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Rainforest Weblinks!

Posted by watseducation on January 9, 2009

As I am searching for resources and such, I thought people might be able to use these.
I haven’t checked them all yet – but many look good.

Rainforest Weblinks

Mr W

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How to turn your classroom into a Rainforest!

Posted by watseducation on January 9, 2009

My topic this term is Rainforests and I was looking for some ideas and came across this site:

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/6471/classroom.html

What follows is copied and pasted from there – Not my work!

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Every year, during our Rainforest unit, the students in my class turn the classroom into a rain forest.

On this page I will include some suggestions for turning your classroom into a rain forest. If you try this, I would appreciate your emailing me with any additional suggestions you have. These suggestions will be added to this page and credited to you at your school. I would also appreciate a picture of your rain forest classroom that can be added to this site. I can also link your picture to your school’s home page, if you’d like.

Suggestions

Windows – You can have children paint huge jungle plants on classroom windows using tempera paint mixed with liquid soap. (They can be very free with this is, it is a background!) It will scrape, vacuum, and wash off fairly easily. After the jungle dries, children can paint birds in the trees, tigers hiding in the jungle, or sloths hanging in trees. I start with only greens and browns to get the jungle, then, on different days, give them colours for the animals.

It took us 2-3 days, spending 1-2 hours each day to paint the windows. Other children were painting tree paper or working on research while this was going on.

Trees – You can have children paint a tree texture onto huge brown butcher paper. Then cut the paper to the height you need and loosely wrap posts or wall areas between windows.

The tree paper can be painted while other things are going on, the windows, branches or research. A parent or 2 helps a lot!

Canopy – To hang a canopy; buy many yards of green material. Drape these out from trees, attaching to the ceiling at several points. If you can drape loosely over some fluorescent lights, the room gets a green hue!

I did this without children around! They were quite surprised when they came in the next day!

Branches – You can make branches using newspaper tubes, wrapped in foil, covered with Papier Mache (strips of newspaper soaked in a mixture of flour and water). I had parent help for the branches! They can be in an area of the hall or room, on a large plastic tablecloth spread out on the floor and groups of 3-5 children can work at a time. You can use as many branches as they make! Let them dry several days. Then have a painting party, where everyone paints branches with tempera paint. (I again use a wide variety of greens and browns.) When dry, the branches can be hung from the ceiling using clear fishing line.

Making the branches takes one 2 hour session. Painting, several days later, takes one 1-2 hour session. I hang these after school for several days!

Vines – You can hang vines by just hanging lengths of jute-type ropes from branches, ceiling, or trees. Asking children to bring in long pieces of rope works well because you will get a variety of kinds. If you want to be really fancy, you can paint or dye some of them. You can attach leaves or flowers to the vines.

Leaves – Have the children all make leaves, using a variety of green paper, some huge, some smaller. The leaves can be taped to the trees, hung on the vines, taped to window edges, as needed.

This takes only one session, about an hour. Some will make one very elaborate leaf, some will make 10 huge, plain leaves. They can draw vein patterns on both sides, or cut pieces out, as though some critter has been eating it!

Flowers – Children can make a variety of small or large flowers using colored tissue paper. These can be hung on vines, taped to trees, attached to branches, taped to windows, etc. The children can put these about anywhere they want.

Bugs – A huge variety of bugs, small frogs and lizards can be added to your rain forest. You can have the children bring in rubber bugs, frogs, snakes, etc. or they can make them with clay. These can be camouflaged on windows, sills, trees, branches, leaves, anywhere!

Bromeliads – Children can make bromeliads by taping long strips of leaf shaped, green paper to toilet paper rolls. They can even put little circles of blue paper in the middle to represent water and add a paper frog. If you want step by step instructions, send an email message to me.

This took most children one 1-11/2 hour session. Some finished these as others painted or worked on research.

My children each added a model of her/his rain forest plant or animal. We had paper bag gorillas, Styrofoam birds, paper mache monkeys, felt bats that hung on the vines, giant paper raflesia flowers on the counter, etc.

Suggestions sent from afar:

I have a 3rd grade class in Yoncalla, Oregon. We have made rainforests in our school hallway two different years. The first, second and third grade all worked together to create our rainforest. The kids all enjoyed it and took a lot of pride in the results. We made trees with textured bark from a laundry detergent and brown tempera paste. We cut leaves from butcher paper and hung the animals being studied from overhead wires or attached them to the trees or the hall walls. We have several rainforest sound tapes that we played. We hid the tape recorders behind tree trunks. It was great.

 

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Mr W.

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Coughs, Colds, Flu and Feeling Urrrrgghhhhh!!

Posted by watseducation on January 8, 2009

OK, this one is just for fun!

I confess that I stole it from another highly reputable education blog – Sorry Andy!

But I thought it was really good – and definitely worth doing!

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Learn about germs and colds with the help of Suki Sneeze and Nathan Noseblow and find out how tissues can help prevent colds from spreading at Sneezesafe.

Order free tissues from Kleenex® to support the Sneezesafe programme!

Kleenex are happy to provide nursery and primary schools with free samples of tissues to give staff all the tools they need to teach correct tissue use.

You will receive a pack of two boxes of tissues and 30 individual pocket packs to give out to your pupils.

You can request free samples twice per school year.

Simply complete the online and press ‘Submit’ – your sample packs will be sent direct to your school.

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All in the name of product placement – I am sure they are concerned genuinely for our health, as long as we buy their tissues!

Mr W.

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Learning Clips

Posted by watseducation on January 8, 2009

I stumbled across this site, Learning Clips.

I am not sure what i was looking for but it is really good.

