Sunday, 22 December 2013

13 in 13 Linky Party

Hi all! I miss this blog and miss connecting with all of you. I've been on an extremely busy railroad ...The good news is that it's winding down and the bad news is that for the next week or two it's going to be 'trying-to-find-my-missing-sock' kind of busy with all the Christmas festivities lol. 
We've wrapped up our teaching and planning for this year and I'm so happy that it's done and dusted, although next year will be an even busier year (you will see if you keep reading ;). I've decided to link up with A Teeny Tiny Teacher - I just LOVE the name of her store!! - for a recap of 2013. 



This is a very tough one! You mean, I have to choose between all the Greek beach dresses and the leather jacket I got from Rome this year?!?!? Haha

I've worn the jacket at least 10 times in Australia thanks to our topsy turvy weather (believe me I can get more wear out of it in summer than in winter down under!) 

The beach dresses I've worn at random times and my sister has pinched two already (even though I got her a bunch as well lol) 

I really can't decide haha...


It has to be...


I really loved this movie, it includes many themes that people go through everyday plus love Tony's witty humor, it's also an action adventure which is a perfect combination. 


Definitely...


I know I discovered it in 2012 and watched every single episode and waited patiently for the last season to start. Just LOVE this show. My favorite character is Marshall. And....We are yet to see when Ted meets his wife!! Haha


Maybe I'm obsessed with Italian food or maybe this restaurant really is the culprit to that obsession! :P


Great tasting Italian food EVERY time... Consistency is key. :)


Getting married...haha! I was afraid of it before but it's better than I thought! OF course.. with the right person, it should feel this way. :)



A paper / folder bag specifically for storing loose papers and folders. My husband got this from his work. It is the best bag yet! I've been looking for a great bag since I bought that ridiculously large and heavy one back in January 2013. 


Mmmmmmmmm... I don't know about this one! I've pinned soooo many things I can't choose one. Right now the one that is highlighted mostly is the one of the Christmas Photo Booth Props... Absolutely LOVE this idea and it's all thanks to Catching Fire Flies. 


Seriously, haven't been the best blogger this year due to all the changes, getting married, moving houses (about two times in a year LOL) 

I am SOO incredicbly thankful to everyone who has read and commented on any little blog post I've written this year. You are the ones that have actually made this blog! -- Love getting new ideas, collaborating with teachers and professionals all over the world. 


My best accomplishment for this year was knowing how much support and progress I've given all the students I've taught. I know this from their comments and their enthusiasm when they come to class. 

I mostly taught my ESL classes this year, I love those classes. It warmed my heart to see how appreciative they are of their teachers! 


This is tricky! I snap photos EVERYWHERE lol. 

Has to be this...


Just to see his many facial reactions to every photo we had to take before, during, and after the wedding is priceless! Lol


My favorite memory of 2013 has to be the the wedding day, but also the hens night which I never wanted to have in the first place but which turned out to be an awesome night of because of the people who were there! My sister planned it and chose an Elvis impersonator and a destination, listening to music and eating Italian food haha! 
To my mom especially who loved ALL the parties... !! :)

My goal for 2014 is to continue teaching and doing what I love, I'd also LOVE to complete the house with the little touch ups it needs, like decorative things and the small things that you never know you'd need until you move such as (serving trays and more cutlery lol)


I'd just like to give a shout out to everyone who has been reading my blog and supporting my ideas! I love sharing ideas please keep them coming.

I wish you an awesome year ahead and a wonderful Christmas! I'd love to read your comments, or your link ups, so if you have joined in this link up, leave your link in the comments! :)

PS: I am REALLY looking for my missing sock. Haha!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Fry Weekly Word Practice! + Freebie

My oh my! --- have I been MIA. This week, I have uploaded the second pack for spelling practice using Fry words. These packs have deemed so successful in the past that I have decided to work on more packs! - Students reacted so well to each sheet given per week as a fun assignment and not some tedious job that they 'have' to do! This blog post will outline how to use them effectively step by step! 

