Picture Books to Support the Australian Curriculum: Year 2

Picture Books to Support the Australian Curriculum: Year 2

Every teacher can testify to the engagement received by their students when offered to be read a story. Whether it be from a picture book or novel, stories bring so much enjoyment to children’s lives. The added bonus is that they can also be great tools for linking various content areas of the Australian Curriculum.

I have gathered a list of books that I highly recommend for Year 2 Teachers to use as they are teaching to the Australian Curriculum throughout the year. I have sorted these books into curriculum content areas but you will quickly notice that most of the books link to other content areas making them great tools for the time-poor Australian Teacher. (please note the following list contains affiliate links)

English

Language
Don’t be a Bully, Billy! (Cautionary Tales)
Don’t Tell Lies, Lucy!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Rumpelstiltskin
Say Please, Louise! (Cautionary Tales)
American Book 429259 The Story of Little Red Riding Hood
Lucy Cousins’ Book of Nursery Rhymes
I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What Is a Prounoun? (Words Are CATegorical)
Mine, All Mine!: A Book about Pronouns (World of Language)
Kites Sail High
Old Black Fly
Pumpkin Soup (Pumpkin Soup)
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? (Words Are CATegorical)
Many Luscious Lollipops

Literacy
Banana Skin Chaos!. by LILLI L’Arronge
Fairy Tales Gone Wrong: Eat Your Greens, Goldilocks: A Story About Eating Healthily
The Last Book Before Bedtime
Rufus the Numbat
The Shopping Basket

Literature
Beauty and the Beast Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales)
Cinderella Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales)
Hansel and Gretel Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales)
Keep Running, Gingerbread Man
The Korean Cinderella
Rapunzel Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales
Red: A Crayon’s Story
Snow White Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales)
Multicultural Stories: Stories From China (Multicultural Stories)
Multicultural Stories: Stories From India (Multicultural Stories)
Multicultural Stories: Stories From The Amazon
Multicultural Stories: Stories From West Africa (Multicultural Stories)
This Zoo is Not for You (Ross Collins)
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Warnayarra the Rainbow Snake (Warnayarra Rainbow Snake)
The Wolf’s Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood
You & Me, Murrawee

Maths

Measurement and Geometry
Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes
Cherries
Hold on Tight
The Shape Song Swingalong [With CD (Audio)]
Why I Love Summer

Number and Algebra
Scholastic Books-Trade SB-0439598400 The Grapes Of Math Paperback
How Many Legs?
How Much, How Many, How Far, How Heavy, How Long, How Tall Is 1000?
Math Potatoes
Math-Terpieces
One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab
Safari Park (Great Source Mathstart)
Spunky Monkeys on Parade: Counting by 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s (Mathstart: Level 2 (Prebound))
Ready, Set, Hop! (MathStart 3)
Give Me Half! (MathStart 2)
The Doorbell Rang

Science

Biological Sciences
Rounds: Cora Caterpillar (Rounds)
Rounds: Parker Penguin (Rounds)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Earth and Space Sciences
Little Bees: The Drop Goes Plop: A first look at the water cycle (Little Bees)
The Little Raindrop (Picture Storybooks)
Why Should I Save Water? (Why Should I? Books)

HASS

Anzac Day Parade Australian Edition
Audrey Goes to Town
The Audrey of the Outback Collection
Bantam and the Soldier (Bantam and the Soldier)
Belonging
The Dog on the Tuckerbox
Grandpa Green
Great Aussie Inventions
Kick it to Me
Memorial (Lothian Australian Favourites)
My Hometown
Nyuntu Ninti: What you should know
Pawprints in Time (Viking Kestrel picture books)
Queenie: One Elephant’s Story
Radio Rescue!
The Road to Goonong
What Was The War Like, Grandma? (Walker Classic)
Wilfred Gordon Mcdonald Partridge
Window
You & Me, Murrawee

Health

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien
How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? by Jane Yolen
What’s My SuperPower? by Aviaa Johnson
Calvin Can’t Fly by Jennifer Berne

Let me know if you have any other suggestions to add to this list by commenting below. I’d love to hear from you!!

Happy teaching!!

Picture Books to Support the Australian Curriculum: Year 1

Picture Books to Support the Australian Curriculum: Year 1

Every teacher can testify to the engagement received by their students when offered to be read a story. Whether it be from a picture book or novel, stories bring so much enjoyment to children’s lives. The added bonus is that they can also be great tools for linking various content areas of the Australian Curriculum.

