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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 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.

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    cards3
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    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


    World Book Day

    April 23rd, 2010

    The Radical Learning office team celebrated World Book Day with Bridgeville Primary School – where staff and children dressed up as book characters.  Snow White and the Four Dwarfs tried hard to steal the limelight, but were constantly upstaged by the gorgeous children!  Have a look at some of them below…

     


    Term 1, Week 10

    March 13th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Did you complete your alphabet assessments last week?  By the end of Grade 1, Term 1 your children should have covered the entire alphabet, and a good number of them should be fairly secure in their alphabet knowledge.  It’s crucial to let parents know which sounds their children have not mastered.  Parents want their children to succeed.  Enlist their help with the alphabet. 

    Download this ALPHABET FRIEZE that you can print out and stick on the wall in your classroom.  (Scroll down the page to find the alphabet frieze.  Have a look at the other resources too!)

    Play the game ALPHABET BEAR CHARLIE when you have a few minutes for revision at the end of the day.

    You can make your own set of ALPHABET LOTTO to play in class.  Make one set for every four children.  (There are four lotto sheets to print out and four sets of letters to be cut up individually.)  Four children sit in a circle on the floor.  Each one has a lotto sheet.  All the individual letter cards are placed face down on the floor.  Each child has a turn to pick up an individual letter card and check whether it matches one of the letters on their lotto sheet.  If it does, they place it on the letter on their sheet.  If not they return the card to the middle, face down.  The winner is the first child to complete their lotto sheet.  Have fun!  Kids love this game.

    If you have an interactive whiteboard you can read the story of THE GINGERBREAD MAN to your class.  This story does not have sound, but does have beautiful pictures.  Enjoy it in a quiet moment at the end of the morning.

    In the computer lab this week:

     Continue: Talking Story - Level 1 Beginner, “Can you help me?”

    Here’s another interactive resource you can use for alphabet revision.  Children can use this independently in the computer lab or as a classroom activity on the interactive whiteboard… It even has the sign language alphabet!
    ALPHABET PRACTICE

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Did you complete all your assessments last week?  Regular, individual assessment is vital because it tells you where each child is at, and this helps to guide you in what to teach next.  We could call it the “PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT CYCLE”.  Good assessment informs your planning of the next lesson – if your children can do something you move on; if assessment shows you that most haven’t grasped the concept, you repeat, but try to teach the concept in a different way.

    Do you need to revise initial sounds?  Here’s a terrific, interactive PowerPoint presentation contributed by Tina Godden.  It’s quite big (1.3Mb) so download it once and save it (Common on K in a Khanya school).  This is particularly fun to use on an interactive whiteboard.  Children can take turns to choose the correct letter and click on it.  Download here: Initial Sounds

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom then give your children a treat and play the story of  HOW MONA LISA GOT HER SMILE.  It ties in nicely with this week’s Talking Story, focusing on smiles and feet – very important features of our bodies!  I think it will bring a smile to your face too!

    In the computer lab this week:

    Continue: Talking Story – Level 2 Beginner, “This is my body.”

    Here’s a terrific game to play about PARTS OF THE BODY.  Children are given a clue and need to spell the correct body part…. Too many mistakes and the poor monkey will get squashed!!

    Cut out and MAKE YOUR OWN SKELETON.
    Then learn to sing the SCARY SKELETON SONG!
    Finally, you can PRINT A SKELETON WORKSHEET.

     Level 3

    In the classroom this week:  We continue with the assessment of key words.  I hope you found a parent helper to assist you in this time-consuming but really important task.  Last week you assessed all the Level 1 key words.  This week you need to assess the Level 2 key words.  Children should know these words in order to read adequately at Level 3.
    Key Words Assessment Level 2 Lists 1-4 

    If some of your children are not able to read the key words, this means they have not mastered their alphabet sounds.  Use the Level 1 and 2 alphabet revision activities above.  The children will not move forward in their reading until they know their alphabet sounds. 

    This week’s Talking Story is about a boy who grows vegetables.  Want some more on this theme?  Here’s a story about a little old man and a little old woman who grew some vegetables.  Use this as an extension activity in the computer lab or play it on your interactive whiteboard at story time:
    THE ENORMOUS TURNIP

    In the computer lab this week:  

    Continue: Talking Story – Level 3 Beginner, “A surprise for Daniel.”

    If you enjoyed the jokes in this Talking Story, here are some more JOKES FOR KIDS!

    Daniel was learning to plant vegetables.  Here are a couple of short activities to help you find out more about plants:
    Learn to label the PARTS OF A PLANT.
    Find out WHAT PLANTS NEED in order to live and thrive.