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?

Using Adjectives

This week we have been learning about how to use adjectives in our writing.

Adjectives are describing words and using good adjectives makes your writing much more interesting to read. Adjectives add colour to your writing!

Adjectives you might use when describing a snake are: scaly, slithery, poisonous, scary, long and smooth.

Adjectives you might use when describing a puppy are: cute, fluffy, small, playful, cheeky, noisy and lovable.

Adding extra information and details to your sentences helps the reader to make a picture in their mind about what is happening.

To remind ourselves about adjectives, we used this website on our interactive whiteboard:


We turned some basic sentences into interesting sentences by adding adjectives and more information!

Adjectives sentences


We’d love to hear your interesting adjective-filled sentences in your comments!

Can you make this sentence more interesting by adding adjectives and extra information?

The boy rode his bike.


What adjectives would you use to describe yourself?

Spelling Ideas for Home and School

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are very happy that their students have learnt to spell many new words this year! Students practise their spelling words in our Literacy Block every week and they also spend time at home learning to spell new words.

In 2KM and 2KJ we work through lists of high frequency words in this order:

  1. M100W words
  2. M200W words
  3. Spelling Challenge words
  4. Spelling Challenge Two words

We like all students to be able to spell the M100W and M200W words by the end of the year.


Here are some ways you can practise your spelling words at school and at home:

* Write sentences – Include your spelling words in interesting sentences or stories.

 * Rainbow words – Write your words in grey lead and then trace over them in all the colours of the rainbow.

* Vowels and consonants – Choose two colours and write the vowels in one colour and the consonants in another colour.

* Triangle words – Choose a word and write the first letter at the top of the page. On the next line, write the first two letters. Add a new letter on each line until you have a recorded the entire word. You will end up with a triangle shape!

* Computers – Type your words onto the computer using Word.

* Word cloud – Use Wordle or Tagxedo to make beautiful word clouds online.

* Websites – Use websites such as Spelling City to practise your words. Type in a few of your words and complete the fun activities online.

* Word finds – Using a blank word find grid, write your spelling words in the grid and fill the other spaces with random letters. See if a friend can find your words!

* Book browse – Find your spelling words in a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.

* Concrete materials – Make your words with play doh, write them with chalk on the ground outside, use magnetic letters on whiteboards or write the words in sand.

Hopefully everyone in 2KM, 2KJ and other students all over the world can use these ideas to practise their spelling words at home and at school!

Do you have any other ideas for spelling practice?

What is your favourite way to learn to spell new words?


Handwriting and Typing

In 2KM and 2KJ we are always trying to improve our handwriting and typing skills. It is important to have good handwriting and be able to type well on a computer.

We do lots of different types of writing activities in our class and we always try to do our neatest writing. Once a week we do a special handwriting lesson. We focus on a different letter each week and we need to remember the size, shape, direction and formation of the letters. We use Victorian Modern Cursive handwriting. Here is a sample of what it looks like:


Today we focussed on the letter Dd . We wrote the uppercase (capital) and lowercase letter Dd and we made up some interesting sentences with lots of “Dd” words. 

Ava’s Handwriting


Ebony’s Handwriting


We don’t always have to use paper and pen to write. We use computers to type blog comments, both at home and at school. There are some fun typing games you can play on the computer to improve your skills. Try out the games below!

Dance Mat Typing

Keyboard Climber

Do you have a tip to help others with their handwriting?

How do you improve your typing skills?

Do you use handwriting or typing more often to write?


We Love Reading

We do lots of reading in 2KJ and 2KM and we love it!

We do a two hour literacy block every day at school and we have lots of time to practise our reading skills.



There are so many books to choose from! Everyone likes reading different books, so we thought we’d share some of the books we are reading at the moment. Listen to our comments in the VoiceThread below by clicking on the students’ faces.

We would love to hear about the book you are reading at moment, so feel free to add a comment to our VoiceThread! This includes other teachers, students, parents, family members and friends!

You can easily sign up to VoiceThread if you don’t have an account. To add a comment, simply click on “Comment” (under the large image) and then click the “Record” button. After listening to the playback, select “Save” and your comment will appear on our VoiceThread after it’s been moderated.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Do you have a favourite author?

