Literacy: Legends

Get people from the community to come in and share legends ( or else the teacher ), create a slideshow on kidpix depiciting the story, have children do the voice -over, retelling the legend. For younger children, you can get them to do just one picture each, and collate as a class. Thiscan be useful for all areasof the school. You can play around with art rage as well.


instead of always publishing in a written format or typed why not orally publish on a podcast - especially wonderful for reluctant writers

=Interactive books

The children in my class made books our of their stories and we are now in the process of publishing them as an interactive book. They have drawn pictures and inserted them into powerpoint. They have added foward and back arrows, sounds and made their pictures move. They have then recorded themselves reading the story. The purpose was to share it with the juniors so if they couldn't read the words yet they could click on it and it would be read to them. They are very cool and made them very motivated to write. Tabitha


A wonderful way of children either presenting or practising their speeches could be doing a podcast.

**Descriptive Writing:

Colour Poetry


__Publishing a poem on a digital image

This is a great way of publishing poetry, especially if you have been using your own digital image for motivation.**

Reading Activites:

Shared reading site: This is an excellent site for shared book reading and also has many stories, such as fairytales, folk stories, animals, nature, everyday life, poems and rhyme, around the world etc that may be useful in your literacy units. Go to: Excellent particularly if you have a data projector or otherwise put up for kids to listen to in reading rotation.

As part of your independent reading activities, you could have the following included in your rotation:

Junior: - alphabet practice〈=English -this is for alphabet learning - this is for alphabet learning excellent site for learning basic sight words - matching games suitable for years 1-4

an excellent site for cloze relating to social studies but can be used as a reading activity:
PM reader software
Sunshine software

Middle== - this is a vocab extension activity - stories with games. - Read stories and play games.

Reading follow-up activities: If you have had a group/class reading about a particular theme e.Famous people, after the readings have the children record what they found out in a variety of ways - e.g. one group may do a powerpoint presentation, one group may do a podcast about famous people, another may set up an interview situation and record on movie, another group might make up a poster about a famous person using the flickr big huge lab sit and so on....... There are many ways to engage our learners to make reading fun and have a purpose.**__


Wicked is a website aimed at students between the ages of 7–12 years. Wicked has been created in such a way that students can navigate the site and work through the activities independently.
Wicked contains curriculum-based fun learning activities that you can use to support your classroom programme. This is a non-commercial site funded by the Ministry of Education and all material is quality assured – this means that all external sites that are linked from Wicked have been checked to ensure they have educational content, are safe, and are free from unwanted advertisements.


School Journal interactive CD's - games and activities
Learning Media put out free copies of cd roms on books such as Wild and Wacky - these come with follow up activities - Get them loaded on your server to add to your reading programme - ideal for children with reading difficulties and they are free!!!


For oral advertisments with a static photo use a podcast - Jan


This is an absolutely amazing free site where you can create a magazine cover, CD covers, Movie Poster, Badge Maker, Calendar, Billboarde and Profile widget and much much more............. Go to and upload a photo from your files, create text to go with it, see what it is going to look like and create - this will most definitely be a winner with your kids!!!! It is so easy!!!!!! N.B when you upload your photo you will not see it until you have finished typing in on the lines and click create. If you don't like what it looks like, click edit and change things around.

_Book Reviews:_

_ podcast the book reviews as an exciting tool. Overtime students become more motivated to read because of the oral publishing. Clink on this link to find out more about the use in the classroom

- Jan


Monkey Jam:_

_ Thank you all very much for attending the workshop. Here are the notes as promised. - Mark Riley

_Analysing text:_

_ usr your data projector to share samples of text with your class. Highlight the aspects of text that you are focusing on - eg descriptive words, use of punctuation, opening sentences of paragraphs......

_Procedual Writing

:__ Use photo story - children make something e.g. pancakes, cup of tea, slime etc. Each stage is recorded by children using the digital camera. Voice overs or text can be added for publishing.

Graphic organisers:

Middle/senior school:
Use graphic organisers to compare/contrast when making connections between characters and or self, cross classification charts for organizing info, story maps, KWL charts etc.| heaps of different ones to use.

===So whats a blog:



Diary Writing:

** Set up class blog site and students s to add to the blog about things that are happening in their school/class. Great way of modelling for class as well as it can be done as a shared activity. At Coley Street, we have been using blogspot to blog.. Our kids are buzzing and can't wait to get to take turnschool in the morning and start blogging. They love the feedback from comments all over the place.


_ To check out the reasons and benefits that students gain from blogging, check out:

Want to know how to make a blog - easy to follow **** or visit Bit by bt by Bob Sprankle - he does a good job at talking you through why and how to use in a classroom
Visit for ideas on how to use blogging in english.
Visit and
Good sites to use to create your own/class blogs:
Want to see an example of a class blog - ****
HINT: to make it easy to share your blog, turn on the RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication). This helps people to find your blog, subscribe to it and receive updates.

Blogging for juniors:

    • Upload a picture and story and ask another class to look at it and comment back on it. You might want to create a story as a class or get a buddy to type in the story for your young child. This is excellent for creating an audience for your children's work





Practice being a newsreader with a teleprompter. Great activity to integrate into classroom programme

Get in the news:=

Use this site as a tool for teaching about writing news articles -** ****
The skills section is particularly good for teaching children how to be news reporters, but this site is all reading, so suitable for good readers only.

_Want to increase reading comp and need a hook to do it???

Increase reading comp and oracy through use of video conferencing. Match up two classes with similar reading ages and get them to read the same texts. One class sets up 5-10 questions to ask the other group in the other class. You can use skype or ichat to do this.


Why???? It covers reading, writing and oral language using authentic contexts and is another powerfulway for children to learn.
Listen to some NZ podcasts for ideas at:

=Wiki's in plain english

_Using wiki's in the classroom_

_** Check out this link for ieas and info: **Wikid Opportunities.doc**
  • A continuing story in which your class adds sentence suing new vocabulary words and writes and adventure story in collaboration with the entire class. They will NEVER forget the meaning of the words as they read and re-read their story each time they visit to add. The story can be a single version or branch off into multiple versions and endings (TeachersFirst site)

An online writer’s workshop or poetry workshop

with suggested revisions from classmates. Start with drafts and collaborate. Make sure students use the notes tab to explain why they make changes (TeachersFirst site)

Summary and discussion of a scene of a play, a poem, or even chapter by chapter of a novel, with groups taking responsibility for different portions (TeachersFirst site)

Collaborative book reviews or author studies

The digital whiteboard - A tool in early literacy. Check out this reading for great ideas!! ****

Create a class wiki site at to share children's writing: to see an example visit:

Literacy modelling=

If you go to rainforest maths, look down the bottom of the main menu page, there is a link - Writing Fun - this is a fantastic site to teach the different genre of writing. It provides templates, examples and you can highlight text features for your teaching points. Would be a wonderful resource to use for class teaching - CHECK IT OUT :-)