Friday, August 23, 2013

QR Code Brain Break Dance Card - Scan and Dance. A Big Hit on TPT!

Check out this young 6 year old scanning the QR code and getting ready to dance!  

Great for Ipod/iphone but even better on an iPad.  I've had 6 students dancing around an ipad before.  Or the whole class on an ActivBoard.

I have the full dance recorded, but my this young man was too embarrassed to share it online.  :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Brain Break Songs & Dance Cards with QR Codes for Individual or Whole Class Brain Breaks

50 Brain Breaks Song and Dance Cards with QR codes allow flexible use from individual to whole class. These link to the most popular Brain Break Dances/Songs on YouTube enabling a range of uses in the classroom: Individual Brain Break on an ipod touch (Scan QR Code and Dance); Small Group Brain Break around an ipad (Scan and Dance); Whole Class Brain Break on ActivBoard (Open PDF, click on the link and Dance). 

A Brain Break is a kinesthetic activity used to refocus students attention after a transition in class. They are fun, fast and need limited equipment. They are great ice-breakers and help build cooperation, creativity, hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills and motivation in the classroom. They are a handy classroom management tool , great on a rainy day, helpful for early finishers and importantly are a lot of fun!

Happy Dancing!
Sarah Anne

Friday, August 2, 2013

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers eportfolio template

Professional, portable, adaptable, simple and web friendly eportfolio to address your Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Just add your Illustration of Evidence

Download it now!

Welcome all teachers from Australia.  This product is designed to help you tackle the new Australian Professional Teacher Standards (managed by AITSL)  This template will help you manage your
Illustration of Evidence! Perfect for 4th year Uni students to support your first job application.
This template is designed, created and formatted for an instantly professional eportfolio showcasing your Illustration of Evidence. Over 50 hyperlinked editable pages included.
Document Includes:
 Seven Professional Teacher Standards pages, each designed and created for easy viewing of your Illustration of Evidence (hyperlinks are already built into the document).
An individual page for each of the 37 Focus Areas.  The pages are designed, formatted and linked to provide you with the opportunity to simply cut-and-paste your Illustration of Evidence into the document. You also have the capacity to add additional comments to each focus area by adding your own text boxes.
Your end result will be a professional, portable, adaptable and web friendly eportfolio.
This document:
- belongs to you.  You own and have 100% control your eportfolio (unlike internet based sites);
- allows for the simple cut-and-paste of Illustration of Evidence (eg: teaching program in Word, pastes straight into this documents);
- will be easily accessible on your hard drive for quick and regular access, without having to rely on a fast internet connection;
- easy to create a backup (unlike internet based sites);
views easily on ipad;
- converts instantly into pdf using Powerpoint’s ‘save-as pdf’ option (with all hyperlinks still active);
- allows for embeded videos, audio and animation if desired;
emails with ease in pdf format;
- professional printing format (if printing is required)
- Is designed to allow constant editing as you move through the standards from Graduate to Lead Teacher.
Happy Teaching & Creating!

It also includes a guide to help you add your Illustration of Evidence.

Narrative Writing Unit - Australian Curriculum and Common Core Aligned K - 2 Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

Narrative Creative Story Writing Unit of Work - Modeled, Shared and Independent writing structured around the fairy tale 'The Three Little Pigs'. 

The Gradual Release of Responsibility Model applied to the design and planning of unit

This unit includes teacher notes and is adaptable to a range of ability or outcomes being targeted in your classroom. 58 pages included.

Common Core and Australian Curriculum Aligned – I have included a range of printable worksheets to allow for adaptability to meet Kindergarten Common Core standards up to Third Grade Common Core Standards.

A4 Page Format Australian Curriculum Aligned Version - Included in Zip File.

Modeled and Shared Writing Focus (Pages 5-35)

1.Read Fairy tale: The Three Little Pigs (Abridged Version Included);
2.Re-read the story, focusing on text structure and story sequence;
3.Complete small group Story Sequencing activity;
4.Re-read the story (each lesson) focusing on a range of language features (adjectives, action verbs and nouns);
5.As a class discuss, and students complete:
6. Printable worksheet Adjectives exploring adjectives in story;
7. Printable worksheet Action Verbs exploring action verbs in story;
8. Printable worksheet Let’s Go on an noun hunt exploring nouns in story;
9. Discuss Main Character Profile poster of The Big Bad Wolf;
10.Students complete printable worksheet Main Character Profile of a Little Pig;
11. Discuss the setting of The Three Little Pigs poster;
12. Students complete printable worksheet of Story Setting of The Three Little Pigs.

Independent Writing Focus Pages 35-55

1.Connect knowledge gained from Modelled and Shared Story writing unit – Three Little Pigs;
2.Discuss Planning Phase of Narrative writing. Refer to General Planning Poster;
3.Complete Character Profile printable worksheet;
4.Complete Planning your Setting printable worksheet;
5.Complete Planning your Narrative printable worksheet;
6.Complete a draft narrative; and finally,
7.Publish your work using one of four layouts to suit ability levels.

Happy Writing!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Classroom Decor Bundle - Chevron Themed

Brighten up your classroom with this 150 page EDITABLE MEGA BUNDLE of colorful and cheerful green, blue, pink, red, yellow, orange and purple chevron classroom d├ęcor design. Labels, Bunting,  ABC and 123 Chart and more!

Editable Powerpoint File Includes (47 Pages):

- Desk Name Plate - with and without lines 11 x 4 ¼ inches (27.9x 10.75 cm)
- Classroom Name Labels 2x 5 inches (5x13 cm)
- Multipurpose labels 
8 1/2 x 11 inches (27.9 x 21.5 cm) 
3 ¼ x 2 ½ inches (8.3 cm x 6.4)
3 x 3 inches (7.6 cm x 7.6cm)
4 ½ x 4 ½ inches (11.4 cm x 11.4cm)
- Bunting Flags in all 7 bright chevron colours (5 ½ Inches long) 
- Self Portrait Frame for Bulletin Board Display of your beautiful class

PDF Document Includes (110 Pages):

- Alphabet using the D’Nealian Script (8 ½ x 11 inches)
- 1 Full set of Lowercase letters
- 1 Full set of Uppercase letters
- 1 Set of Numbers 1-50 (8 ½ x 11 inches)
- Each page is formatted to 8 1/2x11 inches. This document is a pdf, so you can print multiple pages per slide if you would like smaller posters.

Download the preview to view some of this mega bundle. 

Happy Teaching!

Freebie... Decoding strategy poster and bookmarks for kids, teachers and parents

I have created 2 bookmarks and 2 posters for beginning and emerging readers to use while reading. I have listed the most common decoding and word attack strategies (with visual cues) to support the students in mastering their basic decoding skills when learning to read.

Welcome to my Blog

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope to share exciting and inspiring ideas for you to use in your classroom.

I have been teaching for 14 years in Australia and the USA. I have taught in public, private and Title 1 schools.

I'm currently lucky enough to be a part time teacher, full-time mum and wife!

I am driven to create a motivating, exciting, engaging and rich classroom environment for my students. My passion is to encourage students to LOVE learning and to help ALL students reach their potential and achieve their dreams at school and beyond :)

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Sarah Anne