Tuesday, March 30, 2010

America: Mr. Yollis Buys a Jicama!

What is this?


Someone thought it was a potato.

Another thought it was mushroom. 

Maybe it is a squash?


What is it?

jicama [hee - kuh - muh, or hik - uh- muh]
the crisp, white-fleshed, edible tuber of a Central American climbing plant of the pea family (Pachyrhizus erosus, family Leguminosae), cultivated since pre-Columbian times and used esp. in Mexican cooking.

Everyone took a sample.

Who wants more?

Mrs. Yollis had to cut the remaining sticks into fractions.

Here are some thoughts from the tasters:

It's crunchy and reminded me of salad.

I like the taste of jicama because my mom gave it to me once before and I love it!

I loved it! Where did you get it?

It tastes like lettuce.

It was surprisingly juicy!

It's not my cup of tea.
(And that's okay. Everyone has different taste buds.)

I liked it a lot and it reminded me of when I've tried it with Mexican food.

It taste like carrots.

It so good, I need to hang out with it more often!

It's the best vegetable in the world!

I thought it tasted like a mixture of lettuce, pear, and apple!

I like the first taste, but not the aftertaste.

Surprisingly, it taste like an Indian vegetable that looks a lot like jicama.

It's amazing! More please!

It really is my cup of tea.

Jicama is really juicy and sweet!

To me, it taste like a fruit because it's so juicy and sweet.

It's so good, I'm definitely going to get it at the store!


Jicama is available in the produce section of a supermarket!

Thank you, Mr. Yollis, for introducing us to a new, healthy snack!

Have you ever eaten jicama?

Do you like to try new foods?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Happy Holidays from 2KM

Today is the last day of Term One for 2KM. We have two weeks holidays and will be back on Monday 12th April.

Happy Easter everyone from Miss McGeady and 2KM!

Leave a comment! Do you celebrate Easter? What do you do?

Australia: Zoe's Lunch

Here is Zoe from 2KM talking about her lunch. She has a wholemeal sandwich with ham, cheese and sauce, some cherry tomatoes and some fruit salad.

Do you like the sound of Zoe's lunch? Leave a comment and let her know!

America: Sam's Lunch

Here is Sam talking about his lunch. He has delicious Chinese noodles, apple slices, Pringles, and refreshing water. Click to hear Sam tell you about his lunch. 

Do you have any questions or comments for Sam?

America: Mrs. Yollis' Lunch

Here is Mrs. Yollis talking about her lunch. She has delicious leftover pasta and grilled shrimp, creamy peach yogurt, and a glass of water. Click to listen to her describe her lunch!

Please leave a comment if you have any question for Mrs. Yollis.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2KM Bakes Bread

Today 2KM's Student Teacher Mr Shiell showed our class how to make bread with a bread maker.

Check out the presentation below to find out the procedure for breadmaking.

Making your own food is great!

Have you ever made bread or any other foods before? Do you have any questions about breadmaking. Leave us a comment!

America: Kayla's Lunch

Here is Kayla's lunch from Mrs. Yollis' class. She has rice that contains: garlic, parsley, mint, basil, Chavez. In addition, her lunch also has: crunchy fish, juicy apples, sliced oranges, and yummy onion rings.
Click on the play button to listen to Kayla describing her lunch.

Do you have any questions or comments for Kayla?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Australia: Sophie's Vegie Garden

Yesterday Ashleigh and Zoe from 2KM went to Sophie's house after school to help her make a vegie garden in her backyard.

Sophie's dad Mark is a landscaper so he knew exactly what to do.

Mark made a box out of wood for the vegie patch. They had to dig up some dirt to put in the box and then add some horse poo. Next they planted their vegies. They planted carrots, broccoli, lettuce and honey snap peas. The last thing they had to do was water their new vegies.

Hopefully the vegies will grow soon so Sophie and her family can enjoy some delicious produce!

America: Kendall's Lunch

Here is Kendall's lunch from Mrs. Yollis' class. She has crunchy carrots, creamy hummus, a yummy salami sandwich, an Oats and Honey Granola bar, a healthy banana, and some yellow banana chips. For a drink, she has cold water in her thermos.

Click on the play button to listen to Kendall describing her lunch.

Please leave a question or comment for Kendall!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Collaboration Quote

I read this quote by George Bernard Shaw on Ozge Karaoglu's blog and I thought it would be great to share with everyone on Collaboration Corner. George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright (writer of plays) who died in 1950.

The quote goes...

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” George Bernard Shaw

What do you think this quote means?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Australia: Ashleigh's Lunch

Here is Ashleigh from 2KM talking about her lunch. She has a salad sandwich, a chocolate marshmallow Santa, some mini choc-chip biscuits, a cheese stick and fruit strings.

Click on the play button to listen to Ashleigh describing her lunch.

Leave a comment if you have any comments or questions about Ashleigh's lunch!

Monday, March 15, 2010

America: Jollene's Lunch

Here is a video of Jollene's lunch. She has a delicious salad, crunchy cucumbers and carrots, and a strawberry Capri Sun for a drink.

Do you have any questions or comments for Jollene?

America: Scarlet's Lunch

Here is Scarlet's lunch box post! Click on the play button to listen to Scarlet from America talking about her lunch.


Do you have any questions or comments for Scarlet?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Australians Try Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches!

Last week, Clancy did a post about his lunch which included a peanut butter sandwich. Trent's mum, Mrs Adler, told us that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are popular in America. Some people call them PB&Js! No one in 2KM had tried this combination before and although it sounded "interesting", we decided to give it a try! It is good to try new foods!

