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.
Walk In My Shoes
I give students the option of drawing or writing and find that even my low-literacy students will do some writing.
This activity adds a splash of colour and information ready for acquaintance night. For schools that use portfolios each term this piece makes an excellent reflective work sample for the final term. I get students to reflect on what they wrote, how they presented the information and how they think they have grown.