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Charting the Weather

Total is a total promotional post. This activity is something I have done for so many years, but have never really shared so I thought now would be a great time!

As many Kindergarten/Foundation teachers will know, understanding calendars is an integral part of early number work and measurement. Everyday we practice counting and naming the days of the week.

Introducing my Weather Calendar Books! This activity can be easily integrated into your daily routine as part of a weather investigation. And best of all, children love completing their little books on a daily basis!

After making up a book for each student for the month, students number the days and colour in the front over. Students chart the weather on a daily basis across the month using pictures typically seen on the news or in newspapers to represent weather patterns. I have always found there are a few students who are obsessed with checking their parent's phone every morning and have the temperature and predicted weather report ready to share.

Included in this pack are both Northern and Southern Hemisphere front covers as well as a Celsius, Fahrenheit or blank calendar page. Simply copy off a front cover for each student and 4 or 5 calendar sheets and staple. The making of the books will take a little bit of time so a paper slicer and a parent helper would come in handy!

Fall in the Northern Hemisphere!

Spring in the Southern Hemisphere!

The MATHS BOX! Part 4

It's time for Part 4 of my review of the RIC Maths Box. If you have missed my previous posts, you can click below.

Part 1 - Organisation & Teachers Guide
Part 2 - Review of Activities
Part 3 - How I would use it in the Classroom
Part 4 - Differentiation


Today I am going to investigate the activities a little further and show you how you can easily differentiate an activity to suit the needs of your students. For me, I would not be expecting to use the Maths Box activity cards in the same way every day/week. Sometimes the activity cards that meet your focus might be better as a one-on-one assessment, other times a whole group activity and other times small group. And sometimes I might need to be creative about how best to use it for all students. Here is a small sample of some activity cards that I looked at in more detail. 

Box 1 Card 15 Number - Popstick Bundles

This is a great activity card and if you have taught Grade 1, you know it's a skill you definitely teach (and in many cases you revisit it often too!). For students who might find this task difficult, simply make the bundles and talk through the questions. Being able to touch and count the sticks will help them understand. For students who finish the activity card quickly, the ADDitional activity is perfect, calling for students to make their own 2-digit numbers using the popsticks. 

The MATHS BOX! Part 3

It's time for Part 3 of my review of the RIC Maths Box. As a recap, you can click on the link below to read more about the organisation of this resource and what is included in the Teachers Guide as well as a review of the activities.

Part 1 - Organisation & Teachers Guide
Part 2 - Review of Activities
Part 3 - How I would use it in the Classroom
Part 4 - Differentiation


There are many ways you could use the RIC Maths Box in the classroom, here are just 5 ideas...

1. Small Group Maths Centres
These activity cards would be just perfect small group Maths Centres. Although the Teacher Guide includes an answer sheet for students to fill out, I would teach my students how to write the answers in their Maths Book to save on photocopying. I could use the activity cards to highlight what I have been teaching in class, or expose the students to a new topic. Either way, activities are straight forward, easy to understand and engaging. With younger year levels I would use a mixture of activity cards and hands on activities. I don't ever want my students to become stale with an idea, so wouldn't use purely activity cards.

The MATHS BOX! Part 2

It's time for Part 2 of my review of the RIC Maths Box. As a recap, you can click on the link below to read more about the organisation of this resource and what is included in the Teachers Guide.

Part 1 - Organisation & Teachers Guide
Part 2 - Review of Activities
Part 3 - How I would use it in the Classroom
Part 4 - Differentiation


In this section for the review, I will look more closely at the activity cards and the types of activities you will find. I received a sample of each year level during the week so I can discuss different year levels also.

The MATHS BOX! Part 1

It's review time! I was contacted by RIC Publications and asked to review their newest addition to their resource line - The Maths Box! I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peak, RIC Publications produce great quality resources that strongly align with my teaching pedagogy.

The box was delivered during the week and I was so excited to open up the box that little 1 year old got excited too - he is into exploring at the moment so any chance to see what's inside a new box.

I immediately knew that the Maths Box would be something I would use over and over again (and I would want all boxes just in case I changed year levels) and I knew one blog post simply wouldn't do the product justice. So I am breaking my review into 4 parts to be posted over the next couple of weeks.

