Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Hallowe'en Magic Square Freebie

Thank you to Heather Whetham from "HoJo's Teaching Adventures" for introducing me to the concept of magic squares. I had never used these for teaching before and she has shown how versatile they can be in teaching vocabulary or maths facts. Her Hallowe'en themed magic squares are a great way of revising Hallowe'en vocabulary. You can download them for free from here TPT store. 

Heather also has some fantastic maths magic squares up for grabs on her TPT store. I tried a sample one out with a child in my class and he really enjoyed it. It's a useful early finisher task and it's designed so that it's very easy to spot the correct solution.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Picasso style monsters - including free PowerPoint tutorial

Thanks to Mr. Denis Moynihan of Greenlanes N.S. for sharing his class' artwork. They created these Picasso style monsters following a tutorial by the wonderful Mrs. Picasso (of Mrs. Picasso's Art Room). Some of them have put me ill at ease about going to bed tonight! 

They're not too difficult to make. I think children of all ages would really like make these and there's tonnes of room for creativity.

Mr. Moynihan has been extremely generous and has offered to share his a PowerPoint he made to accompany this lesson. You can download it from here.

Click here to view the rest of the blog and pick up some great lesson ideas.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

100 Followers Celebration on Reading With Mrs. D

Mrs. D at Reading with Mrs. D. is having a 100 followers celebration. As part of this, she will feature 10 bloggers who post about the celebration and link up (click on the image to do so yourself). In these features, she will highlight five resources/ideas on these blogs. On the day of the last feature, she will post ten freebies that aren't in her Teachers Pay Teachers store yet. 

Best of luck to Mrs. D. in her endeavours!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Healthy Holiday Brochure Template

Over the past few weeks, the children in my class have been learning about the topic "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind." As this is the last week of our unit, I thought it would be nice for the children to make a booklet to show their learning about all aspects covered. 

Here is my template for you to download for free from Google Drive. Just click here or on the image. The children will design their own cover page and then I have made templates for a menu, exercise and relaxing pages. There is also an "advice" page for children to add in any other things that they have learned about keeping healthy.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Alphabetising resources

I'm currently introducing my class to the concept of alphabetising books in libraries according to authors' surnames. I found some nice cut and stick alphabetical ordering activities on Donna 

I wanted something that specifically related to ordering books in a library. Of course we will go to our own school library to do it practically but we're going to use this sheet to practice. It's a template of a bookshelf. The children have to cut out the labels for the book spines and glue them on in alphabetical order.

Click here or on the image on the left to download from Google Drive.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

One to follow: Anseo a Mhuinteoir

Hellie at Anseo a Mhuinteoir is my latest recommendation for blogs to follow. She is currently hosting a series of guest posts entitled "How I Learn." Here, anybody is free to submit their thoughts on how they go about learning. The teacher side of me finds it really interesting to read about different learning styles while the reading addict side of me loves seeing the different ways that people approach a post on the same topic.  You can view my "How I Learn Post" by clicking here.

As you're at it (if you haven't already done so), check out the rest of Hellie's blog. She started writing this blog as a trainee teacher and continued on into her qualified teaching life. Hellie also tweets regularly as @AnseoAMuinteoir with lots of interesting education-related (not to mention baking-themed) things.