Saturday, 9 May 2015

Five For Fraturday

I feel like I am getting my maths groups under control finally!

This group is working on some addition games on imaths

This is my small teaching group.

This group is games

This is an independent group working on the Multiplication Station from Shelley Gray.  I purchased this in the TpT sale last week.  It. Is. Awesome!  
It is a self paced practice with the students tracking their progress.  I had to be very specific about how to use it and we still had some kiddos put things back incorrectly.

So Maths groups running smoothly at the moment, of course that will all be screwed up next week with our national testing.  Boo!

We had the first snowfall for the year.  This is what greeted me Tuesday morning walking in to school.  It has been bitterly cold all week and the kiddos had many inside playtimes.  Not good for our sanity people.

This is some art work I have been doing with my Year 2's we call this Autumn leaves in a puddle :)  I am going to do a blog post on how we did this in the week coming  I love how these turned out!  

I have a little who is having trouble with recognising shapes in different formats so I am whipping up a shapes packet for him to work on.  I hope to have it finished this week!

Tomorrow is Mothers Day, we made some gorgeous cards that I forgot to take photos of!!!  I am looking forward to a brunch made by my daughter (pancakes with fresh berries and yoghurt) and son.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mummies out there for tomorrow.  I hope you get loads of cuddles and love.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

What better way to show appreciation for teachers than to throw a sale, because we all know how much of our own money goes into our classrooms.

So with that in mind, TpT is hosting a 20% off site wide sale, my store is all 20% off and by using the promo code THANKYOU at the checkout you can get an extra 10% off at the checkout.

Oh and here's an extra little tip, make sure you go back and leave feedback on your previous purchases to gain TpT credits towards your purchase.

Here are a few items you might like :)  Just click on any of the pics to check them out in my store.

Full of templates and suggestions on how to run a Personal Interest Project or Genius hour in your classroom.

This is updated each year and offers calendars, reading comprehension, writing and art and craft activities.  Currently running for the 2014 -2015 you will be able to download all the future calenders for FREE after your first purchase.

Your students will love finding all the letters and words for each letter of the alphabet while finding the way through the maze.

My kiddos love using the activities in this pack, full of posters, cards, printable, number lines and games.

Finally for Mothers Day these are quick activities that will become treasures.

Saturday, 2 May 2015


Thanks to everyone who entered our Rafflecopter for our awesome Swap, Share, Give linky.  We hope you enjoyed reading more about our products and got yourself a freebie.

The winner has been chosen and is now receiving ALL of the products that were reviewed, that's 12 fabulous prizes!

Congratulations to Miryam and we all hope you enjoy your fabulous prize.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Give, Swap, Share linky!

I am so proud to be a part of the latest Swap, Share, Give linky from Downunder!  This time we have chosen the theme "A linky for all seasons" as her in Australia we are in Autumn heading to Winter but many of our Northern Hemisphere friends are enjoying the Spring sunshine getting ready for Summer!

This time I have been paired up with Chantelle from Miss Jacob's Little Learners. 

 I chose to review her Digraph's pack which is perfect for my Year 2's.  

The sounds that are covered in this pack are
sh, th, wh, qu, ph, ch, ing, oo, ou, ee, ow, gh and ck.

We looked specifically at the sh, th and ch digraphs as a review from last term.

I put up the cute little posters that came with them and then introduced the first activity.

The first thing I chose to use was the Digraphs Cookie sort.  My kiddos just loved putting the cookies in the correct jar and it was a great way to do a quick assessment to see who remembered their sounds.  I heard a great discussion between a couple of my kiddos about where the sound was in the words which was great!

There is also a great little bingo game that I put as a small group activity.  Put the word bingo on the end of anything and my kiddos are all over it.  This was an easy to make pack and was a great way for my kids to review these sounds.

Now onto the Sharing!  Just for you I have this super cute Contraction Caterpillar  activity which is a part of my Spring Contractions pack.  Kiddos love to make this caterpillar and it is a fun way to show kiddos how contractions work.  Just click on the pic below to download your FREE copy!

Now this is a Swap, Share, Give linky so on to the Give part!  You have a chance to win a copy of Miss Jacob's Little Learners Digraph pack for yourself as well as a copy of all of the other awesome products our bloggers have reviewed.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Five for Friday

Last term we were looking at living and non living in our Science unit.....well we also had swimming, athletics, growing up program and a bunch of other stuff and we didn't finish our Science unit.  First week back we jumped back into it by scooping up some leaf litter and searching for any living creatures in there using magnifying glasses.  I thought it looked so cool I took a pic!  Some found lots of creatures like insects, spiders, a worm and one student found ladybug wings.  There was a lot of chatter and drawing what we found.  I think I will give them another go at this so the students who didn't have any get another chance.

My teaching buddies and I had a little reconnaissance mission on the weekend to scope out some interesting places we will be taking our kiddos to for an excursion next week.  I took my kids with us and we found this gorgeous cafe (very important to know where they are for an excursion) that was next to an antique place where this old phone box was, had to snap a pic of my young man in there.

We made poppies this week in commemoration of Anzac Day in Australia.  This is a special day in our family, above is a pic of my Dad when he was serving in the Air Force and as my regular readers would know I am also a military spouse with my husband having served in both East Timor and Afghanistan.  We attended the Dawn Service at the cenotaph in town for the Centenary of Anzac Day, it was a very moving ceremony.

We used this booklet in my Year 3 class this year from Oz Curriculum you can get your copy here.  It was perfect and my kids loved it, they were so engaged and interested in it a couple even asked to stay in to work on it!  Melt my heart!
I will definitely be using this again next year.

Keep your eye out for a linky coming up from me and a few blogging buddies!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Teach for Stephanie

On Easter Sunday a dedicated teacher went into school in a small Australian country town.  She went in to school to prepare for the relief teacher who would be taking her class while she was on her honeymoon.  Sadly she never made it to her honeymoon as she was cruelly murdered while she was at school on that fateful day.

To remember Stephanie Scott and to show support for her family, students and colleagues as they head back to school today myself and some blogging buddies have been posting this pic. Please feel free to use this image and post it anywhere to show your support.

A big thank you to Tina Rubie for creating this image.

Rest now Stephanie.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Bright Idea! How to use Tag in the classroom

It is time for another Bright Idea linky!

This time I have an easy and effective way to keep group discussions flowing and you can implement it straight away in your classroom!
We use the concept of the game of tag when we are having group discussions, this can work for a whole group or a small group whether you are having a circle chat or are just generally sitting in a group.

In my classroom I like everyone to participate in group discussions, I try to eliminate the hitch hikers that let everyone else answer questions or participate in the discussion and sit back to either day dream or just aren't confident to speak up even though they have the answer.

So this is how tag works to include those hitch hikers!  I will have a question or we may be sharing our thoughts on something and I let students know this will be a tag discussion.  I ask them to put their thinking faces on, it looks something like this.....

this gives them time to get their thoughts together before the discussion.  After a minute or so I ask one student to share, during this time I may be recording their responses or asking further questions.  When they have finished they tag the person next to them or close by, then that student has a turn, if at the end there are people who haven't been tagged or are too far to be tagged the person can call their name to tag them eg "Tag Sally".   This not only keeps the discussion flowing but ensures everyone gets a fair turn.

Do I let students have a pass?  Sometimes, if the students are sharing personal stories and I know there is one or two that are not comfortable with that I will let them have a pass, however this doesn't happen for all discussions.

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