2016 2MS Potato Olympics

We have commenced our investigation into MEASUREMENT with the Potato Olympics.  Each coach created a Spudlete, which competed in three events.  Each event helped us to discover that when you measure you need to use a specific tool and each measurement has a name.  We measured weight in grams, on scales.  We measured distance (length) in centimetres, using a measuring tape.  We measured time in seconds, using a stopwatch.  We also had a lot of fun exploring and some laughs together…

Can you practice doing some measuring at home? Have you got some kitchen scales? Have you got a watch? What other measuring tools can you find around your house?

Reading & Writing Fables

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Our next writing focus is going to be learning to write FABLES.  Fables are a great way to begin to explore the genre of Narrative.  This week we will start to explore the features and structures of FABLES by reading them in class.  As we read we are identifying 5 main elements: exposition (setting & characters), rising action, conflict, falling action and the moral (lesson).  You may like to read some fables at home together (these can be added to your nightly Reading Journal).  You can find some at this website: Fables for children

After reading you could complete an organiser: CommonCoreFablesGraphicOrganiser

Are you practicing multiplication at home?

We have discovered that there are many ways to show a multiplication fact: equal groups of, repeated addition, an array, and a number sentence (which has a turn around fact).

Here are some examples so mums & dads know what the different ways look like…

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Remember the first number in the fact represents how many groups (or how many times we have to add, or how many rows there will be) and the second number is what we are counting by (or adding repeatedly or will be in each group or in each row). Good luck!

Dare to Fail and to Succeed Performance

We are getting very excited about the school performance.  Today we have worked on three of our main songs and made some great choreography.  My arms are a bit sore from all the big dance moves.

We have one last song to make moves to: Try everything (from Zootopia)

Have a listen and a watch and see if you can come up with some easy moves…

Rio 2016

downloadThis week we have an Olympic theme to our Daily Five activities.  It has already been an exciting start to the 2016 games. I wonder what sports you are looking forward to watching?

You might like to keep track of the medal count: http://rio2016.olympics.com.au/medal-tally 

Pick a day and complete this challenge:

If Gold=3 points, Silver=2 points, Bronze =1 point…

How many points do the top 5 teams have?

Explain how you worked it out.

Our Inquiry unit this term has been called “Dare to fail and to succeed.”  I wonder if this applies to the athletes participating in the Olympic games? What can we learn from the athletes about having a growth mindset?

A great day in 2MS

On Friday the 5th of August, Levi took charge of the class camera as his dojo winners prize.  He was set the challenge to catch 2MS learners doing great things.  He took so many photos that the battery on the camera went flat.

Thanks Levi, you did a great job capturing so many awesome learning moments.

Grandparents Day

Tuesday the 26th of July was the feast of St Ann & Joachim, Jesus’ grandparents.  Our school had a special Mass to celebrate & bless all our grandparents.  The classrooms were then opened for grandparents to come and have a visit.  In our room Nimerta was the class photographer (her Dojo winners prize) and she took some great snaps…

Thanks to all the grandparents who spent some time visiting us.  It was a happy day :)

Multiplication Magicians

We are exploring MULTIPLICATION. 

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Before we learn to recall time table facts, it is important that we understand that multiplication is about:

  • Equal groups
  • Counting patterns
  • Repeated addition

We also have just discovered that multiplication has a commutativity property just like addition.  For example 2 groups of 10 is 20 and 10 groups of 2 is also 20.  The total is the same but what we count by & how many times we count changes.

Can you practice making some groups of (lots of, fish tanks of, baskets of, vases of) at home?

You could check out this website: Making groups of

This will help you start to see how to show groups on grid paper and using arrays.

Mums and dads might like to read theis handout to refresh their memories about groups and arrays:

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