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Phonics games for Year 1 Phonics Screening check

Phonics games for Year 1 Phonics Screening check

These resources will engage your class in the teaching of phonics. Adapt each activity to suit the sound you are teaching or use these slides as revision for the up and coming Phonics Screening check. The handbook will enable you to choose games to play with your class and help give you suggestions on how to play and adapt those games to suit the needs of the class. I hope these resources help your children with their reading! Many thanks
Chesholivia
Writing Sheets - Nature-Themed (8), EY/KS1

Writing Sheets - Nature-Themed (8), EY/KS1

Creative writing is exciting when you’re zooming in on the wonders of nature and writing your chosen words right inside the lively pictures! These 8 inspiring writing-frames feature squirrels, pond life, creepy-crawlies, sunshine and cloud (2 graded sheets for clouds), all with guidance sheets for teachers. Ideal for emergent and newly independent writers. Great bundle price - 50% saving!
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Bundle of Rhyme + Haiku Fun for Yrs 4-6

Bundle of Rhyme + Haiku Fun for Yrs 4-6

Fun verse formats for post-SATs creativity (upper Juniors). 3 skills-stretching writing activities: 2 for rhyming couplets (sheets of couplet frames); 1 for haiku-crafting (10-step guide for teaching, with examples). The rhymes have humorous themes and gradually reduced support; the haiku guide leaves the theme open. Ideal for motivating the whole class and proving that poetry can be fun!
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There Was A Princess Long Ago

There Was A Princess Long Ago

A PowerPoint for the song ‘There was a princess long ago’. Can be used to support Phase 1 Phonics or as a circle game with actions. Visit www.knightowl.education for more EYFS and KS1 resources.
jbrigg
Divisibility Rhymes

Divisibility Rhymes

Use this poster of divisibility rhymes to help those who are beginning to learn, or are having trouble learning, division. Give each student a copy of the mini version (optional). -Contains rhymes for numbers: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12
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Wash Your Hands Song

Wash Your Hands Song

Practice this song together. Aid children at the sink while singing and washing their hands. Hang the song, once laminated, by the sink. Sing the lyrics to the tune of ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ while physically doing what the lyrics tell you to do. Following along to the lyrics and melody of this song ensures that hands are being washed correctly for the accurate amount of time.
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Rhyme to introduce the colour Brown (+ guide) - EYFS, KS1, KS2.

Rhyme to introduce the colour Brown (+ guide) - EYFS, KS1, KS2.

Introduce the colour brown, or zoom in on it for creative writing purposes, with this bright, accessible poem. It’s full of examples of different kinds of brown, found in flora and fauna, foods, and our own features. Its short lines and punchy rhythms make it suitable for clapping and chanting, while inviting further description too. Use as a teaching aid for colour identification, and as a launch pad for creative writing for older children. The accompanying guide provides detailed suggestions for use at both levels.
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Poets and Poetry Puzzle Set

Poets and Poetry Puzzle Set

A fun, puzzle activity set to complement the poetry materials and books you share with the children. Includes: <strong>Poets and Poetry Two-Page Activity Set</strong> – Learn about types of verse and the terms and techniques commonly used in poetry (e.g., structure, sounds, organization, stressed syllables, rhythm, etc.). Kids can also find pairs of words that rhyme and match seven favorite poets to their well-known books. Also includes a list of several poetry collections for kids. <strong>Piece of Poetry and Poets Word Search Puzzle</strong> – Reinforce dozens of vocabulary words found throughout the Two-Page Activity Set by finding and circling them in this Word Search Puzzle. <strong>Playful Poetry Crossword Puzzle</strong> – Kids complete the puzzle based on a dozen clues within fun rhyme- and onomatopoeia-driven couplets. <strong>Free Bonus</strong> – Poetry-themed Reading Log and Certificate Set. Keywords: alliteration | onomatopoeia | poems | poets | poetry | vocabulary | rhymes | collections | sounds | verse | rhyme | haiku | rhyming | authors | creative writing
PuzzleFun
10 Colour Rhymes to celebrate the main colours and tones

10 Colour Rhymes to celebrate the main colours and tones

Learning colours is easy with fun, snappy, rhymes, referencing familiar topics. Red, blue, green, pink, yellow, orange, purple, silver, gold, black and white are all highlighted in these rhymes, with grey featuring too. An extra rhyme - Colourful Dragons - brings a whole bunch of them together. They can be read aloud, chanted and clapped together, enacted, discussed and added to. Ideal for Early Years - Year 2, but also fun and thought-provoking for KS2 pupils.
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4 More Colour Rhymes for Early Years

