Monday, 12 October 2015

Learn Numbers - Apple Style!

If you need to add some fun to your number learning, these apple themed pages are for you! 

Each page will give students experience in number recognition and counting. 

Find them in my TpT store by clicking on the image below:

I have also recently revised my 'Cute as a Cupcake' set....

.... and its coordinating card game = Cupcakes for the Class. This is a free download from my store, so please head over and snag the revised copy!

You can play the game to the included directions, or print multiple copies of the cards to use for a range of number activities. A simple memory or snap game always motivates my students. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Term 4, No Chore!

Hello teacher friends!

Here in Australia we have just started our final term of school for the year. This means that we have about 10 weeks until our summer break commences. It is a fun term for us, filled with lots of exciting activities for our students to conclude their year of learning. 

It is however, a term that can often be stressful and busy. I have teamed up with some online Australian blogging friends to bring you some tried and tested teacher tips that you can implement now, or begin to plan for to make this terms easy to manage. 

These tips are simple and relatively easy to implement - keeping things simple and practical is one effective strategy for easing classroom craziness. 

My tip will help you get ready to send all your student work home. Student work requires checking and marking to let parents know that you have monitored student progress. Depending on the requirements of your particular school, the level and style of marking may vary. I like to make sure there is a mark on each page to indicate that it has been sighted by a teacher. Best case scenario, I like to make a comment on the page and reward my students with stickers and stamps. If I am pressed for time, a small initial or tick (check) in the corner will suffice. Depending on the subject area, I also correct any mistakes and model appropriate spelling and grammar. 

By term 4 there is often a back log of marking and checking to complete. There could be piles of paper and assessments that have accumulated without marking. Student books need to be looked through to ensure they are sent home completely marked. 

To make this easier (and to avoid the Week 10 midnight marking sessions) I suggest you create a weekly marking focus. Start now. 

Create a little list in your Day Planner, of all the books and folders you need to flip through (and/or mark) between now and Week 10. Now, assign each a week number. 

Start with the ones that you are least looking forward to marking - the most detailed and time consuming. As the term progresses, you are only going to get busier. You will appreciate something easy to mark in Week 7 - trust me!

For the most part, your marking will be done. This is a checking process and a method for finding those random pages that have been missed. 

Then, make a time to do your checking and marking. Do not put it off. You have your schedule - now stick to it. I recommend Monday afternoon before you head home. Do it at school (as long as it is a safe time and place) and complete the subject entirely. 

As you check each off your list, you will feel more accomplished and ready to tackle the other challenges of a busy term. If practical, send your student work home as soon as it is not needed in the classroom. 

While you are here on my blog, don't forget to enter my TpT gift voucher giveaway. It will be drawn at the end of October and you have a chance at winning a $50 TpT gift voucher. Ease your workload by using some of the amazing resources prepared by teachers from all over the world!

Please visit the other blogs in the link up below to find more ways to cruise through Term 4. 

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Five for Friday - 9th October

As you know, I love Five for Friday with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching. Let's do this. 

1. More Love

Another thing I L-O-V-E is TeacherspayTeachers. I realise you may have heard that before, but this week, it has been on my mind a little.

I especially love that I can find resources to assist my teaching and be confident that the author of those resources is being respected. Several 'sites' have been recommended to me lately. I was told they were great because they were for 'sharing'. Um... full of copyright violations and authors intellectual property being violated. No thank you.

THANK YOU TpT, for giving us a place to offer distribution of our intellectual property to others in a safe, practical, easy, protected, legal way. 

2. Winner 

The winner of my September gift voucher giveaway is Mary L. Mary also won the January giveaway! Thank you so much for visiting my blog each day to enter!

3. Pumpkin 100

I shared this free printable game through the week, if you missed it, click on the image below to find it!

4. Big Pumpkins

Do you need some big shape pumpkins for activities in your classroom? Click on one of the images below to find (in Google Drive) 2 templates that might help! 

5. I Love Paper

Always have. Love all sorts. Especially love smelling it. 

I just made myself a cup of tea and I am going to flick through my new Paper Lover's Book from Kikki K. A treasure trove of bits to pull out, decorate and inspire creativity. 

Head over to Doodle Bugs for more randomness! Thanks for your support - and don't forget to enter the October giveaway!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Pumpkin 100 Chart Activity Freebie

I have added a file to my TpT store and it is FREE for you to download! Thank you for your ongoing and amazing support! This is a game style activity from my Print & Play collection. 

Students will need to re-create a hundred chart after you cut up one to make random puzzle pieces. 

Choose from a blank or filled hundred chart base board.  

To make your puzzle pieces, simply copy your hundred chart onto coloured paper and cut it up into funny shaped sections. I would recommend making about 6 puzzles for a small group, and making each puzzle a different colour so that you can easily identify the pieces that belong together. 

Once students have completed a few puzzles, they can fill out the numbers on the worksheet to keep a record of their learning. 

Find this file in my TpT store by clicking on the image below:

Have a wonderful day my friends! 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Word Family Houses

Here is an easy-to-prep Word Family House paper craft. Your students can make one and write words from any word family of your choice. 

Start with a square of paper and follow these basic steps to make the side-by-side houses. I finished mine off with some scraps of bright paper to add to the roof. 

I like the theme of houses to help students understand that the words inside belong to a family. 

My new write and wipe cards will help students write cvc words that rhyme and belong to -vc word families. 

Here are some more resources from my TpT store:



Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today - happy word-house hunting!