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    Term 4, Week 9

    November 8th, 2010

    Yippee!  It’s the last week of term. It’s time for a treat when your children visit the computer lab.

    Have lots of fun playing all these fabulous games:
    COMPUTER GAMES FOR AFRICA!

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom you could all watch this beautiful traditional story and listen to the accompanying classical music composed by Tchaikovsky:
    THE NUTCRACKER


    Term 4, Week 8

    November 8th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Exercise is still our theme this week.  Here are some brilliant TEAM GAMES to play with your class.

    You can try these exercises with Mickey Mouse.  It’s fun to do them together while you watch the video on an interactive whiteboard.  But you will need to move the desks out of the way first!



    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “Bend and stretch” continued.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Do you know the nursery rhyme below?  Enjoy singing it with your class.  Rhymes and songs are a great help to children who are learning English as a second language.

    You can make your own Top Trumps card game about spiders. This was designed by Nathan, aged 10,  in Cape Town: SPIDERS. If you don’t know how to play, click here: TOP TRUMPS RULES.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Let’s make a spider” continued.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Continue making the climbing clowns that you started last week.  Have your children seen clowns in action?  If not, here are two cool videos to enjoy.  These will be fun for the whole class to watch together if you have an interactive whiteboard.


     

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Make a climbing clown” continued.


    Term 4, Week 5

    November 1st, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: It’s time to assess whether each learner is able to read all of this year’s key words.  You have two weeks to do this assessment.  Take time to sit with each learner individually and tick the words they are able to recognise.  Be sure to send a copy home to parents!  Click here for the Level 1 assessment sheet: Key words Assessment Level 1 lists 1-3

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “Goggas”.

    Your children can create their own SUPER BUG game card.  Each child gets to choose the head, body, legs and special powers of their bug and then name their bug.  This can be printed on a Top-Trumps style of game card.  Children could create several if they choose, and then compare these with their friends’ cards.  It’s a great way to make the “Goggas” Talking Story come alive!

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: It’s time to assess whether each learner is able to read all of this year’s key words.  You have two weeks to do this assessment.  Take time to sit with each learner individually and tick the words they are able to recognise.  Be sure to send a copy home to parents!  Click here for the Level 2 assessment sheet: Key Words Assessment Level 2 Lists 1-4

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Maps”

    Make maps relevant to your children by visiting GOOGLE MAPS and typing the full address of your school (including your country) in the “Search Maps” box.  They will love to see the map of your school’s local area.  In addition, if you click on the red pointer on the map, you can then select “street view” which shows your children a photograph of the building taken from the street.  It’s an awesome experience when children see this for the first time!  Within minutes they will be exploring on their own, typing in their own addresses and those of family and friends – just think of all the wonderful learning that is going on as children explore this feature on their own!

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: It’s time to assess whether each learner is able to read all of this year’s key words.  You have two weeks to do this assessment.  Take time to sit with each learner individually and tick the words they are able to recognise.  Be sure to send a copy home to parents!  Click here for the Level 3 assessment sheet: Key Words Assessment Level 3 Lists 1-3

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “The flood”.

    Teach your children about flooding: what causes it; what we can do; emergency measures; watch videos about flooding.  Here is a wonderful set or resources, designed for primary schools: FLOODING RESOURCES


    Term 4, Week 4

    October 23rd, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Have you ever played BINGO?  This is a brilliant game, enjoyed by children and adults around the world.  I have made a special version for you, using all the Level 1 key words, and with enough unique player cards for your whole class to play at once.  Use this game throughout the fourth term, for fun key word revision.  Click on the link below to print out everything you need:
    TALKING STORIES BINGO

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “In, out, over and under” continued.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: In this week’s Talking Story we learn about adjectives.  If you have a data projector or interactive whiteboard in your classroom, you can use this super presentation as part of your lesson: ADJECTIVES

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Big machines” continued.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Recycling is a topic that is addressed in this week’s Talking Story.  Have a look at this VUVUZELA RECYCLING COMPETITION.  You will find some incredible ideas for re-using these proudly South African items!  Share these innovative ideas with your children.  Then why don’t you set up your own competition in class?  Children are far more creative and inventive than the average adult… and you will be strongly re-inforcing the message of this week’s book.

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Pick it up!” continued.


    Term 3, Week 9

    September 6th, 2010

    Did you enjoy last week’s craft activities?  If there are still some unfinished pieces of work, then take the time to finish them off this week.  Children need to feel the satisfaction that comes with the completion of a task.  This is one of the reasons why Talking Stories software comes with three short on-screen activities – even the slowest learner has the opportunity to complete at least one activity!

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Revise Level 1, List 2 Key Words in readiness for next week’s Third Term Assessment.

    You can introduce this week’s Talking Story by making a really easy model see-saw, using a mug and a ruler.  Do your children understand what makes each side of the see-saw go up and down?  If you demonstrate this it will help your learners to understand the central theme of this week’s story.  Click on this link for your easy-peasy visual aid: Model See-Saw

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “On the see-saw”.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Continue making elephant pegs as a craft activity in class.  Your children will love taking these home!  This week’s Talking Story will have so much more significance to them now that they have followed the same instructions as the main characters in the story.

