launched and we are enjoying it so much!

Our World, Our Stories

Find out about our project here.

2KM and 2KJ love learning with our blogging buddies from all around the world, so it is exciting to be doing this exciting project with…

Mrs Yollis’ class

Mr Salsich’s class


Mrs Watson’s class

Andy Sefa Boachie’s Ghana students

Miss Usher’s students in Belize.


We have covered some very interesting topics so far. Check them out!

Week One topic – Typical school day

Week Two topic – Recess activities

Week Three topic – Food

This week’s topic – Our local environment


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?

Head over to the Our World, Our Stories blog and leave a comment!

Making Equal Equations

In Maths last week, 2KJ learnt about making equal equations.

Usually when we complete equations, we just need to solve the answer…

equal equations 1

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.

equal equations 2

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…

equal equations 3

As an extra challenge, students had to make up their own equal equations using whatever operations they liked.

Can you solve these equations to make them equal?

equal equations 4

In your comment, can you make an equal equation?


Today is a special day.

It is the 11th of November, 2011.


This day only happens once every 100 years.

We took this photo at 11 minutes past 11 to remember where we were at this time.




What is the main reason why the 11th of November is a special day?

What were you doing at 11:11am or 11:11pm on 11.11.11?

A Skype Call with Mrs Yollis’ Class

It was a fun morning in 2KM and 2KJ today because we skyped with Mrs Yollis and her third graders!

Yollis Nov 2011

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!

A Very Special Birthday!

Today, Sunday November 6th, is Mrs Morris’ 30th birthday. Miss Jordan, 2KM and 2KJ would like to say…

Glitter Text Generator at

To celebrate this milestone birthday, Miss Jordan made cupcakes for 2KM and 2KJ on Friday.




Our special blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis, sent a birthday present to Mrs Morris…all the way from California! It was a lovely bracelet from Macy’s department store! What a thoughtful gesture!


Mrs Yollis and her third graders recorded a birthday song for Mrs Morris! Check it out!


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?

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?