About brettelockyer

Year Two teacher from Perth, Western Australia.

Emoji Judging

Based on the Unicode rules, here are our rules for judging our emojis:

  1. Original work, not just created by an app such as Bitmoji, and not of a character protected by copyright
  2. New – not a direct copy of an existing emoji
  3. A distinctive image
  4. Multiple usages
  5. Principles of design are followed. Read here for a summary of the principles of graphic design.


Click on this link to find out the rules for submitting an emoji to Unicode.


My Favourite Internet Cartoon

I really love this cartoon and enjoy talking about it with my family members, especially my oldest grandchildren.  I can’t believe that it was created in 1993, nearly 26 years ago! The creator, Peter Steiner, is an author. It was first published it in The New Yorker magazine on July 5th, 1993. Here’s my information source.

Leave a comment here about how I have used this cartoon.


Thanks to Emily L, Asha B. and Ridley, we have created the BURIED IN BOOKS zine. We hope to publish it each week, this year and next.

  • Leave a comment to:
  • tell us what you think of our zine
  • give the writers some constructive feedback
  • let us know if you have something for the next edition.



  • A sentence with 8 words. I found the recipe very difficult to read.
  • A sentence with the word at the beginning Recipe instructions are easier to follow if the ingredients and method are listed separately.
  • A sentence containing a clause. As the clocked ticked on, he wished he had used his father’s recipe for the roast lamb.
  • A question. What might happen if I put more milk in the mixture than recommended in the recipe?


Work with a partner. Leave a blog comment using today’s word in these different ways:

  1. A sentence with 8 words.
  2. A sentence with the word at the beginning
  3. A sentence containing a clause.
  4. A question.



We are learning to interpret and create video texts. 

Remember, what counts in the writing process also counts in the movie-making process, especially these:

  • Plan for success
  • Show don’t tell
  • Ban the boring bits
  • Call to action

Check out these video ads. Use the recording sheet below.

TV Ads-wz16nk

Think Like a Geographer

We are learning to think like a geographer when comparing global locations. We are learning about importance of environments to people in three global locations, and how they protect their special places. 


Which words might a geographer use to describe the Dyrandra Forest?  Choose your top 5 words from the list:

salinity wheatbelt woodlands outcrop cleared granite farming sanctuary fences plateau wandoo semi-arid south-west mallet baiting endangered conservation undulating council species population plain climate phascogale quenda forest protected reserve crop

Go to Menti

Use this code: 47 08 66 and add in your top 5 words.


Watch the clips and read the texts. Use Menti to suggest words we might use as geographers to describe the Polar Park in Norway.

Use this code: 47 08 66 and add in your top 5 words.




Watch the clips. Start thinking about which geographical vocabulary we might use to describe the Quiver Forest.