Goodbye Lightning Bolts

June 4th, 2015

Dear Lightning Bolts,





Wow! What an amazing year we have had together! I really enjoyed getting to know you all and thoroughly enjoyed teaching such an electrifying, smart bunch of creative and fun learners. I am extremely proud of all the hard work you have put in over the year and you should all feel ‘ON FIRE!’ about all your accomplishments.  😉  Thanks again for all the awesome memories we have shared together, being my first class and all at ISM. Best of luck to you all next year, whether you are staying on at ISM or off to new countries and schools!

Love from

Miss Gibbs

Cultural Literacy Shares

May 8th, 2015
Parent Literacy Shares
The children have had an opportunity to hear literature shares from different faculty members and fellow Grade Two students. This  Friday we had several Lightning Bolts parents coming in to share some literature with a focus on culture.
I would like to  say a huge THANK YOU to Ronnie’s mum and dad Ben and Monique and Easton’s mum Marie for coming into class today and teaching us all about the Marshall Islands and Fables.
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Lightning Bolts & Spy Ninjas Book Share

April 28th, 2015

Weekend Homework

Over the weekend Ms Duprat and I asked our classes to choose one piece of literature to bring in and share with the class for Monday. When they choose this piece of literature please help them think about the following questions and be ready to share their thoughts with others. Feel free to have them write it down so they remember.

Literature Share Questions:
1. Why did you choose this piece of literature?
2. When you read this piece of literature, how does it make you feel?
3. What do you think the author’s message is in this piece of literature?
4. Would you recommend this piece of literature to a friend? Why or why not?
5. What are some of the features in this piece of literature (rhyming words, alliteration, onomatopoeia, blurbs, speech bubbles, etc)

On Monday 27th April The Lightning Bolts teamed up with The Spy Ninjas and enjoyed a brilliant book share between the two classes.

Please enjoy the slide show below! 

Tuning into our new unit Creative Expression

April 27th, 2015

This week the children tuned into our new Creative Expression Unit.


Unit Summary:

We all respond to beauty. Students explore how we use a variety of literature to express ourselves. Students will inquire into how literature reflects our culture, beliefs and values. We come to understand the importance of valuing personal creativity, and the importance of the arts in reflecting and shaping cultures.

Unit Understanding

Through literature, we can express ourselves, our thoughts, and our ideas.

Inquiring into:
How we use a variety of literature to express ourselves.
How literature reflects our culture, beliefs and values.

Essential Questions:
How can I express myself through writing?
How do different forms of writing support my message?

voice, creative, creativity, expression, genre, culture, literature, beliefs, values, meaningful, folktales, audience, fiction, clarity, ideas, organization, story elements (message, purpose, character, setting, plot (events), problem, solution, conclusion), personal, point of view, good and evil.

This week we had Alisa, Tom’s mum came in and share some books that they both enjoy reading at home. Thursday the kids took part in the Grade 2 Book Rotation which took place in the LT. Various teachers around the school shared a variety of different books with the children paying particular attention to the genre, authors message and why they had chosen the particular book.

Please enjoy the slideshow below.



Procedural Writing in The Lightning Bolts Class

March 23rd, 2015

This week in the lightning bolts we did a lot of work on procedural writing paying particular attention to using time order words or connectives.

At the beginning of the week the class worked in pairs and used the pictures from the text  Beans On Toast  to help us to rewrite and describe the different stages of making beans on toast from farm to table. The children did a fantastic job at adapting the original story and making it more suitable for a Grade 3 or 4 student.


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Last Friday was an especially fun day as earlier in the week the children decided on making Gloop in the classroom. Several children from the class researched gloop and with their combined knowledge we was able to create a procedural text that we could follow to make our very own gloop.

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Gardenia Bread Factory Trip

March 13th, 2015

As Grade Two continues to explore our Unit of Inquiry, ‘Sustainable Production and Consumption’, Tuesday 10th March we went on a field trip to the Gardenia Bread factory in Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna which is about an hour away. This allowed students to see first-hand our units understanding in action:

“Many different foods we eat go through several stages of production and transportation before they reach us.”

Once back in classroom the children wrote some fabulous reflections on Gardenia Bread Factory answering the following questions and answering their own wonders.

  • I used to think….. but now
  • My favourite part was…
  • I wonder…
  • Now I know …

The next step was to look at procedural writing and what features are involved in this sort of writing.

Finally this week the children worked in pairs to organise pictures of the bread making process and for their first attempt wrote brilliant procedural steps with time connectives.

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Celebrating The Lunar New Year

February 27th, 2015

Lunar New Year celebrations

I would like to thank a huge thank you to Juliane’s dad – Ray for coming into class on Tuesday and teaching us  all about the Lunar New Year. It was definitely a fun highlight for the kids this week and especially giving them all a red envelope made their day!

Thank you!

Links to the Lunar New Year Stories;

Batik and Tie Dyeing T-shirts in Art Classes

February 24th, 2015















Over the past few weeks, The Lightning Bolts have been involved in creating batik and tie dyeing t-shirts.

The art project has been extremely successful because of all the hard work by Ms Martina O’Connor and all The Lightning Bolts parents who helped out in art lessons to help  facilitate the work of the children. 

Thank you!








The Lightning Bolts Sports Day

February 16th, 2015

Please enjoy the Lightning Bolts Sports Day slide show.

New Unit – Sustainable Production and Consumption

February 5th, 2015

Unit of Inquiry

This week Grade Two is launching our new Unit of Inquiry called, Sustainable Production and Consumption.  In this unit the children will be inquiring into:  

How food gets from the farm to their tables.

We are asking for participation at home with talking with your child about foods you eat as a family, what those foods/dishes consist of and how those items get to the store for purchasing.

We will be having a classroom museum of product packaging/labels.  If you’d like to contribute empty packaging or labels of products for our classroom museum, please send them in with your child.  This will be a great way for the children to begin inquiring into the different ingredients of foods and make observations of their packaging.

Below is our unit understanding, some essential questions that will help lead the children to gain an understanding of the big idea and some key vocabulary.  If you find that you could be an asset to our discovery times, please don’t hesitate to contact us to set up a time to come in and share your knowledge and expertise.


Many of the different foods we eat go through several stages of production and transportation before they reach us.


1.  Where do the different foods we eat come from?

2.  What are the steps involved in producing and processing familiar foods?

3.  How is technology used in food production?

KEY VOCABULARY: fruits, vegetables, dairy, produce, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, processed, production, export, import, transportation, ingredients, price, packaging, organic, healthy, awareness, decision making, consumer and nutrition