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Fun with a Ruler - Collaborative Art Project using Parabolic Curves
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Fun with a Ruler - Collaborative Art Project using Parabolic Curves

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ art project that involves drawing parabolic curves (curves that are made by drawing a series of straight lines). This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Each student completes a square. Join the squares together to make an eye-catching display (see image for example). Included: ♦ Template – black dots ♦ Template – light grey dots ♦ Example ♦ Display suggestion ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Size: Each square measures approximately 18.5cm x 18.5cm. Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Math Art – Rotational Symmetry – Mandala Patterns
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Math Art – Rotational Symmetry – Mandala Patterns

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A fun activity for your students when studying geometry or cultural celebrations such as Diwali (The Festival of Lights). Students use the grid lines and lines of symmetry to help them draw the pattern in the other sections of the circle. The lines are light grey and they will become less visible after colouring. Included: ♦ 3 different patterns ♦ Blank template (students can make up their own pattern) For each of the 3 patterns: ♦ student template with grid lines. ♦ completed student template (great as a reference during the lesson). ♦ the pattern without the grid lines (could be used as a simple colouring activity if desired). An example of what is included for each of the 3 patterns is included in the images. Provided in 2 different paper sizes: ♦ A4 size paper ♦ Letter size paper Make ... colour ... cut ... display The blank template includes: grid lines, lines of symmetry, outer circle. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Strategy Board Games for Critical Thinking
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Strategy Board Games for Critical Thinking

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This is a set of 10 board games that work on STRATEGY rather than CHANCE. The only equipment you need is counters/markers. Provided in both colour and black/white. Easy-to-follow instructions are written on the game boards. All games are for 2 players. These games develop skills such as: ♦ strategic thinking ♦ logical thinking ♦ spatial perception ♦ planning ahead ♦ social interaction (not played on a screen!) Games: ♦ Spiralin’ ♦ Slide it! ♦ Sandwich ♦ Choices ♦ Pretwa ♦ Block ♦ Len Choa ♦ Nine Holes ♦ Tapatan ♦ Nine Field Kono Designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Christmas Art - Angels
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Christmas Art - Angels

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ art project for your students to complete during the Christmas season. There are 3 different templates to create 3 slightly different angels. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give the head some detail (hair, eyes, mouth, etc) and give their artwork some colour. Included: ♦ 3x templates – black dots ♦ 3x examples – black/white ♦ 3 x instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Keywords: parabolic curves, math, geometry, patterns, string art, Xmas © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Poppy Art – Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Armistice Day, Anzac Day.
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Poppy Art – Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Armistice Day, Anzac Day.

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ art project for your students to complete leading up to Remembrance Day / Memorial Day / Armistice Day / Anzac Day. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template, to create a poppy. Your students could write something in the petals before colouring (eg facts, opinons, a 4 line poem, etc). Display them together to make a 'poppy patchwork quilt'. Included: ♦ Template – black dots ♦ Template – light grey dots ♦ Example – black/white ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The design looks more complicated than it actually is. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. A pattern is repeated 8 times. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Size: The artwork measures approximately 17cm x 17cm. Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, parabolic curves, math, geometry, patterns, war, symbolism, veteran, © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Diwali - Paper lantern craft
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Diwali - Paper lantern craft

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Celebrate Diwali (The Festival of Lights) by making these paper lanterns. Fun, easy to make and they look great hanging in the classroom. Included: ♦ 10 x different templates ♦ Handle template (just cut paper strips if you want to cut down on printing) ♦ Construction instructions ♦ One substitute template for the spelling of the word colour/color A variety of templates to suit what you are looking for. Some are plain (so your students can add their own patterns/designs) while others are already decorative and just need colouring. Designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Family of Facts / Fact Families  - houses
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Family of Facts / Fact Families - houses

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Resources for teaching family of facts in math lessons. Included: ♦ Addition/Subtraction – house and worksheet ♦ Multiplication/Division – house and worksheet ♦ Ice-cream craft and worksheet The Houses: The houses are provided in colour, grey, and black/white. Laminate the house and then use it as a teaching tool during lessons (write and wipe). Write 3 family numbers in the circles in the roof. The Worksheets: Two worksheets are provided. One with four houses and the other with 6 houses. Write 3 family numbers in the circles prior to photocopying. The Ice-cream: Create a 4-scoop ice-cream showing a family of facts. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Māori High Frequency Words – Cut, Glue, Trace, Write – Set A
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Māori High Frequency Words – Cut, Glue, Trace, Write – Set A

