K-2 Chart Sense: Common Sense Charts to Teach K-2 Informational Text and Literature

Title: K-2 Chart Sense

Author: Rozlyn Linder

ISBN: 9780988950542

Classification: Non-fiction
Themes: classroom, visual support.

What’s it about?

This is a book which is about how to introduce a concept or just kick-start discussions with
students in new ways. This book is great for giving that initial visual
to start off a discussion, unit of work or model a task.

The book itself is divided into the following sections:

1. Ask and answer questions

2. Main topics and messages

3. Characters and connections

4. Word play

5. Text features
6. Authors, illustrators, and narrators
7. Beyond text
8. Supporting reasons

9. Multiple texts

You might be thinking to yourself “How can I use it?” so let me give you an example. Section 3 looks at characters and one activity (page 82-83) is all about getting students to understand what a character is (sounds simple but I have had students mix up characters with settings before). I have posted the page below (apologies for the faded bit but many pages came like that)

Page 82-83 from K-2 Chart Sense

Below are the recommended books for this activity – personally I would use the David Shannon books as they are a hit with the students every time.

A Bad Case of Stripes [With Book]
  David Gets in Trouble 
Gingerbread Baby
  Little Red Writing
  Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

You get a brief rundown of how to introduce the activity and what to do.
Underneath it there are recommended texts and on the opposite page you
get the example – it couldn’t be easier to follow. Also, the book is extremely well organised which is handy for teachers in a rush.

The streaks over the pages are a nuisance.The copy I received had many, many pages it. Some I can work around but other pages I can’t.

My Recommendation…

Borrow It
This is a fantastic book that I would especially recommend to teaching graduates. The written and visual information is easy to follow and implement in the classroom.

The only reason I have marked this as a “Borrow” and not “Buy” is the printing issues of streaks.

Boandik (Bunganditj) Language


Here is my third offering to support Boandik language use in classrooms. This is a word wall set with an ocean theme.
So far this is the largest set I have put together and includes 15 cards: whale, shark, octopus, turtle, shell, stingray, fish, seagull, seaweed, sand, pelican, ice, penguin, seal and sea. Each card contains the word along with a cute graphic.

The next set I should finish will be a native Australian animal pack.

Mathematics: Time

Telling the time is an area which some students pick up very easily and others struggle. I can remember as a kid being so excited when Mum agreed to buy me my first ever watch – it was a Little Mermaid / Ariel watch with water in the face and a starfish that floated. There was a proviso though put on this item
– Mum would only buy it when I could tell the time on both an analogue and digital clock. Guess what I spent the next couple of weeks practising over and over!

While it is great to get students to make their own digital clocks I am very much a realist and I know that sometimes a teacher just can’t fit in all those wonderful activities – especially making things from scratch. Here is what I came up with for learning to read a digital clock (I find students pick this up much quicker than analogue and it helps to support the learning as they have the confidence of already knowing ‘something’). This is a little kit – you could print off a set each for the students – great for whole class activities or print and laminate a few (which I did) to use in math centres.


Boandik (Bunganditj) Language


Here is my second posting of word wall cards featuring the Boandik language. This time I have created a set of colour words.
There are seven (7) cards in total with the following colours: red, black, brown, blue, ochre (cream), white and green.

How might you use these cards in your classroom? Subject areas that come to mind include art, science and English – an activity using the colours to describe the outside world. Go on a field trip to explore native plants in the area and use these traditional words.

Boandik (Bunganditj) Language


The Australian Curriculum has a focus on students learning about the local indigenous/aboriginal tribes in the area where they live. For many teachers they have an abundance of information and members of the tribe eager to pass on traditions.
For those lucky teachers planning and implementing indigenous education is quite simple…and then there are the rest of us.

I live in Mount Gambier and there is very limited information available about the local indigenous people – the Boandiks (they are also referred to as Bunganditj and in early history as Booandik). With limited resources (though there is a dedicated team working on collating and preserving their history and language) currently available it often seems daunting to teach students about something which you have little knowledge about yourself. Often it isn’t a lack of enthusiasm but a question of where to start and where to find resources and information.

This is where my creative little brain takes over to give teachers a starting point. I love word walls. They give assistance to students and create a buzz in the classroom – basically by starting with just a few words you can hook in even the most reluctant student!

I decided therefore to start with a collection of words to do with creepy crawlers. There are bugs, ants and spiders (amongst a few others) and each card comes complete with the word in the Boandik language and supported by a picture. All you need to do it print, cut, laminate and start to use!

This is the first of the sets I will be creating. My aim is to do at least two sets a week (but I’ll see how I go).