Showing posts from April, 2013

Jack and the Beanstalk

In the last few weeks of Term 1, we read several versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. We used Making Connections with Deep Meaning by The Teaching Reef to connect with the stories. For the Text to World connection, my class decided they wanted to grow their own beanstalks.
As we were also studying procedural texts, we made a procedure out of planting our beanstalks. While searching Pinterest to find further inspiration for my lessons on text connections, I came across this.
As soon as I saw it, I knew my class would love to make castles in the clouds for their beanstalks. I found a clip art clouds and castles, printed them onto coloured card and collected cotton wool and skewers. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be at school when my students created their castles, but I did see them when I popped into school the other day to organise things for next term.
Here are two of my beanstalks complete with castles. I think they look fantastic!
So I guess my original lesson went off on a tangent…

Last Day of Term 1

So, today is the last day of Term 1 for 2013. What was I doing on the last day?  Resting. I got laryngitis and a chest infection in the last week of term. I only went to school on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and felt really guilty about it. My new school sends home student portfolios at the end of Term 1, and mine weren't ready to go. So on Wednesday afternoon (after struggling through the day without a voice) I collected 24 folders and 24 sets of work, photos and general evidence on how great my class is and set about using my days off to put it all together.
I popped into school at lunchtime today (having been told by the doctor not to speak) and delivered all the portfolios to their owners. I felt much better about myself after that was accomplished!
I also went to school to drop off a gift to my current teaching partner. He was given a term-long contract at my school and it was his last day. The Year 2 team gave him a bottle of red, a card and a great picture book called The V…