Firstly,  the pack comes with activities for 5 weeks of word work practice. You will get a set of 6 word cards for each week and two empty cards - which you can include any extra words for that week.


So after they have been printed and laminated, use a few tricks / games to help kids get more exposure to the words. Here are some activities which can be used with these word cards or any word cards you have in your tub / folders.

Here's how I use these cards for extra activities in class - sometimes not needing any recording sheets / print-outs!


Game 1: See it, Hear it, Say it
This game is a simple activity where students practice listening to the word (pronunciation), then say it. It is great for reinforcing pronunciation (ESL Students) and for word recogniting / listening skills.
Method: have a pile of 10 word cards ready and explain to the class that they are to work in groups. Split the class into two seperate groups, Group A & Group B then explain that they will need to hear the word and once they hear a whistle (or any recorded sound horn you'd like to use) - they are to repeat the word starting with Group A then Group B. (the louder the word the better). It may be a noisy activity, but it'll help keep the students motivated and excited to beat the other team! Competition is a great tool. =P


Game 2: Words I Remember...
This game is a great follow up to Game 1.
Method: Each group will then recieve a blank cardboard / sheet in which they will all write 1 word that they can remember on this sheet silently. As they work in groups, (they can be timed or untimed depending on their levels) you can remind them that the group with the most amount of words will win the contest! Have some incentive ready for the winning team. Repeat the words after the time is up. Have the children check their own posters to see if they're correct (or missing any words)!


Game 3: Crazy Missing Letters
This game can be used at the end of the week / day after reinforcing the exposure to the words.
Method: students recieve a pile of letter cards - if you don't have these you can download them right here from TPT for free. Make sure you have enough cards / sets to create the words used for the day. So this will require some pre-planning, although a great way to revise the vocabulary / sight words. Give each group their set of cards and instruct them to use ALL the cards to create the words used in the lesson today/week! (you would have already done the two games above / practiced these words throughout the week). Circulate the room and see how many words were found by each group!


Game 4: Card Snap
This game can be played in groups and is best used after the students have been exposed to the words.
Method: make a set of flashcards with the words and lay them out on the table in each group. Instruct the students that once they hear the word - they will pick up the card and they must be quick before the other group members pick it up. Teacher / or you could place someone in charge of watching who picked up the card first!Refer to the freebie below to use as a recording sheet for tallying up scores.


Game 5: Write the Room -Sneaky Hiding Words
This game is great to be played also after the students have been exposed to the words.
Method: glue the words around the classroom, in many different places. Instruct the students that they are to find the words and write them on their papers. The team that finishes first wins. It's a team effort, so all the members must be quick to memorise / and record the word! Refer to the attached freebie with this post for a printable recording sheet for any set of cards!

For further take home practice, they can complete the 5 sets of worksheets in the pack! They can also be used as morning work, review, or quick assessments.




So far, I've created two of these packs and pack 3 is in the works! **will hopefully complete it once I stop procrastinatin** =D
Here are the links for each of the packs: Note ** although they are made to follow up the previous packs, it isn't necessary that you purchase pack 1 for instance so that pack 2 will be beneficial. If you find that your students need a slightly higher level in practice, you may purchase pack 2 / pack 3 sepereately etc...

Pack 1
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spelling-Writing-Activities-5-Weeks-Frys-first-30-sight-words-871719

Pack 2
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spelling-Writing-Activities-5-Weeks-Frys-30-60-sight-words-943293


Here is the freebie which is linked to the games above! You can play these games with ANY set of flashcards and still use these recording sheets! Enjoy. :)


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxdT5fL19qlOY0xMVkdWTjU1cUk/edit?usp=sharing

 Now for the quick updates, I have recently posted this unit on Fry words also. They are sentence posters using the first 100 set of fry words. Perfect for binding together and allowing the students to get familiar with the words and how they are used in sentences during writing centers or small groups / reading and spelling activities!
If you'd like to check it out, it's right here:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-100-Fry-Sight-Words-Sentence-Posters-K-G1-970639

