Apostrophes

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.

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

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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!

http://horacek.com.au

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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?

Journal Writing

Every Monday morning 2KM and 2KJ students love doing journal writing as part of our Literacy Block.

During journal writing, students write about their weekends and focus on the following things:

– Using full stops and capital letters correctly.

– Spelling high frequency words correctly and having good attempts at unknown words.

– Making sure their writing is interesting and makes sense.

– Presenting their work neatly.

– Editing their work to fix up mistakes.

Everyone enjoys sharing their weekend adventures and it is a favourite time of the week for many students.

Listen to our Fotobabbles by clicking the “play” button to see what Meg, Harry and Ava  got up to this weekend!

 

What did you think of our Fotobabbles?

What did you do on the weekend?

What is your favourite weekend activity?

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:

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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

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Ebony’s Handwriting

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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?

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

The Postcard Project

2KJ and 2KM are involved in a special Postcard Project!

Our friend, Mrs Leakey, a teacher in New Zealand, started this project and you can read all about it here on her class blog, Pirates of Room 4. Lots of different classes from all around the world have signed up!

This is what is involved in the project:

Sign up online to be a part of the Postcard Project.

– Find some postcards that represents something about the town or country you live in.

– Write on the back of the postcards to share something about your town or city.

– Choose which classes you wish to send the postcard to and address the postcards.

– Send the postcards.

– You will then hopefully get some postcards back!

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We have already received a postcard from Mrs McKenzie and B4 in New Zealand!

Today some 2KJ and 2KM students were specially selected to write on some postcards to send to our global blogging buddies.

Here they are, hard at work! (Remember to click on the picture below to make it bigger.)

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The Postcard Project is a fantastic way to connect and collaborate with other classes from all around the world!

What do you think of the Postcard Project?

Have you sent postcards when you’ve been on holidays before?

Where would you like to go on holidays?