Compass Rose: Synopsis

Compass Rose & the Birdnesters

ACT ONE

It is the early 19th century and Queen Victoria is on the throne in England. An ocean away in the far Pacific, the HMS Shearwater, with famous explorer Captain McAlister at the helm, is nearing the mysterious Island at the End of World’. Locked in her cabin for disobedience (and not doing her homework) is his wanna-be explorer daughter, Constance Rose.

Already on the apparently deserted island is ex-pirate Captain Jack Daw and his crew. They’re birdnesting – collecting rare bird eggs for a rich baron back in England. Since this is against the law, they hide themselves as soon as the navy ship is spotted.

Constance escapes from her cabin, rows to the island and goes exploring. Unfortunately, the first thing she discovers is her father and the crew. After a lecture on following orders, she’s locked back in her cabin. Captain McAlister informs his crew of his secret orders; to capture the birdnesters reported in the area. Lookouts are posted, a cannon set up and the botanists start collecting animals.

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Year 2 Technology: The Three Pigs

The Three Pigs is a wonderfully rich starting point for a technology and design unit. Students can investigate house plans, material strength, hinges and how they work, cooking utensils, wolf-trap making and lots more!

Here’s the unit sheet for the Year 2 topic I taught, complete with simple rubric and parental explanation.

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Three Pig technology plan.

Welcome to TimTuck.com

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Hi, I’m Tim Tuck, and I teach Reception through Year 12 students at Maitland Area School in South Australia. This blog is my online hitching-post to share classroom resources, reviews and classroom hacks. It also (quite) subtly provide links to some of the school musicals (at Maverick Musicals) and educational books (at Blake Education and Pascal Press) that I’ve written over the years. Music, drama, science and technology are my main interests and I hope that’s reflected in the posts and downloads on show. Enjoy!


My Links: Maitland Area School | Blake Education | Pascal Press | Maverick Musicals

Bullying Posters 2014

We’ve just updated our bullying policy and needed to change our classroom posters to reflect this. The first two original posters here have been altered to include more cyber-bullying aspects. The third poster was redesigned completely to better follow the more responsive policy of conflict resolution we’ve adopted and show the cyclical (as opposed to linear) nature of the issue.

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Screenshots:

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What Is Bullying?

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What Do We Do With Bullies

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Bullying: What Can You Do?

 

Ninja Classroom Qualities Posters

For a year long theme centred on ‘Classroom Ninjas’ we created a set of classroom qualities based on the ‘Ninjutsu Code’.

Specifically we decided that Classroom Ninjas:

  • are neither seen nor heard…
  • dream – imagine – invent.
  • have learned that tidiness is serenity…
  • know what is right, fair and true.
  • know that more is achieved together, than alone.
  • know that to be trusted, they must be trustworthy.
  • are responsible for their own behaviour.
  • help, not hinder.
  • look confident and brave, even when they’re not.
  • see the glass is half-full, not half-empty.
  • know they can – eventually – do almost anything.
  • are keen to join in, keen to try new activities and keen to learn new skills.

I hope your classroom Ninjas are equally gifted!

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Sample thumbnails of the posters.

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Compass Rose Songs

Rapa Nui Language Resources

Various Rapa Nui phrases for tides.

Various Rapa Nui phrases for tides.

Rapa Nui – the language – is spoken by a minority of Easter Island’s population. Figures suggest perhaps 800 out the 3700 or so inhabitants.

I wanted to include some authentic Rapa Nui language in the script for my new musical ‘Compass Rose’, though I’m not convinced I’ve achieved it!.

There aren’t a huge number of resources out there, but these sites were useful:

 

 

Printable Paper

Printable papers website screenshotPrintable Paper is a top resource for teachers – and students – with a huge range (1300+ and counting) of paper templates, graph paper, lined paper and music paper.

It’s all free, it’s all organised beautifully (just don’t click on the occasional ‘Start Download’ ad links) and there’s no registration needed.

Try these pages:

Graph paper – imperial and metric measurements.

Music paper – grand staves, tablature, chord charts and SATB

Handwriting practice paper – huge variety of line spacing, orientations

Calendars – monthly, weekly, perpetual

Templates – doorhanger, CD cover, postcards

Paper games – battleships, hangman, dot game, word ladder

Comics pages – three panel;, top action, grids

Storyboard template – small, medium, large, 4:3, 16:9

Teacher resources – attendance, grade book, lesson plans