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Australian Curriculum: Literature units of work

Posted by Lisa Hill on March 20, 2011


Just an update so that readers of this blog know what I’m working on. (Let’s not reinvent any wheels! Let’s not duplicate each other’s work!)

This term I am updating my existing Term 1 literature units so that they include relevant elements of the new Australian Curriculum.

So the learning focuses include

  • SLAV library skills
  • VELS Thinking Processes; Interpersonal Development and Personal Learning
  • Australian Curriculum English Literature  (and maybe also Language and Literacy)

Assessment includes

  • SLAV library skills
  • VELS Thinking Processes; Interpersonal Development and Personal Learning outcomes
  • Australian Curriculum English Literature  (and maybe also Language and Literacy) elaborations (which is the silly word they have chosen for outcomes)

The units I am working on are

  • Aesop’s Fables (Preps)
  • Traditional Tales (fairy tales) (Years 1 & 2)
  • Author Study: Hans Christian Andersen (Years 3 & 4)
  • Traditional Tales (myths & legends) Years 5 & 6 – Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo

Once I have tweaked the planning templates to my satisfaction you will be able to download them as well, but getting these right is what’s taking the time.   

I hope to have these four units – and the templates – available for download some time during the Easter holidays.

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Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School | Brain Rules |

Posted by Lisa Hill on August 18, 2010


 

 Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina looks like a very useful reference for anyone interested in how brains learn. 

Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and he has very generously shared some of the principles in an interactive presentation online.  Open the link below, watch the video and then scroll down to the 12 rules and explore each one, checking out the graphs and videos as you go.  He’s got some challenging criticisms of how schools make learning more difficult but he’s got the science on his side!

via Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School | Brain Rules |.

PS The book is being released in October.

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Wikipedia in simple English

Posted by Lisa Hill on July 26, 2009


Simple WikipediaI am indebted to one of my students for the discovery that there is a simple English version of Wikipedia, designed specifically to have simple English words and grammar for people learning English and for children.   Thank you Zahraa!

This is the URL http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page or click here.

This is a good place for teachers to contribute kid-friendly info for projects – and if you do become a contributor, well, you’ll know straight away if the work’s been plagiarised, eh?

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Prep unit of work: VELS Level 1, Wild Animals

Posted by Lisa Hill on June 11, 2009


Have uploaded a new unit for VELS Level 1 on the Goodies to Share page. It’s called Wild Animals and its focus is on introducing non-fiction to Preps.

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