Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Woodlands Hub Update

Hi Everyone

Thank you for supporting our blog throughout 2012!

Please find a copy of a Christmas thematic plan linked to Australian Curriculum: English Foundation content descriptions. Click HERE to download/view the Christmas pack. When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.



You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:


As it is a busy term with reports and end of year requirements, we will not be loading new learning sequences for the remainder of the term.

Please check back over the school holidays as we will be posting learning sequences and other helpful documents in preparation for the start of the new school year!

Kind regards

Carlene Thorpe
Deputy Principal

Thursday, 27 September 2012

"Brolga Song" - AC:English Year 2 Lesson

Our Year 2 teacher, Carlene Thorpe, has developed a lesson using The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
This sequence was developed using the Dust Echoes resource of Brolga Song.
Dust Echoes is recommended by ACARA in their resources section. Please note that you will need to assess the suitability of the resources on Dust Echoes depending on the age of your students. You can view all the Dust Echoes resources by clicking this link:

Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.


A copy of the visualisation grid is below. Click the picture to download in Google Docs.

 

Year 3 Australian Curriculum English Learning Sequence

Our Year 3 teachers, Melissa Bennett and Casey Finlen, have developed a learning sequence using The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
 
This sequence was developed using the picture book Louisa May Pickett by Rod Clement. This text was suggested by another Year 3 teacher at the Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club during their collaborative planning session.
 
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.


Some of the tools the teachers developed for comprehension use are below.  Click the photo to download in Google Docs.



Some photos of student work samples are below. Click to enlarge.




Monday, 17 September 2012

Australian Curriculum - English Year 2 - Olga the Brolga

Our Year 2 teacher, Carlene Thorpe, has developed a learning sequence using The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
 
This sequence was developed using the picture book Olga the Brolga by Rod Clement.
 
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD. 
 
 
I have created a series of comprehension sheets that you can download by clicking  the picture below.
 
 
 

"The Very Cranky Bear" Australian Curriculum - English Year 2 Sequence

Our Year 2 teacher, Carlene Thorpe, has developed a learning sequence using The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
This sequence was developed using the picture book The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland.
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD. 
Please note this is a two page sequence of learning.

 If you would like a copy of the reflection grid we use with the Year 2 class please download by clicking the photo below. The reflections grid is an individual reflection tool that students use throughout the learning sequence to indicate their level of understanding. Each student has a photo of themselves and it is velcroed to the grid and moved along as student understandings increase. "What?" meaning - What is the teacher on about? I have no idea! "A Little" meaning - I know a little bit about what we are learning.  "A lot" meaning - I understand the learning goal now!  There is space for the children to write notes.


The Interview with The Very Cranky Bear can be viewed by clicking this link:

You can also view the video below. Please be mindful of the Terms and Conditions for using YouTube at school.


If you would like to know how to use and create QR Codes for the classroom please utilise Google search or email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au




Sunday, 16 September 2012

Australian Curriculum - English Pre Primary Plan

Our Pre Primary teacher, Wendy Murray, and a Pre Service teacher on prac in her classroom, have developed a learning sequence using The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions.
 
This sequence was developed using a traditional tale - The Three Little Pigs.
 
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.
 
 
Copies of templates used during this learning sequence are below. 
Click the photo to download in Google Docs.


 
 
 
 Below is a photo of some of the activities from the learning sequence. Click to enlrage or download.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

AC:English - Brolga Song Learning Sequence

Our Year 1 teacher, Robyn Blekkenhorst, has developed a sequence of lessons in relation to the Dust Echoes traditional Aboriginal dreamtime text of The Brolga Song.
 
Dust Echoes is a series of twelve beautifully animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law.  You can access Dust Echoes videos and study guides by clicking this link http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes/
 
The sequence of lessons addresses aspects of the Australian Curriculum English content descriptions across the three strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. The learning sequence also caters for the AC Cross Curriculum Priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

In Brolga Song, the major theme of the story is
the importance of culture, and of
knowing one’s place in Aboriginal
society.

Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.


Click on the photos below to download a copy of the graphic organisers used as part of this learning sequence.



 Some samples of student work are below. Click a photo to see an enlarged version.








Thursday, 9 August 2012

Year 1 Australian Curriculum English Plan

Our Year 1 teacher, Robyn Blekkenhorst, has developed a sequence of lessons in relation to the literary text Winners Never Quit by Mia Hamm. The sequence of lessons addresses aspects of the Australian Curriculum English content descriptions across the three strands of Language, Literature and Literacy.
In Winners Never Quit, the character Mia loves playing soccer. That is, until she has trouble scoring a goal when her team is about to lose. Before she can lose, she quits. Fed up with her attitude, Mia's brothers and sisters will not let her play with them anymore. Will Mia learn that being a team player is more important than winning or losing the game?