4 More Colour Rhymes for Early Years

Orange, yellow, purple and black/white/grey are the focus of these catchy, meaningful rhymes. I have written them to help young children identify colours and associate them with familiar items, also triggering ideas and inviting discussion. The rhythms and rhymes serve as introductions to poetry, too. Some of these are best for reading and listening, others for chanting, clapping and acting out.
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My cloud is... Writing Frame + guide for use

My cloud is... Writing Frame + guide for use

This picture-poem frame is fun to use, motiving even reluctant or hesitant writers to have a go. With a little prompting, and a look at the clouds in the sky outside, ideas will soon be flowing for descriptive words and similes to describe clouds and the sky. Best for Years 1-3. There’s an accompanying guide with word and simile suggestions to prompt for and an example poem to read out. This hand-drawn, home-produced resource is free.
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Syllable Worksheet

Syllable Worksheet

Syllable worksheet where the children must count how many syllables are in each word and then think of their own words with 1, 2 or 3 syllables.
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A Whirl of Inspiring Poetry Frames for Yrs 2-6

A Whirl of Inspiring Poetry Frames for Yrs 2-6

This exotic bundle of creative writing spurs comprises 15 poetry frames + 1 colouring sheet. Almost all focus on summer themes, or linked ones, with calm and stormy seas, insects, trees, fun in the park, sunshine, and even magic carpet rides - and more! Most best for lower KS2, but also for able Yr 2s and up to Year 6 - some as launch pads for independent development. Home-produced for my poetry workshops. Bargain buy, saving 39% in total.
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Magic Carpet poetry  frames (3) - Ys 2-6

Magic Carpet poetry frames (3) - Ys 2-6

Let your class fly with these inspiring picture poems! Able writers can set their ideas sailing round a winding, looping line, developing ideas about the mat and its moods on the follow-on sheet. Younger or less confident writers can express their flying and floating concepts on straight lines, with structure to prompt and encourage. A 2-page teacher’s guide, with example poems to read out, is also included. This resource will melt away anxieties about writing, especially with the recommended warm-up discussion and enactments. Able writers, meanwhile, can use the light-touch frames to explore poetic techniques and approaches, letting their talents fly too! The sheets are hand-drawn and home-produced, so please expect spontaneity rather than computer-perfect lines.
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3 Summer Nature Picture-Poem Frames - Yr2-6

3 Summer Nature Picture-Poem Frames - Yr2-6

Get your children writing - for sheer enjoyment! These three picture-poems invite free expression, experimentation, creative exploration and absorbing fun. Their subjects are dragonflies, a summer tree and a summer leaf. Guidance notes and example lines to read out as spurs are also included. The completed poems can be coloured and further illustrated, or can be used as launch-pads for follow-on poems. Best for Years 2-6. They are home-designed, illustrated and produced.
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THE WIND: POEM COMPREHENSION PRESENTATION

THE WIND: POEM COMPREHENSION PRESENTATION

A Lesson Presentation that presents Teaching Resources in Poem Comprehension. This presentation presents perfect teaching resources for 4 days that helps the teachers to walk into the classroom with ready to teach confidence as it covers all that a teacher and a student need for a Reading Comprehension lesson on a Children’s Poem. This Presentation Includes: Well Formulated, Measurable, SMART Learning Objectives and Outcomes Short Description of the Poet and his Works with an Introduction to the Poem Poem Text - The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson Overview of Vocabulary for a Poem Comprehension Lesson Flipped Lesson Part - Works, Audio, and Summary for Pre-Learning Day 1: Poem Analysis - Guide, Critical Appreciation Prompt, Rubrics, Plenary Day 2: Poetic Devices - Comparison, Sound, Prompts, Notes, Rubrics, Plenary Day 3: Summary - Starter, Template, Rubrics, Plenary Day 4: Annotation - Guide, Prompt, Rubrics, Plenary Mini-Plenary with Critical Thinking Questions – Quizzes on the Poem Success Criteria for Self Evaluation - My Poem Comprehension Checklist Home Learning for Reinforcement - Worksheet on the Poem Extensions to Challenge the High Achievers - 3 Exercises with Answers Common Core Standards - ELA-LITERACY.RL.6-8.1-2, 4-5, 10/L.6-8.4-5 Skills to be addressed during the Lesson - Social and Cognitive Educational Tools and Resources - Connectives, Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs Teachers can use this presentation to give a complete knowledge and understanding of comprehending a poem to the learners, thereby helping them to enhance their reading and comprehension skills. ◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈◈ Here are some possible uses for these in your classroom: ✿ Early Finishers ✿ Tutoring ✿ Sub Tubs ✿ ESL Stations/Centres ✿ Holiday Work ✿ Small Group Collaborations ✿ End of Unit Quick Assessments ✿ Homework ✿ Reinforcement ✿ Enrichment
john421969
12 Rhymes for Sounds + Colours - Bundle

