The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution

A simple website research/inquiring challenge - students use the Ducksters website to help answer the questions. First I introduced the topic of the Industrial Revolution (Our unit of study is on Technology so I felt this is an era of history that needs to be taught as it changed our World). I had my class (Grade 3) do this using one Chrome book between 2 but it would work just as well as an individual research activity. The questions were written to not only improve reading skills, but also encourage some deeper thinking of the impact of this significant era in history.
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Communities and Cities

Communities and Cities

A PowerPoint of activities based on communities and cities/urbanisation. This includes: Pictures of various communities (rural, urban and suburban) that can be used for a warmer quiz introducing the subject of different communities. Smaller versions of each picture (4 x one page) which can be printed out and used for sorting activities (I had 3 teams sort them and make a poster using them to compare characteristics of the 3 different types of community at the start of my unit on communities). A maths lesson on rounding which compares 5 large cities. This was used to raise awareness of the rapid increase in urbanisation across the world. A table for students to organise their rounded figures and fill in information about each city. Pictures of each city - printed and used by the students to complete their table. The students then used their tables to make bar charts comparing the population of the 5 featured cities.
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Extra recess?  Persuasive writing example with questions

Extra recess? Persuasive writing example with questions

This persuasive writing piece models for students how to lay out a simple persuasive argument about something they all have an opinion on - recess/play! After the reading are some questions to check for understanding about the arguments made and the layout used by the writer. Finally, it gives the opportunity for students to express their own opinion and give reasons for their choice. I used this soon after introducing persuasive writing to my class. After they returned late from recess we had a class discussion about whether extending recess was a good or bad idea. I think introduced the idea of persuasion before giving them this example of a piece of persuasive writing. It was interesting to see if they came up with the same/different arguments I made in my written argument for having extended recess.
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Peer Assessment Writing Checker Chart

Peer Assessment Writing Checker Chart

My Grade 3 children love checking each other's writing using this 'detective checker chart'. They have a chart each (laminated) and a marker pen. When checking a classmate's writing they check boxes whenever they find a good piece of writing (e.g. a correctly written sentence) or something that needs improvement (e.g. an incorrectly used apostrophe). They draw a small respective smiley/straight face in pencil on the piece of writing so it is clear where the great writing/mistake was found. I challenge them to try and find 6 positives and 6 needs improvements to earn themselves a class point for each.
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Helen Keller Research Task

Helen Keller Research Task

Children used the Ducksters website page about the life of Helen Keller to complete a specially-made informational poster about her life. The activity challenged their research/inquiring skills while helping them to learn all about this remarkable woman.
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Vegetarianism Persuasive Argument

Vegetarianism Persuasive Argument

Powerpoint Presentation on the benefits of being vegetarian. This thorough account is a good way to show the class persuasive arguing/create debate and discussion, etc.
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Classification Chart/Tree

Classification Chart/Tree

I used this as a warmer - the children had to name my 6 nieces and nephews by using their pictures and the classification chart/decision tree. Once they understood how it worked I had them make their own classification chart based on identifying 6 chosen members of their class.
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Differentiated Potions/Witches/Halloween Magic Themed Addition Problem Worksheets

Differentiated Potions/Witches/Halloween Magic Themed Addition Problem Worksheets

These differentiated worksheets give children the opportunity to create potions using addition. Have them pick and choose 2, 3, or 4 ingredients for their own individual potions and then add up the total number of litres used. I had my class cut out four ingredients of their choosing and put them into a cauldron they had drawn as part of a 'Potion Poster'. After writing what their potion was for (e.g. an potion to make you invisible) and giving it a creative title, they added the contents to make sure their potions had the desired effect. Afterwards, the children presented their potion posters to the class while their classmates checked their numbers added up. This was a lesson that really engaged all students and gave them the opportunity to practice their addition skills, as well as working with units of measurement (litres and for the HA millilitres too). I have included the smart board file I used when teaching this lesson, it contains work from other lessons - though the first few slides are related to this. The guess the amount of litres/millimetres in the coke bottles was a whiteboard carpet warmer activity that the children really enjoyed.
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Christopher Columbus Website Research Challenge

Christopher Columbus Website Research Challenge

Using the excellent BBC website about famous people, this is a ready-made bank of questions/tasks for the children to complete. They have to 'explore' the website to find the answers. As a reward for those who completed it, I let them play the games on the site and do the quiz. The kids really loved this challenge and it was ideal for our unit on 'exploration'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/christopher_columbus/#focus
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Name the Monument Quiz

Name the Monument Quiz

A PowerPoint I made as part of a quiz based on Famous World Monuments. Each monument has a number of clues - students earn more teams points for using fewer clues.
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Persuasive Writing Plan

Persuasive Writing Plan

I made the link between boxing and writing. When trying to persuade we need to not only put forward our strongest 2-3 arguments (throw our strongest 2-3 punches), we also need to defend ourselves against any opponent's argument (block) and then say why it isn't a good enough reason against our argument (counter punch). This simple plan really helped my students work out what exactly they were arguing for and against and how to formulate a counter argument. The boxing analogy - which we acted out - really helped them understand what a counter-argument actually was. I had my class of 8 year old kids in Japan write a persuasive argument in favour of a chosen energy source with a counter argument. This was not an easy task - the fact they all managed to achieve the end goal was in large part to the solid foundations this plan gave them.
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Mountainous Maths Lesson

Mountainous Maths Lesson

Simple maths lesson used when learning about mountaineering as part of my PYP Unit on Exploration. The questions challenge all and include questions that practice many different maths skills: Comparison and ordering of 4-digit numbers Adding two 4-digit numbers together Adding five 2-digit numbers together Subtracting 4-digit numbers from one another Finding averages (using a calculator) As an extension I had the children round numbers to the nearest 100m and 1000m.
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Eight Writing Genres - Sort and Display

Eight Writing Genres - Sort and Display

Eight writing genre headers to display around the classroom underneath an example of each piece of student work. Below is a simple example of each in a few sentences based on a stretch my class learned in their P.E class. The children sorted the short pieces of writing by pairing them with each of the 8 writing genres. This was a great activity to get them to think about the different writing genres we will be working on this year and how each is different.
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Magic Potion Poem

Magic Potion Poem

A great activity to have children practice listening and using rhyme and rhythm in poems. This was used as an activity during a magic-themed day. It is also an ideal activity during Halloween. The challenge of making a powerful potion combined with using ingredients such a mice and spiders' legs really engaged my G2 and G4 classes. Students need to use the words given to make the poem rhyme (so need to really read and sound out each word). They also need to think by creating their own magic word, choosing the quantity of ingredients, and ensuring one of the lines has 'rhythm' by writing a sentence that keeps with the rhythm of the poem. This activity really challenged my classes without being too difficult.
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Fairy Tales Intro Powerpoint

Fairy Tales Intro Powerpoint

Short and sweet intro to fairy tales - excellent to use to introduce the topic. Have children guess the name of the 5 fairy tales before answers revealed. Good to start discussions about fairy tales - especially when teaching children from overseas who often have their own versions of or endings to famous fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood.
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