Hope you've enjoyed this post, hope you check back soon. There will be laods of Christmas themed goodies coming your way! If you haven't joined FB Sea of Knowledge yet, now's the time! - There will be another December Frenzy coming up with over 200+ freebies!! :)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Blake Education Giveaway Contest!


http://www.blake.com.au/Massive-Reading-Sale-s/4301.htm?utm_source=Landing+Page&utm_medium=WEB&utm_content=Massive+Sale&utm_campaign=B5176+Massive+Sale


Blake Education is giving all Australian readers of Sea of Knowledge a chance to Win a Targeting Maths Book$59.95 in celebration of their end of year sales.  The Targeting Maths Series is a comprehensive resource for primary schools. It has been designed to provide busy teachers with all the additional material they need when teaching mathematics. All aspects of the primary mathematics curriculum are covered in this twelve book series.

Australian readers, enter the giveaway below to win this book:


International Readers enter to win a $20 gift voucher. Terms and Conditions of the coupon below.

Blake Education is having a massive sale reading sale and teacher resource sale with up to 65% off selected titles till the end of the year. For Australian teachers - this could mean excellent savings and preparation for the start of next year. 

Some titles included in the sale are below:

http://www.blake.com.au/Weird-Wild-and-Wonderful-Set-1-Big-Book-p/9781921255342.htm

 This book was $34.95 and is now $17.48


These books are all part of Blake Education’s  end of year sales! Save up to 65% on Best-selling Literacy Readers such as Gigglers and Go Facts as well as well as quality Arts, English, Maths and Science Teacher Resources. Visit www.blake.com.au/massivesale for literacy OR Visit: www.blake.com.au/crazyrsale  for teacher resources.




Terms for $20 voucher
1.       Does not include shipping costs
2.       Ends  1st January 2014
3.       Cannot be used with any coupon
4.       International shipping varies, please contact Blake Education for more info eclub@blake.com.au

Friday, 1 November 2013

Awesome Free Thanksgiving Resources + Turkey Ordinal Numbers Freebie :)

Hello hello hello! It's been FOREVER since I posted on this little blog...I was getting kind of lazy I admit hehe... But also exhausted because of moving houses! The house had a major makover...new kitchen, freshly painted walls, new chimney (I normally HATE winter but I am now oh-so looking forward to it =) it is nearly over ...except for the random 3 boxes with items of don't-know-where-to-store-them sitting in the corner of the dining room and I'm trying my VERY VERY best not to look at them directly...LOL. As you all know (or us ladies would) when you move houses, you will need to shop for missing things and suddenly 101 things you thought you had are suddenly missing!! =P

Soo... this was the face I had to see everytime I said "Shopping"...
I decided to swap the word "shopping" to "sport" everytime I needed something... needless to say his revenge was turning on the sports channel for 4 long hours after we got back that day! grrrrrrr...

This will be a very short post, I have done my reasearch on the internet for finding some thanksgiving related respources. I currently teach ESL, but I have organised the titles for primary and ESL. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, but I LOVE the idea behind the tradition and I, myself like to learn and read about it. So here is a breakdown of some resources I have found to prepare you for November!

Primary Resources:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxdT5fL19qlOM2ZrNUdmQU84aEk/edit?usp=sharing
This reasource can be used for grades (K-3) to reinforce counting, numbers, tallying and patterns - best of all it's free! :)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-How-To-Writing-Pack-FREEBIE-401941
This resource is a must have for writing! Also can be used for grades (k-3) and it is over 30 pages! Some of the titles included in this pack (love the last one): 
*How to Cook A Turkey
*How to Make a Turkey Bark
*How to Make A Turkey Your Pet
*How to Give Thanks For What You Have


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Turkey-Writing-Activity-905187
 This resource is also a free craftivity to encourage children to identify with all the things they can be thankful for in their lives! I love this, it reminds the kids (and all of us) of what matters in life. 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Rhyming-FREEBIE-392526
This resource is an activity which helps children identify rhyming words, great for grades (pre-k-1). Love the cards in this pack!


