Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Have You Heard?

Have you heard? Teacher appreciation Sale is now on!

Head on over to My Apples of Gold Store Now and get
up to 30% when you enter THANKYOU17 into the promo code.

Have a good sale everyone!
See you soon!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Building a Farm Maths Project

Hi, All! Are you coming to the end of your year and would love to consolidate those Maths standards in a way that will get your children engaged and excited?  I know when it comes to this point in the school year, before testings and reports (if you haven't already done this!) you just want to make sure that these key units have been covered and the kids get it! Even if you are ready of all the formal things that you had to do, this is such a fun way to end the school year...

I have used this pack with my little ones and it really engaged them with all Math topic areas.. without them really thinking about it. Welcome to... (drum roll)... The Farm!

The kids will receive a letter from farmer Joe asking them to help him get his farm ready for a new season. He wants a bigger, better farm this year.. of course! As any farm would, they would present their helpers with the material that they need for the duration.
The class or group (however you want to work it) have to work their way through 6 projects, that cover the k1 or P1 (early stages) of Maths. There is a bit of reading involved, which would be the teacher's task or a more able pupil. This pack is very flexible and has been created in a way to meet all needs.
As the kids work their way through the project, they will be creating and adding elements to their own cardboard farm. 

I have shown you how we did ours but really, use what you have/can and just go for it. There is no right or wrong way to present this.. be creative! I used Amazon book packaging for this project if you are interested in how we presented ours.

So, what are the projects focussing on? 

Project 1 will ask the children to measure an area using fences. They need to use their number and measuring knowledge here to create a fence around the barn. Consolidation of base 10/ place value will make an appearance here using the total measuring length. What is that in 10's and 1's? Children will show you on their planning pages.

Project 2- Children will have to figure out how many hen houses they need for inside the fence using their counting in 10's and 1's knowledge.

Project 3- Children will be asked to read numbers to 10 and sort them out smallest to largest/ largest to smallest on the field. Using comparing numbers symbols the children will be able to separate the tractors out and show their understanding on the pages provided and on the farm project that you are building.

Project 4- Children will show their ability to count numbers to 20, identifying numbers and counting to match number name with the digit. They will be busy sorting out the carrots in the field in this project!

Project 5- It's time to add the animals to the farm. Children will be using their addition to 10 knowledge to think of animal pairings for the pens. 5 groups are needed and each animal total must equal 10. Once they have found their pairs, they can add them to the project and label the posts!

Project 6- Shapes, shapes and shapes! There are a number of shapes that you can see on a farm and the children here need to look at the farm shape and identify the shapes that they look like, adding them to the project. They also need to create a design for Farmer Joe as he wants a new building. But, it has to be made out of shapes and the children show their knowledge of shapes by writing the names, vertices and sides too if you wish, to the design plan.

As you can see, the project really covers a number of skills. Not only Math skills but collaborative skills.. problem-solving and working as part of a team. Really hope you enjoy using this. If you do, please send me some pics at applesofgold123@gmail.com. I'd really love to see how your class got on with their own farm!

Have fun!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Composing and Decomposing Numbers from 10-20

 Good Day! Come and take a look at my 'I can Compose and Decompose Numbers from 10-20' pack. I wanted to create an Interactive pack that would allow the kids to practice their skills all on one page and in a booklet form. Here it is!

We are focussing on the K.NBT.A.1 Math Standard.

The kids cut the pieces on the right and stick on the left. 

If your kids are not used to working with 10's frames, this is a great way to help them get started. The focus number in these pictures are 10. So for example,  the children can practice coloring in 10 squares. They have to understand that 10 ones are the same as saying 1 ten and they will show their understanding of composing and decomposing by completing the sentences under the frames.  

Children will select the tally mark that fits in with the focus number for that page, sticking it into the froggy frame! These frogs are so stinking cute, I have to say, I love the theme! 

 Next, your kids look at a selection of equations and choose which of these to stick down on to the lily pads. 
I continue to consolidate how the number 10 can be made up of 1 ten and 0 ones and if you just 'flip' the equation around, it comes to the same thing. 0 ones and 1 ten is still 10.  
The kids show their understanding of this by noting down the equations in the 'Making 10' frame.

