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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Keynote – it’s a free app unless your iPad is pre September 2013 then it cost $12.99

We are now learning how to use Keynote. It’s a presentation app that allows you to add photos, text, transitions, animation and video.



The grade twos were very excited to get started. We ran through a few of the basic things just to get them started…

Here’s the things we covered:

  • 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
  • saving presentations

I know this sounds like a lot but we will be revising all of these skills over the next coming weeks. We’ll do this through a step by step program to help the grade twos gain a better understanding of Keynote and gain the confidence to be able to create their own presentations next term.

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Creating medicine bottles…

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It’s the start of assessment again for the Grade Twos. This week and next week they will be given the chance to show us what they have learnt to do with the app ‘strip designer.’ This week we modelled everything we have learnt about the app and next week there will just be a list of instructions for them to follow.

The Grade twos weren’t exactly happy with us when we told them we weren’t reading ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ this week. You should of heard the groans… You see we are at a very exciting stage where Grandma is about to drink the medicine George has made!

George’s Marvellous Medicine continues to inspire us. We created our own medicine bottles full of colourful pills. This is only part one of the activity and our imagination is needed to complete part two.

We do have some inspiration to help them though… ssh its a secret 😉

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the cat in the hat

Dr Seuss ignites a child’s imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses and he doesn’t disappoint with The Cat in the Hat.  This is the story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure.  There’s another hidden adventure too – this book really does help children to read.

Although most of our grade twos had already heard this classic tale, all of them enjoyed listening to it again.  The words at the end of the book “Should we tell her about it? Now, what SHOULD we do?  Well….. What would you do if your mother asked you?” promoted some interesting discussion about telling the truth. We all agreed in the end that honesty is the best policy!

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Our Wacky Animals….

Last week I promised you that I would post some pictures of our “unusual” animals once they were finished.  Well here they are…….


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Welcome to Information Literacy 2014

Welcome back everybody! It was great to see you all today looking refreshed and ready for a new year of learning.  We have some very exciting things planned for the year ahead and we are looking forward to sharing them all with you. To kick the year off we are starting with an Author Study.  We wanted to inspire you all right from the beginning and who better to do that than the one and only Dr Seuss! This brilliant man charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents and in the processs has helped millions of kids learn to read.

More about Dr Seuss

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Dr Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904.  After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature.  At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927.  Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humerous articles for JUDGE, the leading humour magazine in America at that time.  His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as LIFE, VANITY FAIR, and LIBERTY.

He published his first children’s book, AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.  In 1954, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey challenged Geisel to write a story “first graders wouldn’t be able to put down.” And that is just what he did, using a vocabulary of only 236 words.  In 1957, Random House published THE CAT IN THE HAT, a book that continues to charm children more than 50 years later.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, and Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honours, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books.  While Theodore Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.


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This week we will be celebrating the Olympics with our own school based Oatylympics.

Here are some websites you might find helpful – just in case your teachers ask you to do a research project focussing on the Olympics.


“Official source of Olympic Games sports, countries, results, medals, schedule, athlete bios, teams, news, photos, videos for Summer and Winter Olympics.”

London 2012

“Official Website for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Live results, competition schedule, news, photos, videos, medal count, athlete bios.”

Australia London 2012

“Official Site of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team for London Olympics. News, Athlete Blogs, Bios, Video, Galleries, Online Games and Education Resources.”

ABC News – The Olympics

“News reports on the games, athlete biographies, and links to audio news broadcasts.”



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