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Biting Social Story
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Biting Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with biting. A lot of children bite others as a sign of frustration, anxiety, pain etc. - sometimes we may even find no explanation for why they are biting but hopefully this social story will help reduce biting behaviours. It is a general book full of different things your mouth can be used for as well as why we shouldn't bite - how it makes others feel, and if we need to bite what we can do etc. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ I can use my mouth to eat food. ♦ I can use my mouth to sing songs. ♦ I can use my mouth to laugh. ♦ I can use my mouth to talk to others. ♦ I can use my mouth to whistle. ♦ I can use my mouth to drink. ♦ I can use my mouth to tell stories. ♦ I can use my mouth to smile. ♦ I can use my mouth to do lots of nice things. ♦ Sometimes I get angry and want to bite! ♦ It’s ok to bite my chew toy. ♦ But it’s not ok to bite my friends. ♦ Biting hurts my friends and it will make them sad. ♦ Sometimes, my teeth hurt and I want to bite. ♦ I can bite my chew toy or ask for help. ♦ If I have bad teeth I can go to the dentist for help. ♦ I will remember to use my mouth to be kind. I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting.
Birthday Math Activity Counting Work Task Box for Special Education
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Are you looking for hands-on and engaging work task boxes for your autism and special education students? Do you want your students to love working on their counting, color recognition and fine motor skills? Or are you looking for a sensory and hands-on activity to add to your math centers? If you say yes to any of those questions - this birthday math activity is the perfect addition to your task boxes. Your students will love working on their number, instruction, counting and fine motor skills with this hands-on and engaging task box activity. What’s Included? -Task cards with instructions from 0-20. -Task cards with instructions for color candles. How to Use -Students read - or be read - the instruction on the task card. -Students make a cake out of play dough in a cake case - or if you’re feeling brave - use real cupcakes! -Then, students use candles (we use real ones) and place them into the cake (fake or real) to match the instruction on the card. This could be by counting to a certain number or by color matching. Instructions -Print out the included task cards. -Laminate the task cards. -Provide your students with a cupcake (fake or real) and candles (fake or real). Your students will love working with this fun birthday math activity to work on their counting, number recognition, instruction and fine motor skills. This is also a great way for your students to work on understanding the connection between number and quantity as well as their color recognition skills. These task cards fit perfectly into photo storage boxes - making it easy for you to stay organised and keep all the pieces together.
CVC Words Spelling Rockets
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CVC Words Spelling Rockets

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This cvc word activity is a great way for you to combine some space and rocket fun into your cvc work. Students look at the image of the cvc word that they need to spell on the triangle (top of the rocket) then use the letters to spell out the cvc word. They build it down from the top of the triangle to make a rocket ship while also forming their cvc words. This is a great way to give your students the opportunity for some hands on work that is engaging and fun for them, while also working on their cvc words and spelling skills The rockets come in both col. and b/w option for your printing preference. We printed onto bright color card to make them more fun and engaging. Vocabulary included; • car • cat • dam • ham • pan • wag • bed • den • hen • net • pen • wet • dig • fin • hit • lid • pig • pit • dog • fox • hop • log • mop • top • bun • cub • gum • hut • mud • sun
Going to School Social Story
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Going to School Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with coping with going to School. A lot of children struggle with understanding why they need to go to School, it may cause them anxiety and they may not even understand why they are going it or what will happen. Hopefully, this social story will help encourage your child(ren)/students to go to School, and also help promote independence. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ Today I am going to School. ♦ Children go to School to learn. ♦ School is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. ♦ I do not have to go to School on a Saturday or Sunday. ♦ There’s no School in the summer! ♦ I get time off for Christmas, Easter and more too! ♦ Some children go on a bus to School. ♦ Some children walk to School. ♦ Some children go to School in a car. ♦ Some children ride a bicycle to School. ♦ I will say goodbye to my family in the morning before going to School. ♦ I will see them when I finish School later. ♦ My teacher will greet me with a big smile and hello! ♦ I will be in a classroom with lots of other children, desks and chairs. ♦ There will also be lots of books and fun toys for me to play with. ♦ Going to School means I will make lots of new friends! ♦ I can eat my lunch in the cafeteria. ♦ Or I can take a packed lunch from home with me. ♦ In School, I have to listen to the teacher. ♦ At the end of the day, I put all my items in my bag. ♦ I say goodbye to my friends and teacher. ♦ My family will be waiting for me when I finish School. I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting. You can use only the pages that you feel most relevant.
Humpty Dumpty Crime Scene
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Humpty Dumpty Crime Scene

