Transition

Friday equals transition.

That is where the Grade 5 students (2015 Grade 6 students) head up to Pod 3 and where the Grade 2 students (2015 Grade 3 students) move on up to Pod 2 to experience life in their soon to be new Pod and get comfortable with the people, teachers and their surroundings.

Today in Pod 2 for transition we’re getting into the Christmas spirit- that of giving, generosity and kindness. Not through Santa but through his helpful elves!!!

Oh, and we’re making something that looks a bit like this 🙂

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(Thanks to Mrs orrow’s Kindergarten Blog Spot for the idea http://indulgy.com/source/mrsmorrowskindergarteners.blogspot.com)

What can you do this Christmas to let your loved ones know how much you care about them without having to spend a cent?

One Big Week

It’s been yet another big week in Pod 2 this week.

Yesterday afternoon we had a pod Concert in the gym to celebrate our learning over the semester with parents and carers.

It was a happy and exciting time which had a turnout of between 60-100 parents and carers! It was great!!

(Photos to come)

Feel free to comment below on what you, your family and/or your friends thought of the event.

THEN to top it off, Jamie (one student in our pod) chose to research Holden for his Australia project this term. Somehow the amazing Lee P was able to organise a HUGE delivery of Holden hats and posters for all the kids in Pod 2!! WOW Talk about brilliant. We will have to send a photo and letter to Holden to thank them for being so generous!!

What a great week in Pod 2!

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Melbourne Museum- Checking out history

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Today Pod 2 students went to the Melbourne Museum!!
Wow! It was amazing! We got to see so many things from the past… right back to the time of the dinosaurs and mega fauna, Aboriginal history, the Gold Rush, Bush Rangers, technology and even animals of today.

It was incredible and absolutely fascinating!

What was the best thing that you saw today? Why was it so good?

Why is Australia the ‘lucky country’?

What does it mean to be lucky?
Why are we lucky to be Australian?

This is a question that 2A was asked this morning and BOY was it easy to answer.

Just some of the great reasons that we came up with were:
“We created AFL”
“We have a bright, warm sun”
“We have lots of unique animals (fauna)”
“We have lots of unique plants (flora)”
“We have good schools and teachers”
“We have lots of good food compared to countries where people are starving”
“We don’t have wars”
“We have great access to doctors and medicine”

We are all very lucky to live in such a great country.

We’re off to the Zoo!

On Tuesday, November 4th, POD 2 are off to the Werribee Zoo as part of our unit ‘Why is Australia the Lucky Country?’

Your task before we go is to have a think about what animals are uniquely Australian?

Choose one of these unique animals and think of 3 questions that you want answered on our trip to the Zoo tomorrow!

This video might help: Baby Koalas

http://www.zoo.org.au/werribee
Map- Werribee Zoo

Australian Symbols

This week we’re learning all about Australian Symbols.
By this we mean things that represent or stand for our country for different reasons.

This might be food, places, buildings, other objects, songs, words phrases or something else.

What do you think of when we say the word ‘Australia’?

Post a comment in the section below and we’ll update you with a photo of our amazing work soon…

Australia’s Climate

This week over in 2A we’re learning all about Australia’s climate.

We have learnt that climate is the weather conditions of an area and that Australia is very unique because it has 3 main climates across the country.

Our 3 main climates are:
Temperate
Tropical and
Arid

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We’ve been busy learning about what each of these terms mean and looking at regions in Australia that have these climates and why.

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Why not impress everyone you know by commenting below with a definition of one of the above climates and a place that has that climate!

Money, Money

In Pod 2 this term we are perfecting our money skills. How you ask? By playing SHOPS!!!

In teams we priced a large amount of boxes that out great teachers had collected for us other the holidays (i.e. cereal boxes, tissue boxes etc). We had to think about the ‘value’ of the objects and compare the products to those we saw in catalogues.

Next we made $25.00 using a variety of Australian coins and notes. This meant that we needed to know that there are 100 cents in a dollar and all the different ways that coins and notes can make $25.00.

Finally, we put the money in our wallet and then the shop fun began! We were counting money, adding up more than one item and even calculating change!

A busy week of lots of learning but also lots of fun!
In the comments section, tell our readers one thing that you found tricky or learnt over the week.

Australia

In Pod 2 this term we are learning all about Australia.

This week, one thing that we’re learning is about Landmarks. Some thngs that we have learnt about landmarks are:

– they can be man made or natural
– they can be a building or mark on land that are important to people
– they often represent the place where they are found

Below are some photos of our work
-Big Pineapple, Queensland (drawing and plasticine)
-The Great Barrier Reef (Queensland)
-The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (Melbourne, Victoria)

Can you think of any other landmarks in Australia?? List their name and where they are located in the comment section!

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