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A week worth of recount writing lessons – Years 1/2/3

Recount writing - big babies

Summary: This unit of work helps students to produce brief written recounts that clearly relate ideas and information. It provides an opportunity to plan, write and review recount writing processes. Australian Curriculum Links: The English curriculum is composed around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Writing and representing program aims to balance and integrate all three strands. ... Read More »

Creating A Text About The Seasons – A Writing Lesson for Year 2/3

Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo

Summary: This lesson aims to provide students with knowledge and ideas to create their own text which explains their understanding of the seasons in Australia.  It is designed to accommodate students who learn best with visual resources such as Powerpoint presentations and learning maps, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  This lesson aligns itself with the Australian Curriculum as ... Read More »

Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein – An Integrated Maths and Science Lesson for 1/2

Big rain coming

Summary: This lesson adopts an integrated approach to teaching science, incorporating picture story books and maths concepts.  The lesson aims to expand the students understanding of the differing seasons in Northern Australia and draws on their developing understanding of scientific concepts such as evaporation.  The lesson should be taught as part of a continuing exploration of the importance of living ... Read More »

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan ~ A Unit of Study (Yr 4 upwards)

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

Summary: This lesson provides students with the opportunity to develop their literal and inferential comprehension skills with the use of a fictional text. This unit of study includes predicting, discussing and viewing before assessing students’ comprehension abilities. Arts Ideas can also be incorporated into this unit. The joy in this lesson is the students predfictions, impressions and descriptions are so ... Read More »

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box – 17 Activities to Inspire Your Class – 2/3/4

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box

Summary: This short video can be used to inspire and motivate student’s creative and imaginative thinking. It can be used to support the English components of the Australian Curriculum.  The video can set the basis of a class theme “We are all creative”. Below is a list of teaching ideas/activities that can be used in conjunction with watching this video. ... Read More »

Cats, Dogs and Us – Five Lesson Plans on Learning to Live with Animals Year 1/2

Cats, Dogs and Us (IFAW)

Summary: Through a variety of activities and discussions, students will analyse the special relationship people have with cats and dogs, develop essential vocabulary about the topic, and understand how humans support, live with and use these animals. The unit calls upon the relationships that students already have with cats and dogs and extends their understanding and knowledge of responsibility. This unit is integrated across ... Read More »

The Doorbell Rang – A maths lesson plan on multiplication, division and literature

The doorbell rang by pat hutchins

Summary: In this lesson, students learn the concepts on multiplication and division after reading the book ‘The Doorbell Rang’ by Pat Hutchins. Throughout the book students use manipulatives to model multiplication and division and once they have finished reading the book, the students role play to show their understanding of division. Australian Curriculum Links: Recall multiplication facts of two, three, five and ... Read More »

Bloom’s and Gardner’s Writing Matrix for Years 3/4/5

Blooms matrix

Summary: This writing matrix is directly linked to blooms taxonomy and Gardner’s multiple intelligences. It includes a wide range of writing activities for your lesson plans that cover multiple areas and year levels in the Australian Curriculum. The document is hyperlinked which allows students to digitally access resources and allowing teachers to digitally display resources. The hyperlinks include links to ... Read More »