Friday, 23 September 2016

Graphing Data with Year 2s

Graphing Data Packs are a fun way to teach young students the higher order questioning skills required for interpreting data. All packs are aligned with the Australian Curriculum (ACARA) for Year 2 Maths. 

I've used these visuals to ask the students each day 'How did you get to school today?' and record their responses with pictures on the whiteboard (I laminate the pictures and attach magnets to the back to make them easy to throw up on the whiteboard). I then sort the pictures into rows (or get a student to help me) and then we place numbers up the side and titles down the bottom. We then collectively create a title for the picture graph and the students record their data into their daily flip book (included). At the end of the week we look over our results and draw some conclusions about what the data is telling us by filling in the summary sheet. Afterwards we create a poster for the week to advertise the results of our data collection - the winning travel method that week was.. etc..  You can use this pack each week and really get to the stage where you don't need to do much instructions with young students and they can demonstrate their learning by themselves. 

This pack contains survey forms and is a great introduction to developing a survey with very simple options on a 'yes' or 'no' basis and... who doesn't love ice cream?

This pack as the same format as the ice cream pack (contains a 'yes' and 'no' survey), however, the options given move students up towards higher order thinking. You might brainstorm questions for the survey such as 'what type of meat would you like?' or you might discuss with students if mayo should be on a separate survey form as a condiment rather than a filling. Lots of possibilities with this pack and again a chance for students to display their learning with a classroom poster.

This pack as the same format as the sandwich and ice cream packs but the questions may be more complex or perhaps more seasonal. There are lots of teaching opportunities with students here to move their thinking to higher order questions, open or closed questions and appropriateness of questions verse answers given. This also makes a fun end of year activity.

Save money by purchasing all 4 packs in the bundle!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Using flip books to reinforce maths concepts

Prepare yourself for a mini-rant. I don't mind mandated teaching materials (*cough* C2C *cough*) however, what burns my buns is the speed at which you are forced to rush through larger maths concepts such as fractions.

Reinforcing the concept of fractions i.e the basic concept of parts of a whole, is essential to developing student understanding further down the track when they are required to add, subtract and multiply fractions. 

So I created these little Fraction Flip Books to assist students with solidifying their learning of fractions in an independent way.

In particular, what I like about these little flip books is they work right across grades 2 through 5 to help students consolidate and demonstrate their learning of fractions.

In addition, they are so easy for students to put together and spend some time on. They can keep them in their desk for when they finish work early (don't you just love those fast finishers in a class of 29 students!) or use them in maths rotations.

I especially love using the maths story to show a real world connection to fractions, which I often use as a mini formative assessment tool. Do they really understand that all parts they cut up must be equal in size to be a correct representation of a fraction?

Grab your fraction booklet by clicking here My Fraction Flip Book Bundle

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Geography Units that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum

Geography concepts can be difficult to explain to young students and some of the biggest concepts covered in the Australian curriculum for Foundation - Year 3 are no exception. Concepts such as geographic features, places and spaces, caring for places and Indigenous connections to the land are all covered in the TechTeacherPto3 Geography Units.

What are places like? What makes a place special? How can we look after the places we live in?

• Pose questions about people and places: hospital, farm, school
• Environment and change (past/present home, school, farm)
• Natural, managed and constructed features/places
• Locate and explore places and why (space)
• How places are cared for (beach, forest, campsite, school, farm)
• The different features of places
• How the features of places have changed
• How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples connected to places

Geography Unit Year 2 Maps: Local, Regional and National Scale

• Map of the world (place, space, environment) where they are locate in relation to Australia
• Hierarchy of scale – personal, local, regional and national
• How places have meaning for Aboriginals and their connection to their land?
• How are people connected to their place and other places?• What factors affect my connection to places?

• How and why are places similar and different?
• Similarities and differences between places within and outside Australia through a study of their environmental and human characteristics (place)

• Climate (environment) and the types of settlements (space) in Australia

In addition, you'll find many other useful Geography resources at TechTeacherPto3 such as (click to open):