Part 1 - Organisation & Teachers Guide
Part 2 - Review of Activities
Part 3 - How I would use it in the Classroom
Part 4 - Differentiation


The Maths Box contains:

Blog Re-design

Hello friends! Any loyal followers may notice the change in my blog recently. While I loved the old design, I wanted to move with the times and work with a different platform. I toyed with the idea of switching to wordpress, but instead found Design with Christi who could do everything I wanted, and very quickly! I love it - Thank you Christi, it is everything I wanted!

What prompted the change in the blog was the completion of the course "Expand your Brand" by Angela Watson - I have learnt so much already (and haven't finished) and wanted a fresh new look. So, with the new design, I have decided to change the focus of my blog - I had thought that since I didn't have a classroom (as I am still on family leave), I couldn't blog because I couldn't share the happenings in my classroom. What I had forgotten is that I can instead share the wealth of knowledge I have after teaching for so many years. New teachers are turning to the internet to help, and I can help - I would LOVE to help you all! So my new focus is:

Purposeful Teaching with Practical Resources rings true to my way of teaching. With the already crowded curriculum and the constant feeling of not being able to achieve everything I need to, I don't want to do activities that are purposeful. Time fillers, worksheets for the sake of worksheet (you know the ones, 5 minutes and they are done!) and activities without a direct purpose are not on my radar. What will the children learn? Why am I doing this activity? These are questions I ask myself with every lesson and this style of teaching is what I am promoting. The resources I will direct you to and the resources that I create will have this in mind "Purposeful Teaching".

As an Primary School Teacher, I am teaching all subjects all the time. And while Maths and Science have always been my favourites, I have grown to feel more comfortable across the board and no longer feel I have a favourite! Previously I have posted things about Literacy and Humanities activities, but from now on, I will stick to Maths - Teaching MATHS is after all the title of my blog!

In the coming blog posts I hope to strike a chord with you all, reach out to those of you in need of guidance, give a new idea to those who need it and for others, just another perspective on how to look at teaching something.

Math Game Monday Revisited

Today for Math Game Monday I am revisiting one of my favourites from when I taught Grade 3/4. My teaching partner at the time had used it in his Grade 5/6 class the year before, working to the hundredths of a second. Either way, the game can be played and loved by many age groups!

It's called 10 Second Walk. Basically students have a starting line and walk up to the board and push the "stop button" (picture of a Stop sign) that is on the whiteboard. Record each student's time on the whiteboard, working through as much of the class as you want to! The winner is the student who is closest to 10 seconds. 

Swap, Share, Give Linky!

It's time again to link up with my Aussie Friends for a Swap, Share, Give Linky! 

How does it work? Well we have all been teamed up with a friend to Swap a Resource, then we will Share a Freebie with you, then Give you a chance to win all the packs swapped in our linky. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it!

Firstly, I SWAPPED with Jem from Jem's Bright Buttons. Jem is a Foundation/Kindergarten teacher in Victoria like me! I live by the river, she lives by the sea - in one of my favourite cities actually! 
Jem's Bright Buttons
Jem let me have a peak at her pack ABC Foldable Readers and I LOVE it!

First of all, she has two versions; one for teachers in Victoria, Australia and another for teachers in the rest of the world! I'll show you an example of both so you can see the differences in font.

Five for Friday!

Its Friday! Not that days of the week really matter too much to me at the moment with a 4 week old baby, but I'm excited for all my teacher friends! Its time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

My week has been full with looking after this little one! I miss the routine of school but love the daily newborn cuddles that I get! I loved it even more when I received the Term 2 Reporting Timeline on my work email today and know that I don't have to write them!

A friend recommended watching a video associated with The Happiest Baby on the Block and it is amazing how well the strategies work. We are learning everyday and this video was a game changer for us in dealing with newborn cries! You can watch it here. 

Teaching Key Words with a Freebie!

When you are teaching the Four Operations, do you find yourself saying Addition, the Plus, then Add Together? Does this matter? What do you think?

I always seem to switch and change and strongly believe there is nothing wrong with that! Children should be encouraged to learn all the words that could be used for each operations - we know here in Australia they always put some different terminology in our National tests!

So this being said, your students should know the difference being sum and product. They should also know that Subtraction also means take away, remove, decrease, minus, left over etc.

So here is a freebie for you to download to print out, enlarge if you like, laminate, put up on your Smartboard, whatever you need to do to get through to to your class that their are multiple names for each operation.

Click here to download.
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