Monday, November 14, 2011

Measuring Dinosaurs!

It's Week 5 of term already and time is flying by! Mrs N was away for three days last week. She hopped on a plane and flew to Brisbane, which is on the other side of Australia, in Queensland. She went to a conference there and met lots of others teachers from all over Australia. She told them about our blog and about how our school teaches writing. Lots of people came up to her afterwards to say they love our blog and that they might start their own. How exciting!

Today, we finished our Australian dinosaur fact book. We used information on the Natural History Museum's website to find out some facts about dinosaurs that used to live in Australia. In Maths, we checked the fact books we made to see how long each of the dinosaurs was, then in groups, we cut strips of paper to represent the length of each one so we could compare them. Some of them were HUGE and would barely have fitted into our undercover area!

This week, we're learning about contractions. The word "contract" has a few different meanings, but in this case, it means to make something smaller. A contraction is a word that's made up of two words, with some letters missed out. An apostrophe is used to represent the missing letters. Some examples of contractions are:
can't = can not
I'll = I will
she's = she is
I'm = I am

We love listening to stories and we've found a new website where stories are read to us! It's called Tumble Books and there are lots and lots of stories to listen to. Our favourites so far are Wait and See by Robert Munsch, which is about a girl whose birthday wishes always come true, and Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, which is about a green pea whose parents make him eat lollies for dinner every single day! They're really funny stories and we've listened to them both quite a few times already.

Love from The Smarties and Mrs N


  1. Hello Smarties and Mrs. N!!

    I am from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada and I am in university studying to become an elementary school teacher. I have just stumbled upon your blog and am going to share it with my classmates in a presentation I am doing tomorrow about using wikis and blogs in the classroom. I am so impressed with what you are doing and think my classmates would benefit from seeing it as well! Great work and can't wait to see what you do next!

  2. Hello Smarties!
    I am a grade two teacher from Durban, South Africa. I am doing an on line course on how to create your own blog. Yours was given as an example of one to look at. I am so impressed! I want to get a blog going for my class next year as well, so maybe once we are up and running my class can make contact with all of you!

  3. Hello,
    We like your dinosaurs. Can you tell us a little about holidays in Australia? We are trying to compare holidays in America with Australia. We are second grade students in Monroe, NC. It's almost time for us to celebrate Thanksgiving. Then in December we celebrate Christmas, Hankuaah, Kawanzee depending on our family traditions. Visit our blog site and comment on the diversity question.