Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Reluctant Writers

Do your students groan when they hear the word writing? Try squiggle stories, the idea kept popping up as I trawled the internet and thought I'd see if my class liked it. Students are given a page with handwriting lines and a squiggle to change into a picture. It's great because they are encouraged to use their imagination and every story is different.

I first showed my class a Mr Squiggle clip off Youtube (a show I remember watching as a kid and being fascinated with). I then put a blank squiggle on the board using, my eBeam. I got the class to offer ideas as to what they saw the squiggle as. We then jointly constructed a story together. They then got to complete one independently. They were very excited and couldn't wait to start.


I now use this activity as an independent writing task on a weekly basis. The handwriting lines are great for those kids still learning to form their letters correctly. I've made a booklet of my own which includes more lines for those better writers who are capable of writing more.

Sguiggle Stories Booklet has 20 lined pages with set squiggles, plus a blank squiggle page. Get from TPT:

Mrs Possum

Name Tags/ Desk Tags

I was very excited to see that people actually downloaded my Helping Hands templates from TPT. Now I want to try and see if people will be happy to buy my resources. So here it goes....
Check out TPT for these student desk mats. I find that there are always a few kids in my class that are still spelling basic words incorrectly (whether it be laziness or they just don't have the capability), or they can't spell their surname yet. These mats are like name tags I guess. Each has:

  • Space to write each student's full name on handwriting lines
  • The alphabet uppercase and lowercase
  • Colours
  • Some common sight words
  • A number line 1-20
  • Left and right
Desk Mats from TPT

Just print and laminate. The PDF has a colour version and a black and white version. If you print the black and white version, just add the colours yourself with texta or pencil. Let me know what you think.

Mrs Possum

Monday, 29 July 2013

Helping Hands Job Board

You will need:

  • Particle board
  • Black Chalkboard Paint
  • Twine
  • Wooden Pegs
  • Liquid Chalk Pen
  • Hand Template
Just print template with names added, cut and laminate.

Hand Template from my TPT account

Mrs Possum

Friday, 26 July 2013

Welcome to Mrs Possum's Classroom. Exploring teaching blogs has become a new hobby of mine, so I've decided to start one of my own. I'm slowly learning the ins and outs of blogging. Hopefully within no time, I can post ideas and resources for all those other teachers out there.

Mrs Possum