I have gathered a list of books that I highly recommend for Year 1 Teachers to use as they are teaching to the Australian Curriculum throughout the year. I have sorted these books into curriculum content areas but you will quickly notice that most of the books link to other content areas making them great tools for the time-poor Australian Teacher. (please note the following list contains affiliate links)

English

Language
Exclamation Mark
Pancakes, Pancakes! (World of Eric Carle)
Ruby and Leonard and the Great Big Surprise
What the Jackdaw Saw
What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig
Wombat Stew 30th Anniversary Edition

Literature
Collecting Colour
One Leaf Rides the Wind
This Is a Good Story
Three Billy Goats Gruff
What Rhymes With Sneeze?
What’s the Opposite? (The Hueys) (The Hueys)

Maths

Measurement and Geography
The Bad-Tempered Ladybird
Follow That Map!
Rosie’s Walk
What’s the Time, Dinosaur?

Number and Algebra
100 Days of Cool (MathStart 2)
Emily’s First 100 Days of School
Full House: An Invitation to Fractions
Give Me Half!: Understanding Halves (Mathstart: Level 2 (Prebound))
If You Were a Fraction
One Hundred Hungry Ants
Leaping Lizards (MathStart 1)
Math by All Means, Place Value, Grade 2: The King’s Commissioners (Brainy Day Books)

Science

Biological Sciences
Backyard
Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo
Looking for Crabs (Australian Children’s Classics)
Mallee Sky
Oi! Get Off Our Train
Sam’s Bush Journey
The Waterhole
Yucky Worms (Nature Storybooks)

Earth and Space Sciences
The ABC Book of Seasons (The ABC Book Of …)
All Through the Year
Cherries
On Earth
Tap the Magic Tree
The Things That I LOVE about TREES
What Will the Weather be? (Lets-Read-And-Find-Out Science Stage 2)
Why I Love Summer
Window
A Year on Our Farm

Physical Sciences
Boom Bah!
I Hear a Pickle
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!
The Story of the Orchestra

HASS

All Through the Year
An Aussie Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Australian Kids
Australian Kids through the Years
Inside the World of Tom Roberts: A Ben and Gracie Art Adventure
It’s a Miroocool!
Lizzie Nonsense: A Story of Pioneer Days
Me, Oliver Bright
My First Car was Red
No Hat Brigade (Pocket Version)
Papa and the Olden Days (Walker Classic)
Possum in the House
Remembering Lionsville: My Family Story
Sugar-gum Tree (Aussie Bites)
Tails From Grandad’s Attic
Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu
When I Was a Kid
When I was Little, Like You
Window

Health

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien
How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? by Jane Yolen
What’s My SuperPower? by Aviaa Johnson
Calvin Can’t Fly by Jennifer Berne

Let me know if you have any other suggestions to add to this list by commenting below. I’d love to hear from you!!

Happy teaching!


Picture Books to Support the Australian Curriculum: Foundation Year

Picture Books to Support the Australian Curriculum: Foundation Year

Every teacher can testify to the engagement received by their students when offered to be read a story. Whether it be from a picture book or novel, stories bring so much enjoyment to children’s lives. The added bonus is that they can also be great tools for linking various content areas of the Australian Curriculum.

I have gathered a list of books that I highly recommend for Foundation Teachers to use as they are teaching to the Australian Curriculum throughout the year. I have sorted these books into curriculum content areas but you will quickly notice that most of the books link to other content areas making them great tools for the time-poor Australian Teacher. (please note the following list contains affiliate links)

English

Language
ABC Animal Jamboree
Alison Lester’s ABC
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
Hooray for Fish!
Kangaroos Hop
Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books
Ten Scared Fish
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania

Literacy
Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!: The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear (Other Side of the Story (Library))
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf (Other Side of the Story (Library))
Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother (Other Side of the Story (Library))
Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks!:: The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as Told by the Giant (Other Side of the Story (Library))

Literature
Fairytales Gone Wrong: Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf!: A Story about Spreading Germs (Fairytales Gone Wrong)
Bonnie and Ben Rhyme Again (Bonnie and Ben)
Don’t Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio!
My Village: Rhymes From Around the World
What Rhymes With Sneeze?
Yummy: My Favourite Nursery Stories

Maths

Measurement and Geography
Comparing with Cats (Animaths)
Measuring with Monkeys (Animaths)
Perfect Square
The Shape of Things
Today Is Monday

Number and Algebra
Counting Chickens
Everybunny Count!
Joey Counts to Ten
Line Up, Please!
None the Number (The Hueys) (The Hueys)
Out in the Ocean
Splosh! (Splosh!)
Ten Blue Wrens: And What a Lot of Wattle!
Red Car, Red Bus
TIP TAP Went the Crab
Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea

