Five for Friday - 31st Oct

Here are my five randoms for this week


Last weekend Tony and I had 'high tea' in Hepburn. This is about 45 mins away from where we live and three of my friends gave me this lovely treat. It was nice to have time to relax and be away from all things technology! I have the best friends.


Loving our garden at the moment - but not loving hay fever.


I have been focusing on my health lately and have lost quite a bit of weight - finally comfortable posting a selfie. Still a bit of weight to go.....


Loving coaching with teachers on Mondays and enjoying taking some running records. 


I have hit a milestone this week and have a rafflecopter happening...please join me!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Melbourne Cup and other horse races

Every year on the first Tuesday in November in Australia we have a horse race that stops a nation - or so they say! At about 3:00pm you will see empty shops, no cars on the road - because everyone is attached to a TV or radio to listen to the winner for this year. 

(Pssst - check the end of this post for a rafflecopter give-away for $30 to spend in my store)

This has been going on for 152 years and this year is number 154!

There are massive bets on this race and many sweeps across the nation, including in classrooms and staffrooms. 

Fashions on the field are delicious and there are fashion shows and the stakes are high. 

Here is something to help you celebrate in your classroom - the pack relates to any horse race really. 

Click on the images for more details.

Have a bit of fun!

Horse words – to use in writing and word work
Concept Map – to describe a horse
How to ride a horse
How to train a horse
Can – are – have 
A jockey’s silk
My horse’s information 
BOGGLE – Melbourne Cup
Label parts of the horse
Melbourne Cup game – for three players. See who comes 1st, 2nd and 3rd - plus a colored version

And with a little tweaking it is also Derby Day

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almost 1000 followers on Facebook

I am so humbled to have so many followers on my facebook page for Paula's Place. 

Each and every one of you makes me smile, encourage me to work harder and motivate me to think more creatively each time I produce something. I am a better teacher for it. 

So in a genuine gesture of thanks I have decided to have a sale on every pack in my TPT store for two days. Starting 30th Oct and ending on the 31st October USA time. 

In addition I will be holding a rafflecopter over the week and the winner will get to choose packs from my TPT store to the value of  $30.00, yes $30.00!

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Let's talk turkey...and a freebie

This post has some math, some writing, some word work and a freebie

Talking Turkey Math has 111 pages!

Updated to include less color printing (2017)

Roll and cover - Use a 6 sided dice - roll and cover. There are three  sets that ask you to +1 +2 and double the number rolled

Pilgrim Patterns -  There are four pattern strips to copy using the smaller cards. The smaller cards can be used to make your own patterns for a buddy to copy

Ten Frames - there are two sets
Use as flash cards to trust the count and Subitise. Use to make and record number stories 5+4=9 3+2=5 Match the turkey to the feathers - Sequence the turkeys and then add the correct number of feathers

Turkey Time - One set is o’clock, one set is half pasts. Spread them out and match the correct labels. Missing Numbers 0-21 - Color copy and laminate all the cards. The single turkey cards can be used to sequence from 1-20. The single cards are also used to place the missing number on the correct card

Talking Turkey Skip Counting - Display the A-T cards around the room. Use the recording sheet to write your answer. Use the answer key to check

Problem Solving - Display the problems. Use the record sheet to show your working out and answers

This shows a selection if the tasks in the pack - click on the images to see more detail. 

 32 pages
Word Wall – Use a fine liner permanent marker to add words. After the work has been done – clean off with whiteboard cleaner
KWHL – List what you know, want to know, how you will find it and then track your new learning
List the food you will eat
Concept maps – pilgrims, Native American, turkey, ship
I am thankful for……
How to catch a turkey – be creative
Reasons why you shouldn't eat me – persuasive
Dear Farmer….a letter
Describe - Can, have, are
Describe - Did, have, were
Describe a Pilgrim's life and the Wampanoag's life
Describe the outfits
Roll and write
Label parts of a turkey
Make your own turkey

Words for Word Wall -  Brainstorm, display and refer to when writing and reading
Match Initial Sounds
CVC’s,  Use the turkeys to make as many words as you can, write them down on the record sheet and keep a score
Boggle ‘Thanksgiving’ words – how many words can you make?
Roll and Read - These Dolch words (Pre and Primer Words) are the most common used words and once your students know them instantly their reading fluency will improve. Choose best fit words for each of your students. Get them to work with a partner and take it in turns to roll a six sided dice and mark off the words with a dry erase marker
Word Families - Use the feathers and the turkeys to make three letter words. Use the recording sheet to write down the real and nonsense words

Now here is the freebie

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary


This is the first in a series of Nursery Rhymes that will strengthen your student’s knowledge about rhyme and rhythm through reading and writing.

Task One  is a KWHL - As a grade list the things you know about Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, want to know about Mary Quite Contrary, How will we find this out? and our new Learning about Mary Quite Contrary.

Task Two are Word Splashes - Around each picture record words to describe it. Discuss adjectives, verbs and nouns.

Task Three are Text formats – Poster for display, Booklet to copy and staple. Then cut in half and it produces two books. Add illustrations as you read.

Task Four are Cards to sort in order and use for read the room.

Task Five is about Writing - Beginning, middle and end with Interactive. Note pages and side graphics to add to your stories

Prompts include - If I were Mary I would….My favourite flower is…I love gardening, Journal page and a cover for the whole grade to make a book for shared reading.

Task Six is a Read the Room task - Copy the recording sheet and display the cards around the room to find. Find each card, the title has already been done for you. Write down what the card says for 1, 2 and 3 in the correct space. This will give you the whole Nursery Rhyme. Make sure the capitals and punctuation are in the right spot. This will help when you read it back.

Task Seven are Puzzles - Match the puzzle pieces and then put them in the correct order.


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