Monday, March 19, 2018

April Fool's Day fun

I love April Fool's Day - I love the fun, the hilarity and the giggles you hear!

Laughter is the best medicine for everything.

Includes the following packs 

April Fool’s Day - PowerPoint
11 pages
This PowerPoint will assist in building an understanding of what April Fool’s Day is and when it occurs. 
This PowerPoint is not editable. This protects the copyright of the clip art creators and the font makers that I use. 
Discuss each slide and ask questions about April Fool’s Day to see what your student’s understanding is.
Please read the description and download the preview before purchasing. The preview clearly shows you what is included in this pack. 

April Fool’s Day - Writing
15 pages
This pack provides writing prompts for April Fool’s Day.
Decide which prompts you will use and print them off.
Each page has a space for an illustration and then add the text for your April Fool’s Day story to support the illustrations. 
Conference and give feedback when completed. 
I got pranked – I laughed so much (boy/girl option) – The day I sat on a whoopee cushion – The best joke – I was April fooled – The best prank – If I were a Jester – 
This is what my family does - On this day I feel – A joke that went wrong – The day I got pranked

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Harmony Day

This week is Harmony Day in Australia, we celebrate our diverse nation.

This PowerPoint will assist in building an understanding of Harmony Day and why we hold it as an important part of our current history and acknowledge it every year. 

Use this as a PowerPoint and share with your grade the facts about Harmony Day in Australia. 

Discuss each slide and ask questions about their understanding.

There are tasks at the end to help consolidate knowledge on Harmony Day.

Tasks prompts include -
• Where are your ancestors from?
• What foods do we enjoy as part of a multi cultural country?
• List the celebrations we now celebrate
• Design a poster to promote living in harmony 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easter Math Centres

We have so busy revising and adding Easter themed resources over the last few weeks. 

Odd and Even Sort
Working with numbers and finding out all we can about them is an integral part of manipulating numbers. The stronger sense of what a number is the better we can work through operations with them with confidence. 

Instructions - 
• color copy and laminate the cards
• cut on the dotted lines
• have students work in pairs
• there can be six students working on this at one time
• place the number cards in the center and work as a pair with an even and an odd sorting mat
• take one egg card at a time
• place on the correct mat
• check in with a buddy each time

Learning to skip count helps with addition and subtraction fluency. This Skip Counting Easter Theme pack has sequences that add and subtract. Use the task cards as a ‘read the room’ task and get students moving while learning. There is an answer key too. 

This pack includes -
• A full color or ‘save your ink’ version to print
• A recording sheet to write down the answers
• Answer Key for easy correction

These Roll and Cover tasks are an easy way to consolidate number sense and the basic number facts of +1, +2 and doubling. 

You will need
• To color copy and laminate the mats you want to use – there are two printing options 
• 6 sided dice
• counters for each student

This pack includes mats for 
• Number recognition to 6 using dice and subitizing facts
• Roll and +1
• Roll +2 
• Roll and double 

Calendars play a vital role in classroom procedures. Learning the days of the week, seasons and months of the year is an important life skill. 

This pack includes - 
• Northern and Southern Hemisphere seasons are included
• Headings to place on your bulletin board
• Days of the Week tags
• Season labels
• Months of the Year tags
• Dates to use on your calendar
• Daily Schedule tags
• Weather prompts

Ideas to help you use this pack - 
• Print and laminate these items and then use an existing bulletin board to display them. 
• Use Velcro dots to attach the correct parts for each day, or attach magnets for a whiteboard.
• Allow the children to become independent and change them each morning. Assign a bulletin board monitor who then shares with the grade what the board says each day.
• Start with today is.. then add tomorrow will be….then yesterday was. This allows you to discuss past, present tense and days in the order. Using the date and discuss ordinal numbers. 

• Months and seasons are also discovered incidentally. The weather for the day allows discussion on clothes and activities that are relevant for the weather.  

Ten Frames
Subitizing is a skill that assists later with adding to ten, build to ten, near doubles and doubles. Use these ten frames each day for quick recall of collections to 10. 

• Use as flash cards for trusting the count
• Discuss strategies that can be used to know that 7 is 4 and 3 as well as 5 and 2
• There are three card sets to choose from 
• Each set has two printing options – full color and less color

Missing Numbers is a great task to do to get your students thinking about what number is next or what comes before. These boards are easy to check when complete and can be checked by a buddy too for great peer teaching. 

- Choose a board – the save ink or full color versions, boards are provided for 10, 20, 50, 120
- fill in the missing numbers with the dry erase markers
- Grids to 120 are not in traditional sets of rows of 10. By using an 8x14 grid the student needs to know what comes next and is not able to rely on the pattern to complete the grid.

You will need
- To color copy and laminate the boards you wish you to use
- Dry erase markers for each student

- Cleaning cloth to share 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Saint Patrick's Day Writing Prompts

Patrick’s Day Writing
35 pages

Click here to see it in our store

Saint Patrick’s Day Writing is all about the cheeky and funny stories that we can create. Enjoy watching your students write about funny escapades while appreciating the joys of writing. 

