Living Things R-2 Resources

Inquiry Learning – Kath Murdoch PD 28th March

Visible Thinking Strategies

Dan Meyer resources:

Strategies to engage/ provide evidence – formative assessment:

  • Give One, Get One
  • Goal for the day at roll call
  • Today’s challenge is…
  • Self manager goals –
  • Goal is: (photos placed by individual students next to the goal that pertains to them
  • Think Ink Link
  • Think Make Link
  • Agree Disagree – lists, continuum, justify position
  • Then I thought Now I think – Reflection Bridge
  • Comprehension strategy – code text – Connect (C), Extend (E), Challenge (Ch)
  • Flat chat – democratic, shared time, thinking captured (baseline data – growth in thinking measurable)
  • Full circle – Responding to questions, discuss as a group, add an answer, go to next question. Rotate until all questions answered.
  • Sentence starters for Reflective Thinking (helps to scaffold the language)
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility – I do, We do, You do
  • Flip of this – You try, we discuss, I do (refinement)
  • Reflective Teaching strategy
  • Bin it, Add it, Keep it, Tweak it
  • Learning intentions posed as a question to invite students into learning from an inquiry perspective

Learning Assets – Kath Murdoch – A Framework

We are researchers.

We can formulate questions and locate and use a wide range of sources and techniques to investigate problems, interests and issues. We think critically about the information we gather and we are careful to acknowledge our sources.

curious, courageous, resourceful

We are thinkers.

We can think logically, creatively and reflectively. We think about how we use our thinking and have different strategies for making our thinking visible to others. We remain open-minded and no that our thinking changes as we learn.

open-minded, flexible, persistent

We are collaborators.

We can work with others on shared goals, questions and challenges. We know how to be a constructive part of a team, to use different roles for different tasks and to actively listen to and respect other people’s views. We understand how our behaviour affects others.

empathetic, compassionate, reliable

We are self-managers.

we can learn independently and can make wise decisions about our learning. We know ourselves as learners and can set and work towards personal goals. We know we can continually improve as learners.

resilient, responsible, reflective

We are communicators.

We can communicate ideas confidently in different ways and for different purposes. We listen thoughtfully to what others communicate to us. We can adapt our communication style to different contexts.

confident, responsive, respectful


I have recently been reading Kath Murdoch’s new book, The Power of Inquiry, and have gathered some different questioning techniques that I will be using this term with classes. Feel free to use what is useful to you.


PD Days – August 24 and 25, 2015

Check out this Blog Post about rubrics:

Assessment Strategies

Genres across the Australian Curriculum

Literacy Capability

Teaching and Learning Cycle
Teaching and Learning Cycle

SOLO Taxonomy Resources:
Advantages of SOLO Taxonomy:

SlideShare Presentations:

Graphic Organisers to help students synthesise information/ look for links/ relationships:
SOLO Identifying features
SOLO graphic org

Reporting Guidelines:
Reporting ‘C’ Grade – near and far transfer:

Achievement Standards for each curriculum area:

Italian: Italian Achievement Standards

Visual Arts:australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-visual-arts

Civics and Citizenship: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-civics-citizenship


Design Technologies: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-design-technologies

Digital Technologies: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-digital-technologies

Drama: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-drama

Economics and Business: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-economics-business

Health and PE: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-health

Media Arts: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-media-arts

Music: australian-curriculum-achievement-standard-music

Science: australian-curriculum-achievement-standards-v3-science

English: australian-curriculum-achievement-standards-v6-english

Geography: australian-curriculum-achievement-standards-v6-geography

History: australian-curriculum-achievement-standards-v6-history

Maths: australian-curriculum-achievement-standards-v6-mathematics

Sentence Structures/ Achievement Standard using the Language and Literacy Levels

Reception:Sentence Structure Reception Achievement Standard

Year 1:Sentence Structure Year 1 Achievement Standard

Year 2:Sentence Structure Yera 2 Achievement Standard

Year 3:Sentence Structure Year 3 Achievement Standard

Year 4:Sentence Structure Year 4 Achievement Standard

Year 5:Sentence Structure Year 5 Achievement Standard

Year 6:Sentence Structure Year 6 Achievement Standard

Year 7:Sentence Structure Yera 7 Achievement Standard

SOLO Blank Rubric:
SOLO Blank

Unit Planner:
Unit Planner
Unit Planner 2015 NPSV2.0

Scope and Sequences for Learning Areas – Australian Curriculum






Design and Technology: Materials

Design and Technology: Digital Technologies:

Economics and Business:

Civics and Citizenship:

The Arts:

Health and Physical Education:


Reconciliation Week Resources

Website with significant events ordered on a timeline. Famous paintings to focus discussion on Aboriginal lifestyles prior to European settlement.
Teacher Resource to go with this:

Reconciliation SA Education Packs – ideas for Early Years, Primary and Middle Years.

Citizenship_Lets_Talk_Recognition (1)


Song: The Journey

Refer to The Dreaming – A teacher reference resource with a DVD of Dreaming Stories from different parts of Australia, several from SA.

Splash/ ABC – Lots of different content appropriate for different year levels

Dreaming Stories:

Country/ Place

Teacher Resource:

Indigenous Language Map

Teaching Resources:

There are also many resources on Scootle. Get there directly from the Learnlink homepage now!
Other resources:
The Burnt Stick, Anthony Hill – A story about a child removed from his mother. Very powerful. A copy is in our library.

Idjhil, Helen Bell – A story about a child removed from his people/ country. We have a copy in our library.

Archie Roach – Took the Children Away – Song related to Stolen Generation

The Rabbits, Shaun Tan – A metaphorical story related to colonisation.

Noel Pearson’s Eulogy at Gough Whitlam’s funeral would be a great literary challenge for year 6/7 students. Although lots of complex language is used, it is very powerful and gives a good summary of more recent Aboriginal history through one man’s perspective.

Mabo Website – Lots of resources – Middle Years

Vincent Lingiari

Aboriginal History in Pictures, a PowerPoint

Aboriginal History Pictures