Lastly, the kids cut out their base 10 materials and stick them in the correct column in the jar. 
It is great for the kids to see another way of how to represent the number 10. Reiterating the fact that
there are 1 ten and 0 ones in ten. 

Simple elements in a fun and engaging way. My kids love the frogs but love the cutting and sticking aspects too. It keeps them focused and also drives them to perfect their scissor skills. 

Here is an overview of the main pages in the pack. Additional pages of consolidation are also included. 

Hope you are all having a great day! 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Happy New Year!

 I'd like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Praying that your year will be full of love and happiness. 

Friday, 2 December 2016

The GingerBread Man Emergent Readers FREEBIE!

Does anyone like anything more than a FREEBIE?
 I have created this 40-page Gingerbread Man Emergent Readers pack for all your Kinder/Grade 1 needs! Emergent readers helps young readers to learn new sight words by repetition. As you cannot sound out each letter to make a sight words (as they don't follow a specific sound pattern), students need to memorise the word instead. These booklets will help children to become familiar with easy sight words through the well known Gingerbread Man story characters! 

3 different booklets have been created to enable your readers to become aquainted with a variety of sight words.

The stories are also available in colour for class reading!
Click on this link folks!

The GingerBread Man Emergent Readers FREEBIE
Really hope you enjoy these! See you soon

Friday, 15 April 2016

Upcycling for my new class

Upcycling has become the new latest craze and I have to admit that I have become totally hooked! The sense of accomplishment when you step back and look at your creation after you remember what it used to look like makes you feel rather proud of yourself!

At the moment, our school is getting ready to move into a new school building. We are a small, Christian school and our current location is not where we wanted to stay long term. So! A new school means lovely new furniture. Or old furniture that's been dressed up! Returning from the charity shop with two new (old?!) pieces of furniture meant painting time. Which I love to do.

so,  after a good clean, I began to prime the book unit.....


Then another coat was added....
Now the fun part! I love this 'Javan Dawn' colour. It's so bright and will fit into my class beautifully.

The second coat brings out the colour so much more.  

Now to add a spot of colour and door handles. I've glued polka dot ribbon onto the book unit and really cute door handles that I picked up from a local shop. I love how just small details can make the piece stand out.

Close up of my door handles. 

All finished now and ready to be transported into my new classroom which I will not reveal until everything has been sorted out. Slowly but surely getting there on that front but that is for a different post!

The table that you saw in the first picture was transformed the same way but by painting it a lovely Gold colour. I added blackboard paint, which will be used as a word work table. I finished it off with some bright tape.



I hope that this has inspired you in some way to pick up a paintbrush. It doesn't take a lot of effort, paint or time to transform something old to brand new! Happy painting!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Interactive Digraph Notebook

I have just recently completed my Interactive Digraph Notebook. Phew! It took a while but I am so please with how it turned out. I have made this notebook in a way that incorporates context with each digraph word. The thief roaming in the dark city is an example of how this notebook may be a little different to other notebooks. I really believe that it helps the children remember the words that they are learning when they think back to that specific page in their notebooks. For example, remembering the buildings, the thief pictures and the stars can help the students remember how they learned the spelling of the word thief.
Since this is aimed at K-2 level, it really is up to the teacher/ student how much detail is added to each page. There are some more challenging scissor skills needed in some areas. My kids are very good with their scissor skills and so they are eager to set out their page with all the bits and pieces! I am fortunate to have great teacher assistants in my class and so they are great at helping the kids with their cutting if they need it.
This pack contains a page for each of the digraph words (ch, sh, ph, wh, th). At the end of each unit, the children are tested on their spelling ability and this is when my kids are so excited to take their notebooks home and revise over the words that they have been learning. They are so proud to share their notebooks with their families. I really believe that these interactive notebooks make learning fun and engaging!
Head on over to my store to see more examples of what's found in my Interactive Digraph Notebook.