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    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


    Term 4, Week 1

    October 6th, 2010

    The fourth term rushes by in a blur of assessments, report-writing and end-of-year events and parties.  But don’t forget we still have two months’ worth of wonderful Talking Stories and great learning activities. 

    This week, send home the key word assessments that you did with your children at the end of last term.  This keeps parents up to date with their children’s progress and shows them what revision is needed this term.

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Send home Grade 1, Term 4 letter. Send home key word assessment from the end of last term. Send home Level 1, List 3 key words for this term.

    In the computer lab this week:

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

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Send home Grade 2, Term 4 letter. Send home key word assessment from the end of last term. Send home Level 2, List 4 key words for this term. (2 pages)

    In the computer lab this week:

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

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Send home Grade 3, Term 4 letter. Send home key word assessment from the end of last term. Send home Level 3, List 3 key words for this term. (2 pages)

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Weather”.


    Term 3, Week 10

    September 13th, 2010

    Did you revise all your key words last week?  I hope so, because this week it’s assessment time!  There is no substitute for one-to-one reading assessment with each child. The only way to find out how each learner is doing with their reading, is to spend some time with them individually.  Use the list of words you downloaded last week.  It’s much better if you cut these into word cards so that they are given in a random order. (After all, you’re not checking whether the child can recite the page – you want to know if they can recognise each word on its own!) 

    In addition, ask each learner to read their book to you.  This will show you each one’s reading fluency.  Ask a few comprehension questions to ensure that the child understands what is being read.  This is particularly important if they are being taught in a language other than their home language.  If a child is struggling to learn to read, do three simple checks:   

    1) Have eyes and ears checked to eliminate sight and hearing problems.
    2) Check whether the alphabet sounds have been mastered.
    3) Check that the child understands the language.

    Of course there are many other specific learning barriers, but the above 3 checks will often take you to the root of the problem.

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Assess Level 1, List 2 Key Words.

    In the computer lab this week: 

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

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Assess Level 2, List 3 Key Words

    In the computer lab this week:  

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Slowly, Sylvia, Slowly”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week:  Assess Level 3, List 2 Key Words.

     In the computer lab this week:

     Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Alfie finds a home”.


    Term 3, Week 6

    August 16th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: It’s time to assess alphabet sounds again! Assess these individually with each child. This is the third and final assessment of letter sounds. Send home a copy of the assessment.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Intermediate, “Houses”.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Encourage children to write and talk about a time when they have visited the doctor or clinic.  Use this week’s Talking Story as a starting point.  Then divide children into small groups and give them an opportunity to talk about their own visit to the doctor/clinic.  Finally, ask children to sit quietly at their desks and write about their experiences.  Your children may still be struggling to write independently at this stage.  Give them lots of warm encouragement – it’s so important for them to learn this skill of independent writing, rather than copying sentences from the board.

    In the computer lab this week:


    Talking Story – Level 2 Intermediate, “A busy day at the clinic”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Do any of your children have relatives who work night shifts?  Use the Talking Story to encourage discussion about different types of work, including those jobs which must be done at night.  Follow this with a writing activity – e.g. about the type of work they would like to do when they grow up.  It’s really important to encourage creative writing opportunities every week!

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Intermediate, “They work at night.”


    I love this poem…

    July 27th, 2010

    Inspiration

    by Lemn Sissay

    Imagination has a fingerprint,
    Each dream is a new template,
    Each emotion has contours;
    Add inspiration and create.

    You say this is too far away,
    This is not in your command.
    It is!  It’s as close to you
    As the fingers on your hand.


    Term 3, Week 3

    July 25th, 2010

    Are you remembering to send reading books home each week?  A lot of teachers complain that books get damaged or they are not returned.  This is something we have to change if we are going to establish a culture of reading in the home!  Teach your class to care for books.  Ensure each child has a supermarket carrier bag or something similar to keep their book dry.  BUT PLEASE SEND THE BOOKS HOME!!!  Children will become confident readers more quickly if they read regularly for ten minutes or so to parents/carers at home.

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Each week, focus on learning some of the Level 1, List 2 Key Words for this term.  Also, complete the personal dictionaries started last week.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Intermediate, “My house”.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Continue to work on this term’s key words.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Intermediate, “I can’t eat what you eat”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Continue to work on this term’s key words.

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Intermediate, “A noise at night”


    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.

    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.


    Football World Cup 2010 Resources #5

    June 4th, 2010
     

    I think this is the best World Cup 2010

     resource I’ve given you so far!

    Have a look at these 8 mini-books that you can make, one for each of the country groups in the 2010 World Cup.  Kids can colour the country flags in each group, read snippets of World Cup history, read facts about South Africa, as well as fun South African words to teach foreigners!

    Each book has 8 pages and is made from a single sheet of A4 paper.  The clever folding, with one cut, enables you to make a neat book that doesn’t fall apart.  You can also download the folding instructions:

    Mini-Book 1
    Mini-Book 2
    Mini-Book 3
    Mini-Book 4
    Mini-Book 5
    Mini-Book 6
    Mini-Book 7
    Mini-Book 8
    Folding Instructions