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This Humpty Dumpty crime scene activity pack is a great addition to your Humpty Dumpty - or Nursery Rhyme - themed topic. With this pack you will be able to create the crime scene of Humpty Dumpty for students to investigate and work on, to try to figure out who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall. This activity pack contains a variety of extra resources that can be used as add ons to extend your lesson/unit. Included in this pack is; ♦ Humpty Dumpty Crime Scene Pack Includes instructions and example pictures of how you can set up the crime scene. This pack contains 4 possible suspects - and you can choose who actually pushed Humpty Dumpty just by planting the corresponding clues. There is also a suspect information book which contains information on each of the suspects as well as a suspect check list for students to match their clues to the suspects. At the back is a wanted poster for students to fill in with the suspects details once they have worked out who is guilty of pushing Humpty off the wall. ♦ Comprehension Worksheets A variety of different worksheets that include the 'alibi' of the different characters. ♦ Create Your Own Story Students use the prompts to write their own version of Humpty Dumpty, what happened to him etc. ♦ Certificate A certificate - which you can edit in powerpoint/keynote to add images of your students and their names. The certificate is to congratulate them for solving the crime. ♦ Interviewing Suspects Students can take the place of the suspects and answer the questions that are written down, they can also write their own questions for the suspects and then either answer themselves, pass to other students to answer or have staff answer for them. ♦ Detective Write Up Report Students write up their findings from their investigation. ♦ Newspaper Article A newspaper article template for students to draw/write how the crime was solved, who the culprit was etc. ♦ Story Sequencing Puzzle A simple sequencing puzzle where students read the rhyme of Humpty Dumpty at the top then find the matching images and place them into the correct order on the jigsaw. This pack comes in spelling suitable for both i.e favourite/favorite. Check out how our crime scene went by visiting my blog http://www.teachingautism.co.uk/2017/11/who-pushed-humpty-dumpty-crime-scene.html
Sharing Social Story
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Sharing Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with coping with sharing with others. A lot of children struggle with understanding the concept of sharing toys, it may cause them anxiety and they may not even understand why they are doing it or that they'll never get the toy back. Hopefully, this social story will help encourage your child(ren)/students to share with others, and also help promote independence. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ I like to play with toys. ♦ Other children may like the same toys as me. ♦ I can share by giving them some of my toys or taking it in turns. ♦ Someone else may be playing with a toy I like. ♦ I can ask them if I can play with them. ♦ Or, I can ask if we can take it in turns. ♦ If I share with others, they’ll want to be my friend. ♦ Friends are kind and share with each other. ♦ If I take a toy off someone else, they may get upset. ♦ I may try and grab a toy off someone else. ♦ This will make my friends sad, and they won’t want to play with me. ♦ If someone takes a toy off me, I may get upset or angry. ♦ I should ask them to give me the toy back, and take turns instead. ♦ If I get angry, I should count and stay calm. ♦ When I share with others, I make new friends. ♦ My friends like to play with me when I share. ♦ My teacher can help me share with others if I find it hard. ♦ There are lots of fun things in class that I can play with! I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting. You can use only the pages that you feel most relevant.
Hitting Social Story
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Hitting Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with hitting. A lot of children hit others as a sign of frustration, anxiety, pain etc. - sometimes we may even find no explanation for why they are hitting but hopefully this social story will help reduce hitting behaviours. It is a general book full of different things your hands can be used for as well as why we shouldn't hit - how it makes others feel, and how we can calm ourselves down. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ I can use my hands to clap. ♦ I can use my hands to wave. ♦ I can use my hands to high five. ♦ I can use my hands to pull. ♦ I can use my hands to give hugs. ♦ Sometimes I get angry and hit. ♦ My friends are sad if I hit them. ♦ If I am angry, I can count to 10. ♦ Or, I can read a book. ♦ Or, I can relax. ♦ Or, I can have a hug. I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting.
St. David's Day Bingo
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St. David's Day Bingo