12 Rhymes for Sounds + Colours - Bundle

Clap, chant, act and add to these enjoyable rhymes to enhance phonics and colour teaching. Also great as introductions to poetry, and to support the various topics featured. Ideal for Early Years and KS1. Each rhyme is original and tailored to its purpose, while also being fun and meaningful for young children.
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3 Phonics Rhymes, for i (iy), ar, er - EY/KS1, original.

3 Phonics Rhymes, for i (iy), ar, er - EY/KS1, original.

Engaging rhymes are great for introducing phonics, and for re-inforcing and making them meaningful. I’ve made up these 3 rhythmic, rhyming poems to enhance phonics teaching for the sounds ‘i’ as in ‘mice’, ‘ar’ and ‘er’. The rhymes feature mice (and their ice cream and rice slices), farm yard charms (cows in barn, chicks in yard, cat in cart…), and an action rhyme, twirling, whirling, swerving… like various moving things. Early Years and KS1 children will all enjoy and benefit from these rhymes, which can be listened to, chanted, clapped and enacted.
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4 Colour Rhymes - green, pink, blue, silver/gold, EY, KS1-2 - original

4 Colour Rhymes - green, pink, blue, silver/gold, EY, KS1-2 - original

These punchy, fun rhymes each celebrate a colour, listing and describing different items of that colour in ways that bring it to life for children. The ‘green’ one is an action rhyme; the others are best read aloud. Invite further item suggestions for extra verses - they don’t need to rhyme, provided you can sustain the rhythm. Pick one of these to start a phonics, poetry or descriptive writing lesson. Children from Early Years to upper KS2 will find them thought-provoking and stimulating.
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3 Fun Phonics Rhymes ( for oo, ee, u), EYFS/KS1

3 Fun Phonics Rhymes ( for oo, ee, u), EYFS/KS1

These 3 little rhymes bring phonics to life with story and humour. Animals feature in each one, making them fun to act out and easy to recall. Each rhyme has a particular phonic focus - ‘oo’, ‘ee’ and ‘u’ respectively, and would enhance any lesson on these sounds. The three-page document is for the teacher’s use, though independent KS1 readers would also enjoy reading them. Black-and-white, PDF.
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5 Seaside Poetry Frames - KS2

5 Seaside Poetry Frames - KS2

A swirl of sea themes are contained in these 5 poetry-frame sheets, and a variety of poetic approaches, too. Themes: summer’s day sea, stormy sea, seabed mysteries, sea monsters and pirate maps. Poetic techniques involved and invited: similes (for both nouns and verbs), rhyming couplets, alliterated phrases, personification, description, onomatopoeia and more. Guidance notes provided for all.
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Rhyming couplet frames, 'Seabed Rhymes', KS2

Rhyming couplet frames, 'Seabed Rhymes', KS2

Children love rhymes, but they can be tricky to construct, so this resource provides 4 structured rhyme frames on the theme ‘seabed’, with a sheet of tips and examples to help them along. Suitable for Yrs 5/6 working mostly independently, and for Yrs 3/4 with teacher support. However, all will benefit from a whole-class rhyme produced together, chanted and clapped to check rhythm, and written up on the board as an example. Year 2 would also enjoy a shared rhyme challenge, using a selected verse from the sheet. The resource supports literacy, especially poetry and linguistics, developing language dexterity and control of rhyme and rhythm. It would also support any topic related to sea, pirates, holidays, maritime history or the environment. Contents: 2 sheets, black-and-white, PDF.
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2 COLOUR RHYMES to clap, chant, act, embellish, EY/KS1

