Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is on the 8th of February 2016 and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and explore Chinese themes in the classroom.

A quick and easy way to present Chinese New Year to students is to download the Chinese New Year activity pack.

Contained in this pack is everything you need to introduce and explore this festival in your room including:

Information Slides:
• China
• Chinese Calendar
• Red Envelope
• Firecrackers
• Lanterns and Dragons

1 Find the continent of Asia
2 Chinese Calendar
3 Red Envelope
• Red Envelope Decoration
• Red Envelope Coins – Black and White
• Red Envelope Coins - Colour
4 Firecrackers – Maths sheet
5 Chinese Lantern Instructions & Chinese Lantern Template

A farm thematic unit in the classroom
Young children love all things farm-related. They love the noises animals make. They love to name the animals (something they have often been doing since they were babies). They love to colour and play farm games.

The Farm Activity Pack by TechTeacherPto3 is everything you need to introduce farm themes into your classroom.

Inside the Farm Pack you will find 12 Maths and 12 Literacy activities to use in your classroom.

Full colour farm posters assist with vocabulary building.

Flashcards and a Bingo Game also assist young students to build their vocabulary.

The Diorama is a fun craftivity to allow students to build their own farm and then write about their farm in the writing task.
12 Literacy activities and worksheets build on vocabulary including naming, labelling using describing words.
12 Maths activities include Old Macdonald's Farm song and several maths activities that can be used with this (including large images for interactive lessons). Part, part whole activities, maths problem solving and much more!

To view the full list of what is available in this busy pack visit the TechTeacherPto3 store or follow the link to the product by clicking here.

Dot Painting Fun!

My Preps have really enjoyed exploring Aboriginal culture and their connection to the land as part of their Geography study.

We've studied Tiddalick the Frog and the concept of drought and flood in Australia.

We read the story of the Rainbow Serpent and discussed how we must care for the land and animals as they are our brothers and sisters.

To finish our unit we explored Aboriginal art and then created some wonderful dot paintings. I was particularly impressed with how easy these were for 5 and 6 year olds to create!

If you'd like to try the dot paintings you can download the full pack which contains explicit step by step instructions, images and black outlines for students to use here.