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This bingo activity is great to take part with small or large groups. All themes are linked to the theme of St. David’s Day. This comes with image bingo cards, image and word flash cards as well as small word/image cards and just word cards. The second page of the PDF contains instructions on different ways you can use this bingo resource in your classroom. 10 different boards in total - up to 10 players during one game. I would recommend laminating each board individually for them to be stronger and longer lasting but this is personal choice.
Going to the Beach Social Story
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Going to the Beach Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with going to the beach. A lot of children struggle with understanding the process of what is involved going to the beach, it may cause them anxiety and they may not even understand why they need to do the things asked of them. Hopefully, this social story will help encourage your child(ren)/students to go to the beach, and also help promote independence. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ Today I am going to the beach. ♦ It’s going to be warm so I should wear some sunscreen. ♦ I should also wear a hat and sunglasses to stay safe from the sun. ♦ I can take some toys with me to play on the beach. ♦ When we get to the beach there is lots of sand and the sea. ♦ I can build sandcastles on the beach. ♦ I can go swimming in the sea, and use my floats. ♦ If I don’t like the feel of the sand I can wear beach shoes. ♦ I can look in the pools for different creatures. ♦ I can lay on my towel on the sand to relax. ♦ I can take a picnic to the beach to eat and drink on our blanket. ♦ There is a cafe at the beach where I can go for some food and drinks. ♦ When I am finished at the beach I can have a shower to get the sand off. ♦ I can change into clean, dry clothes for the journey home. I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting. You can use only the pages that you feel most relevant.
Spring Rhyming Activity
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Spring Rhyming Activity

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These task cards are a fun and engaging addition to your rhyming activities and centers. Students need to piece together the 2 pieces of the raindrop to match together the words/images that rhyme together. This is an engaging way for your students to work on their rhyming skills, as well as their fine motor skills. There are 10 different rhyming puzzles included in this pack. Your students will love working on their literacy skills with these puzzles. I recommend laminating all of the pieces included. This will make them stronger, longer lasting and reusable in the future. Instructions Print out the pages included. Cut and laminate the pieces of the raindrops. Lay the pieces out for your students to put the raindrops together to match the rhyming words together. These task cards fit perfectly into photo storage boxes - making it easy for you to stay organised and keep all the pieces together.
May Short Story Sequencing Jigsaws
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May Short Story Sequencing Jigsaws

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This resource contains 7 different, short story, sequencing jigsaws. Students simply read the short story then use the information that they have read to figure out which order to place the image into the jigsaw. All the jigsaws comes in b/w option and col option for your preference. The stories are contain two spring themed ones and 5 school themed ones (tied to teacher appreciation week etc)
Rooms of the House Category Sorting Cards
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Rooms of the House Category Sorting Cards

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This resource contains 8 different rooms for students to match the appropriate furniture/object images into. The rooms included are: ♦ Bedroom ♦ Bathroom ♦ Dining Room ♦ Garage ♦ Kitchen ♦ Living Room ♦ Office ♦ Yard If you have any recommendations for any additional sorting pages you would like added please don't hesitate to contact me. There are 6 items to match for each card. I recommend laminating each of the individual parts so that they will be stronger, longer lasting and re-usable. This resource is a great way for students to work on their sorting and categorising / categorizing skills. They are used with an Autism Classroom on a regular basis which have really helped to develop the children's understanding. As well as suiting an Autism Classroom, this resource would also benefit Spec Ed Classrooms and even Mainstream Classrooms.
The Good Samaritan Bible Story
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The Good Samaritan Bible Story

