Using units of measurement



skoolboSkoolbo is a free downloadable program for both Macs and PCs. There are also apps available for IOS and Android devices. Skoolbo is essentially a literacy and numeracy program designed for 4 – 10 year olds to practice their core literacy and numeracy skills. This is done through a 3D world where the progress through this world is determined by students successfully answering questions. The questions focus on the following areas:-


  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Spelling


  • Number Development
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Number Patterns
  • Time
  • Multiplication
  • Division

Each student is required to sit pre-tests on Reading and Numeracy to work out the difficulty level for the student, this is continually assessed and the difficulty adjusted when needed. Students receive ‘Bo’ coins for answering questions successfully which can be used to purchase rewards such as racing worlds, toys and other items.

Below is a video of Skoolbo in action. 


linkSkoolbo iTunes App Store


Skoolbo Google Play Store

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Stop the Clock


Stop the clock is a game against the clock. Students need to move the digital time to match the analogue time. Once students have completed the task they need to stop the clock. The challenge being who can do it in the fastest time. There are four games available 30 minute intervals, 15 minute intervals, 5 minute intervals and 1 minute intervals. The links to each of the games are below.


30 Minute Intervals

15 Minute Intervals

5 Minute Intervals

1 Minute Intervals

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With NAPLAN coming up soon teachers will be looking for resources to help students prepare for the NAPLAN tests. Being a teacher of year 3s it will be the first time for these students to see questions presented in the manner they are in the NAPLAN tests. From experience it is important to prepare these students for the format in which the questions will be presented to them. Visiting the official NAPLAN website I discovered that they have now removed past NAPLAN test papers and replaced them with example tests. You can access these example tests by following the link bellow.

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Time for Time


Time for Time is a comprehensive website to refer to when you next do a unit of work on time. There are telling time games, quizzes and a telling time interactive practice clock for students. There are lesson plans, class clocks and a very useful make your own telling time worksheet creator (one aspect of the worksheet creator is pictured below) for teachers. There is also information on the history of time and time zones. A very useful resource.


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Interactive Telling Time


Interactive Telling Time is fantastic app to help your child or students learn and understand the concept of time. There are six different activities to choose from. The first is ‘Set the TIme!’. In this activity you are given a time to set on an analogue clock. The question is spoken to you and presented to you. In ‘What’s the time?’ you have to set a digital clock based on the analogue time. ‘Play Puzzle’ involves children in familiarising themselves with the different components of an analogue clock. ‘Take the quiz!’ are multiple choice questions testing your knowledge. ‘Stop the clock’ involves you trying to stop the clock on a specific time. A hard thing to do when you crank up the speed. The last option is ‘Learn the clock!’ which guides the reader through various facts about clocks. You are encouraged to complete the activities to earn new items for your interactive aquarium. My children love this app and have certainly increased their confidence with telling the time as a result.



ZooWhiz is produced by the team at EdAlive. ZooWhiz is a free online learning system that covers Maths, punctuation, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, phonics and reading in a fun and creative way. Teacher’s are able to sign up fro free and then set up accounts for their students to use at school or at home. Students start by choosing their avatar and then can go about completing the more that 17,000 learning activities, either selected by their teacher, parent or themselves. Students earn coins for completed activities that they can spend at the ‘Biodome’ to purchase animals for their Zoo or go to the arcade to play mini games. If you have used any of EdAlive’s products before then the learning activities will be familiar to you. My class has started using this, and they have been highly motivated to use ZooWhiz. ZooWhiz is in public beta at the moment, so not all features are enabled yet. It is very usable in it’s current form and requires a very small amount of time to setup. I really appreciated the fact that ZooWhiz has a print option, to print out username and password cards for your students.

To view a video tour of ZooWhiz please visit this link:

To view samples of the activities please visit:

Study Ladder


Study Ladder is an Australian online Mathematics and Literacy program for R-7. It provides year level resources that instructs students on skills via videos and gives them opportunities to reinforce those skills via online activities, games and printable worksheets.

Teachers are able to setup a class group, giving each student a username and password. Teachers are then able to set specific tasks for the whole class or individual students. Students are rewarded for their efforts via certificates and use of a rewards room (pictured below).

The site also provides resources for Music, Art, Language and Culture, Science, Health Safety and Citizenship. Many of the instructional activities have been designed to be used on your IWBs. There is a Naplan section with printable resources to assist with preparing students for Naplan.

The site is free for teachers, giving students unlimited access during school hours. It gives students limited access to the activities during after school hours. If students want unlimited access at home then there are paid options for parents.

I have used this site for three years now and found it to be very supportive of my curriculum in the classroom. The video explanations in particular, can be very supportive for parents trying to assist their child with homework or explaining a concepts.

It is yet another tool to make learning literacy and mathematics fun and motivates students to succeed.

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