Let's practice our words
Even my little new entrants were able to follow the words and write them as they were learning about. Talk about super cute when you can hear them shouting out the word "the" as they write it on the whiteboard.
This resource is available to purchase off my teachers pay teachers store and is super easy to use and implement in your class.
This weeks Sunday spotlight is sharing the link to these great maths templates that are perfect for group work, modelling for whole class problem solving or modelling book activities. These come in a few versions - to 10, to 20 and a hundreds board. Space for working out, number lines and more! A great easy way to have students share their working out or gathering voice.
QR codes in the classroom
This week I created and shared these create QR code posters about different insects. These were created to support my students in our learning of mini beasts to find some facts about them to delve deeper into our inquiry.
We used these in class on thursday and friday and they were a hit! The QR codes linked to a relevant video clip on youtube that students went off and listened too. At this first stage, it was just listening to hear and understand and then next week we are working on recording key facts about the insect. These are also up on our inquiry wall so students can come back and listen to them at anytime.
QR code posters
Don't you just love QR codes? They have huge potential for the classroom and are easy to integrate and use in your activities. Predominately I have used them for listen to reading stories to create quick links to stories from a Youtube playlist for my students to access easily. My class is exploring minibeasts and insects this term, and I want to provide them with enough knowledge and ideas around different insects that can be used in the classroom. We have a wall space for information, findings and learnings that will go on that we will add to over the term.
Each fortnight I release a quick snippet digital newsletter that shares quick ideas and links that you can use in your classroom. It is centered around four sections of ideas that can be used by anyone in any year level! The latest edition came out tonight sharing some great digital finds.
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This weeks sunday spotlight I am sharing this great reading exit slip tracker that you can use with your older kids. Perfect for keeping track of how long they have read for, a part they enjoyed and creating ownership of their learning. This exit slip could be used alongside read to self or read to someone from Daily 5.
I am so excited to announce the second instalment of Arabella's Adventures. A technology themed picture book series that teaches students key ideas with technology. The first one is all about how to take care of iPads, with the second and recent release about Internet kindness. This one follows Arabella at school when she comes across a situation that makes her think about being kind on when using a device and on the Internet. There is also follow ups included and a kindness rules poster attached below that you can download and use it in your classroom.
It is only available in read aloud ebook version so far - but stay tuned for the picture book versions coming soon!
Reading and play
As I have little learners coming to visit every fortnight on a Tuesday, I'm going to use that literacy block to be themed around a picture book. The first one is around the book "Piranhas don't eat bananas". I will have a range of themed activities out along with a task card, for students to use to play, build and then shared their learning. An example is one in the picture below - a piranha peg!
I can't wait to get this underway this week and will use it to start and see the success of this programme. There are so many opportunities and benefits for structured play in the classroom and linking it to picture books is a fantastic start! I can't wait!
This weeks Sunday spotlight is sharing this easy to use Bitmoji template. This is perfect for any classroom, and a great visual for students to use to check whether their interruption is important. Not all interruptions should be made in learning time e.g. when you're with a group. So this poster is a great visual cue for students to read and ask themselves if it is really important or can wait until after the session with the teacher.
This weeks Sunday spotlight shares these great beginning of the day/daily greeting slide decks for your classroom. These are a great way of get students ready for the day and making use of technology you might have in the classroom. I have two templates below that I have created and used in my classroom.
The one on the left is new for my class in 2020. I have the date, a bitmoji and then key information I need my students to know for the day on the left. This is what I will use on the first day of school.
The one on the right is my one from 2019. It has the date, a GIF, a space for a message of the day and then stickies on the right for snippet key information on the right.
Both of these are great ways to share information in the morning. Make a copy of these templates above on the links!
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