Monday, August 21, 2017

Story Book Sunday - I'm Australian Too, Mem Fox

This book is beautifully written, like all Mem Fox books. 
With the world going a little crazy at the moment - this book hits home the importance of acceptance and understanding of and for everyone. 

Australia is hugely multicultural and it is beyond time that we recognise that 'white' Australians do not 'own' this country - we are not the indigenous owners.

We all need to accept that this country is diverse as are many other nations around our planet. 

This book deals with the story about a refugee child - Mem Fox is courageous and should be thanked for how she has dealt with this content. 

A book to read to every child and every adult. 

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Genius Hour - what an amazing experience

Genius Hour
52 pages

Genius Hour
is a great motivator to share learning. This learning comes from an interest that is motivated by trying to dig deeper, change thinking or share a knowledge that our students have. 
There are two files in the zipped folder. 
One is a Teacher Pack and the other is a PowerPoint to share with students. 

Genius Hour - Teacher Pack This pack supports you to with templates and charts to use. 

Contents of this PDF include -
Learning Intention
Genius Hour Steps
Learning Tasks – Ideas I can explore, what do I know, want to know and have 
Discovered, Topic Word Splash, Interactive Note Page to accompany the PowerPoint included in the zip file, what facts have I found?
Genius Hour Posters – to display while working through the unit of work – Questioning and Predicting – Planning and Conducting – Recording and Processing – Analyzing and Evaluating – Communicating 
Genius Hour– Booklet to be filled out during the Investigation 
Rubric for Assessment
Digital Recording alternative with instructions 
Genius Hour - Student PowerPoint This powerpoint is for your students – it will guide them through the Genius Hour. 
It covers - 
What is Genius Hour?
Learning Intention 
What is Genius Hour all about?
Genius Hour Steps to take – Step One to Step Seven
Brainstorm Ideas
Outline of posters that will help
Support for your question – prior learning, word splash for your topic, INB, Fact recording sheet
Recoding Booklet – if you choose to use it
Rubric for assessment
Book Creator Task for tracking your question

Friday, August 18, 2017

September Writing Pack

103 pages 

 This September - Writing Prompts is part of a Writing Prompts for all Year
and will be all you need for the whole year for writing. 

You will be able to update this through ‘My Purchases’, so check back each month as I add an extra pack. You will make a huge saving as each pack is $6.00 - $10.00 depending on which month – the bundle is only $55.00. 

 This September - Writing Prompts pack contains the following topics 
Literacy Day 
Grandparents Day 
Patriot Day 
Talk like a Pirate Day 
Day of Peace 
World Rhino Day 
Yom Kippur 
Father’s Day 
Johnny Appleseed 

 Each topic has the following pages 
- Word Splash for words or phrases on the topic 
- Parts of speech, record the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs we can use for this topic 
- KWHL – what do we know, what to know, where might we find the Informational, new learning 
- Roll and Write 
- Recount topic 
- Informational prompt 
- Different lines for different writer’s needs 
- Adding a craftivity or topper 

- At the end of the pack there are pages for the following 
 - Recount planner 
- Narrative Planner 
- Informational Report Planner 
 - Procedure Planner 
- different lined pages to use

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Number Sense to 10 - such an important learning step

Number Sense to 10 

40 pages 
 This Number Sense to 10 pack contains a weekly planner to follow to begin, consolidate and extend number sense to 10. 

 - There two sets of ten frames to use 
- An individual ten frame template 
- Thinkboard task 
INB page 
- Cards to match the numeral – number – collection 
 - Random collection cards to count 
- Roll and cover tasks 
- Assessment guide for tracking 

 Australian Curriculum link
- Foundation Connect number names, numerals and quantities, including zero, initially to 10 and then beyond (ACMNA002) - Understanding that each object must be counted only once, that the arrangement of objects does not affect how many there are, and that the last number counted answers the ‘how many’ question 

 USA Curriculum link – CCSS Kindergarten K.CC.C.6 – Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than or equal to the number of objects in another group eg by using matching and counting strategies Mathematical language: collection, number, how many, names, numeral, quantities, zero, part, whole, numerals, ten frames

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Making Sense of Percent

Percentages – Making Sense of Percent
29 pages

Read through the weekly planner to know what the relationship is between the different parts of the lesson and the resources. 

There are references to Australian Curriculum – but if you are working on percentages this is the unit for you!

‘I can’ cards (copy and laminate) – use as a reference for the week. These are the inspiration for writing negotiated goals for individual goals 
- Jigfits x 3. Print, laminate and cut along lines. Use these with individuals for support and focus teaching as well as a group task. Start with the centre piece – you know it is the centre because it has 4 prompts
- Print Think boards – one for each student. There is an example to show you how to fill one out
- Conversion cards – print and laminate. These can be used as memory cards or as the plan suggests – three printing options. The black and white version can be printed on coloured card.
- Number line to show decimals, percentages, Copy in black and white
- Match and answer discussion sheets – copy in either colour or black & white
- Worksheet to show what you know about percentages – use as a guide to present to the grade 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Solar Eclipse in the USA skies

Solar Eclipse – A PowerPoint for Kids
14 pages

This powerpoint was made to share with your grade. It outlines the essential information that they should know. It is a perfect springboard to start discussions and then do more research together. 

Slide headings are - 
Safety First
What is a solar eclipse?
Why are eclipses not always total?
Three types of eclipses
What do eclipses they look like?
What is the difference between a solar and a lunar eclipse?
How many are there a year?
What happens during a total eclipse?
Facts about solar eclipses
What else might we see?
Can we tell when the next eclipse is? 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Storybook Sunday - Possum Magic

This week's book is Possum Magic by Mem Fox.

We have so many lovely authors who manage to integrate a great story with some of our most iconic foods, places and the emotions this invokes takes us back to our childhood.

Follow Hush and Grandma Poss as they travel Australia seeking a cure for Hush's invisibility. 

The drawings are delightful and add to the attachment we have all had to this book for 30 years!

You can almost taste the Anzac Biscuit, the vegemite sandwich, the pavlova and the lamington!

You will fall in love with this book like I have. 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Reflections - how do you manage this in a busy classroom?

In a busy classroom it is hard sometimes to stop and reflect on learning. 

It is such an important step to help consolidate learning, check on understanding, redirect misconceptions and set new goals. 

For me it is the most important step in the learning process. 

I have created a set of templates that will suit any grade level and any topic - even Mathematics!

These tools can be used for students to share their understanding and reasoning skills when exploring new concepts for any topic.

You may choose to use one per student, have them work in pars or as a group.

PMI – record the Positive, Minus and Interesting facts about the topic
Alphabet Key – record what you know by using the alphabet to organize your knowledge
Venn Diagram – choose two aspects of a topic to compare: what is similar goes in the centre
I see, I think, I wonder
Fishbone – topic goes in the fish head and what you know is recorded on the fish bones grouped by headings
Diary – record what you do each day and set a goal at the end of each week
Journal – record what you know and what is next (with learnt and learned options)
KWHL – share what you Know, Want to know, How you might find it out and new Learning
Mind Mapping – show what you know and add to this you progress through the task/unit of work
Y chart – what it sounds like, feels like and looks like
Think board – great for showing the same concept in four different ways
Lotus Diagram – topic goes in the centre and record what you know around the topic. The word in the green goes in the next green space and then record details you know about this around the word. Continue with each color. Two printing options.
Cycle – is there a pattern of how a task needs to be done?
Faces – color the face that is relevant to you and the task

Glossary – list new or interesting words/terms and then add a definition

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