Saturday, March 08, 2014

Five for Friday

First up I can't believe after spending aaaggges trying to catch up on blog posts I still have this many left to read....
I am very tempted to 'Mark all as read'. I've had to do it a couple of times before when there was too many for it to register a number. How do you guys keep up with all the posts? I haven't been able to keep up the last few months - once I miss a day or two it just gets too many to keep under control. 

Anywho, it's probably been a year since I linked up with Five for Friday over at Doodle Bugs so thought I'd give it a go this week.

1.Smartie Spellers
I've been a little tired of my firsties asking me to spell every. single. word for them. We made up this chart last week to give them some strategies to use instead of asking me. I'd prefer them to try and work out the word as best as they can and move on so that they don't lose their flow of ideas. So far it's working!

2. Author's Purpose
We've been learning about author's purpose the last couple of weeks - just to entertain and inform for the moment, since we are only in our 6th week of the school year. We've compared and sorted books, identified non-fiction text features and story elements and graphed our preferences. I was very surprised that with 14 out of 24 kids being boys that only 6 preferred information books! (Please ignore my terrible drawing!)
3. Representing Numbers 
We've been rockin with our number unit! The chart below was incomplete - we added number sentences, 20-bead strings and a number line as we learned how to use them to represent numbers. You can pick up the sheet below here in google drive.
4. Digraphs
We've been learning about digraphs the past 4 weeks. Each week we've made a new phonics crown. They are a huge hit! I bought them from The Primary Techie. I also love her Freeze Dance videos (kids LOVE the Gangnam style ones!), Move It and More Flash, Less Cards packs! They make great brain breaks and warm ups. 

5. Spending too much money :(
This week I received a number of packages. Lots of goodies from Really Good Stuff and Lakeshore plus more books to contact from Scholastic!

I'm headed for the couch to watch chick flicks and contact some books. Hopefully your evening is a tad more exciting than mine!


  1. I get behind in reading blogs too but then I just read the latest post by each blog i follow instead of trying to catch up with absolutely everything! I love the spelling anchor chart, a great list of strategies :)

  2. That's a good idea Karrine! Would save me plenty of reading!

  3. I am glad I found your blog. I am currently studying BEDU and my subject ICT & Pedagogy requires me to search for blogging teachers. I had a lot of trouble trying to find any in Australia - so thank you! Reading through your Five for Friday, in particular the section on Smartie Spellers, I found a few of these ideas on your poster similar to what I am working with students at the moment implementing a reading intervention program as a Teacher Aide. I'm not sure if you have heard of it before but I know in the short time we have been working with these students their reading has improved amazingly. The program uses the Beanie Baby Reading strategies. It may be a useful strategy for spelling as well?

    1. Thanks for stopping by! When I first started blogging I couldn't find any Aussie bloggers either, hence my blog name. Seems a bit redundant now because there's plenty of us - if you need to find more check out the Aussie Bloggers link at the top of my page!

      I love using Beanie Babies to teach reading strategies! I haven't thought about using them for spelling... might think about that a little more :)

  4. I nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award.

    1. Thanks so much Amy! Unfortunately I haven't been on my blog since you posted this (how a month goes by so fast) so I think I'm a bit late to carry it on. Thanks so much though!


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