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This simplified story is based on the bible story The Good Samaritan. It includes 15 pages and the story has been simplified to be more engaging for students and easier for them to understand and follow the story. Each mini-page, is half an actual page size, meaning you cut each page in half. I recommend laminating each page individually and then binding together to make a book - it’ll also make it stronger and longer lasting for you. This is a fun, and simple way to introduce a Bible story into your classroom and Religious Education lessons. You can use this resource as a whole class story which you can read to your students, or print numerous copies and have them readily available for your students to read in your classroom library. Another great way to use this resource is to introduce the book page by page each day/week and put together as a sequencing activity into student’s literacy books so that you can discuss each page more in-depth and have your students work on their sequencing skills. This resource comes in colour/color or black and white option for your preference.
Feelings Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
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Feelings Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

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These feelings themed comprehension worksheets are a fun and engaging way for your students to work on their comprehension, reading and writing skills. As well as these skills, they will have the chance to learn more about different feelings and what may cause them. There are 10 different comprehension activities included and all are based on facts of different animals. Each activity consists of 2 pages - a reading passage page and an accompanying questions page. The worksheets contain an image of a child displaying a feeling with an accompanying passage that includes information about the child, and the feelings they have experienced. This is great for students to be able to read a passage and recall details from it, answering relevant questions. All pages come in black and white for ink friendly printing. The images are eye catching and appropriate for young students who will find them engaging. This resource comes in both spelling options for UK/US etc. For example colour/color, favourite/favorite etc.
Animal Facts Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
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Animal Facts Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

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These animal fact themed comprehension worksheets are a fun and engaging way for your students to work on their comprehension, reading and writing skills. There are 18 different comprehension activities included and all are based on facts of different animals. Each activity consists of 2 pages - a reading passage page and an accompanying questions page. The worksheets contain a photograph of an animal with an accompanying passage that includes facts about the animals, then a matching question page for students to recall details they have just read. This is great for students to be able to read a passage and recall details from it, answering relevant questions. All pages come in black and white for ink friendly printing. The images are eye catching and appropriate for young students who will find them engaging. This resource comes in both spelling options for UK/US etc. For example colour/color, favourite/favorite etc. The animals included are: • Blue Poison Dart Frog • Bottlenose Dolphin • Cow • Duck • Elephant • Giraffe • Great White Shark • Horse • Humpback Whale • Killer Whale • Meerkat • Monkey • Pig • Rattlesnake • Sheep • Starfish • Turtle • Zebra
Going to Movies / Cinema Social Story
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Going to Movies / Cinema Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with going to the cinema / movies. A lot of children struggle with understanding the process of what is involved going to the cinema / movies, it may cause them anxiety and they may not even understand why they need to do the things asked of them. Hopefully, this social story will help encourage your child(ren)/students to go to the cinema / movies, and also help promote independence. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included in 'Going to Movies' Social Story are; ♦ Today I am going to the movies. ♦ The movies is where you can watch all the new movies. ♦ First, we have to buy our tickets for the movie we want to watch. ♦ We can buy some snacks and drinks to watch the movie. ♦ We have to take our seat ready for the movie to start. ♦ When the movie starts, the lights will go dark. ♦ During the movie we have to be quiet so others can watch too. ♦ At the end of the movie, the lights will come back on. ♦ We should put all our trash into the trash can. Pages included in 'Going to Cinema' Social Story are; ♦ Today I am going to the cinema. ♦ The cinema is where you can watch all the new movies. ♦ First, we have to buy our tickets for the movie we want to watch. ♦ We can buy some snacks and drinks to watch the movie. ♦ We have to take our seat ready for the movie to start. ♦ When the movie starts, the lights will go dark. ♦ During the movie we have to be quiet so others can watch too. ♦ At the end of the movie, the lights will come back on. ♦ We should put all our rubbish into the bin. I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting. You can use only the pages that you feel most relevant.
Going Shopping Social Story
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Going Shopping Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with going shopping. A lot of children struggle with understanding the process of what is involved going shopping, it may cause them anxiety and they may not even understand why they need to do the things asked of them. Hopefully, this social story will help encourage your child(ren)/students to go shopping and also help promote independence. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ Today I am going to go shopping. ♦ We have to go shopping for food for the house. ♦ We have to go shopping for new clothes to wear. ♦ If I have lots to buy I can make a shopping list. ♦ The shops may be busy with lots of people. ♦ I can use a basket or shopping cart for my shopping. ♦ Once I have all my shopping, I go to the cash desk. ♦ The cashier scans my shopping and I pay with money or a card. ♦ All my shopping gets packed into bags. ♦ When I get home, I unpack all the bags and put the items away. I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting. You can use only the pages that you feel most relevant.
Going to the Doctors Social Story
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Going to the Doctors Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with going to the Doctor. A lot of children struggle with going to the Doctor, it may cause them anxiety and they may not even understand why they are going there or what to expect - mostly worried about pain. Hopefully, this social story will help encourage your child(ren)/students to go their to the Doctor, and also help promote independence. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ This is a Doctor. Doctors help people who are sick. ♦ I have to go to the Doctors surgery to see the Doctor. ♦ I give the reception my name. ♦ I may have to wait in the waiting room. ♦ When my name is called, I will go into the Doctor’s room. ♦ I may have to stand on scales to have my weight checked. ♦ I may stand by a tall ruler to measure how tall I am. ♦ I may have my blood pressure taken through a strap on my arm. ♦ I may have to have a shot, this may hurt a little bit but it’s quick! ♦ The Doctor will ask how I am feeling. ♦ If I don’t feel well, I can tell the Doctor or show the Doctor. ♦ The Doctor will use special equipment to look in my ears. ♦ The Doctor will look in my throat and use an object to push down my tongue. ♦ The Doctor may use a stethoscope to listen to my heartbeat. ♦ The Doctor can use the stethoscope to listen to my lungs too. I have to do some deep breaths. ♦ If I am hurting anywhere the Doctor will check there too. ♦ The Doctor may check my eyes with a test. ♦ I may have my hearing checked too. ♦ When I am finished, I can say goodbye! I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting. You can use only the pages that you feel most relevant.
Getting Dressed Social Story
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Getting Dressed Social Story

