Thursday, July 20, 2017

August Writing pack


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


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 August - Writing Prompts pack contains the following topics 
Sister Day 
World Indigenous Day 
Left Hander Day 
Aviation Day 
Dog Day 
Picnic Month 
National Smile Week 
Watermelon Day 
S'mores Day 
Tooth Fairy Day 
Clown Day 
Book Lover Day 

 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






Monday, July 10, 2017

Farm Fractions


Fractions – Making a Fraction Farm 

A PowerPoint
38 pages 

 At the end of this Fractions – Making a Fraction Farm your students will have produced a farm to use to guide them through fractions, decimals and percentages. 
Each step is clearly explained and supported by resources in the pack. 

 Included in this PowerPoint are 

- Curriculum Standards for Common Core and Aus Curric 
- A description of what Project Based Learning is - A Learning Intention – ‘I will show what I know about fractions’ 
- The Nine Steps 
 a) What do we know about fractions using manipulatives? Photo of examples provided. Fraction wall graphics included. 
b) A rubric for assessment to track progress and give feedback throughout the unit. 
c) Designing the farm for fraction work – determining scale and size of animal or crop fields. Examples provided to explore before students develop their own farm. 
 d) Discovering more about fractions through INB pages 
e) Accumulating more knowledge – develop your own posters about knowledge – examples provided. 
 f) Comparing fractions- decimals – percentages 
g) Presenting the work with guidelines 
h) Reflecting on my work through a written response 

 Extra resources 

– Fraction Walls, Fractions posters that include – vocabulary, equivalent fractions and the four operations 

 I use these steps for Project Based Learning in my teaching and learning space. 
1. Setting the stage for the learning that is about to happen and make a link back to a real life scenario 2. The teacher negotiates the criteria for evaluating the projects 
3. Students become project designers 
4. Students discuss information needed for their designs 
5. Students accumulate the materials necessary for the project 
6. Students create their projects 
7. Students prepare to present their projects 
8. Students present their projects 
9. Students reflect on the process and evaluate the projects based on the agreed criteria






Happy farming for fractions...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Who is the 'mean' student?

We had lots of fun collecting, collating, finding the mean and then producing graphs to support the attributes that the 'average' or 'mean' student has in our grade. 







Graphing the Mean Student is a powerpoint that prepares your grade to work through lots of data.
26 pages 

Graphing the Mean Student takes your students through an experience that will led to a group presentation on working out the average from information they collect. 
 They will compose questions, collect and collate data, determine the ‘mean’, show the data in various graphs and design a poster to present the ‘mean student’ as a student in their room. 

 A summary of what is included 
 Slide 1 – Outlines what you will cover in the unit plus extension tasks. 
 Slide 2 – How mean are you? A slide to discuss and prepare your students for what is the mean and how to work it out. 
 Slide 3 – The mean is the average – used for discussion with your grade and included an example to share and work out. 
Slide 4 – Examples of what the finished group task could look like. I have included photos form what my grade did and these can be used to give ideas and motivate your grade as to what theirs may look like. 
 Slide 5 – A template to use for the mean student if you want uniformity. Attach your graphs to the sides and then display. 
 Slide 6 – Work out the missing data. 
Slide 7 – Now it is your turn – this is your task. In groups of four devise questions and collect data from your grade. Use this data to work out the mean and then make graphs. 
 Slides 8/11 – Types of graphs to use – pictographs, bar graphs, histograms, dot plots, stem and leaf plots. 
Slide 12/14 – Examples of ways to collect data – pen and paper version and ways to use google sheets or excel. 
Slides 15/18 - Extension tasks – mean, median, mode – discrete or continuous data, make comparisons between the data a graph can lie. 
Slide 19 – An assessment option.








Saturday, July 8, 2017

Introducing the Wizard of Oz - A Literacy Pack






109 pages 

 This Wizard Of Oz – Literacy Pack is an excellent way to explore language, have shared experiences and look at character, setting and plot development. 

 It contains the following tasks-
Word Wall – add to this as you move through the unit. It is great for early writers to check the spelling of words. 
  Vocabulary Cards– to sort into various categories or use as a word wall 
KWHL– record what you know, want to know, how you will find this out and new learning that takes places 
Word Splashes– record words or phrases about each character. Great for display to motivate writers to write 
  Comprehension tasks– Sequencing tasks, Labels, Cloze, Read and color, Beginning- Middle – End, Record Facts. Story Map, True or False, Text connections, Opinions 
Language Vocabulary tasks– has – is- can for each character, Word focus tasks 
Writing Tasks– If I were Dorothy, Recount Templates, Breaking News, Compare two Characters, Sequencing, Summary, Compare, Change the Ending, Add a Character, I see – I think - I wonder, Persuade others to Read it, Be a Designer, INB pages, DeBono’s Hats, Characters Traits, Conversations between Characters 
  Puppet Tasks– use as unstructured play or write scripts and perform a play. 
  A Little Reader– to share with your grade. You may make multiple ones to share.







Monday, July 3, 2017

Calming Strategies


109 pages 

 This Calming Strategies – Poster Set contains 30 posters in color and 30 black/white and in three sizes.  

The black and white version you can copy onto colored card for a third printing option. Students can color the black and white option and the smaller versions could be attached to a ring. 

 As the teacher decide which cards to use – I would suggest that you limit to five initially and see how they go and then if you need to introduce others on a needs basis. 

 Posters include – 
 breathe out, 
 blow off steam, 
 chew gum, 
 counting, 
 draw, 
 fidget toy, 
 go for a walk, 
 happy thoughts, 
 have a drink, 
 hula hoop, 
 jumping jacks, 
 listen to music, 
 paint a picture, 
 play a game, 
 playdough, 
 playground visit, 
 push for energy, 
 read a book, 
 sand play, 
 self talk, 
 sit in a beanbag, 
 sit on a body ball, 
 take a message, 
 take exercise, 
 talk to my teacher, 
 time with the class pet, 
 try yoga use a stress ball, 
 use blocks 
and visit the library.








Sunday, July 2, 2017

July Writing Prompts

While many of us our are break - some are not yet or teaching in Summer School. 
These prompts will help you to acknowledge some diary dates for July while learning and having fun along the way. 

114 pages 


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

There will be a pack released prior to each month. 
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 $50.00. 

 This July - Writing Prompts pack contains the following topics – 
 Canada Day 
Independence Day 
Bastille Day 
Ice-cream Day 
Nelson Mandela Day 
National Hot Dog Day 
Lasagna Day 
Friendship Day National 
Cheesecake Day 

 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 













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Individual months will be added prior to each month 



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