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    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 3, Week 5

    August 9th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Use personal dictionaries for revision of key words.  Also, ask children to write about their own experience of receiving a present or going to a party or special event.  Children need to learn to write down their own thoughts, and not just copy sentences from the board.  It doesn’t metter if the spelling is incorrect or if they are only just learning to build words.  “I w t the pk” is emergent writing… The child in this case is trying to write, “I went to the park.”  She has learnt to write “the” and is building other ‘words’ by using the letter sounds at the beginning and/or end.   This is excellent and should be praised!  You could extend her writing by asking her to read it back to you and then writing the sentence out for her to copy under each word. 

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Intermediate, “Presents for Anna” Continued.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Ask children to make up their own rainy day “Look and Find” activity – just like the activity in this week’s Talking Story book.  They could write their own clues on a sheet of paper and play the game with a friend.  Provide lots of unusual contexts like this for your children to write in different ways and for different reasons – a set of instructions; a story; a list; a letter; a diary – these are all interesting ways to encourage learners to write.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Intermediate, “Fun on a rainy day”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Finish off the butterfly finger puppets started last week.  For those who have finished their craft activity, here’s a lovely colour-by-number butterfly

    You could also ask children to write about the lifecycle of the butterfly in their own words.  (Worksheets are useful, but they should never replace children’s own creative writing opportunities.  Learning to write your thoughts down in an orderly way, in full sentences, is an essential literacy skill.)

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Intermediate, “I wish I could fly” Continued.


    Term 3, Week 2

    July 18th, 2010

    Did you send your Term 3 parent letters and key words home last week?  If not, it’s not too late to do so now.  Perhaps you could create a key word reading or spelling competition in your class this term! 

    This week we’re learning about dictionaries and poetry – my favourite!  I hope you enjoy the brilliant resources!

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: you will make the personal dictionaries that accompany the story, ‘Bath time’.  These are a very valuable resource for children who are learning to read.  The printable sheets come with clear instructions.  Allow plenty of time for the cutting and stapling involved.  Teach children how to use the dictionaries and see how it cuts down the number of times that learners come to you to spell a word!

    In the computer lab this week:
    Talking Story – Level 1 Intermediate, “Bath time” continued.

    Did you enjoy Bath time?  Now here is a story about bed time that every child in your class will relate to:
    I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed  Enjoy it on your interactive whiteboard or any computer.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Teach children to read and spell the Level 2, List 3 Key Words that you sent home last week. 

    In the computer lab this week:
    Talking Story – Level 2 Core, “Shy like me”.

    This week’s Talking Story is a poem, with rhyming words at the end of each line.  Here is a link to another lovely interactive book that helps children learn about rhyming words:
    Sebastian’s Rhyme 
    This book is great to use on an interactive whiteboard in class!

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Teach children to read and spell the Level 3, List 2 Key Words that you sent home last week. 

    In the computer lab this week: 
    Talking Story – Level 3 Core, “The duck and her daughter”.

    This week’s Talking Story is a poem, with rhyming couplets.  (Have a look at this week’s Level 2 poem above.) 
    Here is another interactive poem to enjoy with your class:
    Nessie’s Story