The 17 tasks include - • Roll and write - roll a six sided dice and choose a setting, plot and character to write about• How would you find the end of the rainbow?• Describe a Leprechaun – use as many adjectives as you can• What would you do if you found a pot of gold? • If you could interview a Leprechaun – what would you ask?• Green makes me think of…. (color and b/w)• Beginning, middle and end of story – planning template • The luck of the Irish- what do we use as lucky charms?• If you found a four leaf clover – what would you wish for?• Make a book on rainbow facts. • Leprechaun pranks – what would they do?• Design a gold coin (front and back)• Green food – make a list• Acrostic Poems – LEPRECHAUN, POTS of GOLD, SHAMROCK and RAINBOW• Venn Diagram• KWHL – Ireland• What would you say if you meet a Leprechaun?

USA CCSSInformation and explanation about a topic – Kindergarten - W.K.2, Grade One - W.1.2, Grade Two -W.2.2Narrative to re –tell events in sequence – Kindergarten - W.K.3, Grade One - W.1.3, Grade Two - W.2.3

Aus CurriculumCreate short texts… Year F - ACELY1650, Year 1 - ACELY1663, Year 2 - ACELY1671Re read own texts… Year F - ACELY1662, Year 1 - ACELY1662, Year 2 - ACELY1672

Monday, March 5, 2018

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day
21 pages

This is a locked PowerPoint and will assist in building an understanding of what International Women’s Day is. It is not an editable file.
Use this as a PowerPoint and share with your grade.Discuss each slide and ask questions about their understanding of International Women’s Day.
There is a save your ink version, if you would like to print it out.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Writing an Informational Text about Saint Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Informational Text
88 pages

This pack provides information about St Patrick’s Day.

Link here - just click!

This information will assist in the writing of your own Informational Text about St Patrick’s Day guided by a rubric. 

KWHL - for St Patrick’s Day

• There are color, plus black/white versions and a one page version
• This will assist in assessing what your grade knows and will help when writing the Informational Text - This is what we know about… - This is what we want to know … - This is how we will find out what we want to know…… - This is our new learning about ….
• Color and black/white versions provided.
• Spare tags for extra words.
• Display these words and discuss what they mean

Fact Cards

• These cards can be used as discussion starters or display these facts about St Patrick’s Day and discuss what they mean.
• They can be used as starters for the Informational Text to help build the paragraphs 

Photos Prompts

• These photos are to be used to assist in writing the text.
• Print off and display around the finished Informational Text

Writing Prompts

• Use the photos provided in the photo section to assist in writing the text.
• Print off and display around the finished Informational Text.
• The rubrics are helpful in assessing the text.
• A planner is included for the Informational Text. 

• There is a map to use to find Ireland and where other major celebrations occur. • There are a variety of papers and planners provided.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Revised Book Labels

We love to have our students get the right book at the right time. Putting labels on their books helps with identifying which book to use. There are three sizes and two printing versions available. The black and white version can be copied onto colored card for a third printing option. 

This pack currently contains 40 labels - 
• Alphabet
• Art
• Communication
• Diary
• Draft
• Economics
• English
• Geography
• Handwriting
• Health
• History
• Homework
• Humanities
• INB - Math
• INB - Maths
• Inquiry
• Journal 
• Languages
• Math
• Maths
• Morning Work
• Music
• Notebook 
• PE
• Reading
• Recount
• Religion 
• Science
• Social Studies
• Social Studies
• Spelling
• Sport
• Technology
• Word Work
• Writing

Sunday, January 21, 2018

End of Day Questions - Reflections are so important

Being reflective for improvement is hard as adults and yet we expect our students to do this everyday. 

As the teacher, we need to show and model how this can be done. I am always seeking feedback from my students and they see me actively working on improving my knowledge and skills to better work with them. 

There are so many opportunities to share learning and why it worked and why it didn't. It is the learning that didn't work that we can learn the most from. 

We should not be afraid to ask - what didn't work, what went wrong, what didn't go according to plan...

This pack of 'end of day questions' will help you to start questioning the learning that takes place in your learning space, as well as the social interactions that happen throughout the day. 

I'd love to hear how you manage this all important part of learning. Leave me a comment below....

These End of Day Questions are a great way to reflect on the learning and experiences that your students have had during the day. 

• As your grade leave the learning space, they are a perfect reminder of what has happened during their day.

• Use the recording booklet during the term and watch the growth in reflection for each student. You decide how many pages to put in your booklet and you may do one for each term or for a topic you are working on. 

• The pack contains photos and instructions to set this pack up to work in your room.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Editable Name Tags - Blue and Green Classroom Theme

As teachers, we love to make our learning spaces cheerful and inviting. These editable name tags will help you to have all things named in a delightful manner. 

I love melonheadz and these name tags with the blue and green theme are going to be part of a line of classroom decor - watch this space!

• This is an editable file and can be used with any of my Blue and Green Class D├ęcor packs.
• There are many choices for faces – I use the faces that most match what each of my students look like. 
• Go to the pages you need and just replace the text that says, ‘type here’.
• You get to choose the font and you can change the color if you wish to.
• I have used the font called KG She Persisted which is a free font on TPT by KG Fonts to type Peter. 

Birthday Charts with editable monster name tags

Our students love to celebrate birthdays and these are significant milestones to share together in your learning space. These Birthday Posters are in a Blue and Green Theme and are great for displaying in your room. 

Click here to see this in our TpT store
There are two options for the charts
• one is color 
• and one is a ‘save your ink’ version

Name tags options
• There are three choices of tags to use in your zipped file.
• You can use the editable name tags that come with the bundled pack if you own that. 

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