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Classroom Update

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What does my classroom look like now?If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you would know that I have made a move from the Junior end of the school (Year 2) to a new classroom. Here's what my Year 2 room looked like at the start of the year and what it looked like when I had to rearrange my furniture.
I am now a Year 4 teacher after many years in the Junior school. Here's a peek at my class at the very start of the year, when I was still moving my things in. As you can see, I am a messy mover!
Now that I am moved in and settled, here are some photos of my classroom as it is. It has a 'lived in' feeling, as I didn't tidy up before taking the photos.
Without further ado:


From here, we can see the back corner of the classroom, the general clutter on my desk and the decorations I bought at the start of the year. I also have my star curtain, which I bought many years ago in Chinatown in Sydney.


Our Science unit this term is a Primary Connections unit called Plants in Ac…

Treasure Island Maths

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Whoops! Have you ever thought that you've done a job and ticked it off your to-do list only to find that it was never done?
Sadly, I have.

Last year, with my lovely Year 2s, I did a coordinates and mapping activity in Mathematics. I got them to draw a treasure island which had to include the following things:


Treasure (either a treasure chest or an 'x' marks the spot)5 palm treesa pond/lakea volcano and 2 animals (any type)

Once they had draw their map with the features, they then had to guide the pirates to the treasure. Their instructions had to be clear and concise, using either directions (N, E, S, W) or the coordinates. I also stipulated that each square was equal to 10 steps. I had some really creative results and some interesting directions.



For Year 2 the Australian Curriculum outcome is: ACMMG044 Interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the relative positions of key features. This is an extension of that outcome, with the students not only   interpretin…

We're going to have a BRIGHT year!

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I can hardly believe that we've been at school for 6 weeks now! It seems like I wrote about the start of the school year only yesterday.

As I'm playing a bit of catch-up, I'll share a little gift I gave my students during the first week of school. (I'm sure I'll catch up all the other posts I had planned later...)
I popped on to the computer to check out Pinterest, as I always do when I'm looking for cool ideas and found this:

and this:



As I absolutely love stars, I fell in love with both ideas at once. I chose to go with the second version, as it seemed the simpler idea (but still effective!)
I quickly opened up Microsoft Word and found a star shape. After adding the appropriate text, and playing with the font I ended up with this:


I got a packet of 50 glow sticks from The Reject Shop for $2 and printed off the stars. It took a little while to cut all the stars out, and I was glad I only have 23 students this year! After putting two holes into the star with my hole …