2 COLOUR RHYMES to clap, chant, act, embellish, EY/KS1

These rhythmic rhymes focus on colour, one specifically on red, the other, various colours, each representing a dragon. Guidance notes are included with each, with suggestions for extra verses and setting to music/acting out. Their titles are: ‘Red is for Strawberries’ and ‘Colourful Dragons’. Some young children have difficulty identifying colours by their names, so these rhymes will help, with their catchy rhythms, graphic images and invitations for further ideas. These activities support the curricular learning areas of Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language, and Physical Development.
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SPRING WEATHER & WILDLIFE Rhymes + Writing Sheets, EY/KS1

SPRING WEATHER & WILDLIFE Rhymes + Writing Sheets, EY/KS1

Sunshine, cloud, rain and baby animals feature in this nature-focused bunch of rhymes and writing sheets. There’s plenty to colour in, too, and guidance notes to make the most of each activity. Contains 4 rhymes (on 2 sheets), 4 writing/colouring sheets - 1 of which has 3 graded versions for different abilities, and separate Guides for the writing sheets. All rhymes and designs are original and home-produced.
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RAIN - RHYMES + WRITING SHEET + Guide Sheet, EY/KS1

RAIN - RHYMES + WRITING SHEET + Guide Sheet, EY/KS1

Rainy days can be fun when you’re being the rain yourself in a punchy action rhyme, and thinking up sounds and ‘doing-words’ to say and write - especially when writing them on an umbrella! Children who can’t write yet can colour the many-sectioned umbrella and contribute verbally. There are 2 short rhymes - actions provided - and 1 writing sheet with accompanying Guide for use/lesson plan. This resource supports Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding the World (seasons and weather) and Physical Development. Rhymes are original, designs hand-drawn - home produced. PDFs.
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Rhymes Galore (15) for EY/KS1

Rhymes Galore (15) for EY/KS1

Rhymes to chant, clap, act out and develop, promoting many learning areas: Literacy, Understanding the World, Communication Language, Expressive Arts & Design and Physical Development. Topics: mini-beasts, seaside, stars, castles, busy street, school, big & small, park and windy day. Guidance notes included for all. Save 50% with this bundle!
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5 Action/Clapping Rhymes, Early Years/Yr1

5 Action/Clapping Rhymes, Early Years/Yr1

These 5 simple, rhythmic rhymes focus on everyday concepts. Their titles are: Busy Street, In the Park, Windy Day, Taller and Smaller, and School is for Me. Each rhyme sheet includes guidance notes. Suitable for clapping, enacting, word-swapping and performing with embellishments (such as percussion, a tune, or extra actions). They support the learning areas Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design, Literacy, Communication & Language, and Physical Development. The rhymes (and illustrations) are my own.
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7 KS1 WRITING/COLOURING FRAMES - mixed themes

7 KS1 WRITING/COLOURING FRAMES - mixed themes

This assorted pack of picture-poem activities include graded versions for some + guidance notes for all. Themes: Shells, Sea, Stars, Aliens, Castles, Ladybirds, Butterflies. My own designs, hand-drawn, home-produced, successfully used in my poetry sessions.
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Castles + Treasure - Rhymes, Writing Frames, Picture - EY/KS1

Castles + Treasure - Rhymes, Writing Frames, Picture - EY/KS1

These castle-themed activities bring the past alive for children, while motivating creative writing, artwork and history study. The 3 punchy rhymes invite actions, word-exchanges, clapping and performance. The 5 writing sheets (or poetry frames) are generously illustrated with lively, inspiring details. The extra picture (A5 approx) can be used as a prompt for creative writing or a colouring activity. Guidance provided for rhymes + worksheets. All rhymes and artwork original.
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3 Castle-themed Action/Clapping Rhymes, guidance & embellishment tips, EY/KS1

3 Castle-themed Action/Clapping Rhymes, guidance & embellishment tips, EY/KS1

These 3 punchy rhymes bring the past alive. Their titles are: Who Lived in the Castle?, Bowing and Curtseying, and My Castle is Old. Each contain rhyme and rhythm, while offering scope for alternative words to be slotted in (notes below provide ideas for these). There is also scope for acting-out, adding sound effects and enhancing with percussion. Suggestions for all of these are provided. They serve to prepare children for writing about castles, also enriching their vocabulary, developing their sense of rhyme and rhythm, and providing a window on the past. In addition, they promote physical development: the actions involved are fun and imagination-triggering, encouraging creative expression and physical exertion. The rhymes and illustrations are my own. 3 sheets in total -PDF.
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Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2

Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2

Shooting stars, planets & aliens feature in these space-themed Literacy activities. There are two action rhymes for EY/KS1 + 3 graded versions of a star picture-poem; for confident/older writers there are 2 fun, illustrated poetry frames of planet and alien respectively. Guidance notes for all. These are my own designs and rhymes, home-produced, hand-illustrated, successfully tested in schools.
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'Hello Star!' Action Rhyme, with intro & development ideas, EYFS/KS1

'Hello Star!' Action Rhyme, with intro & development ideas, EYFS/KS1

This simple rhyme invites exciting whole-body actions, with scope for humour, drama, fantasy and expressive, imaginative movement. It includes a simile that can be exchanged for different ones in follow-on verses. The punchy rhythm and clear rhymes will help children develop an ear for rhyming couplets. While focusing minds on stars in space, it also prepares children for any writing task on the subject. The 1-sheet resource includes suggestions for warm-up and development, and lists of words to prompt for when swapping in new ones. The activity supports the learning areas of Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development, Communication and Language, and Understanding the World.
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Bonanza of Creepy Crawly Rhymes + Picture-Poem Frames (7 activities), guided

Bonanza of Creepy Crawly Rhymes + Picture-Poem Frames (7 activities), guided

This mini-beast feast comprises 10 sheets, including 3 guidance sheets. These contain 3 rhymes to clap, enact, word-swap, perform, sing, inspire writing - Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider respectively - guidance provided below each rhyme; also 4 picture poems to write & colour: Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider x 2 (guidance notes separate). These provided rounded learning experience on mini-beasts, also supporting Literacy and more.
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3 Creepy-Crawly Rhymes, with guidance, Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider, EY/KS1

3 Creepy-Crawly Rhymes, with guidance, Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider, EY/KS1

These 3 simple rhymes bring the mini-beast world alive for young children. Each offers rhyme, rhythm, descriptive words and scope for multiple activities: clapping, enacting, language-building, physical movement, performance, and preparation for any follow-on writing. The rhymes could also be set to music or percussion, or sung to a made-up tune. I made up the rhymes and have found them effective in my poetry workshops for Early Years and KS1. (Illustrations also mine.)
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Seaside Rhymes & Picture-Poem Activities

Seaside Rhymes & Picture-Poem Activities

Sea, shells, fish and seabed mystery feature in these multiple rhyme and picture-poem sheets, with guidance notes and development ideas for each part. All have been successfully used with Early Years and KS1 classes. Contents: 3 rhymes: ‘Sparkly Sea’, ‘Shiny Shells’ & ‘Under the Sea’; 3 picture-poem designs, one with 3 graded variations of difficulty (The sea is…). These writing and colouring sheets are: ‘Fish are…’, ‘Shells can be…’ and ‘The sea is…’ Activities involved: chanting, clapping, word-choosing, acting out, physical movement, sounding out, writing, colouring, and potentially singing and performing.
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3 Seaside Rhymes to clap, act, build, + guidance, EYFS/KS1

3 Seaside Rhymes to clap, act, build, + guidance, EYFS/KS1

Under the Sea, Sparkly Sea, and Tiny, Shiny Shells - these are the titles of my three rhymes. Each is clearly presented, with tips and ideas below for getting the most out of them. Suggestions focus on rhythm, movement, atmosphere, and alternative words to swap in. These simple action and clapping rhymes will enhance any teaching about the seaside, shells, the seabed, water, treasure, pirates, summer, sounds or colours, while also stretching imagination, drawing out passive vocabulary, building verbal communication skills and developing a sense of rhythm and rhyme. They also offer physical development opportunities.
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Tiny, Shiny Shells - RHYME (with guidance) EYFS

Tiny, Shiny Shells - RHYME (with guidance) EYFS

This is one of many rhymes I’ve made up for Early Years and KS1 to embellish learning on different themes, and as a word-building activity to prepare children for a writing task on the same theme. This 1-page resource comprises the rhyme itself, tips for embellishments, suggestions for actions and a list of alternative words to prompt for in follow-on verses. This free resource supports all the following learning areas: Communication and Language, Literacy, Understanding the World, Physical Deveopment and Expressive Arts & Design.
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