We Loved the Flat Stanley Project!

2KJ and 2KM have loved doing the Flat Stanley project with Mrs McKenzie and B4 and B3 in New Zealand!

You can read all about our project here. A week after we sent our flat people to B4 and B3, they arrived safely in Reefton, New Zealand. We received the flat people from New Zealand at about the same time. We were so excited!

Each student chose a flat person to look after at home for a week. Here’s a few excited 2KJ and 2KM students with their New Zealand flat friends!

NZ flat people

The students had to write a diary for their flat person, describing all the fun activities they got up to while in Australia. Some students even took photos of the flat people!


Ryley, Amelie, Kayla and Will took their flat people on a tour of Leopold Primary School. I bet it’s different to school in New Zealand!

The flat people had a wonderful time in Australia. They went to swimming lessons and tennis lessons, jumped on trampolines, visited the Port Fairy Folk Festival, went camping, travelled to Warnambool, went to the circus, rode motorbikes, went to birthday parties and lots more! Molly’s mum even took the flat person to her work for the day!

Some parents emailed us photos of the flat people. Check out what they got up to at with some of our students at home!

What did you like showing your flat person?

What do you think our flat people got up to in New Zealand?

If you had to look after a flat person from another country, what would you show them?

Our Literacy Block

In 2KM and 2KJ, we spend two hours every day on our Literacy Block.

Literacy is so important. It means the ability to read, write, spell, listen and speak.

This is how we run our Literacy Block…

1. Blogging

We look at our class blog and check how many visitors we have on our Clustrmap (we start our Literacy Block by doing some maths!). We read our new comments and usually look at one of our blogging buddies’ blogs too. Through blogging we learn so much about reading, writing, spelling, communicating and more. It has so many benefits!


2. Independent Reading

We all read a “good fit” book to ourselves. That means a book that we can read, understand and meets our purpose and interests. At the moment we read for about 10 minutes but we’re working on building our stamina so we can read for longer. The best way for us to get better at reading is to practise, practise and practise our reading strategies.

independent reading

3. Reading Strategy

We all get together on the floor while our teacher reads us a story and shows us how to use a reading strategy. This week we’re focussing on the comprehension strategy, check for understanding. That means checking if you’ve understood what you’ve read after each page.

reading strategy

We keep our reading strategies and individual reading goals on our 2KM and 2KJ Reading CAFE Strategies bulletin board. This is a work in progress that we have just started! We will fill it up with lots of strategies that we have learnt by the end of the year!


4. Reading Groups

We work in groups on activities to help us with our reading, writing and spelling. Our taskboard tells us what we are working on each day. The names of our groups are Indonesian colours. We rotate through five activities during the week and also spend time with our teacher.


Read to Someone: We read a “good fit” book to a partner. They then read their book to us. We have to practise, practise, practise to meet our goals! If we don’t have anyone to read to, Leo is always there to listen to us!


Work on Writing: Blogging is a fantastic way for us to practise our writing. We leave a comment on our class blog or one of our buddies’ blogs. An adult like Mrs Mullen or Mrs Gray helps us read over our comment.


Listen to Reading: We listen to a story on the iPod Touch. This week our story is Puss in Boots. We draw what we’re picturing in our heads while we listen.


Spelling: We practise our M100W, M200W or Spelling Challenge words. Our teachers show us a different way to practise our words each week. This week we are making triangle words.


Word game: Word games like Making and Breaking help us learn about sounds. This helps us with our reading and spelling.


Work with the Teacher: During reading groups our teacher meets with us individually to listen to us read and help us meet our reading goals. We meet with our teacher a few times each week.

work with teacher

We finish Reading Groups with share time where we talk about how we went trying out the reading strategy we talked about today.

5. Writing

The last part of our Literacy Block is writing. On Mondays we do journal writing about our weekend. Once a week we do handwriting. On the other days we do all sorts of different types of writing and our teacher shows us new strategies to help us improve our skills.

writing IWB


What is your favourite activity in the Literacy Block?

What area of literacy are you good at? What do you want to get better at?

What do you like to read and write about?