Mr Melkert's Meandering Mind

Tales of an Upper Primary Teacher

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Make Your Own Font

I am not an advocate of spending too much time teaching kids handwriting these days although they still need to develop a legible writing style. One way of keeping kids computer created work individualised is to have them create their own font. I found this great explanation by Mya on an easy way to create your own personalised font. Mya also has lots of fantastic other ideas on her site Full Time Kid.

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Lip Dub Creation

As a farewell to Dwellingup Primary School the year 6/7 students of 2014. With help from the year 5 students, created a lip dub taking viewers on a walk around the amazing place that we are lucky enough to go to school at. It took lots of planning, research, cooperation, perseverance, creativity and support as well as being fun and motivational.

Here is a link to the lip dub. We would love some feedback and for it to be viewed by as many students as possible. Do you think we have the best school grounds in the world? I can’t think of a better place to go to work each day.

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QR Code Easter Treasure Hunt


Subject: Cross Curricular

Description: A treasure hunt involving scanning qr codes to reveal questions reviewing some of the things we had studied during the term. Once each question was solved the students were directed to another qr code which when scanned revealed a clue to a place they needed to visit to find their next question.  After finding all of the places, completing all of the questions and taking photos of all of the places they had been sent to they were given yet another qr code which sent them to another location where there was another qr code revealing the final clue to the treasures location. When they eventually found the treasure the students had to take a group selfie and their share of the treasure, (an easter egg). 

Students worked in groups of 2 or 3 and were given rules such as they had to be within 3 metres of each other at all times and they were not allowed to run while carrying an iPad. It took about an hour to complete the six questions, find the locations and eventually the treasure. All groups were successful and I was surprised by the lack of rule breaking which I thought might be rampant in their excitement and chase of the treasure. 

The feedback from the students was very positive and it was a fun and successful way to end our term. It also gave me some idea of what they had remembered and what will need further work on next term. 

thmix3Links to the Australian Curriculum: These links relate to the actual treasure hunt process and there were many more links which related to the content of the questions they had to solve.

English – Navigate and read texts for specific purposes applying appropriate text processing strategies, for example predicting and confirming, monitoring meaning, skimming and scanning

Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources.

Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions.

Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts

Mathematics – Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language.

Convert between common metric units of length, mass and capacity.

ICT Capability:

Locate, generate and access data and information. 

Collaborate, share and exchange – select and use appropriate ICT tools safely to share and exchange information and to safely collaborate with others.

Select and use hardware and software – select from, and safely operate, a range of devices to undertake specific tasks and use basic troubleshooting procedures to solve routine malfunctions.

Critical and Creative Thinking General Capability

Identify and clarify information and ideas – identify and clarify relevant information and prioritise ideas.
Organise and process information – analyse, condense and combine relevant information from multiple sources
 Pose questions- pose questions to clarify and interpret information and probe for causes and consequences.
Seek solutions and put ideas into action – assess and test options to identify the most effective solution and to put ideas into action
Consider alternatives – identify situations where current approaches do not work, challenge existing ideas and generate alternative solutions.
Imagine possibilities and connect ideas – combine ideas in a variety of ways and from a range of sources to create new possibilities.

Treasure Hunt mix

Treasure Hunt mix

Here are a few links to blog posts by the students about the activity.

Tools: I used the qrafter app to make and scan the qr codes. The kids took photos using the iPads.
Possibilities: This term I will use the idea again but possibly give it more of a maths focus with the clues being steps to follow in various measurements and directions. I will also get the students to design their own treasure hunts using qr codes.
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Time To Get This Blog Moving

My classroom.

My classroom.

One of my goals this term is to add at least one post to this blog per week about some activity we have attempted in class. Hopefully each post will include a description of the activity, tools used, links to the curriculum, shared resources and pictures.

Please leave comments, suggestions or questions and I will get back to you.


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Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice is a fantastic resource for digital storytelling! Written and directed by the award-winning novelist Kate Pullinger and digital artist Chris Joseph, Inanimate Alice has multiple episodes that increase in complexity and interactivity.

My students were motivated and responded enthusiastically to each episode and the excellent resources sourced from the Inanimate Alice website were of great value. I challenged my students to create their own episode of Inanimate Alice based in a setting of their choice. The students planned their story, created story boards and wrote the text and then used a tool of their own choice to create their episode. We discussed things such as copyright, trying to include interactive features, the need to keep to the style of the original episodes and trying to come up with a problem that related to their chosen setting.

Below are some of their episodes. Some were created with Powerpoint and others with Keynote.  Some of their interactive features have been lost in uploading them but you will get an idea of what they created. Please feel free to leave comments on their efforts.

Others can be viewed from my slideshare page.