Name calling is mean!

Today we visited Zippep’s Astro Circus where we were reminded that sharing unfriendly messages online or on the phone is not cool. We learnt that if you wouldn’t say something to somebody’s face, then don’t say it online. If you ever receive a message that upsets you, tell somebody about it.

We used Drawing Pad and Strip Designer to create our own poster of an iPad with a kind message. We had to choose a message that we would like to receive.

Amanda 2E

Maison 2E

Natasha 2R

Urban 2E

Today’s Apps:


The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog by Sue deGennaro

Book 6 of the shortlisted books is The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog.

It is Sue’s first picture book as an author and illustrator.

Finding the right animal wasn’t easy.

It was Camille who finally gave me the idea of being a frog!

Frogboy and Camille are best friends but they are very different. Camille speaks in numbers and Frogboy likes to dress up. With Camille’s help he finds that dressing up as a frog is perfect for him, but when he tries to convince his friend to be a frog too, his plan goes terribly wrong…

This is a beautiful story about friends and how to keep them :)


The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play. Join Moose, Zebra, Lion and Sheep as they try to hide from the rain in a cave, but accidentally disturb a very cranky bear…

The Very Cranky Bear was first published in 2008 and has become an international bestseller. It has bright illustrations and a fun engaging story. It’s even been captured as an app for the iPads.

The Book App provides plenty of opportunities to become immersed in the story. There is something ‘to do’ on every page. Shaking lion’s mane, helping the four friends run out of the cave and finding bear behind the trees are just some of the activities. In addition an extra puzzle is included – find five hidden cards throughout the story in order to unlock a great prize at the close of the book and become further engaged in the story.

The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland


Today we enjoyed another book by Nick Bland. This week though, it was a little different. We read The Very Itchy Bear on the iPads. (iTunes $4.49) It was fun!

Bear is bothered by Flea. Flea won’t leave him alone. When Bear finally escapes from Flea, Bear finds himself a little lonely.

During our reading on the iPad, we had to solve a puzzle and find the magic flowers. When we found five flowers, we unlocked the secret game. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone the secret, they’ll have to find out for themselves.

After the story, 2D imagined how it might feel to be bothered by a biting flee. Then we created some annoyed faces using Faces iMake (iTunes $0.99) on the iPads.


Welcome to Grade 2 Information Literacy 2013

Welcome to our Grade Two students for 2013.  This year, your Info Lit teachers will be Mrs Robertson and Mrs McKee.

We are very excited to be teaching you all and we look forward to a year filled with books, craft and lots of learning on the iPads.

It was great to meet you all today.  We read the first book in our author study for Term One.  We will be enjoying stories from the very talented author/illustrator Nick Bland.  He has written many very entertaining books, including “The Runaway Hug” which won the CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year Award last year.

Today we read “The Wrong Book.”  Nicholas Ickle is trying to tell a story, but he keeps getting interrupted by characters from other stories – a pirate, a queen, even some monsters!  To get a chance to tell his story, he has to convince the others that they are in the wrong book.

This was a very funny book, despite the fact that Nicholas Ickle was not enjoying himself!  We liked that there were two stories happening.  Did you see the other story in the pictures?

Let’s Be Cybersmart.

We have been discussing all of the things we do online.  Some of us play games, watch videos, find information and send emails.  Today we visited and watched some of the Cyberquoll episodes about Internet Safety.  We learnt about emailing and safe searching.  Afterwards we used Drawing Pad ($1.99 iTunes) and My Story ($1.99 iTunes) on the iPads to design some safety messages.