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Activity sheets for learners working on high frequency Māori words. This resource contains 100 different words. Tasks: ♦ write your name ♦ read the word ♦ cut the letter tiles out and throw away any you don’t need ♦ glue the letter tiles in the correct boxes ♦ trace the word ♦ write the word The lines for writing on are standard junior size (14mm with a 7mm dashed line). The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. There are two A5 size worksheets on each A4 size page. The same word is used on each sheet for your printing convenience. This resource has been created to support Māori medium education in Aotearoa. A helpful resource for full immersion and bilingual classes. The words used in this resource are sourced from a list on TKI called ‘1000 frequency words of Māori – in frequency order’. Permission has been granted. (http://tereomaori.tki.org.nz/Teacher-tools/Te-Whakaipurangi-Rauemi/High-frequency-word-lists) The words in this resource (Set A) are the first 100 words in the list mentioned above that contain 1-6 letters. Examples of words used: ki, ngā, mai, mahi, ahau, whare, kura, māori, haere, koutou, reo, whai, mua, anō, ia, kōrero. Set B is also available (this has the next 100 words). Available in my store. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Māori High Frequency Words – Feed the Taniwha
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Māori High Frequency Words – Feed the Taniwha

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A super-fun, hands-on activity for students learning to read the first 350 high frequency Māori words. Read the word on the kūmara chip and feed it through the hole in the mouth of the taniwha. Included: ♦ 350 kūmara chips - coloured ♦ 350 kūmara chips – black/white ♦ Chip templates (add extra words if necessary) – coloured & black/white. ♦ Taniwha – black/white for your students to decorate and personalise. ♦ Taniwha – 4 different coloured options ♦ Teacher notes Please click on the ‘Look inside’ button above to see examples. Activity Suggestions: ♦ Place the kūmara chips into a container. Students draw one out and read the word aloud. If they read it correctly, they feed it through the mouth of the taniwha. If not, they put the chip back into the container. ♦ Place the kūmara chips on the table/floor. The teacher says ‘find the word _____ and feed it to your taniwha’. This could be a race between a small group of students, or they could each have a word to find and feed. Preparation: ♦ Laminate the taniwha. Cut a hole in the mouth where indicated (to feed the chips through). It is suggested that you attach the laminated taniwha to a 2-litre ice-cream container so that it stands up. This will also give the chips something to fall into. ♦ Print the chips with the words that you would like to use. Laminate and cut. Place into a container (or something like a chip carton from a fast food outlet). Designed on A4 size paper. 14 kūmara chips on each page. The words used in this resource are the first 350 words from a list on TKI called ‘1000 frequent words of Māori – in frequency order’. Permission has been granted. (http://tereomaori.tki.org.nz/Teacher-tools/Te-Whakaipurangi-Rauemi/High-frequency-word-lists) ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Māori High Frequency Words – Taniwha Stomp
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Māori High Frequency Words – Taniwha Stomp

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A fun resource for learning to read the first 350 high frequency Māori words. Included: ♦ 350 coloured footprints with mud background ♦ 350 black/white footprints ♦ Blank templates (coloured and black/white) ♦ Teacher notes Ideas for use: ♦ Place a track of footprints around the classroom. Students walk around the track, stomping on the footprints and reading the words (in a taniwha voice) as they go. ♦ Scatter the footprints on the floor. The teacher says a word. Which student can be the first to stomp on the correct word? (Be careful of little toes!) ♦ Print 2 sets and play ‘memory’. Place the cards face down. Students take turns at turning 2 cards over. If the words are the same, they keep the cards and have another turn. Who has the most pairs of cards at the end? ♦ Display the words around the classroom and go on a ‘taniwha hunt’. Who can find the word ‘haere’? Give your students a magnifying glass if you have some. ♦ Give the students a copy of the blank template (black and white). They can write a sight word in the footprint and decorate it. Perhaps you could staple a few together and make a little booklet. ♦ Create a ‘sentence stomp’. Make a sentence with the words and stomp it! 4 footprints per A4 size page. Enlarge to A3 if you want larger footprints. Blank templates are provided for you to add words if necessary. The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. The 350 words used in this resource are sourced from a list on TKI called ‘1000 frequent words of Māori – in frequency order’. Permission has been granted. (http://tereomaori.tki.org.nz/Teacher-tools/Te-Whakaipurangi-Rauemi/High-frequency-word-lists) ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
The Treaty of Waitangi – Thought Bubbles
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The Treaty of Waitangi – Thought Bubbles

