4KM in The Age Newspaper

Last term Mrs Morris was interviewed by a journalist at The Age newspaper about our classroom blogging program.

Educational blogging is something both Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris are very passionate about as they see the students learn so much from it.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris have spoken to a great deal of teachers about blogging over the past few years, both locally and overseas. We always encourage other teachers to use blogging in their own classrooms.

Last Wednesday a photographer from The Age visited 4KM to take a photo of us blogging on our netbooks.

Today the article was published in The Age newspaper.

Click here to read the article.

We hope you enjoy it.

Have you ever been in a newspaper?

What do you like about blogging?

Natural Disaster Tagxedos

This term the Grade Four students are beginning to investigate natural disasters.

‘The Violent Volcano’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00/3534586145

A natural disaster is generally caused by something happening in nature, such as the weather. Unfortunately, natural disasters can cause serious injuries and destroy many things.

It’s important to learn about natural disasters so you can find out what to do if they happen. This is information you can share with other people too. Being prepared for natural disasters can save lives. It’s also interesting to learn about why natural disasters happen and develop our understanding of science and geography.

We have been doing some reading this week to find out some background information about natural disasters. We look forward to working on some projects and activities throughout the next month to develop our understanding.

Today the 4KM students learnt how to use Tagxedo and created a word cloud demonstrating what they think of when they hear the term “natural disasters”.

Tip: click on the full screen button to make viewing easier.

What did you think of the Tagxedos?

What do you know about natural disasters?

What would you like to learn about natural disasters?

Olympic Comics

This afternoon, 4KM got creative with the website Make Beliefs Comix. 

The students made their own comic on the website. The only guidelines were that it had to have something to do with the Olympics.

Make Beliefs Comics allows you to make a comic with two, three or four panels. You can chose from a range of characters, backgrounds, objects, speech bubbles and thought balloons etc. This site is free and doesn’t require you to sign up.

Here are some of the comics that the students produced.

(Tip: click on the full screen button to view the comics)

What do you think of the students’ comics?

Have you tried Make Beliefs Comix? How did you find it?

What is your favourite comic book or newspaper comic?

QuadBlogging Week Two: Welcome!

4KM and 4KJ enjoy sharing and learning with other classes around the world. They are QUAD buddies with three other classes!

*Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog U.S.A.*
*Open the Door to B-4  in New Zealand*
*Mr. Salsich Class Blog U.S.A*
*4KM and 4KJ  in Australia *

Find out more about QuadBlogging in this post.

This week, we’re hosting our QuadBlogging Buddies.

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About us

We are a group of 52 students from Leopold Primary School. Our teachers are Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan.

Leopold is a suburb of Geelong, in the state of Victoria, in the country of Australia. Find out more about Leopold by visiting this page.

This is the fifth year that Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan have been blogging. Their 2011 class blog was called 2KM and 2KM @ Leopold Primary School. Some 4KM and 4KJ students have blogged before and some are new to blogging.

Most of our students are turning 10 in 2012. Some are turning 9 and some are turning 11.

Post recommendations

The 4KM and 4KJ blog only started this year, so this is only our 17th post.

Curious about our classrooms? This post might interest you.

Want to find out what we’re doing in writing? Check out this post.

Interested in Australian sports? We wrote about football in this post.

Keen on finding out about internet safety? This is the post for you.

Would you like to meet the teachers? Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan introduce themselves in this post.

You can find all our old posts by using the search function or browsing through the archives or categories on the left hand sidebar of this blog.

Also, don’t forget to check out all the pages at the top of our blog to find out more about our class, commenting, our guidelines and our sites for kids.

Please leave us a comment and tell us a little bit about yourself. You can ask us questions as well. Don’t forget to mention where you’re from.

We love having conversations so we’ll try to get back to you during the week.

Our Classroom

When Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris team taught 2KM and 2KJ, they were lucky enough to work in a large open classroom.

