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    November 30th, 2010

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    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.”


    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.