Monday, 28 March 2016

What If Everybody Did That?: Book Review

Title: What If Everybody Did That?
Author: Ellen Javernick
ISBN: 9780761456865

Classification: Fiction with moral
Themes: responsibility, consequences

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Earth Day Pledge

No sooner is one month here and it is gone again! April is fast approaching and with it, Earth Day, on April 22nd - yes, less than a month away.

So with that news looming I decided to take a look at what resources I had...I have a couple of books I'll review over the next few weeks that focus on concepts that Earth Day promotes, but for today let's look at a fun activity instead.


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Harmony Day: T-Shirt Activity

Tomorrow is Harmony Day. Are you prepared? I hope so! If not, I thought I would share this activity my students I had on Friday did.

Only two students were finished but it gives you an idea for tomorrow...and if you were one of the lucky ones to download my worksheets for free before midnight last Friday - you get these templates for FREE again - just redownload from TPT! If you missed the free download - don't worry...the activity templates only cost loose change.

Now, onto the activity!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Harmony Day 2016

Harmony Day is fast approaching us in Australia. If it isn't already on your school calendar then now is the time to add it. Harmony Day 2016 will be next Monday, 21st March!

Haven't done much before? Let's look at what Harmony Day is all about and then some ideas and resources to get your classroom Harmony-ready by next week.

What's it all about?
Harmony Day is a day to reflect on the diversity of people and cultures that make up Australia's population. According to the official government website it is a day that "everyone belongs".

Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Raven's Wing: Book Review

Title: The Raven's Wing
Author: Frances Watts
ISBN: 9780733332913

Classification: Fiction
Themes: murder, Ancient Greece, mystery

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Buffalo Tapes: Song Review

Song: The Buffalo Tapes (My So-Called Friends)
Artist: Espen Lind
Year: 1997
Nationality: Norwegian

Classification:
Narrative
Theme:
friendship, acceptable, self-perception

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Food Students Eat

When I was in school it was my parents' responsibility to ensure I had food to eat in my lunchbox. In my early years at school that meant some Jatz biscuits and maybe a few small cubes of block cheese for recess, and a pretty sandwich for lunch (aka 100s and 1000s sandwich). My mum though felt the pressure of all the "you shouldn't give your child" information when I was in about grade 3 and decided that my pretty sandwiches had to go and be replaced with Vegemite or peanut butter ones. For several weeks I came home with an empty lunchbox but I was hungry by the end of the day because I hated both Vegemite and peanut butter and had given the sandwiches away. After admitting to my mum I wasn't eating them she decided I could have my pretty sandwiches back...and I was happy!

As for canteen food...my brothers and I were allowed one lunch order every fortnight (on pay day). We always got the hotdog. Occasionally we would have 20c to spend on something else...but that wasn't very often.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Personal Timelines

Writing about yourself is usually easy...once you know how. For some it comes naturally and they can write about themselves until...well, forever. For others though, writing about yourself is a daunting task of...What do I write? Where do I start? But my life is so boring!!!

Yes, heard all the above...and that's not just me!

Part of the current Australian curriculum is the need for students to be able to construct a personal timeline. When I first read that I thought it would be easy...until I had students saying and asking the questions above.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Supporting New ESL / ELL Students in the Classroom

I have worked education for a long time. First as a school support officer (SSO) in libraries before moving in the classroom to support students with learning or behaviour difficulties and finally becoming a teacher.

In all that time there was one area of assisting students that I found very difficult: communicating with them when they didn't speak English.

Each time I was assigned to work with an English as a Second Language (ESL) student I would sigh. Not because I didn't like working with them but because I knew that the student would have moments they would be as frustrated as I was with the language barrier.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Green Tree Frogs: Book Review

Title: Green Tree Frogs
Author: Sandra Kendell
ISBN:

9781922081582

Classification: Fiction
Themes: rhyme, onomatopoeia, life-cycles
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