It’s Book Week!

This week is the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week.

Book Week is held every year and this year it is from August 20th – 26th.

Book week

During Book Week many schools and public libraries celebrate fantastic books, authors and illustrators.

In 2KM and 2KJ we love reading so we are excited to be a part of Book Week.

This year the theme of Book Week is One World, Many Stories.



In Grade Two, we are celebrating Book Week by having a Blogging Book Day.

We are  passing around some of the short listed books in the Picture Book of the Year awards.

Each class is writing a blog post about one of the books and the other classes will be commenting.

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2KM and 2KJ read two books to start the day…

Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie

Marvin and Violet have been friends since they were babies. They are like two peas in a pod. But then Violet moves away…

Two Peas in a Pod

Family Forest by Kim Kane

While some kids have a family tree, WE have a family forest! Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? The modern family comes in all shapes and sizes…

Family Forest

What did you think of Two Peas in a Pod and Family Forest?

Which one did you like best?

Write a review for the books!

What is your favourite book?

Check out 1/2W, 2JS and 2MK’s blogs to find more Book Week posts!

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?

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?

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?

Skyping with B4 and B3 in New Zealand

2KM and 2KJ are blogging buddies with B4 in Reefton, New Zealand. They have a great blog called “Open the Door to B4” and their teacher is Mrs McKenzie.

B4 is part of the quad blogging project which you can read more about here.

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.

Flat Stanley

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.

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Skyping B4

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?

Do you know any facts about New Zealand?