Thursday, 21 April 2016

Differentiated Write the Room

I have a free packet in my store to help your students learn baby animal names and practice their writing and early research skills. They can walk around the classroom, or search for the word cards in a tub, and copy them onto their recording worksheet. Once the words are written, they can complete their activity by finding the matching pictures to accompany the text and glue them into position. 

If you are like me, and have switched to an older grade you will be very keep to differentiate your activities (all 5000 of them!!) to get the most use out of them. 

With that in mind, I created a sentence writing recording page to go along with all of my Write the Room packets to cater for more-able and older students!

It is FREE in my TpT store and you can find it by clicking on the images below.

I would extend my 'better writers' even further by asking them to make sure each sentence has a time connective, an adjective and an adverb. 

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Mother's Day Writing Craft

We made 'muffins for mom' today. Actually, here in Australia is is actually 'muffins for mum'. I have both options available in my printable packet. 

You can find it HERE in my TpT store! 

Thanks so much for stopping by my bog today - be sure to find the "Free Teaching Resources" label on the sidebar to find some fun free printables for your classroom!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Classroom Posters to Color, Create and Motivate

I added some new classroom posters to my collection yesterday! These ones will get your students engaged and transform them into your design team! 

I've always believed that when students play an active role in their classroom displays, they engage with them and their leaning at a much deeper level!

You can have your students paint or shade these posters, or take it one step further and have students create the messages and 'letter art' by using the 'no-word' versions. 

Head over to TpT to find it on my store to find it on sale today. 

I have created a bonus download - exclusively for my blog followers!

This one says 'Dream it. Plan it. Create it'.  

Or your students can get creative and create their own message. Before you know it, your students will be designing entire posters independently! 

Download this exclusive, from Google Drive by clicking on the image below. 

Thank you so much for stopping by - have a great day! 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Rounding to the Nearest Ten

Head over to my TpT store to grab this FREE mathtivity - 'Rounding on the Mountain".

Your students can put the ball on any number on the mountain and decide which number the ball will more easily roll to - and hence determine the number that it is rounded to. 

I've also listed a new resource in my 'Write and Wipe' collection. This one will assist students in 'finding a ten' when they are working with numbers - particularly with addition. 

I would suggest encouraging your students to build the numbers on each card with blocks as well as record the sums on their recording worksheet.

It is on sale today! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it so much!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

My Kids

Teachers often call the kids they teach "my kids". It reflects the special bond we develop with them through thousands and thousands of conversations and lessons. I don't blog about 'my kids' or my classroom, or anything too specific about my paid employment as a teacher. It is not something I can or want to showcase here on this blog. 

This post does however, include things I have and would say to any class.

 I think so often these days we share what we are doing, what we are buying, making or creating. Little is shared of the most powerful instrument we have in our repertoire of strategies. Our voice and how we choose to use it. 

As a teacher, we need to think about when, how and what we say. We need to encourage our students to do this too. We need to teach them that it matters. 

Your voice, your message and your attitude are freely available. Completely. You won't need to stay up to midnight tonight searching for it, planning it or documenting it.

What are some of the things you have told your kids this week - this month - this year? Here are five of mine.

I tell my students all the time, that as learners, when we make a mistake, we make stronger connections and paths in our brains and we get clever-er. Well, I make it sound better than that, but you get the picture. I might even draw a little picture of a brain, and some brain cells and show how making a mistake makes us go back and think things through, revise, refine and strengthen. 

The closest and most appropriate way I can convey to my students how much I love my job and how much my heart almost explodes with big mushy mushy pride every day is to tell them that I treasure them. And care for them. And that they matter. 

We all need to hear this from time to time. It's like a verbal gold star and when said at the perfect time, makes a big impact on a child. 

All the genuine feel-good stuff is great but I like to balance it out by encouraging my students to wholeheartedly work hard, think of their brain as an elastic band, and to gobble up knowledge and new things while they can.  I tell them that the first ten years of their life is a 'golden time' of learning and that they will never get this chance again. Together we make a decision that we are not afraid of hard work and we aim to be our very best!

When things go wrong, or poor choices are made - we 'shake it off' as best we can and clean the slate ready for a new day. I tell them that if peers are holding grudges and waiting on their every word or action to pounce and be critical, then they need to find more positive people to be surrounded by.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love for you to leave a comment and share something that you have told your class this week.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Clipart Updates

Hi friends! I have a few clipart updates to share with you today. 

