Activities for Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh

Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh is a beautifully illustrated story celebrating family, our diverse community, and the seasons of life. It has been selected for the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) 2022, which will be held on Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 11:00am.

Check out these resources I’ve put together to support using this book in the classroom.

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Celebrating Harmony Day In The Classroom

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.

What is Harmony Day?

Harmony Day, which is held on the 21st of March every year, is a time to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and promote inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging with its key message being ‘Everyone Belongs’.

Ways to celebrate Harmony Day in the Classroom

+ Wear orange

+ Invite families to share their cultural foods and traditions

+ Hold a Harmony Day assembly

+ Create a sea of hands with messages of diversity

+ Say ‘hello’ in different languages

+ Promote diversity through picture books

+ These Harmony Day activities are a great way to introduce vocabulary and explore the meaning of Harmony Day.
Harmony Day Freebie
Harmony Day Freebie

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How To Catch A Leprechaun – Spring STEM and Procedural Writing

How To Catch A Leprechaun by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton is an excellent book to read in March for St Patrick’s Day. This magical book is the perfect way to spark your students imagination for fun and engaging writing and project-based learning this spring time.

The kiddos love being creative and designing their Leprechaun trap.

Encourage the kiddos to talk about how they will trap the leprechaun and catch it before they begin writing their procedure.

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How To Catch The Easter Bunny – Spring STEM and Procedural Writing

How To Catch The Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton is an excellent book to read with your kiddos at Easter time. I always love teaching procedural writing… but a procedural writing activity that lends itself to STEM is the BEST! This book is the perfect starting point for fun and engaging writing and project-based learning this spring time.

The kiddos love being creative and designing their Easter bunny trap.

Encourage the kiddos to talk about how they will trap the Easter Bunny and catch it before they begin writing their procedure.

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All The Ways To Be Smart Activities For Back To School

All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates the many talents of every child. Inspired by Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the author explores the concept of intelligence and the unique qualities of every child. This book has fast become one of my first week of school go tos and I always pull it out when my kiddos need a confidence boost.

Themes

+ Creativity

+ Empathy

+ Multiple intelligences

+ Physical activity

+ Teamwork

Classroom Activities

+ Discuss all the different ways the children were smart in the book. Have the children recognise their own ‘smarts’ and the ‘smarts’ of their classmates.

“Folding aeroplanes for flying… smart is kindness when there’s crying.”

+ Write a procedure and build paper aeroplanes together and then investigate how far they can fly.

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How To Make A Paper Airplane

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Creating a Classroom Filled With Kindness + Bucket Filler Freebie

Creating a positive and encouraging classroom filled with kindness and respect is something we start working on from day one.  I always start the year by reading the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. The bucket filling concept explained in the book acts as a powerful classroom management strategy all year through. It underlines the importance and impact of our words and actions towards others and ourselves.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? explains that everyone has an invisible bucket.  When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel terrible. We can fill our buckets by being kind to others and when others are kind to us. We can empty those buckets when we are mean or unkind. It’s a sweet and simple concept that even our littlest learners can understand.

Setting Classroom Expectations

Brainstorm positive classroom behaviours and sort the bucket filler and bucket dipper behaviours. The kiddos now understand some of your classroom expectations and the behaviours and actions they should work towards.

Bucket Filler Display

Create a central bulletin board display that helps students remember that they are bucket fillers. Make a bucket for each student using envelopes or zip lock bags. Then encourage them to write bucket filler notes to each other. Not only are they practising kindness but also working on their letter writing skills!

I also have a class bucket that I add pom poms to whenever I catch my kiddos being kind! They love working together to fill the class bucket.

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Bucket Filler Activities

I like to reinforce the bucket filler concept with different worksheets and activities throughout the year.

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How to Catch a Turkey – STEM and Procedural Writing

I always love doing procedural writing… but a procedural writing activity that lends itself to STEM is the BEST! Reading the book How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton is the perfect starting point for this fun and engaging project-based learning Thanksgiving activity.

The kiddos love being creative and designing their turkey trap.

Then it’s time to build! Provide a range of craft supplies like pipe cleaners, cardboard boxes, pop sticks etc…

Encourage the kiddos to talk about how they will trap their turkey and catch it before they begin writing their procedure.

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Fun Christmas Activities For The Classroom That The Kids Will Love!

During the holiday season, engaging our students can be harder than ever.  Using holiday and seasonal activities helps to get over that hurdle. These Christmas activities will have your students focused and engaged while working on important skills.

1. Letter to Santa Writing

The top Christmas writing activity would have to be the classic letter to Santa. The kiddos love writing their letter to Santa. Why not take this opportunity to teach them how to write a letter, address an envelope and post mail. Download this Letter to Santa writing paper freebie HERE to get you started.

2. Procedural Writing

Think gift wrapping, gingerbread house building, tree decorating… Christmas procedures are fun and can be made all the more enjoyable by the doing!

How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace is the perfect stimulus for procedure writing.

3. Christmas Tree Decorating

Christmas tree decorating is another fun way to get your students writing and learning practical skills. Check out this video to match the How to decorate a Christmas Tree activity.

4. Gingerbread Activities! Yum!

Another fun and creative procedure writing activity is Gingerbread House design and build.

5 . All Things Elf!

The elf on the classroom shelf is so much fun for little learners! I love how much joy and excitement the elf brings to our classroom at the end of the year.

First we decide on a name… This is where we come up with a bunch of names and narrow them down to the four most popular. Then the kids vote, we collect the data and voila! We have a name!

⭐ Christmas Elf Writing & Activity Bundle Worksheets

Then we start our observation journal. Everyday the kiddos love to write about all the antics our elf gets up to.

⭐ Christmas Elf Writing & Activity Bundle Worksheets

Other fun writing activities to get the kiddos inspired… Label and describe the elf or have them apply for a job at the North Pole! Make sure you DOWNLOAD this Elf Job Application FREEBIE.

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Bear Says Thanks Activities for Thanksgiving

I love using the book to talk to children about being grateful, giving thanks and good manners, as well as themes of friendship, sharing and gratitude. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is a classroom favorite for the month of November. The story is about a lonely bear with empty cupboards who decides to throw a feast. His generous friends arrive one by one with plenty of food to share. Bear shows his appreciation for each offering with the memorable refrain, “bear says thanks.

Check out the activities and worksheets I use to extend on the themes for this story here.

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Free 2022 Printable Calendar

This year 2021 seemed to be endless at times but 2022 is almost here so we might as well start getting ready for it! That means it’s time to pick a new 2022 calendar to help you stay organised and keep track of events all year long. Grab your free download here.

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