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Templates for your students to record possible thoughts that these people may have been thinking regarding the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Key Competency – Thinking from another person’s perspective. Two Formats: ♦ Circles ♦ Ovals Pictures: ♦ 5 men ♦ 5 women All of the pictures are of Māori people (traditional and colonial dress). The words are written in Māori language - Te Tiriti o Waitangi. These look great coloured, cut out and displayed on the wall. The circles are approximately 18 cm in diameter when cut and the ovals are the size of an A4 page. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Māori Alphabet - Drive to the Whare
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Māori Alphabet - Drive to the Whare

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A Māori alphabet letter recognition activity for NZ junior students. Print and laminate the sheets and place them together to form a ‘road’. Your students drive a toy car along the road and park at the whare that is the answer to a question you give them. And just because you’ve stopped by and read this description, you get to see that this resource includes more than just the alphabet … Included in this resource: ♦ Alphabet – lower case – all vowels on one page ♦ Alphabet – lower case - jumbled ♦ Alphabet – upper case – all vowels on one page ♦ Alphabet – upper case - jumbled ♦ Numbers – numerals 1-20 - ordered ♦ Numbers – numerals 1-20 - jumbled ♦ Numbers – words 1-10 (tahi-tekau) - ordered ♦ Numbers – words 1-10 (tahi-tekau) - jumbled ♦ Blank template (black and white) for your students to make their own ‘Drive to the whare’ activity. There are 10 whares on each page. Because the alphabet only has 15 letters, I have included the vowels with macrons so that the resource is 2 complete A4 size pages. So what it means by ‘all vowels on one page’ is that there are the 5 vowels on one side and 5 vowels with macrons on the other side of the street. The toy cars are not included in this resource. You don’t have to use cars, you could use trucks, motorbikes, horses, etc. Your students could bring a toy car from home if you don’t have any. Examples of Activities: * Drive your car to a whare where the letter _______ lives. * Drive your car to a whare where the letter that makes the ____ sound lives. * Drive your car to a whare where the letter lives that is at the start of the word ____. * Drive your car to a whare where a vowel lives. * Drive your car to a whare that has a letter that is in your name. * Drive your car to a number that is one more than ‘rima’. * Drive your car to a number that is the answer to 5+3. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
New Zealand Sight Words - Printing Practice
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New Zealand Sight Words - Printing Practice

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Printing Practice for 233 words from the Magenta to Orange level of the NZ colour wheel. Use them as an activity sheet that your students write on, or laminate them for a ‘write and wipe’ activity. Format: ♦ Magenta - 4 lines of tracing ♦ Magenta – 2 lines of tracing and 2 lines of writing ♦ Red – 2 lines of tracing and 2 lines of writing ♦ Yellow – 2 lines of tracing and 2 lines of writing ♦ Blue – 2 lines of tracing and 2 lines of writing ♦ Green – 1 line of tracing and 3 lines of writing ♦ Orange – 1 line of colouring, 1 line of tracing and 3 lines of writing ♦ There are 2 sheets per A4 page. (Except for 5 of the longer words in the green and orange levels – these have 1 activity sheet per A4 page). ♦ Small words (examples: a, it, I, in) are written twice on each line. The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. At the top of the sheet there is a ‘cloud’ for your students to write their name in. A blank template is included for you to add additional words if necessary. Please note that there are 2 different formats for words at the Magenta level (4 lines of tracing, or 2 lines of tracing and 2 lines of writing). Words Used: Magenta: I like going is mum look the am said to at went in me here my on dad a and come up can sat for Red: we get put with go no they today was where you she he this are will as too not but likes down big it little see so looked Yellow: when came one it’s make an all back day into oh out play ran do take that then there him saw his got looking of yes mother from her baby father Blue: have help here’s home let need again laugh soon talked could had find end making under very were your walk girl about don’t last what now goes because next than fun bag coming did or cake run Green: always good walked know please them use want feel just left best house old their right over love still took thank you school much brother sister round another myself new some asked called made people children away water how Mrs if I’m Mr who didn’t can’t after our time most Orange: man think long things wanted eat everyone two thought dog well more I’ll tree shouted us other food through way been stop must red door sea these began boy animals never work first lots that’s gave something bed may found live say night small three head town I’ve around every garden fast only many laughed let’s suddenly told word forgot better bring push
Star Art - using parabolic curves
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Star Art - using parabolic curves