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This social story is a great read for students who may need some support with getting dressed. A lot of children struggle with understanding why they need to get dressed, it may cause them anxiety and they may not even understand why they need to do it. Hopefully, this social story will help encourage your child(ren)/students to get dressed, and also help promote independence. Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. This book comes complete with matching, simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page. Comes in col option only - no b/w availability, however you can print in grayscale. Pages included are; ♦ I have to get dressed before I go out. ♦ First, I have to find my clothes. ♦ I need to find socks and put them on my feet. ♦ I need to find some pants and put them on. ♦ I need to find a skirt and put it on. ♦ I might have to do up a zip or a button. ♦ I need to find a top, I put this on too. ♦ I need to find my shoes, and put them on my feet. ♦ Once I am dressed I am ready to go out! ♦ If it’s raining I should wear a coat and umbrella. ♦ If it’s really cold, I should wear a hat, scarf and gloves to keep me warm. I recommend printing out each of the individual pages, laminating them and then binding them into a book so it will be easier for students to read - or be read to, as well as being stronger and longer lasting. You can use only the pages that you feel most relevant.
Animal Life Cycle Puzzles
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Animal Life Cycle Puzzles

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This resource includes 5 different animal life cycle puzzles where students have to match together the different animal life cycles. Simply cut out each of the jigsaw pieces and laminate (this will keep them strong and longer lasting and students match the parts of the life cycle to the correct animals. Animals included are: ♦ ant ♦ butterfly ♦ chicken ♦ frog ♦ turtle Each puzzle comes with 4 pieces. Each puzzle piece has an image and the name of that image below it. A fun activity that is a great way to introduce or practice life cycles.