Tuesday, April 9, 2019

ANZAC Day for P-1

Even our Foundation (Prep) students need to have an understanding about ANZAC Day

We have created this pack just for our very young students so that they can engage in an understanding of what this day means.

This pack will help you to explore through reading, writing, craft and cooking why ANZAC Day is so important to commemorate with our young students.







Sunday, March 17, 2019

Harmony Day - celebrating diversity

Harmony Day is about celebrating cultural diversity. We should celebrate this every day, but this day highlights how great our country is.

We acknowledge this in March on the 21st. 



Did you know that ...
  • around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
  • we identify with about 300 ancestries
  • since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
  • apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi
  • more than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
(Stats taken from this link)

Australia is a great place to live because of this diversity. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.
We respect community, cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.
The colour orange represents social communication and meaningful conversations. It is about the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. 
Last year I prepared a PowerPoint to share with my grade that provided information and tasks to help make a shared understanding of this day. 

Click here to see our pack on TpT

Here are examples of what is in the pack. 



















Sunday, January 20, 2019

Revising and Editing made easy


Writing conferences take time and effort to maintain.
As teachers we work so hard to improve our kids writing pieces and the outcomes they achieve.

I don't know about you but I have worked for a long time to try to get this right.

I think I have found a way that is easy - trackable and helps set goals.

I have been able to have a much bigger impact on getting my conference time more streamlined and manageable for us all.

Here is what I do....

I have created what we call our Monster Editor. My students color in certain parts of him as they move through the editing and revising cycle.

At the Teacher Conference I can see straight away which parts of the process they think they need my help with - it is the part not colored in!

To add a real conversation I can also ask questions like - I see you have colored the ears - show me where you have upgraded the punctuation or the vocabulary?


Our Monster Editor is displayed in our room as a large visual reminder of each step.
We attach a small Monster to each piece of writing. This then drives our goal setting.


Writing conferences and setting new goals can be so time consuming! This Editing and Conferencing Lapbook has been a life changer in our Writing sessions. We always know what stage, goal and level our students are working on.

This Editing and Conferencing Monster Lapbook is to be used every time your student’s are writing.

The LapBook can stand up and be a useful resource during writing sessions.

It is instrumental in the conference phase with you as the teacher. It helps guide the conversations, goals and steps for improved writing outcomes.

The students can use a paper clip to show which part of the writing cycle they are up to. The paper clip can be moved from –plan –draft- revise – buddy edit- teacher conference – publish.

There are extensive photos to guide you through the setting up and use of the Editing and Conferencing Lapbook.







Sunday, December 30, 2018

#ringin2019 sale



I have joined with some great TpT teacher authors to bring you some great bargains. 
The products available will help you build your teacher resources at the best prices of only one dollar each. 

I have my Counting by 2s and Goldilocks packs on sale this time.






Happy shopping...


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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