SMARTIE MATHS: MATHS YOU CAN EAT

Thanks to Jenna from Wisconsin for sending me this great lesson plan involving maths and smarties.  It has 20 maths problems that will challenge students of all ages involving number, shape, measurement and chance and data.

You can download the lesson plan here.  And best of all when you are done, you get to eat the smarties.

Enjoy.

Top 10 debating topics for students in 2019

Classroom debating is always a popular activity for students be it 2019 or 1969. In short they love to argue, and be heard. As a teacher your challenge is to harness those elements into a structured teaching and learning opportunity about structuring an argument and a response to others.

We are just about to get into some class debating.  Here are a few suggestions that you might like to use with your students.

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Remember that if you are looking for more great free resources and structured guides to teaching all aspects of English especially writing be sure to visit literacyideas.com


Are social networking sites harmful?

Is it acceptable for society to put someone to death?

Should animal testing be legal or illegal?

Is protesting a justified behaviour to break the law?

Should we stop space exploration?

Does beauty or brains get you ahead in life?

Should there be any zoos in the world?

Is peer pressure beneficial or harmful?

Should students be required to wear uniforms at school?

Television is better than books?

Which came first? Chicken or Egg?

I'd Love to hear your ideas?

Paper Helicopters - Learn about Flight

If you are looking for something fun to spice up your writing sessions that you can do with students of all ages then look no further.  Simply Download this template pack I found on Paper Helicopters from Primary Science and you can choose to fo as little or as  far as you like with the science elements from the planner.

Then get you students to create a procedural text explaining how the paper helicopter works.  If you are looking for somewhere to start with procedural texts then look no further than here.

you kids will find this a fun writing activity and really enjoy the opportunity to do something different.  I hope you enjoy it.

Science and Literacy Task: Paper Helicopters

If you are looking for something fun to spice up your writing sessions that you can do with students of all ages then look no further.  Simply Download this template pack I found on Paper Helicopters from Primary Science and you can choose to fo as little or as  far as you like with the science elements from the planner.

Then get you students to create a procedural text explaining how the paper helicopter works.  If you are looking for somewhere to start with procedural texts then look no further than here.

you kids will find this a fun writing activity and really enjoy the opportunity to do something different.  I hope you enjoy it.

Awesome science experiments for your classroom

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ScienceBob has been a self confessed science nut for years and has appeared in hundreds of classrooms, textbooks and even television shows around the globe. He has a great collection of really fun and innovative science lessons that can be done in nearly any classroom.

My kids did the hoop glider experiment today and it was a real success. Access ScienceBob here and let me know how you go with any of his experiments below by adding a comment.

Great Bullying Analogy for Students

A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said …they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.

Galactic Theme Park: Awesome Week Long Maths Project

Galactic Theme Park

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The Galactic theme park is a brilliant maths project for students from years 3 - 9. It offers a large range of mathematical challenges and students will love the creativity associated with it.

Everything is included here. Teachers and Students will need to work through the downloadable booklet and Grid paper required to complete the task and I have also included a PowerPoint above as an overview of how the project works for you to introduce it to students on your IWB.

This is a great authentic assessment task for students and will keep them busy and engaged for at least 4 - 5 lessons. Enjoy.

Teach your kids about cybersafety with this fun resource

Budd:e is a great site for primary and secondary students to learn about cybersafety.  It takes students throughout the process of identifying dodgy sites, viruses and malware and most of all teaches them about what information is deemed public and what should remain private. 

It also covers cyber bullying in great detail and helps students differentiate between reputable sources of information and content that is unreliable.

The Budd:e Cyber security Education package consists of two activity-based learning modules, one for primary school students, and one for secondary school students.  Both modules contain engaging, media-rich activities and resources, developed in consultation with teachers and subject matter experts. 

Here you will also find comprehensive Teacher Resources for Budd:e including background and contextual information, a video demonstration of the modules, lesson plans with learning outcomes for each activity, and curriculum maps for all Australian states and territories.

Budd:e is totally free and aimed at creating a safer, more secure online environment for all children.