This year, they have moved to the Grade Four area where they’re working in two portables. This hasn’t stopped 4KM and 4KJ working together and everyone is enjoying being a part of one big class.

Over the holidays, Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris spent many days working on their classrooms and they have taken some before and after photos to share with our blogging buddies.

The before photos were after Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris had already removed a lot of rubbish and done a lot of cleaning!

The after photos show a work in progress. Together with the students, Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris are always working on making their classroom a bright and attractive learning environment!

 Leave a comment and describe your ideal classroom!

Phone Call from the Atlantic Ocean!

Last year a UK adventurer contacted Mrs Morris to tell her about his rowing trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

Alastair Humphreys was joining three other men to row 3000 miles (about 5000 kilometres) from the Canary Islands (Spain) to Barbados (Caribbean). He offered to ring 4KM and 4KJ during his journey which began on 12th January.

Since starting back at school, 4KM and 4KJ have been keenly following Al’s blog and were curious about many things.


Al rang us at 12pm on Friday 10th February. It was 1am where he was and Al had just finished rowing for two hours through a storm.

For the whole 60 day trip, the men row for two hours and then sleep/rest/eat for two hours. The sleep deprivation is terrible for the adventurers!

When Al rang us, he was currently 57% of the way across the Atlantic. This map shows you where the boat currently is (you can click on it to see the updated location).

Eight students asked Al questions:

Clancy started by asking if they can eat and drink while rowing. Al said they normally eat and drink when they’re not rowing but during the day they need to drink while rowing as it can get quite warm. As Al was talking to us he was eating chocolate in bed!

Libby asked what sort of sea animals they had seen. Al told us that they had seen flying fish, whales, dophins and jellyfish.

Hannah wanted to know what the scariest moment so far had been. Al explained that there hadn’t been very many scary moments except for at the start when the wind was very strong.

Georgia asked if water ever gets into the boat. Al explained that the waves hit the top of the boat and can get in but they have a part of the cabin with their beds and computers that they make sure never gets wet.

Kealee wanted to know what Al is going to do when he gets to Barbados. Al explained that the crew talk about this topic all day long! They can’t wait to eat a lot (pizza, salads and cold drinks), have a BIG sleep and have a nice warm shower.

Trent asked if Al had any other adventures planned. While Al explained that he is just dreaming of Barbados at the moment, he might be walking across the South Pole at the end of the year. He said he might be able to call us from the South Pole!

Lachlan wanted to know who Al’s role model is. Al told us about an English explorer called Captain Scott who he looked up to as a boy.

Finally, Loren asked how many more days they will be at sea. Al hopes that they will be in Barbados in about 20 days. They draw all over their maps to work it out.

We thanked Al for talking to us and he said he might be able to Skype us when he is on land! It would be great to talk to him some more.

Al and his crew are rowing across the Atlantic to raise money for charity. You can click here if you are interested in donating.

How would you feel about rowing across an ocean?

What would you like to ask Al?

Why is Al a role model for us?


Heroes and Role Models Dress Up Day

Today at Leopold Primary School we are having a dress up day.

Everyone had to bring a gold coin donation to raise money for Red Cross. Our back to school theme this year has been “heroes and role models” and everyone had to choose a special person to dress up as.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris dressed up as role model students. They were student leaders!

What did you dress up as?

Can you guess who the students were dressed up as?

Who is your hero or role model?

10 Things You Might Not Know About 4KM and 4KJ

Welcome to our new blog!

All the lucky 4KM and 4KJ students are going to have a wonderful year.  We will learn so much about the world, have Bike Ed and go on a camp to Maldon. Over the year, you will improve your reading, writing and maths skills.

The most exciting thing about being in 4KM and 4KJ is that we are part of a big global classroom and we will learn with students and teachers around the world.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan showed the students this PowerPoint presentation on the last day of the 2011 school year to talk about some of the things we’ll get up to in 2012.

What are you looking forward to in 2012?