Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The Pale Assassin

Title: The Pale Assassin
Author: Patricia Elliott
ISBN: 9780340956762

Classification: Fiction with historical setting
Themes: adventure, mystery, history

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Perspective Writing

Writing from a perspective (or point of view) that is not a person is something I have found many students have trouble with. Putting yourself in another person's shoes is one thing but another being altogether is frightening to some.

Most grade 6 and 7 students have a grasp on the English language - enough to tell a story verbally or write one down. I decided to let my class have a little fun with writing while engaging them in learning a bit about science as well.


Friday, 24 April 2015

Buzzy the Bumblebee

Title: Buzzy the Bumblebee
Author: Denise Brennan-Nelson
ISBN: 9781585361663

Classification: fiction
Themes: self belief

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Symmetry and Art

Grade 2 work sample
Symmetry is a fun part of mathematics that most students do not mind. Often it is a welcome break from numbers and what better topic to incorporate art.

This lesson was conducted over two 45 minute lessons (and I have also left it for relief teachers in previous years without issue).

Lesson 1

The first lesson revolves around talking and identifying what symmetry is. The samples shown were from a grade 2/3 class. Most had a good idea after a discussion that symmetry means the same but as a mirror image. Most had done the paint on paper and then fold in reception.


Monday, 20 April 2015


Title: Dragonkeeper
Author: Carol Wilkinson
ISBN: 9781742032450

Classification: Fiction
Themes: history, adventure, identity

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Buddy Unchained

Title: Buddy Unchained
Author: Daisy Bix
ISBN: 9780940719019

Classification: Fiction with realistic story
Themes: animal welfare, feelings

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Night We Made the Flag: Book Review

Title: The Night We Made the Flag: A Eureka Story
Author: Carole Wilkinson
ISBN: 9781922179159

Classification: Fiction based loosely on historical events
Themes: Australian history, craft

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Free Range Children - Independent or Irresponsible?

The joys of parenting have seen me slightly neglect my postings of late! Becoming a parent has meant that there are many things I now consider from a different perspective; though many of my views have not altered.

In the past 24 hours I have been reading lots of news articles about 'Free Range Parenting' (here is a link to one article "Parents investigated for letting free range kids play in the park alone") and it has made me stop and consider the issue.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Author: William Kamkwamba & Brian Melser
ISBN: 9780803735118

Classification: Fiction based on actual events
Themes: problem solving, recycling, science, needs, persistence

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Publishing and Display Handbook

Title: The Publishing and Display Handbook
Author: Sheena Cameron
ISBN: 9781442528512

Classification: Non-fiction - resource
Themes: templates, display

Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Spider and the Fly

Title: The Spider and the Fly
Author: Mary Howitt
ISBN: 9781442454545

Classification: ballad with a moral
Themes: trust, stranger danger, social awareness

Friday, 3 April 2015

A Spy in the House: Book Review

Title: A Spy in the House
Author: Y.S. Lee
ISBN: 9780763652890

Classification: Fiction based in the Victorian era
Themes: mystery, detective, history

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Changing a Flower's Appearance

white carnations with purple food colouring
24 hours
I love trying new ideas and this was one I spotted on Pinterest a while ago but hadn't yet tried.

Most schools have a leadership body that "encourage" (I'll keep that opinion for another post) teachers to plan for special occasions throughout the year. In this case it was Mother's Day.


Title: Sorry!
Author: Trudi Ludwig
ISBN: 9781582461731

Classification: fiction with realistic story
Themes: social skills, friendship, feelings
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