My Crazy for Cubes set has grown! More colors and a complete new set of cubes that show a dotted internal line. Re-download them if you already own the license. 

My first set of 'spinners' got a makeover with a consistent color palette. Basic Spinners is a versatile set that will give you lots of options for your classroom printables!

I also added a new 'fun' set with a fresh, vibrant color palette!

My Rainbow Dots Alphabet got a makeover! 

As did one of my earliest sets - Rainbow Birds

I added Rainbow Bees to the 'rainbow' series:

And doubled the size of my Rainbow Dots Pack!

I created a new Bright Dots Pack with a pretty, soft color palette.

Spring Bug Garden has quite a few new cuties in it 

and Spring Striped Pages has 8 new pages and is STILL FREE! 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today - have a great weekend!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Odd and Even Numbers

Learning odd and even numbers can be brightened up with some fun and engaging resources. 
I've added a few new printables to my 'odd and even' collection!

A mathtivity "Odd and Even Garden" will help your students understand how combining numbers may form odd or even numbers, and the conditions needed for a number to be identified as one or the other. 

You can support the learning in this creative activity with some task cards (or use as 'write'n'wipe' cards). As with all my 'print and play' activities, there is a worksheet and cover page included. 

You may already have my 'Odd and Even' streets....

or an 'oldie and goodie' (perhaps featuring some of my very earliest self-made graphics) "Odd Tree". 

I've also prepared this new file to help you introduce the concept of odd and even with classroom posters. You can download them for FREE from my google drive. 

Find them HERE

Thank you so much for visiting, and I do hope you have a fabulous Thursday! 

Friday, 25 March 2016

Sticky Note Bucket Fillers

We made 'sticky note buckets' through the week. I wrote the name of child on each and stuck them on the blackboard. Each child selected one and wrote something to 'fill the bucket' of that student. We returned them to the board and read them out throughout the day. 

I just snipped down the sides of a wad of sticky-notes and they were ready in minutes. 

My blackboard message was inspired by the bucket whiteboard project shared my Miss 5th on Instagram. 

I have a few darlings struggling with friendship. It is something that has always challenged me in my teaching - the social stuff. I have always wanted to just shower my students with fairy dust that will instantly give them the knowledge and understanding that comes with age. The knowledge that what other people think, say or do should not matter to how you see yourself. 

How I wish it could be that way! 

Until that is possible, the only thing we can do as teachers, is keep building them up with the strategies to get along with people. To help them achieve the confidence and the resilience to shake off any negativity they feel is coming their way. 

I am going to keep talking about friendship with my kiddos and hope that some little gem of wisdom gets remembered and the ideas start to make a difference.

 I think it is also important that they begin to understand that the negativity is part of life, and always going to be there. Be strong enough to learn to live despite it. Isn't this the ultimate in achievement? 

Nobody is 100% rainbows and cupcakes. A friend is allowed to have a whinge, explore sarcasm and humour. Vent. Complain. Challenge. 

I want to teach my children not to react to every situation, but to be calm, accept, deal, forgive and grow. Isn't that what we do as adults?

I want my students who are stuck in a pattern of only recognizing the bad things coming their way to look out for good stuff. To trust and have faith that life can be sweet and simple - you might just need to point your bucket in a different direction.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Easter Card for Families

I searched and searched for a suitable, fun, modern card for a student's family. 

In the end, it was quicker to make one! 

Students can make their own 'family of bunnies' to represent their own family, and then slide them into the pocket pouch on the front of their card. 

I have listed this printable packet in my TpT store and it is on sale for today!

An old favourite (also in my store) is very simple and fun for younger classes:

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Clipart Update

Hi sweet friends! It is so nice to be able to blog today with some clipart news. 

I have revised a few sets this week - if you have purchased these in the past, you just need to revisit your 'My Purchases" tab on TpT and you can download the new collections. 

My Spring Pack has had a makeover...

... as well as the Hot Cross Buns set. 

I listed a new set for ten and twenty frames - an Easter Egg version. 

And a spring garden version of tally marks!

Scrappy Rainbow Letters will make your covers explode with color!

I doubled the size of my original Tally Marks sets with heaps of new colors....

and drew some new cuties for my Scrappy Spring Babies set. 

I am in the middle of a new freebie set, so stay tuned to my Facebook page to hear about it!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a fantastic day!