    This week you should revise the Level 2, List 3 Key Words in readiness for next week’s Third Term Assessment. 

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Intermediate, “Elephants don’t forget” continued.

    Have you ever wondered whether it’s true that elephants never forget?  Read this interesting article and share your thoughts with your class.  Perhaps your learners could try and find out more…
    Fact or fiction? Elephants never forget

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Continue making the board games started in class last week.  Did your learners come up with some great ideas?  This week give them the opportunity to play their board games with each other.  This will lead quite naturally to a “quality-control” process, where they will find weaknesses in the games or gaps in their rules.  This in turn can be used to refine their designs and produce a final version to take home.

    This week you should revise the Level 3, List 2 Key Words in readiness for next week’s Third Term Assessment. 

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Intermediate, “Snakes and ladders” continued.

    Do you have an interactive whiteboard in your class. Have a bit of fun and practice “counting on” using this cool interactive board game:
    Snakes and Ladders


    Term 3, Week 8

    August 30th, 2010

    This week we’re all doing crafts in class!  Each of the story books featured this week has a fun activity to make.  You can print it directly from the Talking Stories software.  Learning is so much more effective when children are engaged in DOING something – especially if they are having fun.  Have fun with your class this week!

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Craft activity – continue making stick puppets.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Intermediate, “Make a stick puppet”. Continued

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Make elephant pegs as a craft activity in class.  The template can be printed from the Talking Story.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Intermediate, “Elephants don’t forget”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Make a board game as a craft activity in class.  The template and instructions can be printed out from the Talking Story.

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Intermediate, “Snakes and ladders”.


    Football Top Trumps (World Cup 2010 Resources #9)

    June 16th, 2010

    Children love to play the card game, “Top Trumps.”  If you are unfamiliar with this game, click here to FIND OUT HOW TO PLAY TOP TRUMPS

    Now download a World Cup 2010 soccer set of Top Trumps that you can make and play with your class, or with your family during the long South African winter school holiday.


    Click on each of the following six pages and print them out.  If possible, laminate the pages.  Then cut out each of the 32 country playing cards and play the game according to traditional Top Trumps rules.

    cards1
    cards2
    cards3
    cards4
    cards5
    cards6

    This resource, together with a whole host of games, quizzes, wordsearches and other activities, was created by the children of Northwood Primary School.


    Term 2, Week 8

    May 31st, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Have some fun with goal-scoring word-building on your interactive whiteboard or on any computer.  Children need to build simple three-letter words to score a goal:
    IT’S A GOAL!

    In the computer lab this week:


    Talking Story – Level 1 Core, “Sizwe’s new clothes.”

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Revise alphabetical order, using the letter NAMES.  Here’s a game to help you do this on an interactive whiteboard or classroom computer:
    ABC ORDER

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Core, “New clothes for the scarecrow”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Have fun building words using the
    WORDBLENDER GAME.
    This game will help learners to think about:

  • consonants and consonant clusters at the start and end of words
  • medial short and long vowel sounds
    The game can be played at three different levels of activity.  Use your interactive whiteboard, or any classroom computer.
  • In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Core, “Lindiwe’s baby”.


    Football World Cup 2010 resources#1

    May 4th, 2010

    I promised you some World Cup 2010 resources to use in your classroom.  Here they come!  Keep watching the blog for more.

    Here’s a project that is suitable for Intermediate and Senior Phase children.  There are fifteen pages of worksheets, tasks, all the participating countries’ flags and lots more…

    This is a brilliant resource.  Share it in your school.  The file size is quite large to download (2MB) so download it just once and save it (Common on K for Khanya schools).  Enjoy!

    World Cup Project

    This resource comes to you from www.sunderlandschools.org


    Term 2, Week 3

    April 26th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: We focus on capital letters.  Your children will already have seen capital letters in their names, and some children will have begun to recognise other capital letters as well.  Now is the time to do some alphabet revision, this time encouraging children to recognise and write the capital letters.  Here is a worksheet you can use:
    capital_letters 

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, then use this fun resource to supplement this week’s Talking Story:
    School Number Story

    In the computer lab this week: Continue with:

      Talking Story – Level 1 Beginner, “Sara’s school.”

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Introduce the concepts of past, present and future tense.
    Here’s a simple interactive quiz about past, present and future tense (to supplement the Talking Story activity on tenses).

    EXTRA!
    Enjoy four of Aesop’s Fables on your interactive whiteboard, and teach children the moral of each story!

    In the computer lab this week: Continue with:

        Talking Story – Level 2 Beginner, “Sometimes.”

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Your children should now be writing in short sentences.  It’s a good time to do some work on capital letters and fullstops.  These resources work particularly well on an interactive whiteboard:
    Starter Activity Part 1
    Starter Activity Part 2
    Main Session
    Plenary
    Capital Letters and Full Stops Worksheet

    In the computer lab this week: Continue with:

     
    Talking Story – Level 3 Beginner, “Who is making that noise?”