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    Talking Stories for South Africa

    February 6th, 2011

    This year has started with a bang!  Talking Stories has been ordered by 157 schools in the Western Cape and 100 schools in the Eastern Cape.

    Have a look at all the action when the first consignment of books, software and other resources arrived at the Radical Learning office in Cape Town today:


    Term 4, Week 6

    November 1st, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Continue with the assessments started last week. 

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom then you can enjoy this online talking story about bugs – it ties in nicely with this week’s theme story about “Goggas”: BUG BUZZ

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “Goggas” continued.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Continue with the assessments started last week. 

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom then here is a super online talking story in keeping with this week’s theme of maps:
    THE TREASURE MAP

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Maps” continued.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Activity 2 of this week’s Talking Story focuses on alphabetical order.  This is an important concept for children to learn.  Here are more activities you can use to re-inforce this:
    INTERACTIVE ABC ORDER – easy
    WHAT’S THE MISSING LETTER? - a bit harder
    DRAG AND DROP WORD ORDER – good for use on an interactive whiteboard
    WORKSHEET 1
    WORKSHEET 2
    WORKSHEET 3 - difficult

    In the computer lab this week: 

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

    October 17th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week:  Remember to learn Level 1, List 3 Key Words throughout this term.  Each child should have their own printed words, cut into single word cards and put in a small bag or envelope.

    The theme of this week’s talking story is prepositions of place (in, on, under, over etc.) Here is a video song that will help to reinforce these concepts:

    In the computer lab this week:

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

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Learn to read and spell Level 2, List 4 Key Words during the course of this term.  Here is an online game to help reinforce high frequency words: I CAN READ GAME.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Big machines”

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Throughout this term keep practising to read and spell Level 3, List 3 Key Words

    In the computer lab this week: 

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

    This week’s Talking Story is all about litter and waste, and the impact on the environment and the animals who share it.  You can ORDER A FREE VIDEO called “Share the World” which contains a section about how litter harms animals.


    Term 4, Week 2

    October 10th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Learn to read this term’s key words. 

    Don’t forget to keep revising alphabet sounds for those children who haven’t yet mastered these.  Here’s a LOTTO GAME you can print out and play with your children.  Make enough copies for everyone to have their own sheet Then play in groups.  It’s a great way for little ones to practice matching and saying alphabet sounds.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “The beetle and the butterfly” continued.

    This week’s talking story is about two tiny animals.  See if you can name all the animals in this activity: Animal Names
    Drag the name onto the picture.  If you get it right, the name will turn green.

    The theme of our Talking Story this week is that we can all do something well.  Here is another Talking Story with the same theme:
    I Can Do That, Said Jack  Use it for whole class story time – with computer, data projector or interactive whiteboard.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: If you have an interactive whiteboard, then use the video below to reinforce alphabet sounds this week.  Your children will love to sing along!  This week you should also carefully work through this term’s new key words with your children.  Ensure they are learning to read them at home too!

     

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Lost!” continued.

    Here’s another interactive story about getting lost:
    THE LOST CYGNET
    And here’s some useful practical advice to share with your class:
    WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET LOST

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: This week you need to go through all of this term’s key words with your class.  Also, start making a weather chart, to tie in with your Talking Story.  You will find an excellent template in the printable activity that comes with the Talking Story.

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Weather”. Continued.

    Here’s another great interactive weather story to enjoy.  It’s particularly good to use on an interactive whiteboard, where children can join in…. But it can be used on any other computer too:
    WEATHER STORY


    Technology at the FIFA World Cup (World Cup 2010 resources #11)

    June 30th, 2010

       Did you see that much-spoken-about second goal of the England/Germany game?

    Calls to use technology for big decisions in football are coming thick and fast at the FIFA World Cup…  Engage your children in this debate using the child-friendly online news lesson at BREAKING NEWS ENGLISH.

    You will find a whole series of activities that will get your senior phase class buzzing with discussions, multiple-choice questions, grammar exercises, homework and lots more.  This is an excellent website with up-to-date lesson plans on items that are in the news.


    World Cup Reading and Quiz (World Cup 2010 resources #10)

    June 27th, 2010

    Here are some World Cup blogs for older children to read about some of the important 2010 matches.

    Click on the picture below to test your football knowledge with a World Cup quiz.  There is a quiz for each of the World Cup Groups.


    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.

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


    Football World Cup 2010 Resources #7

    June 13th, 2010

    Fifty one interactive whiteboard lessons on the World Cup Soccer theme are available here:
    Promethean Planet 
    Browse to find a lesson suitable for your age group and learning area.  They can all be downloaded for free if you take a moment to register your details.


    Term 2, Week 9

    June 6th, 2010

    Hooray!  The end of term has almost arrived.

    During the last few days of term allow your learners to choose their favourite Talking Story to revisit…  Have some fun!  Let children read their favourite parts out loud in voices with exaggerated expression.  Do some paired reading and group reading… let them record their friends reading on cell phones, and enjoy playing them back to each other.  Convey the message that it’s cool to read!  Reading can be a fun thing to do on your own.

    Now here is a really cool, really fun resource for the last week of term:
    Rockford’s Rock Opera is an audio-visual adventure – a thought-provoking story with fantastic music and even narrated singing.  If you click the Read-along button your kids will be able to read the higlighted text (just like a Talking Story) and also sing along with the song lyrics.

    ROCKFORD’S ROCK OPERA