Five For Friday - Better late than never!

OK, so I'm a little late with this Five For Friday Post but better late than never, yeah!? ;)

1. Subtraction with Number Lines

This week my Grade 2's have been learning about subtraction! We have been talking about all the various subtraction strategies and practising using each one! We used number lines to help us with our counting back. I also got the children to record their number sentences. As an extension activity, I got some children to create their own number lines using blank templates.

2. Sea Life Display

We finally finished our Sea Life Display! Each child created something to contribute to it. I think it turned out great! 

Lots of these creations were inspired by Pinterest and can be found here:

3. New Products!

I have been busy creating some new products! Here are some of my latest Phonics packs with a focus on blends!

These packs are available here:

4. Classroom Roles

I recently brought out my classroom roles display 
(I know, it's Term 2, but time has just gone too quickly!)

My kids just love having responsibilities in the classroom - and it makes my job so much easier as well!!!

Available here:

5. Reports are over!!!!!!

Best feeling ever!!!!!!

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Five For Friday: 5 fun things about this week!

I seriously can't believe it's Friday... again!!! This week has gone so fast!

To be honest, I have been so exhausted lately. I think I'm run down. :( Reports are around the corner though so I MUST find some energy (from somewhere) and push along. I have actually had some terrible neck and shoulder pain which has crippled me for the last few weeks and I had to take some time off work to rest and recover. So.... this is actually a combination of 2 weeks worth of school events as I missed last weeks. I must keep reminding myself....
I have only 7 weeks to go till my holiday in Bali!! :)

For now though.... it's time for Five For Friday, Thanks to Doodlebugs Teaching!
Check out the other Five For Friday posts which your there :)

1. Aquarium Excursion

If you read my blog regularly, you may know that we have been studying Sea Life this term. As part of our unit, we went to the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium. This by far, was the highlight of my TERM. We. had. a. ball!!!!
My little Marine Biologist badges were worn by all my students - they looked so cute!

They are included in my new Sea Life Pack :)

Here are some pics from the day :) The Penguins were DEFINITELY my favourite!! Soooo adorable!

2. A class book by Prep M

I couldn't help but snap some shots of this gorgeous class book that the Grade Preps at my school made with their lovely teacher, Ms Mary. It makes me want to go back to teaching Prep!!!

The Very Hungry Ladybug. By Prep M

3. New Product: Learning Intention Displays

I have created and uploaded some new products over the last few weeks. This is my new Learning Intention Display pack. In many schools, including mine, we are required to display our learning intention/lesson focus/I can statement (whatever you want to call it) in the classroom. This is so the children are aware of what they are working towards and it gives them a sense of achievement at the end of the lesson once they have mastered the skill.

I have tried so many different ways of presenting this and I FINALLY came up with a method that suits me and isn't time consuming or a waste of ink and paper. Simply print off the sheets (choose if you want the black version or pastel colours) place in a laminating sheet and use whiteboard markers to write down your daily focus!

You can find them here: Re-Usable Learning Intention Displays

(Sorry about the pics! The lighting was terrible in my classroom at the time I took them. I may have to re-take them at a later date).

4. Place Value & Length

We have been working on Place Value! This is such an important maths concept for the children to grasp - it can be quite tricky to teach though. We played this Place Value trucks trading game that the kids LOVED! I have absolutely no idea where it came from - it's one of those things that gets passed from one teacher to another over the years - and I guess if something works, you use it again and again!

Simply roll a dice. Add or subtract that amount of MAB blocks onto your board. The aim is to teach the children to trade once they get to 10. We used it for subtraction this time so we started with the hundreds block and traded for 10 tens blocks etc. You can do it the other way around for addition and start off with just one MAB block and try to get to 100.

We measured the length of things around the room using our handspans. This lesson had a lot of movement in it!(which the kids always love). 

If you are teaching measurement, be sure to check out my LENGTH PACK with loads of measurement activities and assessment materials for you to use :)


5. Boston

On a different note - unrelated to teaching....

It's been raining and cold the last few weeks here in Melbourne so poor Boston hasn't been out all that much. He's been feeling a little neglected. So, to get our attention he likes to steal things. 
Mainly socks. Doesn't matter if they're mine or Shaun's, he'll find them and try to steal them. I've had to throw a pair away because he sneakily took them outside with him and we found them a few days later all dirty and smelly. YUCK!

This is what I have to put up with after a long day at work... A sock stand off! hehe

Best selling Community Helpers pack now UPDATED!

Hi all! 

I have been busy updating a few of my original teaching resources - one of the first few I added to my Teachers Pay Teachers store back in 2013! Seems like just yesterday I  began my TPT and blogging journey but in actual fact it's been over 2 years!

A lot has changed in that time including the availability of more fabulous clip art and the introduction of many graphic designers with much clearer (and cuter!) graphics to suit our needs!
So.... I thought I would give one of my best selling resources (My Community Helpers Pack) and bit of a spruce up! The pack is now 68 pages and I have used some newer graphics and borders. I have also added more activities into the pack and have included more community helper occupations - the price is still the same though :)

Here's what is now included:
Community Helpers 10 page mini book.
Labet It Posters - black and white version (student activity sheets) and colour posters for each occupation.
Colour flash cards and word wall cards for each occupation.
I hope you like the new updated look of this pack! My kindergarden (Grade Prep) kids just LOVED learning about Community Helpers and we really put this pack to good use during our Community topic.

You can find this pack here: Community Helpers Pack

End of the school year gift :)

I've been reading lots of blogs written by teachers in the states who are all excited about the end of the school year approaching! It's such a busy time of year - especially if you have to pack up your classroom!!!

It's also a very sad time of year. You have worked so closely with the same group of children all year and I"m not sure about you, but I know I become very attached to my little ones. I think I have cried every single year I've taught on the last day of school :(

Reading all these posts reminded me of the end of last year and the little gift I made for my wonderful teaching assistants. They did sooooo much to help me and the children in the classroom and we were all like a little family.

I wanted to make them something special from the kids, so I arranged for them to swap with another teacher aide for the morning so it could be a surprise...

The children had to come up with a reason why each of our teacher aides were special.

Here are some of the things the children write inside.....
You help us and Miss Jacobs to learn. (This is my favourite one! haha)   
You help me go on Reading Eggs when I do a mistake.

You help me do my work. That is why I love you Danielle.
You clean the tables and make them shiny for us.
You are good at writing.
Aren't they just adorable!!! If you would like to use this FREE template for someone special in your classroom, I have uploaded it for you here. :)

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