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Classroom game: dominoes

While teaching yesterday, I came up with an idea for a game. I warned the students that, since I had literally just come up with it, it might be a complete flop. However, I took a vote at the end of the lesson and my students all agreed that this was a game worth sharing with others.

How to play Dominoes:

  1. Students choose two words from a set list. (My students chose adjectives to describe themselves, but you could use just about anything, from maths problems to historically significant events!)
  2. Students have to move around the room looking for people who match one of their words. When they find someone, they link arms. Each person then needs to find someone who matches their second word.

Example:

Greg’s two words are short and loud.

 

 

 

 

Greg asks people in the class if they have chosen the words “short” or “loud”. Greg finds out that Blake has “short” as one of his words, so they link arms.

 

 

 

 

 

Now, Greg has to find someone with the word “loud” while Blake has to find someone with the word “happy”.

 

 

 

 

When one group has formed a chain of 5 or more people, tell the class that they have 1 minute left. The group with the longest chain wins.

Bonus challenge:

As a class, try to create the largest circle possible by having two end people link arms.


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Fort Lytton’s History Alive Festival

So many time periods, so little time! Join me on this fun tour around Fort Lytton’s History Alive Festival and discover all of the exciting opportunities to Celebrate Learning.

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Musical alphabet

Everyone learns in a unique way, and this video was made for those who learn best through music! Follow the orange dot with your finger and hum along with this upbeat tune as you learn how to write the letters of the alphabet.

Feel free to request other music styles and font types!

Click here to download a printable worksheet with the Queensland beginner’s font a to z set on red and blue guidelines.


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World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

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I had a blast filming at the 2017 World Science Festival in Brisbane. Highlights include seeing baby turtles, dancing with mad scientists and watching Science Steve create a toilet paper missile launcher! #WSFBrisbane #WSF2017

Quote of the Day:

“We need to teach kids these days not just content, but it’s the thinking, it’s the lifelong learning, it’s the ability to problem solve, to be able to manage with whatever problems our communities are going to deal with in the future, and that’s the scientists and the engineers who are going to solve those problems. That’s why we need kids engaged in science now, ready for the future.” – Steve Liddell from Street Science


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The Voyage game walkthrough

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Can you keep a convict ship afloat long enough to reach Australia? That’s what you’ll have to do in this awesome, edu-game called The Voyage.

I had so much fun playing this game! I love the funny yet historical animations and the wide variety of decisions you need to make in order to succeed. I needed to play a couple of times to get the hang of it and there were a few bugs when I played on my laptop but on my iPad it worked perfectly. My favourite mini game was catching flying fish!

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My habitat, my home

My winning entry to the 2016 Indigiscapes Photo and Film competition! Learn about native animals have to compete with pests for a home in their favourite natural habitat.


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Math Mayhem: 500-387 puzzle pieces

I started off with a box of 500 puzzle pieces, then my cat knocked it off the table, and I’ve found 387 so far. How many more do I need to find?

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Continents of the World – song, dance and animation!

I made this video after realising how hard it was for my 5th grade students to quickly grasp where each continent was on a map. This is a great tool to help students remember not just where continents are, but what they look like, with native music and animals thrown in for a bit of fun!

Scroll down for freebies including lyrics, posters and printables!

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12 Simple Ways to Defend the Planet

An engaging short film about recycling, plus 11 other ways to waste less and help the environment. Scroll to the bottom for spoilers! Also, make sure you comment below with your own ideas!

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Get a hobby!

Six steps to consider when looking for a new hobby. Check it out!

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