In Australia we call jelly, jam. Jelly is a dessert that Americans call jello. It gets confusing doesn't it!

First we had to find out exactly how to make a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This video explained it all.

How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich -- powered by eHow.com

Next we made our sandwiches....

.... and had a taste!

Thumbs up or thumbs down? What did you think of the American sandwich?

We did a survey and made a pie graph to show our results.

Let's see if this poll is similar. What do you think of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?
Vote now!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Australia's Growing Gardens

Last week 2KM loved reading about Americans who grow their own fruit and veggies!

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Eating healthy begins with making healthy food choices.

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Here are some students from 2KM who are growing fruit or vegetables at home.


Tom and his family grow zucchinis, capsicums, squash and tomatoes.

They also have some chickens which lay eggs. Tom likes eating boiled eggs. Eggs are a healthy source of protein!

Here are some pictures of Tom in his backyard. What a great veggie patch!



This is a letter from Bianca to Miss McGeady...

"Dear Miss McGeady, This is a picture of our tree. It is ten years old. It's a blood plum and white peach tree fruit tree. To grow a tree like this you need a blood plum seed and white peach seed and graft them together. Then you have your fruit and this is what it looks like and it tastes yummy!"

Miss McGeady tried one of these fruits and she agreed. It was delicious!

*** Email Miss McGeady if you have any more photos or information to add to this post! ***

Edible Birthday Bouquet!

Students in America are allowed to bring a healthy treat to school to share on their birthdays. 

On Tuesday, Jaxon brought in a fabulous fruit spray to celebrate her birthday! What a beautiful snack!

Strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, and grapes were used to create a bouquet!

Everyone pulled out a fruit stick!

There was plenty of fruit for snacking all day!

Thank you, Jaxon, for the beautifully delicious snack!
What a unique idea!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Australia: Clancy's Lunch

Listen to Clancy from 2KM talking about his lunch. He has a peanut butter sandwich, an apple, a LCM bar, some fruit ropes and some green grapes.

Leave a comment for Clancy and tell him what you think about his lunch!

America: Trent's Lunch

Here is Trent's lunch box post! Click on the play button to listen to Trent from America talking about his lunch.

  • bagel with cream cheese
  • Pringle chips
  • strawberries
  • granola bar
  • drinkable strawberry yogurt.
Please leave a comment for Trent! What do you think of his lunch?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Do Americans eat beetroot?

Miss McGeady commented on Ben's salad lunch post and told Ben that she likes to eat beetroot in her salad. Ben replied and said "I was wondering what is a beetroot? Is is like a red beet that we have in America?"

This is the beetroot that many Australian's love to eat...

It comes in a can and is very tasty in sandwiches, salads and hamburgers.

Beetroot is a root vegetable that is low in fat and high in fibre.

You can also eat raw beetroot (which is probably better for you) however canned beetroot is most popular in Australia for it's sweet taste.

Do Americans eat beetroot like this?

How do you like to eat your beetroot?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

America: Ben's Salad Lunch

Here is Ben's lunch box post! Click on the play button to listen to Ben from Mrs. Yollis' class talking about his lunch.

Leave a comment if you have any questions or comments about Ben's lunch!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

America: Sydney's Geometric Lunch!

Here is Sydney's lunch box post! Click on the play button to listen to Sydney from Mrs. Yollis' class talking about her lunch.

Leave a comment if you have any questions or comments about Sydney's lunch!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Australia: Bianca's Lunch

Here is Bianca's lunch box post! Click on the play button to listen to Bianca from 2KM talking about her lunch.

Leave a comment if you have any questions or comments about Bianca's lunch!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Growing Gardens!

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Eating healthy begins with making healthy food choices.

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Miss McGeady asked if anyone in Mrs. Yollis' class grows their own vegetables or fruit. 

I sent an email out to parents, and it turns out that Trent, Caleb, and our friend, Mrs. Ranney, all enjoy growing their own food to eat!

Trent's garden


 In the lower front portion on the
left is squash, in the middle back is lettuce, in front of that is a patch
of carrots.  The right lower portion has five different types of tomatoes.

Our most prized portion though is the upper tier.  It is filled with our
artichokes.  You can see that they grow in big bushes and the chokes growout of them.  We like to steam them and eat the leaves, but the best part is the heart.  Our dog, Dodger, even likes to the eat the leaves too.

We have had up to 45 artichokes growing at the same time!

If you leave them too long, they go to flower.  The flower is so beautiful
though that we let a few go every season just to see the gorgeous purple

Artichokes a plenty! 


An artichoke that was allowed to flower. 


Mrs. Ranney's garden! 


 Here is Mrs. Ranney's garden from last year. She grew eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard, zucchini and yellow squash, onions, radishes, carrots, nasturtiums (edible), and some other flowers to help ward off pests.


Caleb's fruit trees and garden!

Caleb and his family grow lettuce, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, onions, carrots, artichokes, beans, lemons, oranges, limes, and a ton of different herbs.

Towering tomatoes...coming soon!

Do you grow some of your own food?

Please send Mrs. Yollis or Miss McGeady a photo from your garden!

Let's keep this garden post growing!

America: Kate's Lunch

Here is Mrs. Yollis' first lunch box post! Click on the play button to listen to Kate talking about her lunch.

Leave a comment if you have any questions or comments about Kate's lunch!