I would like to introduce you to my brothers pet pig. Her name is Barina and she absolutely loves her tummy being rubbed and her head. Barina thinks all of your food scraps (fruit, vegetables and bread crust) are scrumptious. Apples are her favourite but sometimes she get sweets like banana bread and chocolate. Her mouth waters when she gets sweet potato as a food scrap.
Here is Barina eating her dinner:
What are your favourite pieces of food?
Did you expect Barina to be this big?
Grade 2/3K have some exciting news!
We have 4 new members in our classroom. Drum roll … … …. We have class pet spiny stick insects!
Miss K had a mystery box sitting at the back of the classroom which was covered. She told us in the morning that it was a mystery and we had until recess to provide guesses as to what we thought she had in the mystery box.
Here are some of our guesses:
What’s in the box?
Oliver – prizes
Heather – Monsters
Chase – dinosaur
Jo – growing eggs, balloons or seeds
Billy –Mickey Mouse, plants
Isabella – chocolate
Sinead – lollies, toys
Lucas – sport equipment
Shae-maree –story books
Shanina – laminating sheets
Thomas – dinosaur toys
Yuvaan – information sheets
Simon – Art supplies
It was nearly recess and we were very excited for the reveal of the mystery box. Miss K asked us to sit in a circle and she brought the mystery box over still with its cover hiding what was beneath. What could it be, we were all wondering?
All of a sudden Miss K announced that one person guessed plants. She stated that the things in the mystery box needed plants to live. Now we were extremely excited and hands flew up in the air. We all started guessing different animals such as lizards, baby turtles and even a pet rock. Miss K revealed the cover and underneath was an enclosure with gum leafs in it. Someone yelled out “There are no animals in it, you are tricking us”. Miss K responded “Look very careful at the leaves and branches.”
Something moved on one of the leaves, we looked closely. Oh my goodness we could see 4 spiny leaf insects. We have a baby one, two middle size one and the bigger one is about 3 months old.
To our surprise the big one had something attached to its leg. Miss K explained to us that in the morning when she went to have her breakfast she saw the big spiny leaf insect shredding from its old skin. She explained that they do this about 5 times in their life to help them grow bigger.
What an adventure! This all happened before recess.
2/3K Students and Miss Kotlarewski
What do you know about Spiny leaf insects?
How did it feel to you when they were walking over you?
Today was the first day of Term 1. It was so lovely to see everyone!
We were introduced to Class Dojo. You may ask what is Class Dojo? We are here to explain it to you.
Here goes … Class Dojo helps teachers positively encourage students in class. Today we discussed the skills we want to work positively too. We had a conversation about why the chosen skills will help everyone have a successful school year in 2/3K. For each ‘positive skill’ shown students receive Class Dojo points for them but if they demonstrate a ‘needs work skill’ they will lose Class Dojo points.
WHOLE CLASS POINTS:
When we work together as a team, we will receive whole class points, so we can work towards a class goal.
We have table points which help encourage us with teamwork. When we work together with our table buddies we will receive table points for different skills.
Class Dojo is used to:
•Encourage any skill, rule, behaviour or school value
•Encourage students with positive feedback. It awards students with feedback for skills like “Working hard”, “Showing growth mindset”
•Encourage students with areas to work on example, “Put your hand up instead of calling out”, “Not on task”
This is the screen that students get to see throughout the day with their points. Each student has a monster avatar.
What do you like about Class Dojo?
What was something you learnt about today?
Welcome back to a new school year for 2017! Our classroom blog has been updated.
I look forward to hearing all your holiday stories on Tuesday. I wonder if you can guess what our classroom theme is?
What are you looking forward to this year?
List something that you would like to learn about?
On Thursday the lizard had started to come out of the egg shell. We could see its head.
This morning (Friday) we arrived at school and saw that the whole lizard was out of the shell. Hopefully it will start growing bigger over the weekend.
We have started to look at procedures in Foundation K. This week we are learning how to hatch a lizard from an egg.
We then sat in a circle and opened the box and got to feel the egg’s texture. Next we followed Miss K out to the staff room sink and watched her place the egg into the container and cover it in cold water. Miss K asked us lots of questions such as “Is the egg sinking or floating?”, “Why do you think bubbles are coming out of the egg?” We watched the water cover the egg and the bubbles that were coming out of the top of the egg. After that we went back into the classroom.
In the classroom we talked about what parts of our procedure we have done and what we think we would see when we arrived at school on Tuesday morning. When we arrive at school today we started to see cracks in the egg shell.
I wonder what we will see tomorrow (Wednesday).
Foundation students have been very busy this week. On Monday after lunch we had a visit from Bunnings. We got to participate in a Father’s Day Workshop. We got to paint a special present for our dad’s.
We are not going to give away to many clues but here is a picture to keep you Dad’s out there guessing:
What do you think we could have been making/painting?
On Monday, Foundation students participated in ‘Responsible Pet Education Program’. The program educated the students on living safely with dogs and responsible pet ownership.
Jessica the educator and Marley her dog came to visit us.
During the interactive program students learnt when dogs should be left alone, things we should not do to dogs, how you can tell if a dog is happy, scared or angry, a safe way to approach and greet a dog and what to do if approached by an unknown or aggressive dog.
Here are some images of the day:
Do you have a dog? What is its name?
What do you do to make your dog happy?
Friday night the Foundation students enjoyed celebrating their Foundation Dinner at UPPS.
We started the night with everyone arriving at 6pm to create a crown fit for a prince or princess.
We then enjoyed eating Pizza’s and having cordial for dinner.
After dinner we watched a short Mickey Mouse and Pluto cartoon while eating icy poles.
Next we all played a game called ‘Bob and Statues’.
We then finished the night making our own grass heads for us to watch grow in the next couple of weeks. Our parents picked us up at 8pm.
Group Photo of Foundation K