Pig the Pug…

pig-the-pug bookcoverPig the Pug is Aaron Blabey’s short listed book for Book of the Year in the Early Childhood category…

Pig is a selfish pug. Poor old sausage dog Trevor cops the brunt of his greed over food and most especially over toys.

When the ever-patient Trevor suggests ‘sharing’ the toys because it might be fun, Pig flips his wig and has a full on tantrum…Pig gets what is coming to him in the most glorious, amusing way. Hopefully Pig has learned his lesson…

pig the fibber bookcoverSince Pig the Pug was published in 2014, Aaron has put pen to paper again this year to bring back the naughtiest pug. This time though Pig, the world’s greediest pug, is telling big lies….

Pig’s a bit of a fibber and likes to tell lies that gets his friend sausage dog Trevor into trouble. Poor Trevor gets blamed for a messy house, breaking a vase and chewing on a dress. However, soon Pig learns that telling lies comes with consequences.

Will he ever change his ways? You’ll have to read the book to find out…

The brilliant, funny illustrations in these two picture books will have every reader, regardless of age, both laughing with delight, and wanting to adopt that crazy pug and his good friend Trevor. Our fingers are crossed that ‘Pig the Pug’ wins this years Early Childhood Book of the Year for Aaron Blabey.

Our activity this week to design our own pugs using templates. The grade twos enjoyed this activity as they were able to add their own individual touch to their pug. Here’s just a few of the pugs and their creators…

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Shadow Puppet

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Shadow Puppet is perfect for…

– digital storytelling, presenting ideas, and assessing progress
– students to describe what they’ve learned, document a group project, practice reading aloud, or count using pointers
– Teachers to create mini-lessons, explain concepts visually, or provide discussion prompts

This app works on both iPad and the iPhone and best of all it’s FREE

It’s as easy as this to create a video

Select – Choose photos or video clips from your camera roll. Or search the web for images and animated GIFs.
Create – Add music, record voice over narration, or both!
Animate – Add animated titles, draw with emoji wands, zoom in and out
Share – Easily share your masterpiece with family & friends!

The grade twos had a lot fun creating videos for their dreadful fluff pictures…from animating to creating stories and recording voices. It was such a great learning environment to be part of 🙂 Here’s Chloe’s and Brodie’s Dreadful Fluff videos for you to watch, just press the play button.

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The Dreadful Fluff

the dreadful fluff book coverThe Dreadful FLUFF by Aaron Blabey

Well? Wouldn’t you be absolutely horrified if you found FLUFF in your belly button? You see Serenity Strainer is ‘perfect’ – just soooo perfect that finding such thing was just too dreadful,” ‘That can’t possibly be mine!’ she said. ”

Just as Serenity may have imagined, such a thing is actually quite evil … cue a fabulous illustration of the evil, eye ball popping, tongue-lolling ball of fluff on the end of her finger!

What follows is a series of fabulously quirky pages, as we follow Serenity tearing around after the ‘evil fluff’ as it creates mayhem and devastation through out her house … nothing and no one gets in its way!

This Aaron Blabey picture book caused quite a stir amongst the grade twos…they either loved it or were totally grossed out by the dreadful fluff. They did have a lot of fun making images of the dreadful fluff though. Here’s a few samples…

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The Bad Guys – episode one

the bad guys book coverThe Bad Guys – episode 1 by Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey has worked his magic once again using bold humour and eye popping mischievous illustrations to bring to life some off the wall characters in The Bad Guys – Episode one.

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! 


Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?

Poor wolf, the mastermind of this scheme, has a huge challenge ahead of him because the other three just want to eat everything. But he is determined to twist his own fairytale and change his reputation…

After reading most of the book the grade twos were given the task of predicting the next part of the story. It involved cartoon drawing, speech bubbles and a good imagination. The grade twos were up to the task and here’s a selection of their work.

The final pages of the book were read to twos and they were surprised with the real reaction from Mr Snake, Mr Shark and Mr Piranha. Throughout the book we laughed, sat spellbound and enjoyed the humour. There was applauding at the end and the only regret the grade twos had was that they had to wait for the next episode… It’s their favourite Aaron Blabey book so far 🙂

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Revising Keynote

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After a three break from Information Literacy we thought it would be a good idea to revise the Keynote app and the skills we had taught the grade twos before the holidays

Photo 17-07-2015 6 02 48 pmIt was really pleasing to see how many of them had remembered everything and were able to apply the skills to this week’s activity.

To complete two slides the grade twos had to use the following twelve skills: creating a presentation, choosing a theme, adding new slides, choosing different layouts, reordering and deleting slides, adding pictures from the camera roll ,selecting pictures, cropping and changing their size, formatting pictures with the paintbrush – changing style, style options, borders, colour, width and line, adding text, formatting text with the paintbrush – size, colour and font, formatting text boxes with the paintbrush – changing style, fill and border with colour, width and line and saving presentations. They are very clever kids 🙂

We look forward to seeing how well they do when they create a Keynote presentation based on something they like…

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Learning about BOOKS…


Parsley Rabbit

Do you think it’s possible to write an exciting book which teaches children about books? One that shows where the title page is along with the imprint page and the blurb? Doesn’t sound like an extremely interesting or exciting topic for a children’s picture book, does it?

The author Frances Watts and illustrator David Legge have achieved this when they created Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books. It’s a great teaching resource to use when talking about books and how they are put together!

Parsley is a very clever rabbit who knows a lot about books. He acts as the tour guide throughout the book, directing the reader to all the important parts. The clever illustrations in the book keep you wanting to turn the page.

After reading Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books we wrote our own definitions for what the author and illustrator do, what a blurb is, what end papers are, what a title page tells us and what the imprint page is all about.

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Creating Prescriptions…

Over the past weeks we have been deciding what our magic pills will do if they are taken. To inspire the kids we used packets of mini m and m’s. Each coloured m and m represented a different pill and what it was for. The only limitation to what the pills could do was the imagination of our grade twos. There were ones that made you invisible, strong, creative and colourful. We had a lot of fun with this activity 🙂

We also took a look at prescription labels and what information is on them. We had a go at filling one out. We included the Doctor’s name, date, directions and what the medicine would do for the patient. After some discussion and debating as a class we came up with what we would all write on the prescription label.

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Reviewing George’s Marvellous Medicine

Our iPad activity this week was to review the book George’s Marvellous Medicine using the app Strip Designer. We have been learning about this app for the past four weeks. The grade twos had to create a layout, change cell styles, add a header and footer, add three photos with frames and borders and give the book a rating. Then save their work to WebDAVNav and print it out. Text fonts and colours were left up to each child to make as colourful as they wished.

The grade twos did an amazing job and we were very proud of their efforts 🙂 🙂

Here’s just a sample of some of the book reviews and we think we can happily say the grade twos love the book ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl

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