Thursday, 24 November 2011

Hatching ducklings in the classroom

It takes a brave teacher to hatch chickens or ducklings in a classroom. You have the responsibility of finding good homes for a large number of little lives. Luckily, Catherine knew a family (with a pond) who were looking for ducks...

These little guys go home every night in a large plastic tub (with the floor covered with a layer of straw). You can see what a wonderful wetland they have during the day. When it rains, they make a gorgeous waddling of ducklings as they splash in puddles outside on the school oval. The school has a fabulous vege garden which means, in addition to their regular duck pellets, constant treats are in supply.

An area in the classroom was allocated to the ducklings.

Bags of sand and a swimming tub were brought in.

A brick is a useful stepping stone.

How did a duckling ever manage to fit in there?

The graphing possibilities are endless.

There are milk bottles, filled with water, inside the box barricade to give it stability.

The box barricade is lined with black plastic.

It's exhausting being a duckling! The little coloured stripes help identify which duckling is which.

Monday, 21 November 2011

2011 Edublog award nominations

Gosh- I can think of so many inspiring class blogs that I would love to include. Wish I didn't have to narrow down my list! If they're on my list of class blogs that Team 2A visit, it's because I think they're fabulous. So take a look at that list too!

Here goes:-

Whenever I need inspiration I visit Miss Baker's Beaut Bunch so I nominate them for Best New Blog.

My colleague Jess Thorburn is on maternity leave but I vote her class blog for Best Resource Sharing Blog.

Another favourite is The Smarties in Western Australia so I vote them for Best Class Blog.

Best Group Blog goes to this delightful Booksmakefriends blog . Scroll down to their beautifully written books. Just Magic! It's like dipping into a wonderful world of different cultures for a brief few minutes and finding a treasure chest of gems... bet you keep going back to fossick!

To find out how to nominate a blog or website, please visit .

Christmas decoration- clay nativity scenes

Away in a manger...
Lauren's nativity scene

Ryan's nativity scene.

Nellie's nativity scene.

Toby's nativity scene.

A barn animal from Luke's nativity scene.

You can probably spot the camel but do you recognise the gifts from the Wise Men? Gold, frankincense and chocolate (yes really).  Lucky Baby Jesus...

William's Baby in a manger.

Patrick's stable and Baby in a manger.

Georgia S's stable animal.

Aidan R's nativity scene

Yeju's nativity scene

Items from Jake's nativity scene.

Taylor's nativity scene.

Joel's nativity scene.

Sean's scene: Pharaoh and Moses in a basket