Free 57 page Christmas activity book for Elementary / Primary Teachers

Thanks for your support in 2018

Thanks for your support in 2018

2018 has almost passed us by, and without your support, by visiting this site it would have been a really tough year.

So the best way that we feel we can thank you is to give you a little present to get you through the Christmas season in the classroom.

There is plenty of different content here to keep your students engaged, and save your sanity as we wrap up 2018.

Download our 57 page Christmas Activity book COMPLETELY FREE HERE. Have a great Christmas and a happy new year.

Regards

Kev and Belinda

FREEBIE Resource Clock faces at Hourly intervals

FREE CLOCK FACES TO DOWNLOAD

FREE CLOCK FACES TO DOWNLOAD

Just a quick free resource we created you can download right now...

TEACH TIME⏳ - , BUILD TESTS or copy and paste into ANYTHING YOU WANT with this FREE set of super high quality, 300 DPI, 8 inch clock faces. At 290 images, you’ll never have to search for that exact clip art again. **THESE ARE LICENSED FOR FULL COMMERCIAL USE

Click here to download this FREE resource

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THIS FREEBIE IS TAKEN FROM OUR 5 MINUTE INTERVAL CLOCK FACE CLIP ART BUNDLE WHICH YOU CAN DOWNLAOD HERE FOR UNDER $3.00 HOW GOOD IS THAT???

⭐ Clock Face / Time Clip Art (5 Minute Intervals) 290 Graphics for commercial use

These 290 IMAGES are spaced at 5-minute intervals covering all 12 hours. We have also included a blank clock that you can customize yourself. These were professionally designed for quality and size, so you can blow them up to a full-sized PowerPoint with no pixilation and no loss in quality.
 

Free Computational Thinking Graphic Organizer

Computational Thinking is being adopted through curriculum the world over as an essential thinking and problem solving strategy every student should know to survive in the 21st century workforce.

Don't let the name scare you though, computational thinking is  an incredibly simple concept which doesn't even require a computer.  Students aged 5 and up can apply it, and you have probably been using parts of it for decades without actually knowing.

It is a four step thinking process that can be applied to any problem, challenge or task.  The four steps are decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithmic design.  Be sure to watch the video below for a detailed explanation each of the four elements and how they work together. 

When you are ready to give computational thinking a go be sure to download our FREE COMPUTATIONAL THINKING GRAPHIC ORGANIZER which briefly explains the purpose, order of operations and context of Computational Thinking

Click here to download.  And, as always enjoy!!

Which search tool should I use: Free Classroom Poster

This poster highlights the 'Big Three' search engines for teachers and students and highlights the strengths and weaknesses for each one.

Google Search
Wolfram Alpha
Wikipedia

Your students will definitely find this a useful resource next time they reach for a computer to look something up as it gives them both purpose and direction on what to use and how best to use it,

I would recommend also taking a look at our "How to use Google Search like a Boss" Which has been hugely popular in teaching students how actually use Google Search with purpose and direction.

It has been a while since we have done a poster freebie.  So it would be great if you could give us some feedback.
 

Click here to download your free high resolution poster as a PDF document

LEGO updates their robotics lineup for juniors

LEGO have done a great job over the last few years by providing students and teachers with the tools to create some really innovative robotics opportunities in the classroom.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 got an overhaul a few years back which kept it relevant for kids aged 12 and up, but their junior range of robotics known as WE-DO was a little uninspiring for younger kids who expected a little more from a product classified as a robotics tool.

This year at CES LEGO unveiled WE-DO 2.0 which allows for for a far more complex range of programming options, all new teaching resources and connectivity with all major wireless devices such as the iPad.

Best of all it is cheaper and has a LOT less parts than EV3 which is important when this equipment is being shared by hundreds of kids.

We-Do 2.0 now offers a logical programming experience that can be translated to from skills learnt on popular platforms such as scratch and Tynker.

Check out the videos and links below for more information.

LEGO WeDo 2.0 resources

Lego WeDo Bit by Brick programming platform

Teach students how to read a weather map

I came across this great resource for students and teachers that puts all things meteorological into a very easy to understand process full of great diagrams and simple language.

Your students will find it much easier to understand what all those squiggly lines mean next time they tune into the nightly news and have a greater insight into the maths and science behind the weather.

Check it out here

Great resources to discover more about enquiry based learning


Teachers out there who are interested in inquiry based / interdisciplinary learning might want to visitwww.educatorsresources.com.au for some interesting free resources. The focus of many of the resources is on inquiry based learning projects and culminating ‘rich tasks’. The tasks are excellent examples of curriculum that is open ended, authentic and truly interdisciplinary.

The first sample  ‘Does Biodiversity Matter?” is a primary aged inquiry into biodiversity. It aligns with Australian Curriculum standards in Science (‘biodiversity’ and ‘adaptations’) but could also be used to assess progress against English outcomes along with the interdisciplinary areas of Communication and Thinking Processes.

The second sample is an inquiry for secondary students (years 8 and 9) ‘Can I Defend Human Rights?” The culminating task invites students to ‘take action that matters’ in relation to a Human Rights.

All of the rich tasks are examples of performance pieces that culminate a structured and well-scaffolded inquiry.

Feel free to download the two posters above and visit www.educatorsresources.com.au for more free resources specialising in inquiry/ interdisciplinary learning.

How to use the Google Research Tool to improve Essay Writing

Whilst the Google research tool has been a part of Google drive for a few years now  It amazes me how few teachers and students are aware of what it can do.

In short the research tool is the perfect accomplice for writing an essay or creating a project.  It will not only provide you with all the facts and answers you require but also cite them.  And that's just the beginning.

I have put together this six minute video tutorial to make every student and teacher an expert around getting the most out of using the Research tool but also assist teachers in identifying work that has basically been written entirely from this tool.

I forgot to mention in the video that this applies to Google Docs, Slides and Sheets.

Please leave any thoughts or suggestion on this below.