If you were an adjective…

We are tuning into our new writing unit: DESCRIPTIVE WRITING.  In order to be able to record really great descriptive writing you must be able to use adjectives and adverbs.  We have been finding out and expanding our knowledge of these types of words.

Today we thought about adjectives that we would use to describe ourselves.  Each student selected ten adjectives that describe themselves…

We have also been hunting for adjectives as we read and thinking about the categories adjectives belong to (personality, appearance, time, colour, etc.).

When you are doing your nightly reading you might record adjectives you spot author’s using.

Here is a reminder about what adjectives and adverbs are:



Addition Pyramids

This week we have practice solving addition equations by using an addition pyramid.  If you want to practice this more here are some images & templates:

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Have fun challenging yourself.  Remember it si good to show your working out once the numbers start to get bigger 🙂

SEL lesson: Jealousy

Each Wednesday this term, 2Ms and 1L are joining up for an SEL lesson (Social & Emotional learning). Today we talked about feeling jealous. It is ok to feel jealous and everyone at some time will have this feeling.  We can sometimes feel very jealous, a little jealous or perhaps not jealous at all (depending on the situation).  When we feel jealous, a good strategy to try and use is to remember to be GRATEFUL.

Being grateful is about thinking about other things you have or do that make you lucky and it is about being THANKFUL.

Turn your jealous feeling into a grateful feeling.  Also it is good to be happy for others when something good happens to them or they get something special.  If we are a good friend to someone we can be happy for them and not need to be the same.

What are you grateful for?


Dare to Keep Greensborough Great!

To help get us switched onto our field study inquiry, we went on a local walk.  We were on the look for natural (managed) and built features.  We were also wanting to observe and collect data about ways the local environment is cared for (& by whom) and how it might be being damaged.  As we walked around, we also chatted about places we are CONNECTED to.  We had a great time walking, observing, hypothesising and collecting data.  Thanks to our parent helpers who kept us safe, asked interesting questions and shared some of the connections and knowledge they had about our local area.

What was a place you had a connection to that we walked past?What did we discover about natural and built environments? Do you now have a question or idea that we might need to explore further?

What must we remember when crossing roads?

Learning about addition strategies

This week we explored some new strategies to solve addition equations: using a hundreds chart, the jump strategy and the split strategy.  These strategies involve us using lots of different thinking.

The jump strategy uses the thinking of visualising a number line.  We need to break one of the addends into tens and ones to add it on.


The Split Strategy also requires us to think about place value.  It can look like these examples…

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Being able to add tens onto a number is a really important skill for both of these strategies to work.  You might like to practise adding tens to a number.  For example: 23 + 10, 56 + 30, 67 + 20.

Some students also explored how using a number chart can be very handy.  In order to use this strategy you have to understand how to move by tens down the chart and then across to the right by the ones:

number chart

Here is a number chart you could print at home to practice this strategy with: My120Chart

Can you show mum and dad how you can use these strategies? Which one do you like most? Which one do you think you need more practice with?

Long I sound: i, igh, ie, y, and i_e.

Our spelling focus for the first two weeks of this term is the LONG I sound.  This can be made in many different ways:  igh, ie, y, and i_e.

Long vowel sound spelling patterns are quite difficult for students to learn.  First they must understand that more than one letter can be used to represent one sound and then learn the various ways that the sound can be represented in print.

You can find out more about the long i sound by chekcing out this website: https://www.spellzone.com/unit07/page13.cfm

Here is a work list you can use at home to sort words, test words, etc: Long-i-Vowel Word List


Henry the Handwriting Hero

I would like to introduce you to a new classmate: FullSizeRenderHis name is Henry and he is on the lookout for a weekly handwriting hero to take care of him.  Each week we will be on the search for a hard working handwriter who will get to have Henry hang out with them and earn themselves a pacer pencil 🙂  To be the handwriting hero of the week, you will need to show that your are trying to make your written presentation the best you can – writing on the lines, consistent sizing, starting and exiting correctly.  He loves fantastic presentation and also when he can see improvement.

Henry is very excited to make some new friends in 2MS in Term Two.