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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 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 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


    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


    Talking Stories at the Cape Town Book Fair

    August 27th, 2010

    What do the experts say about Talking Stories?

    Watch this six-minute video to see why Talking Stories software is the talk of the city!


    Invitation: Talking Stories at Cape Town Book Fair

    July 19th, 2010


    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 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”.


    Term 2, Week 7

    May 22nd, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Individual assessment of Level 1, List 1 Key Words.  These are the words you sent home at the beginning of Term 2 and that you have recently revised in class.  One by one, call children to your desk and tick the words they can read. Do this in a supportive and encouraging way, never chastising children for not having learnt the required words.  Always try to be encouraging and to eliminate stress when doing this kind of assessment.  Stress and fear are the two greatest inhibitors of learning.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Core, “Where is Pravesh?”

    Here’s a great story that children can interact with… also on the theme of the main character hiding:
     Here, Clifford!
    Then help Clifford to make some words:
    Make a Word Activity

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Individual Assessment of Level 2, List 2 Key Words.  You need to sit with each child and ask them to read each of the words in order to assess whether each learner has mastered their key words for this term.  Parents need to be alerted immediately, to provide extra support where needed.

    In the computer lab this week:


    Talking Story – Level 2 Core, “Can I live with you?”

    Here’s a story about another bird who was looking for a friendly home:
    The Ugly Duckling - You can even print this story out for children to make into their own books.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week:  Individual assessment of Level 3, List 1 Key Words.  Level 3 learners have had a lot of key words from Levels 1 and 2 to revise this year.  This is the first set of Level 3 key words.  Please take time to carefully assess how many words each child can recognise.  Your children should by now be well able to sound out unfamiliar words.  If this is not happening, check whether they are confident with their alphabet sounds.  If not, please take remedial action straight away.  Do everything in your power to ensure that no child is left behind! 

    In the computer lab this week: 


    Talking Story – Level 3 Core, “The peacock and the nightingale”

    This story is written in the form of a folk tale.  If some of your learners are struggling with the amount of text and the level of reading required, here are six more folk tales at an easier level.  These can all be printed out for reading at home too.
    FOLK TALES