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    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


    Term 2, Week 6

    May 16th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Re-assess alphabet sounds for every child.  Use the same Alphabet Assessment Sheet that you used before – just add a new date and remember to assess ALL the sounds, even the ones that were recognised last time.  Sometimes children forget!  Send home a copy of the assessment.  It’s important that you and the parents know which children have not yet mastered the alphabet.  NO CHILD WILL MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN READING UNTIL THEY HAVE LEARNT TO SOUND OUT EVERY LETTER OF THE ALPHABET.

    Here’s an excellent PowerPoint presentation you can use to revise initial sounds using your interactive whiteboard:
    Initial Sounds

    This week’s Talking Story focuses on all the things that one small child is learning to do.  You can make your own I am special book in class.  Click on the link to download the lovely photocopiable sheets. 

    In the computer lab this week:


    Talking Story – Level 1 Core, “I can jump”

    This story is about things we can do.  One of the activities is about rhyming words.  You can teach more about rhyming words using this animated poem about a king who loved to have butter for his bread.  It is written by A A Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh.  I think you and your class will find it very funny!
    The King’s Breakfast

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: This week’s Talking Story is about animals and where they live.  One of the activities helps children to recognise rhyming words.  Why not take this further by playing this beautiful video of that famous animal poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.  This works particularly well on an interactive whiteboard.

    Here is a worksheet you can use:
    Animal Homes
    Here is a printable book:
    Animal Moms and Babies

    In the computer lab this week:


    Talking Story – Level 2 Beginner, “Can fish live in the desert?”

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: This week’s Talking Story is about a country hen who takes a trip to the city.  Here is another animated story about the same theme.  It is particularly suited for using on an interactive whiteboard:
    Country mouse and city mouse
    Follow-up worksheet comparing and contrasting country and city life

    In the computer lab this week: 


    Talking Story – Level 3 Core, “Helga goes to the city”

    Helga goes on a big adventure when she takes a trip to the city.  Here’s another story on a similar theme:
    Teddy’s Adventure
    Use it as an extension activity in the computer lab or play it on your interactive whiteboard at story time.