Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sales and a give-a-way

How are you going in the sales?
How many times have you been back?

I have been back three times and mainly buying clip art, I have so many projects I would like to do.

But sadly they will have to wait until next week.

Don't  forget to enter the give-a-way below to help me celebrate 200 bloglovin followers.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

200 followers - a celebration


This has been a lovely surprise for me - this afternoon I hit 200 followers on bloglovin.

So to celebrate here is a rafflecopter to win 5 items of your choice from my TPT store.

Spread the word and enter each day to have a higher chance of winning.

It is open and available for 7 days.

Good luck. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A huge TPT sale

How very exciting - TPT is 3 million strong!

This amazing venue has changed many lives: student and teacher alike.

I know I have learnt to be a better educator,  my resources are much more professional, I am accessing top quality tasks, I am able to network with the most amazing educators all over our planet.

So in recognition of this great milestone everything in my store is 28% off. That means over 80 items are greatly reduced just for you. Remember that this is USA time, so get your wish lists ready. 

So head on over to my TPT store by clicking here or the cute button below. 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Storybook Sunday - 23rd Feb


Welcome to Storybook Sunday. Each Sunday, link up with me to share a story book you have read or are about to read this week.

There are not many rules but please abide by them

Post about the storybook you have read or are about to read.
Add the above graphic with a direct link back to Paula's Place
Link up by adding your post link to the link up below

You may choose one book or a few books.
Here are my books for this week.

I am on a St Patrick's Day theme


 These three books are in my Kindle collection and I then show them on the Smartboard so we can all see them.

The '7 Happy St Patrick Day Stories for Children" are a collection of short stories and quite entertaining. They are not the usual stories we read to our kids so are great for that reason alone.

The second one is a collection of items/traditions and facts that have pictures to match - again great conversation starters.

This one below is my favorite. The counting of Leprechauns is cute and the tasks they are doing fit with what a Leprechaun might do. The whole fantasy thing gets me and the children giggling at what they do is funny.



Link up your story books here......





If you would like to check out my St Patrick's Day - 17 Writing Tasks, keep scrolling.
My maths packet is below too



Have a happy week everyone!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Measure Up K-1

When I put together a product - there is a part of me that goes with it when I post it to my digital shops. 

They are like babies - nurtured, loved and they grow when others purchase them and use them.

I love the designing part, the searching of Curriculum, organising tasks and getting it right. The link between product and assessment is really important to me. 


    

      

This is USA CCSS and Aus Curric Aligned - 25 pages

At the end of the pack are four assessment pages to track your students.
How can we use items to measure objects? B/W and color poster to add to
Measuring my Teddy Bear with a buddy – smaller/bigger
Measuring my Teddy Bear with a buddy – shorter/taller
Which foot is longer – long/longer
Measuring my Teddy with blocks
Measuring my Teddy with paper clips
Sort order of height
Who is taller? – me or a buddy
Choose an object to measure – choose correct tool
Measuring objects with paper clips
Measuring objects with blocks
Choose objects to measure paper clips/blocks/bears
Measure distance with feet
 4 Pages for Assessment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Listening to Reading

Here is our brainstorm for "Listening To Reading"

 

Here is our typed up anchor chart for our shared space. 
Across the team and the school we have a united approach to brainstorming, language and the display of them. 
So regardless of which teacher has you - the expectations are the same. 


We have most children in 3-6 with leased netbooks and the small number of students who do not lease them have access to a laptop.

Our P-2 students have a set of netbooks to share and we use 5 splitters to have up to 5 on a netbook.

The students who lease them get to take them home each day and over the holidays. The response we get and increased level of skills is fantastic. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Storybook Sunday - 16th Feb


Welcome to Storybook Sunday. Each Sunday, link up with me to share a story book you have read or are about to read this week.

Last week I had ten bloggers link up - it is growing each week.

There are not many rules but please abide by them

Post about the storybook you have read or are about to read.
Add the above graphic with a direct link back to Paula's Place
Link up by adding your post link to the link up below.
Your post needs to link back or it may be deleted.

You may choose one book or a few books.
Here is my book for this week.


In the front of my copy - there is a message that talk about why we read books to children.
They get to know the sounds, rhythms and words and make links to how we write. Here is a shortened version of what it says.

Hearing stories helps children learn to read.
They think about feelings.
They think about ideas.
Sharing a book shows we care!

It is a simple book and the pictures help to predict the text.
This book is great for rhyming words - bear/there, run/gun, me/be, tree/be, frown/down.
The size of the text - can be used to teach intonation and expression.
The illustrations and expression on the boy and the bear enable you to discuss emotions.
The ending allows you to make predictions and you could even produce some shared writing and a class book. 
On some of the pages there are split images and the artwork is angular, funny and cute.






Saturday, February 15, 2014

Five for Friday - 14th Feb


Here are my five randoms for this week



This set of books is a full program and philosophy to teach English and Mathematics and is available for free download
I am a registered facilitator for all the Maths. 
I can't wait to have a look at these in detail.  


The Winter Sports have been captivating. 
I a huge fan of Roy and HG (Comedians) who are hosting a show each night. 
I am watching their show on an app each night and laughing out loud.
The app is Samsung Stadium, The Russian Revolution.




Valentine Day - just love it

 


I am listening to these albums at the moment on the way to work and back and just love them.
My new car - is keyless and automatically bluetooths my music and I just love it

 

Swimming at work has finished and it has been great. 
Our PE teacher has organised the best program. 
So for ten days, we walked across our oval to the local pool, had lessons and then finished with a Funday Friday. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine Day

Real life and blogging life sometimes collide! Just love Valentine Day.

I am a real romantic at heart and Tony and I have known each other since 1985...

These gorgeous flowers were delivered to work today from my husband. 

My teaching partner, Fiona, also had flowers delivered by her husband - we are two lucky ladies.

We were both called up to the office at break time and our kids thought we were in trouble.

Our kids reactions were funny. One child couldn't understand why a man would do this at all, she kept asking questions. touching them and shaking her head. 



Just in case you need some skip counting heart while your heart skips a beat here is some Math work - click on the image to go to my store. There is work on patterning, collections, ten frames, missing numbers, stories for 14, matching collections and roll and cover. 

I am also loving the melonheadz graphics. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

School Council - a photo story

Last night I talked to our School Council about the start of our school year. 

I decided to present my report with pictures. 

I went around and took photos of our many anchor charts. These are photos of some of our work across 23 classrooms. 





We are making great strides with anchor charts.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Read to Someone

Fiona (my teaching buddy) and I tightened up our 'Read to Someone' today. 
We have lots of glass on our external walls and we have an agreed protocol to not put things on the glass. 
So display space is at a premium. 
We use our IWB (Interactive Whiteboard) for Anchor Charts. 
This was compiled by our kids. 
This just proves that Year 5/6 students can also do Daily 5.
I just love the photos.
PS - we struggle to do the - 'stay out of the way'....





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