Science

Biological Sciences
Jeremy
That’S Not a Daffodil!
We’re Getting a Cat!
First Lift-the-Flap First Q&A: How Do Flowers Grow? (Lift the Flap) [Board book]

Chemical Sciences
The Three Little Pigs (Picture Books)
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Earth and Space Sciences
The ABC Book of Seasons (The ABC Book Of …)
George Flies South
Hold on Tight
Penelope the Mountain Pigmy Possum
The Rainy Day (Picture Books)
Thunderstorm Dancing
A Year on Our Farm [Paperback]

HASS

Alma and How She Got Her Name
The Family Book
Family Forest
Fancy Nancy’s Marvelous Mother’s Day Brunch
Grandad’s Magic
Grandpa Green
Hello From Nowhere
Important Things
Just the Way We Are
Me and My Family Tree
Me and You
More People to Love Me
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny
Nanna’s Button Tin
Remembering Lionsville: My Family Story
Sam and His Dad
Shoes from Grandpa (Shoes from Grandpa)
The Treasure Box
Who’s In My Family?: All About Our Families
Why I Love Summer

Health

How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tim Rath
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland
The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland
The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Let me know if you have any other suggestions to add to this list by commenting below. I’d love to hear from you!!

Happy teaching!

Fishpond

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Establishing Positive Parent Teacher Relationships

Establishing Positive Parent Teacher Relationships

While schooling plays a critically important part, all of the learning that a child does in life contributes to their overall education. Parents as children’s first teachers, have enormous impact on their learning and insight into areas of interest, learning styles, cultural influence that may effect how children learn and their ways of viewing and understanding the learning taking place.

The relationship between parents and teachers, effects children’s attitudes and performance. A child who can see that their parent and teacher are working together, will be more successful than a child who concludes that their parent does not like or respect their teacher. Research suggests, when parents and teachers have similar expectations student’s attitudes and performance in school will improve.

Active involvement of parents in their school’s instructional program encourages better work ethic, and development of improved attitudes towards school and school work for both parents and students alike. Schools that encourage parent participation are more effective, than those in which parents are not actively involved.

The most successful school programs provide a variety of ways for parents to participate in their children’s education. In both high and low resource communities, research suggests that the quality of schools greatly improves with active parent participation.

Therefore it is vitally important for teachers to foster relationships with parents based on mutual respect, understanding and a shared commitment to the well being of the child; which will encourage parent participation both at home and within the school and provide students with the best education possible.

Here are some practical ideas to help you establish and maintain positive parent teacher relationships in your classroom:

Beginning of the School Year:
– Greet parents warmly, but focus attention to the students
– Have windows opened
– Ensure that the room looks organised and bright (this doesn’t necessarily mean adding a heap of colour, simply adding a plant or flowers and ensuring the lights are on gives the feeling of calm and organisation)
– Photograph each child during the first week and display on the door or in the room.
– Distribute a letter of introduction (make sure this is approved by your Principal first). The letter may include: an introduction, welcoming statement, positive statement about the school and the year ahead, anticipation of working with the class, the current main unit topic (the what and the why), mention of upcoming events such as parents nights, invitation to arrange a time to meet with you if parents have issues they wish to address, conclude with a positive.
– Distribute a ‘Getting to Know You’ form (template available in my Free Resources Library)

Parent Teacher Evening
(Keep discussion on general issues. Invite parents who wish to discuss specifics pertaining to their child to make an appointment to speak with you)
– Display some of the student’s work eg wall displays, books
– Set up chairs in a semi circle
– Set up OHP for visual focus to main points
– Have coffee/tea/juice available
– Start and finish on time
– Welcome parents
– Stress the importance of the parent teacher relationship to enhance learning for the student (feel free to use what I have written above to support your explanation)
– Very briefly overview curriculum, eg the strand of English and the main genres which will be covered. Do similar for the other Learning Areas but keep it brief!
– Discuss ways parents can assist in their child’s learning
– Involve parents in decision making eg homework issues
– Ask for helpers
– Negotiate/state procedures for interviews, letters, birthdays, etc.

Ongoing Communication of Information
Beginning and on completion of term’s work or units of work.
– Letters giving general information
– Class term newsletter
– Work samples that the students share at home
– Consider open days, open nights which provide opportunity for students to share their learning.

Parent/Teacher Interview
– Allow sufficient time for each interview
– Space allocated times for ‘breathing space’
– Consider doing a few each day (interviews can be mentally tiring)
– Keep to the scheduled times
– Avoid having parents wait in the dark or in the cold
– Use the student’s folio to support the report
– Keep a focus on ‘has achieved’ and ‘working toward’
– Offer suggestions on how the student’s learning can be supported

Formal Written Report
– Focus on positive statements
– Check accuracy of spelling, grammar

End of Year
– Card/letter of thanks and Christmas greetings from you to the parents
– Coffee afternoon/party organised by the students to say thank you to the class helpers.

