Pentecost & the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is a special feast in the Church year.  It marks the end of the Easter season.  It celebrates when the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples of Jesus.  We listened to the story of Pentecost from the bible.  We responded to this story through art.

We will share all our artworks at our assembly on Monday.

Food Chains

To help us be better stewards of the animals we have been exploring we have been making discoveries about life cycles and features that help animals survive in their habitats.  We are discovering that everything in nature is connected.  One way to understand this is to learn about food chains.  We explored and created different food chains.  We found out that all food chains start with the sun giving energy to plants.  There are animals that eat those plants and so the chains begin…

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We then talked about what might happen if one part of the food chain is taken out.  We watched The Lorax to help us understand the impact of an ecosystem being disrupted…

What was the important message of The Lorax?

Measuring

We have been comparing and describing measurements of LENGTH.  We have explored the differences between non-uniform measures, such as handspans, to measure length, and uniform measures, such as icy-pole sticks.  This exploration has been a lot of fun!  We have discovered that when measuring using a repeated unit it is very important to make sure there are no gaps and no overlaps.

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The TETRAHEDRON question

We played a game online called “Fling the teacher”.  We got the last answer wrong because it was TETRAHEDRON and we didn’t know what that was.  Edward went home and did some research.  He found out that a tetrahedron is a 3D shape that has four faces.  That means a triangular pyramid is a tetrahedron.  Edward looked on the internet, in a maths dictionary and even made one from a net.  Thanks Edward that was really great thinking. 

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us in 2M

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,

Whose love is so precious that it can never be measured,

whose patience seems to never end.

May we see your loving hand behind them, guiding them.

We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time or patience (which all mums feel at some time).

We ask you to bless them with your own special love.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother and friend.

Amen

2D & 3D Shapes

We have been exploring the features of shapes.

Here are some websites that you can have a look at to keep learning more about shapes:

In class I asked the question “What do you call a 7 sided shape?” Jess D found the answer: a heptagon.  Then I asked if a 50c coin was an octagon.  Taj had one from his lunch order and found out it has 12 sides.  This makes it a dodecagon.

What new discoveries have you made about shapes?

 

LaTrobe Uni WildLife Sanctuary Excursion

As part of our tuning into our Science learning this term, the grade 2s headed to a local sanctuary.  We discovered that there are three main types of habitats in a river red gum forest.  We heard frogs singing, we saw an emu poo, we learnt about fungi and had a great day together.  Thanks Anna, Diana and Sharyn for spending the day with us – it really was a beautiful day…

What was a new discovery you made on our excursion?

What was your favourite part?

Meal-worms

As part of our Science learning this term we are inquiring into life-cycles and observing changes so we can be better stewards of our local environment. 

(Being a steward is the special job God has given us to look after all of creation)

To help us do this we have WORMS! Well actually meal-worms are not really worms, as we are discovering.  We first predicted that these little creatures would grow into bigger worms, a bit like a centipede.  But this is not right!  They are going to grow and change into a beetle.  This process is called metamorphosis and we are going to learn more about this in the coming weeks.  At the moment we are closely monitoring the meal-worms and looking for changes.

The biggest change so far is the shedding of skin!

What else have you found out about meal-worms?

As we are learning about animals and their habitats we are asking more and more questions!

What makes an animal an insect? Do flies have antenna?  If insects have six legs, what is a snail? Do all animals that live in aquatic habitats lay eggs?

On our excursion, our leader Paul talked about how important bees are to the life-cycle of plants.  Does anyone know an expert on bees who might be able to explain this more to us?