5 for Fri - 31st Jan


Here are my five randoms for this week


This has been our first week back after our summer break - last night I caught up with friends and this morning had a late start and late breakfast - I was tired!!!!


  I have been busy organising my room ,,,


Australia Day was also this week - being with people we care about and celebrating everything that is great about our place in the world. 

More organising .....

Our daughter started her final year this week - so proud of her. 

Next week is Week 2 of 9.....

Five for Fri - 23rd January

Five for Friday is here again so join all these great bloggers and link up with Kacey
to share or read about how many of us have spent our week.

These are my five randoms for this week


This is our last Friday of summer break - so I have been packing in some last minute tasks as well as some important family and friend time. 



We drove to Daylesford this week - it is about 40 minutes away from where we live. Tony and I first lived here when we moved to this state back in the late 80's. We often drive over and have lunch here and wander around through the old book stores, clothing shops and have seen many changes since we first lived here. 


With school starting next week and moving into yet another space, I have needed to put things away, set things up and get organised. Almost done and will share photos soon of my set up. 

I have not been successful in completing my list of TPT products - but have been working on these...

Today we went for another drive to Geelong - about an hour away from here. I is so pretty along the bay. 

Four more days of break!!

Australia Day - planning done for you

Most Australian schools will have returned to school by the week of Australia Day from our summer break. To save you some planning, this pack is ready to go for Year 4/5/6.

This pack gives you 58 pages of tasks that are so much more than just Australia Day tasks!

This unit provides opportunities to address outcomes for the Australian Curriculum as listed below. 

There are recording pages that rely on research completed through reading books/websites or interviewing people.

The Word Wall template assists in building a vocabulary list to use in tasks. 

The interactive pages enable kids to cut, glue and record information underneath. 


KWHL – a colour and a b/w version



Interactive Notebook pages will help to manage information on these aspects of our history

a) Name the state/territory and give five facts for each 
b) Cartographic Conventions – define 
c) Facts, Celebrations, Traditions, words to describe
d) Impact of Europeans on Indigenous Australians
e) Impact of Europeans on the environment
f) Impact of Macassans on the environment 
g) Impact of Convicts on Indigenous Australians 
h) Impact of Convicts on the environment 

Mapping tasks - Use an atlas or do some internet research and record some mapping details about Australia. Include scale, north, a key, grid references and some distances between capital cities. 

Geography details on each State of Territory – name the capital city, research and find the grid reference for the capital city, name the next closest capital city, record the distance between the two capital cities, print a satellite map of the state and name the characteristics you find.

Venn Diagrams – Indigenous Australians/Europeans, Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander

Writing Planners
a) Recount – How do I acknowledge Australia Day
b) Explanation – Why do we acknowledge Australia Day? 
c) Exposition - Should we acknowledge Australia Day?
d) Food we eat on this day – recipes
e) Australian Slang

Famous Indigenous Australian – Graphic organiser and an Interactive Notebook page 

Australian Curriculum - History
Year 4 - The nature of contact between Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example families and the environment (ACHHK080)
Year 5 - The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed (ACHHK094)
Year 6 - The contribution of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and migrants, to the development of Australian society, for example in areas such as the economy, education, science, the arts, sport.(ACHHK116)

Australian Curriculum - Geography 
Year 4 - Represent the location of places and their features by constructing large-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions including scale, legend, title and north point, and describe their location using simple grid references, compass direction and distance (ACHGS029)
Year 5 - Interpret geographical data and other information, using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, and identify spatial distributions, patterns and trends, and infer relationships to draw conclusions (ACHGS037)
Year 6 - Collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from primary and secondary sources, for example, people, maps, plans, photographs, satellite images, statistical sources and reports (ACHGS041)

Aussie e-book for back to school

Australian Back to School eBook 2015  

Julie from OzCurriculum HQ has put together some resources from some Aussie bloggers
The book is 
a gift for Australian teachers heading back to school.
Our USA readers will also enjoy the freebies and tips too. 

A selection of generous TpT sellers have got together to highlight free and paid products to help you get 2015 off to a great start. There are many references to the Australian Curriculum to help make matching resources that little bit easier. 

Each page has tips to help you get back in the swing of classrooms life. Be sure to look for the link to a free item on each page, and to check out the other great resources by that seller.
Oz Curriculum HQ
Happy clicking and finding the resources. 

Five for Fri - 16th Jan 2015

Here are my five randoms for this week.

Summer break and still a week and half to go....


My husband bought me flowers - just because. That is the best sort of flower reason!

It is summer break here - so I have been buying a few things for my new class. 

I will have a classroom reveal later in the week, my room looks like a disaster zone at the moment. 


 A little bit of labelling ....

I have a whole lot of resources in my store on this color theme and USA and Aus spelling. 

My husband is also a teacher - well a Principal in a small school, so we have the same holidays. 
Our kids are almost 18 and 20, so we get to have some us time (they sleep in a lot and late) and we have been able to get out have long lunches and explore the many places we have in out town.  


It has been raining a bit here - so I have been able to spend some time revising and adding to my products in my TPT store - loving the laziness of taking time and just pottering.....

Have a happy week all!
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