WeirDo likes frogs, they are his favourite. He has frog underwear, he wants to dress up as a frog for a fancy dress party and on a trip to the Zoo he finds himself lost right outside the frog exhibit. He even buys a frog necklace for the seventh best looking girl in his class – Bella. Frogs are just his thing…

So with this in mind the grade twos set about creating their own frogs from paper. Here’s some of the very cute frogs…

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Lets learn to ANIMATE…

Photo 16-09-2015 7 05 47 pmAnimation & Drawing by Do Ink is the fun, creative way to make animations on your iPad. The app was designed to be easy for beginners and young animators, With drawing editor you can create background scenes, characters and objects. The composition editor is used to combine your artwork – there is a Do Ink library to choose pictures and backgrounds from as well. Then it’s as easy as saving to the camera roll and sharing your creations with friends, family and classmates. The Animation and Drawing by Do Ink is $7.99 but you can buy it as a bundle with Green Screen by Do Ink for $9.99 

Today’s lesson was about learning how to use the app. We watched the following tutorial and then created our own animation of a buzzing fly.

The grade twos next task was to create an underwater animation with two moving sea creatures. This activity involved the grade twos using the drawing tools in new drawing to personalise their animation.

Create an animated undersea scene

  • Include one swimming fish
  • Include one jiggling octopus

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Here’s a sneak peak of them hard at work…

The year two children have been very busy creating undersea pictures. Here’s a sample of how clever the grade two’s and Ms McLeod are…

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Drawing WeirDo…

This week we set the grade twos the challenge of drawing WeirDo. Of course there were a few students who doubted themselves but the results were amazing. We spoke about how each cartoon of WeirDo would look different as everyone adds their own style or quirkiness to a drawing. Take a look for yourself…

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The Little Refugee…

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This week we reread ‘The Little Refugee’ and discussed some of the feelings Anh Do may have felt growing up in Vietnam, travelling by boat to Australia, starting at a new school, finding friends and becoming class captain. The grade twos impressed us immensely with the list of ‘feeling’ words they were able to come up with. This true story has left an impression on our grade twos…


Here’s just some of the words they used… poor, grateful, happy, playful, positive, hopeful, thankful, scared, worried, terrified, negative, afraid, nervous, frightened, hungry, thirsty, shy, sad, different, miserable, teased, bullied, anxious, nervous, strange, embarrassed, heart broken, lonely, awkward, disappointed, kind, polite, confident, amazed, friendly, cheerful, funny, enthusiastic, excited and proud.

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Making Origami Boats

After reading The Little Refugee and learning how Anh Do fled in a boat to Australia the grade twos made their own boats by folding a piece of paper.

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It was hard for some as there were some tricky folds, but with some patience and help from their classmates everyone was able to make a boat. The good thing is this boat is able to float…at least for a little while. The grade twos were going home to test this theory.

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Piranha’s Don’t Eat Bananas

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Brian loves bananas. Trouble is, Brian’s a piranha.

And his friends aren’t happy about his fondness for fruit…

‘What’s wrong with you, Brian? You’re a piranha.’

And what don’t Piranhas eat? VEGETABLES…


This becomes very clear in Aaron Blabey’s new picture book. Unless you’re Brian that is, because he is a vegetarian. He is on a quest to convert his carnivore friends.

Once again the best selling author has delivered a cheeky and colourful story that is sure to entertain and get a few laughs.

After reading and re reading ‘Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas’ the grade twos took to creating their own piranhas using templates, coloured paper and fine line markers. They all tried to add their own individuality through different facial expressions, features and speech bubbles…

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Thelma the Unicorn

thelma-the-unicornThelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

Thelma the beige pony is sad. More than anything in life, she wants to be a unicorn. A ‘pink’ unicorn with ‘sparkles.’

Ottis the donkey likes her just the way she is, but thelma isn’t swayed. She ties a carrot to the top of her nose and hopes against hope that maybe one day, she’ll be pink and sparkly. Sometimes you get what you want wish for and miracles can truly happen.

When a freak accident makes Thelma’s unlikely wish come true, she can never imagine how quickly a horse’s life can change… Thelma quickly rises to fame, but does she really want all the intention? Or would she be happier as her old self again?

Thelma the unicorn is about just being yourself because that’s the best thing you can be. Your real friends will accept you just as you are, imperfections and all. It takes Thelma a little while to discover this, as she finds that pretending to be something that she is not isn’t easy and it isn’t necessarily fulfilling either.

After listening to Aaron Blabey read his book Thelma the Unicorn we got very creative and drew our own unicorns. To help us we had a step by step instruction sheet. To create our version of Thelma we sketched, outlined, used water coloured pencils, glitter sequins and sparkles.

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We have some very talented artists in grade two! Here’s a few samples of Thelma pretending to be a unicorn and Thelma after her wish came true…

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Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

pearl barley and charlie parsley book coverPearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends, but couldn’t be more different if they tried. While Pearl Barley is loud and boisterous and talkative, Charlie Parsley is quiet and shy and likes to sit and ponder. While Pearl likes to take risks and solve mysteries, Charlie likes to take baths and watch his garden grow.

They are opposite in almost every way, but these differences help them to appreciate and look after each other.

You see, when Pearl needs a rest from her busy, loud life, Charlie is there to bring her a mug of warm milk in bed with his ‘lovely bedside manner’. And when Charlie is feeling down, Pearl uses her crazy antics to cheer him up.

This book is not only a beautifully written, easy to read, it’s a fun, loving story, with engaging characters that are easy to identify with. It is great to read to young children as a starting point for talks about different personalities and how to be kind and look after each other, how to celebrate differences and allow ourselves to be exactly who we are, knowing that our true friends will always be there for us.

After reading the story we created a venn diagram showing how Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are different but still have some qualities that are the same.

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We then got the grade twos to pair up and create a venn diagram with their partner showing the things they have in common and things they like that are different. There was lots of discussion and laughter as the pairs drew and wrote on their venn diagram. It was a great sharing activity and a way to get to know each other better.

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