This is what they say about themselves…

Learning Clip is an online resource to support teachers, teaching assistants and parents implementing the renewed primary mathematics framework.
Click to try some Learning Clips now

The resources are structured to follow precisely the learning objectives of the renewed framework. For ease of navigation the resources are also listed by topic.

The clips are being offered free of charge to all schools during the development phase. In return we aim to encourage feedback and make the material highly user driven, focusing especially on:

  • reducing preparation time
  • enhancing the learning experience for pupils
  • providing opportunities for delegation
  • resources that match precisely the requirements of the curriculum
  • a standardised easy to use format
  • ease of access and availability on demand

Learning Clips are delivered entirely online, on demand. This approach results in a very flexible resource – teachers can access what they need when they need it and the resources are easily updated and enhanced to meet changing requirements.

I hope you find it useful…

Mr W.

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Level Threshold Archives

Posted by watseducation on November 25, 2008

National Assesment Agency – Level Threshold Archives

A request from Katy.

I think that this is what you wanted.

You asked me where you get the levels from, so here is a link to the NAA website, which contains all of the level threshold data since 1999, KS1, KS2, and KS3

I hope this helps with what you were looking for!

Mr W.

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The Romans – Make and Do!

Posted by watseducation on September 21, 2008

Here are some more ‘Creative’ resources for The Romans.

A series of make and do activities for your class. All should prove to be great fun and all provide opportunities to develop skills across the curriculum.

Celtic Roundhouse

K’Nex Ballista

Face Pot

Jewellery

Knucklebones

Roman Clothes for a Doll

Roman Recipes

Soldier Costume

Writing Tablet

They aren’t all my own work! (Although I did put them into Word!) They are from this site which has loads of good quality resources.

http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/reticulum/funstuffSub.htm

Hope these are useful, and if you know of any good sites for the Romans – please let me know!

(I also make this picture into a 6ft Roman Soldier using Block Posters, it looks awesome!)

Mr W.

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TutPup – ‘Safe’ Online gaming for kids, and Educational too!

Posted by watseducation on September 4, 2008

Tutpup is an exciting and new safe way of playing games against children in the UK and across the world. It is free, has no ads, doesn’t grab kids personal data and allows them to play competitive maths games against their friends or students from around the world in a safe educational environment. For example, they could try a division game and find themselves instantly challenged by a child in India!

Children cannot:

  • Send messages to other players.
  • Use their own names. When a child registers to use Tutpup they choose a unique screen name, a combination of a colour, animal and number

All they can do is play games.

http://tutpup.com/

I confess entirely to stealing this Blog Post from the Kent ICT blog!

But they have put a link to my Class Blog so I am sure that they won’t mind and I have owned up!

This site is AWESOME!!

Very addictive and I am a teacher playing children! (That is soooo mean!)

I truly don’t believe that there is a child who won’t respond to the site and the games it contains.

The fact that there is NO chat option and they have no idea who they are playing against, or how old they are is great!

I brilliant way to get ICT into Numeracy or Literacy (and I bet they go on at home too!)

Mike

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Calling all Y6 Teachers!

Posted by watseducation on September 1, 2008

Welcome to Wiki!

Yr 6 Teachers @ Wikispaces

This is a GREAT link for teachers of Y6 or UKS2 – lots of planning and resources!

Well worth a click!

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End of the Holidays!

Posted by watseducation on August 20, 2008

Well the end of the holidays are in sight and so I am back to the planning!

I am trying out some new formats for planning as given to me by my HT, and am finding them rather laborious!

Hopefully things will get quicker!

I am on the lookout for places to find topic planning – cross-curricular, or if you have any you would like to share with me and or with this site it would be appreciated!

Please send me a message/leave me a comment – whatever is easier!
Thanks

Take care for now

Mr W.

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What’s Your Topic in September?

Posted by watseducation on July 25, 2008

I found this really good site that you might like a look at at:

Topic Box

Loads of interactive resources and ideas for all sorts of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 topics.

Definitely well worth a look!

Mr W

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Science Tube

Posted by watseducation on July 24, 2008

Yes, it is what you think!

Like YouTube but for Science!

A massive range of videos showing science experiments, concepts, ideas etc…

Very nifty and useful!

Science Tube

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Coffee Shop Game

Posted by watseducation on July 24, 2008

I have been looking around to find ways to get children playing games in Numeracy that actually serve a purpose and will get them message across.

Again this post came from another Blog (Not all my work – There will be no plagarism here!)

It links with the Every Child Matters agenda, it’s a site with a nice little game to help show ‘Economic well being’!

Coffee Shop, on the Cool Math Games site is great.

The pupils get to know what goes into setting up a business; from buying coffee, sugar and milk to knowing the right amount of cups to have. You have to budget effectively to make the most money along with price settings to be cost effective – great fun and very addictive – my class wanted to play in spare time!

The target is to make the most money in 14 days.

Why not link to literacy and write business plans, projections of earnings – you could be very creative here!

Cool Maths Games – Coffee Shop

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What do you want to see here?

Posted by watseducation on July 14, 2008

I was thinking tonight about what to post next. I am trying to steal myself some moments to get the blog up and running and get the sort of materials here that people want to see, find and use.

I realised that I could post all sorts of stuff and if it is of no use then people mightn’t come back!

Traffic is increasing daily already and that is great – perhaps you have even added it to favourites! Or perhaps that is wishful thinking?!

Anyway I thought I would ask you – is there something you are looking for that you can’t find or something specific that you think I might be able to help with.

I am, after all, here to help. So if there is something you are after, would like to see or are just interested in then let me know here.

If I can help with resources or with links to places I think might be good, I will.

All that remains to be said is thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like what you see – comments and feedback to help me to improve the site are welcome.

All the best

Mr W.

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