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Aboriginal teaching activities and teaching resources

1 Apr

I have been thinking a lot lately about how we as teachers need to deliver authentic and quality lessons around truly understanding Indigenous ways of living that has real meaning and not just an add on or tacked on lesson with no substance! Easy to preach hard to do!

When I looked  over my blog stats I found there was an overwhelming amount of interest in how we do this! People are asking the questions I am asking all over the world!

I found this site today and started looking at the resources in depth.They look good!




Sadly some have been removed but there are a lot that have some excellent content.

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Helping big Indigenous kids read

Helping little Indigenous Kids read


This is a must,painful to read,but a must!

Bringing them home


boys fishing

boys playing football

a woman being handed an award

people walking across a bridge


Children’s books – lesson ideas – resources 2

23 Oct

I have just realized that I have created a post like this about a year ago! Well I guess I can keep going as over the years I have added more ‘favorite’ stories to my collection!

My small collection!













1. Are we there yet ? (Alison Lester)

are we there yet










Most of the ones I found were for primary children:


http://teacherfeatures.com.au/lesson_plans_and_activities_for_picture_books_novels_and_graphic_novels (this link has so many wonderful teacher support notes for many books!)


http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2009/08/teachers-notes-z-book-titles.html (this is another one with lots of notes for lots of books)



2. A squash and a squeeze (Julia Donaldson)













http://www.sharemylesson.com/teaching-resource/a-squash-and-a-squeeze-teaching-resources-6109851/ (TES is free to join and the lessons have been created by teachers and for teachers! )


http://youtu.be/-tI0bQ-A-H0 ( youtube song clip)

https://www.pinterest.com/clarkyfreak/literacy/ (Printable word labels for the story)


3. Big Rain coming (Katrina Germein)

big rain coming 2















I will keep going over the next few weeks putting up more stories and resources.


Where is the Green Sheep? Classroom Pet!

21 Oct

This year  in a Kindy class I read the story of the Green sheep to the children. And then I had a mad idea! I was going to be in the class for 5 weeks as the teacher was on going on long service leave and travelling in Europe so we hatched a plan! I have 2 soft plush toy Green sheep so she took one with her and I kept one here in Perth!

I read the story and we talked about all the usual things like text going left to right/where we start reading and then as you do we went on to rhyme and repetition and sequence and so on and so on. Then I took the little green sheep out of a bag and introduced him to the class. They all had a hold and we placed him where everyone could see him. Then the plan went into action! Over the weekend the teacher, who was travelling, sent photos of the green sheep in London. I hid our green sheep away. So come Monday morning the children started looking for the green sheep and I showed them a photo of the green sheep in London!


You should have seen there faces! What! How did he get there so fast? Did he fly? Did he grow wings? What? How did that happen?

I had to have my wits about me as we had one group who came on a Monday and Tuesday and one group who came on a Thursday and Friday! It was tricky to say the least!

The next time the children came there was the green sheep back in Kindy! And so we kept going with our sneaky plan!

Off the green sheep went to Paris and was seen having fun in Disneyland!


And of course when one goes to Paris one must visit the Eiffel Tower!


The teacher returned to Perth although her long service had not finished so on our big pin up board of all the green sheep’s travels we had photos of him landing in Perth and  from then on he stayed in the classroom! Although he did sneak out one weekend and visited my house!

He is so tricky!

The children were very surprised the green sheep was so strong!


I shared his secret to his strength! Weight lifting!


The green sheep did so enjoy meeting Humpty and Miffy!


Nothing like a good game of chess!


Green sheep was very excited to see that he was famous! He didn’t know!


I found these resources and used them with the children. The great thing about the resources is that there was one for every child to come and place on the whiteboard! They are a set of pictures of the green sheep for each page of the story. You know the near and far sheep/ the train sheep etc etc!


Aboriginal activities with Kindergarten children 2

18 May

I decided to add another post relating to the previous one that I did as I had a new class of Kindergarten children. I have to admit I was hoping that their interest would go towards looking at different ways people live and celebrating and learning about the first people on the land. I prefer to read stories and see if the  children run with the ideas rather than setting up a ‘theme’. I have over the last few years really become very determined to ensure that the classroom life develops from the children.

So I was delighted as this group of Kindergarten children became fascinated with how other people live.

We had started using floor books so this project was added for the children so that we could look back and remember when!