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Fun With Lines. Templates to create 4, 5, 6 and 8 point stars. Draw straight lines connecting the dots on the templates and curves will magically appear … such fun! (Parabolic Curves). Included: ♦ 4x student templates – 4, 5, 6 and 8 point stars ♦ Example stars ♦ Easy-to-follow instructions (with images) The Process: ♦ Draw the lines. ♦ Colour your artwork. ♦ Cut the artwork out around the circle. ♦ Display the stars. The Instructions: I have provided 7 steps to complete the artwork. Each step is on one page with concise instructions and an image. Print them out or display via a data projector – a great way for your students to self-check and manage their own learning. (Plus it will save you from having to answer millions of “Is this right?” questions!) The Practise Part: At the bottom of each template there is a section to practise ruling the lines and getting the hang of making parabolic curves before attempting it on the actual template. The artwork looks tricky …. but it is actually very simple! Skill enhancement: ruling straight lines with precision. Keywords: parabolic curves, string art, line art, geometry, math, ruler, straight lines, star, space, galaxy, © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Tumbleweed
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Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Tumbleweed

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ math/art project for your students. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Included: ♦ Template ♦ Example ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points. The design can look more complicated than it actually is. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Size: The circle is approximately18cm in diameter. Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, lines, ruler. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Anzac Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day  -  Cinquain Poetry Writing
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Anzac Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day - Cinquain Poetry Writing

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A poetry writing activity for your students that can be used for war remembrance days such as: ♦ Anzac Day ♦ Remembrance Day ♦ Armistice Day ♦ Memorial Day ♦ Veterans Day This poem has a noun, 2 adjectives, 3 verbs, a 4 word phrase and a synonym. Write the poem and then colour the poppy and border. They look great cut out and displayed on the classroom wall. There are 5 different styles of poppies. Included: ♦ 5x publishing templates - with lines for writing ♦ 5x publishing templates – no lines ♦ Poem Framework ♦ Example poem 2 paper sizes: ♦ A4 size paper ♦ Letter size paper Approximate size: 18cm x 22cm. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Anzac Day – Poppy Pop Art
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Anzac Day – Poppy Pop Art

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A fun, effective art activity for your students when celebrating Anzac Day. Draw some patterns on the poppy / background and colour it in. 4 different templates are included: ♦ TEMPLATE 1 and 2 – the patterns are given in the boxes at the base of the sheet. Students transfer these patterns to the poppy and the background and then colour everything in. ♦ TEMPLATE 3 – this is a blank template. Your students decide on their own 5 patterns and draw them in the boxes at the bottom of the sheet. ♦ TEMPLATE 4 – the patterns are already given on the poppy and the background. This is just a colouring activity. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Sailboat
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Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Sailboat

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ math/art project for your students. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. One set of lines makes a parabolic curve and the other set makes a zig-zag pattern. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Included: ♦ Template ♦ Example – black/white ♦ Example - coloured ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves, water, ocean, wind, sport © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki - Free Goal Setting Bunting
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Matariki - Free Goal Setting Bunting

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Matariki (the Māori New Year) is a time for reflecting on the past and setting goals for the coming year. Students write or draw their goal on the bunting, then decorate, cut and hang. If you don't want to hang them, simply trim the flap off the top. Provided with and without lines. 2 per A4 sheet of paper. Enjoy this freebie! ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Diwali - Word Search - FREEBIE
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Diwali - Word Search - FREEBIE

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A word search to celebrate Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu Festival of Lights. ♦ 18 words ♦ answers included ♦ words can be found in 8 different directions *** More Diwali resources available in my store. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources