Five Little Monkeys

I have just posted my 'Five Little Monkey' set and it is 116 pages long and contains

- little readers
- matching lowers case letters to upper case letters
- cut and paste sentences
- innovations for texts
- roll and add
- match monkeys to bananas
- stick puppets and masks. 

Five for Friday - 30th August

Here are my five randoms for this week


My husband did some illustrations for me for this pack for 'Princess and the Pea'. I wanted to do some craft and he helped to make pack happen. 
So along with the melonheadz graphics, this has reading, writing, math and craft in the one pack. 

It has been Literacy and Numeracy Week here and we have had a focus on water in Numeracy time. 
We have tracked how water comes into our school and how we  use it. We have graphed our water usage, looked at the usage in a day and used co-ordinates to show water points in our school. 

Our girls did an amazing job playing soccer against other schools in District Soccer this week. 
They were all smiles and these medals are a hard earned reminder that they did an awesome job!


 Cara from Creative Playground sent me a box of 'sunshine' this week. It was a nice surprise in a rather hectic week. 


I have been working hard on a presentation and Professional Learning session for our staff on whole school planning in Mathematics. 
I can't wait to do this session, as it has been a long time since I have been able to do a specific curriculum focus. 
  Will let you know how it went next week.

Happy weekend everyone - 1st of Spring is almost here and in Aus it will be spring and that means summer is on its way. 

My sunshine gift is here

Cara from over at Creative Playground was my buddy who sent me a box of sunshine


Jameson from Lessons with Coffee is hosting this event and it is amazing.

   Lessons With Coffee

Jameson matches bloggers/teachers up and we get to know each other by looking at blogs, facebook, emails etc and then send a box of goodies to that match, while someone else gets to know you and sends you one too.

This was my second time and Cara sent me an amazing box of sunshine. Cara thanks so much for all the items in my sunshine box. The last picture is fabulous. Cara is also a clip art designer and made me a mini me to use on nay of my stuff. 
Cara you are amazing - thanks.

The tape on the outside was even leopard print! Cara made a sign for me for my classroom. complete with feathers, ribbons and shiny stuff. 

There were note pads, mini calendars, cards to us chalk as pens, list paper, paper packs.....

Mini clipboards, note cards and a mini me!

 Cara you are amazing!

Literacy and Numeracy Week

This week is our Literacy and Numeracy Week.

We are looking at tasks based on the book Sunday Chutney. 

Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey explores many themes such as friendship, self-reliance and the importance of family. This story will appeal to all ages and the themes will take students in many directions.

For Numeracy we are looking at water and today we looked at how we could represent our water bottles in a graph - so today we looked at how we could group.

I have prepared a powerpoint for our grade to record their answers and show their learning. 

 I will post about how the graphs look later in the week when they are done. 
Some are talking about algebra graphs - we will see. 

Other tasks we are doing are 
What do we use water for?
How does water get to our school?
How far does it have to travel?
Where does drinking water come from?
Why is it important to keep water clean?
Why is it important to conserve water?

Conduct a school water audit.
Where is the water in your school?
Produce a map of the school and its water.
Extension - with grid references for the main water sources. Photographs and drawings could be added.

Sorting types of water bottles
Sort the class water bottles according to one of their attributes (e.g. colour, size, shape, tops, logos, materials, recyclability).
Make a physical ‘bottle graph’ of the results and photograph it. Re-sort using a different attribute(s).
 Graph the results on paper.
Are there any different impressions gained when using a formal graphing system with consistent intervals? Why might that be?

Can some of your results be displayed in a Venn diagram?
Find how much 20 litres of water weighs and compare it to the weight of a typical school bag.
Who in the class could carry that weight? For how long?
Could your family manage on 40 litres of water a day?
Collect data on how much water the class drinks in a school day. Decide on the measure that will be used (e.g. if the measure is to be the number of glasses, how big is a glass?). You may choose to use survey questions or use a recording sheet. Display the raw data.

Represent the results in a suitable fashion. Some options might be picture graphs (e.g. trace an outline of a person and draw the number of glasses of water around it), tables, column graphs, dot plots, stem-and-leaf plots.

Calculate the mean, mode, median and range of results. Which is the most appropriate measure of centre? How useful is the range?

It is recommended we drink around eight glasses (or approximately 2 litres) of water a day. How do the class results compare?

Comment on how the amount of water consumed can vary on different days of the week/month/year. Discuss other factors that can affect the amount consumed.

Predict how much water your class will drink in a year. Would it be enough to fill a swimming pool?
Mixing fractions - Extension
“I have two cups of cordial. One cup has ⅓ cordial and ⅔ water and the other glass has ¼ cordial and ¾ water. Which would taste the strongest? How do you know?”
Create some other problems using fractions and amounts in cups. Can they explain their solutions using diagrams and number lines? What is the trickiest one that they can solve?

Ask the students to express the different mixes as decimals and percentages. Can they use a one-hundred grid to explain their solutions?

Princess and the Pea - Writing and Craftivity

This new pack, Princess and the Pea  contains tasks for English, Math and Craft for K-1 and has 60 pages.

This set provides a small reader, English and Math tasks as well as craftivities. Your students will love learning about this fairy-tale and working through these tasks.

It has a 'A Little Reader' that is print and go!
This will give you two books – copy and staple together and then cut in half.
Use these each day to consolidate common sight words and the letter/sound relationship.

There are 'Language Vocabulary Cards' each picture has a title and a definition to match.

English tasks are as follows
Comprehension questions
How could you test a real princess or prince?
Beginning middle and ending template with or without lines
Character maps for Princess – Prince – Queen and King
Setting mapping for castle and the bed
Princess is/has/can
Matching words
Matching words and adding initial sounds
Story problems and Solutions
Story Map
Read and draw
How to make a bed – write a procedure

Math Tasks are 
Count, trace and color
Count and color
Make patterns on the mattresses
Roll and Cover
Roll add 1 and cover
Roll add 2 and cover
Roll, double and cover

Craftivity - boy did we have fun with these today
Stick puppets – cut out and attach to straws or sticks. Put on a puppet show after reading the book. Video and play back for feedback.  Color and b/w versions available
Make a weaved quilt – instructions and photos included
Pop up card with retell – photos and instructions included
Make a layered mattress bed – photos included 

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