Have you got any other suggestions for maintaining positive relationships with parents? Please share them below in the comments! I would love to hear from you! Happy teaching :)

Early Childhood Counting Rhymes

Early Childhood Counting Rhymes

Children learn best through rhyme and repetition. When I taught in Early Years classrooms, this mode of learning was well received by the children and engaged them in many learning opportunities, without formalising the learning they were engaging with. The following rhymes I am sharing with you today, are great for transitions and time fillers. Using fingers and actions, children will be engaged as they learn early number concepts as practising some fine motor movements to strengthen up those little fingers for writing.

Five Cookies (Action poem)
Five little cookies in the bakery shop.
Shining bright with the sugar on top.
Along comes (child’s name) with a nickel to pay.
He/she buys a cookie and takes it away.
(continue with four, three, two and one).

Five Fat Peas (A counting finger play especially useful in the Spring and Summer)
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (children hold hand in a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (put thumb and fingers up one by one)
They grew and grew (raise hand int he air very slowly)
And did not stop,
Until one day
The pod went POP! (children clap hands together)

Birds (Poem)
There was one little bird in a little tree,
He was all alone, and he didn’t want to be.
So he flew far away, over the sea,
And brought back a friend to live in the tree.
(Substitute two, three, etc. for one as you finish the verse)

Turtles (Poem)
One baby turtle alone and new.
Finds a friend, and then there are two.
Two baby turtles crawl down to the sea.
They find another, and then there are three.
Three baby turtles crawl along the shore.
They find another, and then there are four.
Four baby turtles go for a dive.
Up swims another, and then there are five.

Five Little Bees
One little bee blew and flew,
He met a friend and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be,
Along came another and that made three.
Three little bees, wanted one more,
Found one soon and that made four.
Four little bees, going to the hive,
Spied their little brother, and that made five.
Five little bees working every hour,
Buzz away, bees, and find another flower.

Counting Apples (A finger play)
Five red apples
Hanging on a tree (five fingers help up)
The juiciest apples you ever did see!
The wind came past
And gave an angry frown (shake head and look angry)
And one little apple came tumbling down.
Four red apples, etc.

Monkeys In A Tree (Action poem)
Five little monkeys (five fingers held up)
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me.”
“You can’t catch me.”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile
As quiet as can be…
SNAP!! (clap hands together like a crocodile)
(Continue until all monkeys are gone then add at the end…)
Away swims Mr. Crocodile
As full as he can be!!!!

Five Little Firefighters (A finger play)
Five little fire fighters sit very still (hold up five fingers)
Until they see a five on top of the hill
Number one rings the bell, ding-dong (bend down thumb)
Number 2 pulls his big boots on (bend down pointer finger)
Number 3 climbs on the truck right away (bend down middle finger)
Number 4 joins him, no one can wait (bend down ring finger)
Number 5 drives the truck to the fire (bend down little finger)
The big yellow flames go higher and higher (spread arms)
Whoo-oo! Whooo-ooo! Hear the fire truck say (imitate siren)
As all of the cars get out of the way.
Shhhh! Goes the water from the fire hose spout, (rub palms together)
And quicker than a wink the fire is out! (clap hands)

Ten Little Firemen (Preschool children perform the actions that the words suggest)
Ten little firemen sleeping in a row, (extend both hand, fingers curled)
Ding dong goes the bell (pull bell cord with one hand)
And down the pole they go (close both fists, put one on top of the other, slide down pole)
Off on the engine, oh, oh, oh. (steer engine with hands)
Using the big hose, so, so, so.
When all the fire’s out, home sooo slow (steer engine with hands)
Back to bed, all in a row (extend both hands with fingers curled)

Five Good Friends
Five good friends – outside having fun
Until a mother called for one
To come and clean the floor
Five minus one, that leaves four.
Four good friends – outside having fun
Until a mother called for one
To come and have some tea.
four minus one, that leaves three.
Three good friends – outside having fun
Until a mother called for one
To come and find her shoe.
Three minus one, that leaves two.
Two good friends – outside having fun
Until a mother called for one
To come home, ’til his chores were done.
Two minus one, that leaves one.
One good friend – outside all alone
She stopped playing and also went home.
Now no one is outside having fun.
Now the friends outside is zero or none!

Let me know if you have any of your own favourite rhymes by adding them in the comments box below! Happy teaching!!