Finally, I'd like to include my Thanksgiving freebie full of Turkeys! This activity is a center game that helps reinforce ordinal numbers. Get it at the Sea of Knowledge Facebook page! Click the image to take you directly to the page. Enjoy ;)

https://www.facebook.com/seaofknowledge

Thank you for reading, wishing you a lovely November! Look out for upcoming posts related to Christmas + giveaway and a linkup right here at this blog. ;)

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Bats, Spiders & Frankenstein! (this one is cute though) =P + 2 Freebies :)

Hello everyone! I've been so busy with preparations to move in the next two weeks that I have made over 100 lists... literally...AND I still feel like I'm missing something lol. Everything seems to be in order, except... we hope that the sofa delivery actually goes through next week (they rang us to delay a few times) - otherwise, we will be lounging around on our tiled floor for the first week haha. 

So, I've got some exciting updates for you all. I've recently completed a Halloween pack this week, I have bundled up several activities which I've used in the past and created a few new ones. The exciting thing about this is that I made it so that I keep everything laminated and I could use it over and over - along with so many other teaching activities I've accumulated from TPT. So addictive I tell you! Once I return to primary teaching next year (currently teaching ESOL), I will already have had it prepared! -- only some day to day adjustments. :)

I decided to include a guide of how to best use the pack in the classroom. I will talk about my favorite activities in the unit. =D (we all have favs ha) So, I will begin with Bat Facts...Firstly, grab a non-fiction book about bats, and have a whole-class guided reading session - brainstorm some facts about bats ont the board and as a fun activity, write down some wrong facts about bats and let the students decided whether you've written the correct thing! (this keeps the students actively learning!)  Cut out these cards, you will get 12. Start by discussing these with the class or even in a group. I did the group activity where students will help each other and discuss whether the fact is true or not. It is fun seeing the students work together to figure it out!


Following this activity, students will be ready to start using their recording sheets to remember and write down the information they remember. Here are some recording sheets for this activity. 




The different recording sheets and graphic organisers help organise information in a steady way. Students can understand and grasp information easily once it's organised in a simple format. I like to give students a variety of ways that they can represent information through diagrams, texts etc. 
My next fav activity is SPIDERS:
Here students practise their letters and their handwriting skills. Great for Pre-k or K. 

Here's an image of the letter cards:


Students then use these recording sheets to practise their skills! Love this activity, because it's great for ELL/ESL students. My units have specific activities which are useful for ESL students - I use a little graphic at the far left corner to indicate that this activity is of a level that ELL learners can comprehend and benefit from: 


Here's the spidey matching letters recording sheet:


The last center for today is the Frankenstein center. I actually added this one this year! Ten frames are often tricky for students to grasp. I decided to add graphics and cards to help students identify with them and counting. This center has ten-frame cards and recording sheets for students to practice on, here is a sample image of the cards:


Students then can practice matching the cards with the numbers (there are scarecrow number cards in the pack). There are games to go with this center, so many ways to practise! I like to include individual worksheets to help identify struggling students. I love group work, but I like to see the overall competence of each student. Here is a recording sheet to help students further develop this skill:


If you'd like to check out the full unit, it's right here, just click on the image:)


Finally, I'd like to let you know that there is a freebie from this pack! here it is! Just click on fan freebie and download. make sure you follow, soon I will be holding a massive giveaway on Facebook and at the blog. Keep a lookout. :)


Another freebie I'd like to giveaway is an ESL one. This one can be used for ESL as well as grades 2-5! It reinforces adjectives of emotion. A battleship pair work game! It's from my brand new ESL store (only for ESL resources - feel free to follow if you find that the resources will be useful to you) Get it here, just click on the image to lead you to the document! :)


My brand new ESL store is right here:


Finally, here's a massive giveaway at Alison Hislop's blog over at Teaching Maths with Meaning. Click on the link here to join, soooo many awesome resources!


 Thank you for reading! Love to hear your comments about Halloween. How do you prepare for it in the classroom? :)