This wonderful and motivating story is a mini autobiography of one of the top female soccer players from the USA, Mia Hamm, who helped the United States win a gold medal in soccer in the 1996 Olympics.
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.







Monday, 23 July 2012

Year 3 Australian Curriculum English Learning Sequence

Our Year 3 teacher, Melissa Bennett, has developed a sequence of lessons in relation to "Bad Characters." The sequence of lessons addresses aspects of the Australian Curriculum English content descriptions across the three strands of Literature and Literacy.
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.
 Pictured below are the characters the students used for this learning sequence:


Below are two videos where students have discussed the type of character they think it is and why. 

video

video


 Pictured below are students adding features using SimultaneousRoundTable and the end result from 
Session One.


In Session 2 the students engaged with a ranking ladder.
Here is a photo of the students using Ranking Ladder:
A copy of the Ranking Ladder PMI template used in Sessions 3 can be downloaded by clicking HERE


Pictured below is a student creating their own "bad character":


Thanks for popping by the WHUB!
If you haven't registered for our Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club for 22 August and would like to - please register through the Institute for Professional learning.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Australian Curriculum - English - Term Audits

As part of our Australian Curriculum: English planning processes we conduct end of term audits regarding the content descriptions.

The process is as follows:
  1. Week 10 of term - view the planning documents, learning sequences you have taught this term and your assessment records
  2. Using the "audit" sheets - tick what content you covered over the term in response to student needs regarding skills and understandings. Also identify the "modes" the content was covered in. This is because many of the content descriptions can, and should be, covered across Reading, Writing, Viewing, Speaking and Listening.
  3. Plan what content descriptions you need to continue to consolidate or introduce for the upcoming term
Here is an example of one audit completed as at end of Term 2


 You can click the picture to enlarge. You can also click HERE to download/view the sample audit. When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.

If you would like a copy of the English Audit sheets for Foundation to Year 7, please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Australian Curriculum Foundation Sequence - Who Sank the Boat?

Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
Our Pre Primary teacher, Wendy Murray, has developed a learning sequence using The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions.
Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.
Here are two student work samples related to the Character Profile task described in the plan:

 You can click on any photo to enlarge.

The links below are a downloadable copy of all the associated task sheets. When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.







Whole class discussion pictures:




Thanks for popping by the WHUB!
If you haven't registered for our Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club meetings for Term 3 and would like to - please book through the
 Institute for Professional Learning

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Australian Curriculum English Year 1 Learning Sequence

Our Year 1 teacher, Robyn Blekkenhorst, has eveloped a sequence of lessons using the text The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Mem Fox. The sequence of lessons addresses aspects of the Australian Curriculum English content decsriptions across the three strands of Language, Literature and Literacy.

Click HERE to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.
 
 
 
Below is a work sample of the Prediction template "Crystal Ball". This idea is from First Steps in Writing.
 
Below is a snapshot of the student Placemat task as described in Step 3 of the Learning Sequence.
 
In step 4 of the Learning Sequence the students contributed to a class t-chart. Below is a photo of the t-chart.
 

In step 5 of the Learning Sequence the students wrote a description of a picture showing a strong emotion. They completed this task with a partner using the cooperative learning structure of RallyCoachWrite. Below is a photo of the students using RallyCoachWrite.
 
 Below is an example of student work using RallyCoachWrite

  In step 6 the students created a new front cover for the book using a character of their choice. An example of student work is below.


In step 7 the students wrote a story to go with their new front cover. Below is a sample of student work.


In step 8 of the learning sequence the students published their story using "Word" and used the internet to locate an appropriate image to support the text. Work sample below.

The classroom teacher utilised an assessment tool developed by Woodlands PS for tracking progress towards the Achievement Standard as a means for assessing for learning, (not summative purpose). This informs the teacher of what needs to be consolidated, or the gaps in opportunities for the stduents to show what they know. The teachers use this tool alongside the Content Descriptions and Year Level Statement as a way of ensuring they know WHAT the students were expected to be taught at that year level. Below is an example of the assessment tool used for one student's collection of evidence of growth.


You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
An important DID YOU KNOW? section has been posted and can be accessed by clicking HERE!
 
Thanks for popping by the WHUB!
If you haven't registered for our Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club for 21 June and would like to - please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au  
or register through the Institute for Professional learning.