Place Value: modelling numbers

Our PLACE VALUE  investigation continues.  We have started to match our arrow cards to MAB materials.


We had a great session “playing” with MAB.  The challenge was to use only ten of the blocks to make something and then work out what digit value it had.  It was a lot of fun but even better there was so much learning & thinking going on.  Well Done 2MS mathematicians.

As you watch the clip, press pause and work out what each design is worth...

In case MAB materials are not something mums & dads are familiar with, here is a little explanation from a very handy website call School A to Z :

Place Value

Where does stuff come from?

Today we have had a quick investigation about where some of the food in our lunchboxes and things in our classroom are made.  We plotted this on a map to see some of the different countries that are producing what we eat and use.  A lot of the food packets we were eating were made in Australia.  a lot of the things we use in our classroom were made in China.

I want everyone to have a look in the pantry at home and check for the labels that tell us where are food is being produced.  I also want you to talk at home to find out what it means if a product says made from local and imported ingredients.

View map _ Mapcustomizer

Good luck and I will be interested in your research.


PLACE VALUE: digits and numbers


We have begun our Maths unit focused on PLACE VALUE.  Our understanding of how numbers are made up of digits that hold a place will be the foundation for all our Number learning this year.  We have made a set of arrow cards to help develop and consolidate the concept that each digit in a number holds a place. Using arrow cards is great at helping students to understand expanded notation.  This video explains this concept:

I miss calculated my photocopying of the template.  If you would like to have a set at home, just ask 🙂

I will be on the watch for learners who are able to explain how to use the cards to make a demonstration video using the “ShowMe” app.  I wonder if anyone has used this app before?  Stay tuned for more PLACE VALUE ideas but for now…

Some quick practice ideas:

  • pick a number and count backwards and forwards from it
  • pick a number – what would be ten more, ten less, 100 more, 100 less, etc.

Dare to make a DIFFERENCE: where does food come from?

Now that we have settled into the year and understand how to be “out of this world” learners, it is now time to begin our first inquiry learning together.  In the Church season of Lent, we are called to dare to be disciples by praying, fasting and almsgiving.  This is the inspiration for our ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP inquiry, “Dare to make a difference”.  Our inquiry learning will lead us to a basic understanding of some economic concepts.  To begin with we are going to be finding out about where goods and products come from (in particular the food we eat).  Building from this, we want to explore what influences people to buy the products they do.

As part of our tuning in, we used a concept map to show what we already know and some wonderings we have.  We will investigated the contents of our class bin after having had our lunch…

This was our combined thinking made using mindmup:

Food mindmup

This is what our tuning in sessions looked like:

What did we discover from the data?  What was the most common food item in our lunch boxes? in our bin? Is there an action we can already take that will make a difference?

Writing: Friendly Letters

WALT:  create short informative texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting elements appropriate to the audience and purpose.

Our first writing unit will be focusing on creating letters.  We are super excited to each be given a Year Three Pen Pal who we will be able to write to and get to know throughout the year.  Having a pen pal will give our writing a purpose & audience.

I wonder if anyone has any books at home that contain examples of letter writing? If you I would love you to bring them in.

I found this one in my collection:

Who can have a go at writing a letter from one of their crayons, textas, or pencils?

WALT: create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them

Our first Maths topic is Data & Graphing.  We are using the skills of collecting data and making graphs to help us get to know each other better but to learn how to think like mathematicians.

On Friday we had a data collecting session that introduced us to some new types of graphs:

Do you know some different types of graphs? Can you find some graphs at home?

Can you make up some questions to match our graphs in the classroom that a classmate can answer?

What could be some other interesting questions we could collect data about to get to know each other better?

Open Classroom 2016

Thanks to all the parents (and brothers & sisters & grandmas) who dropped in to visit our classroom on Thursday.  It was lovely to meet you all and to see how proud the new students in 2MS were to show off their new tidy tubs and “Out of this World” artwork.

We asked each family to complete a little getting to know you sheet.  I really enjoyed reading these and finding out the different things students are interested in and the goals that your parents think are important as you start Year Two.  Mums and Dads were also asked to write five words to describe their child.  I typed these words into a Wordcloud generator (  The bigger the word the more times it was written down….


It is great to know that we have so many students who are friendly, happy, kind, funny, and helpful. It is also good to know that a lot of us are sensitive.  Year Two is an important year to really build resilience and learn strategies that will help us handle situations that might feel a bit tricky.