And the Fabulous Flake Award goes to……

We had two lucky recipients of the Flake Award today.  The first went to….

Amreen!

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Amreen, you are a little ray of sunshine.  You are so positive and happy.  Nothing bothers you and you go about your day with a smile on your face, ready to face whatever challenges come your way.  We love your attitude and we think you are FABULOUS!

Our second recipient was…..

Rabee!

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Rabee, your sense of fun and thirst for learning make you a wonderful student to teach.  You are enthusiastic and curious and you love exploring new concepts.  You always ask interesting and relevant questions and you are a valuable part of our class dynamic.  Your attitude towards learning is something which you should be very proud of, we certainly are – Well done!

Arrays

This week we’ve been learning about multiplication.  We have been using arrays to help us understand the multiplication process.  Children can develop an understanding of multiplication concepts if they can see visual representation of the computation process.  An arrangement of objects, pictures or numbers in columns and rows is called an array.  We worked with a partner to come up with number sentences for different arrays…..

Moving Water Science Experiment

Today I placed 3 plastic cups on the table.  The two outside cups were filled with coloured water, one with blue water, the other with yellow water. The cup in the middle was empty.  I also had a roll of paper towel on the table.  I posed the question “Is there any way we could get the water from the outside cups into the middle cup without touching the cups.  After much discussion, Dale came up with the solution of placing one end of the paper towel into the outside cup and the other end into the middle cup. We did just that and had another interesting discussion about absorption and colour mixing.

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After a little while, drops of water began dripping into the middle glass…

The next day when we came to school, this is what we saw…

AMAZING!!!

And the Oatlands Oscar Goes to…..

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Congratulations Shin Ee. Your motivation and enthusiasm for learning is an inspiration to us all!  You are such a hard worker but you always find time to be a kind and thoughtful friend. Your beautiful smile makes everyone around you feel happy and included. These are such special qualities and we feel very grateful to have you in 2KR.

Where Does Fresh Water Come From?

Did you know that most of the water on the earth is salty ocean water?  Today in 2KR we made Solar Stills and investigated how the sun helps to change salty water into precious fresh water.

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It was very exciting to see the salty water turning into condensation and forming tiny droplets that tasted like……fresh water!

 

 

Water Science

We have been learning lots of different facts about water.  We even made our own Water Facts Book.  On Dale’s page he illustrates how water and oil don’t mix.  We thought we’d explore this concept further by dropping some water droplets onto both greaseproof paper and photocopy paper.  When we dropped the water onto a plain piece of paper our water droplet was absorbed by by the paper.  However, when we dropped it onto the wax paper, the water droplet kept its shape.  We discussed how fibrous materials such as paper will absorb water rather than repelling it.  However when the paper has a waxy (or oily) coating, such as grease proof paper, it will be waterproof.  After our discussion we had fun experimenting with the water, greaseproof paper, some eye droppers and straws.  Some of us had races, some of us made mazes to navigate our water droplets through and all of us had a lot of fun.  Take a look….

 

We Did It!!!

For the first time this year we were able to hand back our reading tub with EVERY BOOK accounted for!  We were rewarded for our efforts with a book to keep for our class which is pretty awesome.  We cannot tell you how proud we are of all of you.  Although we encourage our kids to be responsible for their readers, we also want to acknowledge our parents.  We know that you play an important role in teaching the kids to be accountable and we thank you for your support.  Well done everyone.  Let’s hope we can maintain our reputation of looking after our readers.

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