Your ‘Where we are in Place & Time’ unit on Into the Unknown is well underway. You are inquiring into the following Central Idea: Over time people have expanded their sense of the world through exploration

Below is a Voicethread which has pictures of some of the explorers you have studied. You need to think about the qualities and attitudes these explorers showed in their lives. Now think about the PYP Learner Profile & Attitudes:

PYP Learner Profile PYP Attitudes

Risk Takers


Which of these qualities did your explorers display in their lives? What evidence do you have to support your opinions? Share your thoughts with others by recording your ideas on the voicethread below.

Sound Stories

Your next unit is an inquiry into ‘How we Express Ourselves’. The central idea for this unit is:
We appreciate, interpret and express the arts in many different ways.

During ICT, you will be creating sound stories to accompany the pictures in the book, ‘The Mysteries of Harris Burdick’ by Chris Van Allsburg.

The first step is listening to sounds and choosing sounds that fit the illustration you choose. You can choose from
* media drive (my computer -> media drive -> royalty free music -> sounzabout volume 3 -> disc 3).


Below is a screencast on how to download sound effects from the Partners in Rhyme website.

  • Watch the screencast on how to get started using Audacity:
  • Presenting what we know

    In class you have been exploring how the Origin, production and distribution of food involves various processes and people. Your teachers would like you to share your knowledge of how a food gets from field to table using a PowerPoint presentation.

    Using the templates in PowerPoint is easy, but it doesn’t make your presentation interesting to watch. Here is a video for you to look at about what NOT to do with PowerPoint.

    Some students created a video about Super Presentationman, who helps a student make a better PowerPoint. Watch this video and get some ideas about what you can do to make your presentation more effective.

    Find more videos like this on TeacherLibrarianNetwork

    Google Lit Trips

    We are embarking on a somewhat ambitious project at the moment (well, ambitious for Mrs B)! We discovered this wonderful website called Google Lit Trips which has Google Earth tours of the locations mentioned in some popular books. We checked out Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings to see how it worked. It certainly made it engaging for the Grade 2’s to see a book ‘come to life’.

    Image from Amazon

    Our ambitious project is to add to the Google Lit Trips website by creating a literature trip of our own. This will really test our skills with Google Earth (what Mrs B means is it will really test HER skills with Google Earth!).

    We are now looking for books able to be read by Grade 2 students which are set in real locations. Anyone know any books that would suit our purpose? We are planning to use Mem Fox’s Possum Magic

    Image from Amazon

    and Marjorie Priceman’s How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World to start with.

    Image from Amazon

    Mrs B would like to share with other educators out there how to get a free Google Earth Pro account. Check here for Kevin Jarrett’s blog post, and here for an atomic learning movie for the details you’ll need.

    May the Force be with you

    The Central Idea for your unit on How the World Works is:

    Forces are all around us and have an impact on people and objects.

    Later you will be conducting a fair test to explore some ideas you have about forces, but to get more of an overview of the main concepts, check out the websites below. Remember to log in using our school username and password.


    BBC – Schools Science Clips – Magnets and springs via kwout

    On BrainPOP, have a look at:

    • Levers
    • Pulleys
    • Wheel & Axle
    • Inclined Plane
    • Building basics
    • Forces

    BrainPOP – Animated Educational Site for Kids – Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology via kwout

    On Gridclub, go to Site map -> Science -> Grid City Action -> Nobody Nose in Towering Appetites

    Under the Microscope

    2HBe and I had great fun exploring the digital microscopes in class today. We were supposed to be looking at parts of plants, but wound up making an exciting discovery! One group discovered a bug in their slide, so we maximised the magnification and took some pictures and a video.

    Isn’t he beautiful?! We named this little bug Alex, as we weren’t sure if it was a boy or a girl.


    Here are some photos of us discovering Alex:

    We weren’t sure what kind of bug it was, so I asked the class what to do. They all said, “Google it!” But what did that mean exactly? One suggestion was to do an image search for Aphid (as that’s what I thought it might be). We decided to look up some photos of aphids via Comp Fight and found this photo. It looked quite a lot like Alex, so we think it probably is an aphid. Plus, Alex the Aphid has a nice ring to it!

    Photo credit: Simonella_Virus.

    Here are some photos of us looking at the plants first!

    Collecting photos

    The central idea for your new Sharing the Planet unit is:

    Plants are an essential resource of other living things and contribute to the health of the planet.

    We need to find some good-quality photos to use in presentations during this unit. For this purpose, we will be using a search tool called Compfight

    Compfight allows us to search creative commons photos with a safe search option.

    I would like you to search for some photos you think might be useful for us to use for presentations later on and save them to your file. Make sure you are academically honest by acknowledging your source of the photo. For example, if you find a photo of a water droplet taken by photogirl, you should save the photo as water droplet_photogirl.

    Grade 2

    Welcome to your class page Grade 2!

    In class we are learning that:

    People can make lifestyle choices that influence their wellbeing.

    Some of the PYP Transdisciplinary Skills for this unit include:

    Social Skills

    Accepting responsibility

    Self-Management Skills


    Healthy lifestyle

    Informed Choices

    In order to develop your skills of making informed nutrition choices, I have prepared a track for you to run around the Internet on. It’s called Jog the Web. Click on the link below to start jogging through the websites I have chosen for you.