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Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

This resource has been created to be used as a GENTLE Key Stage 2 Reading Practice TEST. Its purpose is to increase pupils’ confidence and help prepare them for the Reading Test by offering a Test Booklet that has been designed to resemble the National Curriculum tests. Pupils will become familiar with the layout and requirements of the tests but without the ‘pressure’ associated by formal testing.The three texts are; ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Edward Lear. A non-fiction text; ‘Barn Owls’ and ‘Macavity, the Mystery Cat’ by T.S. Eliot. Pupils enjoy working through these classic and interesting texts, sometimes seeing them from new and surprising perspectives.A completed test booklet has also been included so pupils can ‘mark’ their own work - this saves teacher’s precious ‘marking time’ and also allows for discussion of answers. This resource is also a handy ‘pick-up and go’ resource when things become hectic in class.

By crigdon

New Zealand Sight Words – Feed the Cookie Monster

New Zealand Sight Words – Feed the Cookie Monster

A super-fun hands-on activity for your students learning their sight words at the Magenta to Orange levels of the NZ colour wheel.Laminate the Cookie Monster and cut a hole in its mouth. Students read the sight word on the cookie and feed it to the Cookie Monster. I suggest attaching the Cookie Monster to something like an ice-cream container so that it stands upright by itself and so the cookies all fall into something.Each cookie has a sight word written on it. The colour of the icing indicates the level of the sight word. There are 6 cookies on each A4 page.An alternative activity using the cookies is to take the cookies on/off a cookie tray using a kitchen spatula or a pair of tongs. This is great for developing find motor skills. A cookie tray template is provided but you will need to provide your own spatula/tongs.You may like to consider doing an art activity with your students where they make their own Cookie Monster to use with their sight words. This is a great way to personalise the activity.Included: ♦ Teacher notes♦ 2 Cookie Monsters (A4 size)♦ 2 cookie tray templates♦ Cookies – Magenta, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange♦ Blank Templates (cookies) – for you to add additional words if necessary.♦ Cookies with line underneath the word (Magenta, Red and Yellow levels only)The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter/number shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. 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 forRed: 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 lookedYellow: 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 fatherBlue: 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 runGreen: 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 mostOrange: 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© Suzanne Welch

By swelch_resources

Drawing Solutions / Finding Facts: Primary Thinking Skills

Drawing Solutions / Finding Facts: Primary Thinking Skills

Teach the thinking process! Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit. The 25, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize art, calendars, advertisements, signs, and more from which students draw solutions. (A playground is pictured. “Draw a red line to show one way to go from the swings to the pond.”) Finding facts are also covered. (A May calendar is shown. “What is the number of the first Monday?”)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub

Using Logic & Reason: Primary Thinking Skills

Using Logic & Reason: Primary Thinking Skills

Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit.The 26, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize a variety of activities to teach logic. (Read the clues and write down what Buster does on each day of the week listed. “Buster has a soccer game on Thursday. He has swim lessons 3 days before soccer…..”)Of course, reason is also covered. (“Mom asked Jill to stir the soup so it would not burn. What does Jill need to get?)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub

Primary Thinking Skills {Bundle}

Primary Thinking Skills {Bundle}

Experts agree that an improvement in thinking power leads to an improvement in reading comprehension, problem-solving ability, writing skills, and more! So give your students the tools they need to help them in the coming years with these clever activities that guide young students from simple, concrete activities to abstract levels of thinking.

By RemediaPub

Likenesses & Differences: Primary Thinking Skills

Likenesses & Differences: Primary Thinking Skills

Structured practice in visual discrimination and perception! The 25 lessons in this unit take children a step beyond simply differentiating between “like” and “different” objects by requiring them to specify HOW two objects are similar and different. This extra step helps children begin to recognize and put into words the characteristics they observe.Visual clues are used for students to compare.Example: An image of a calendar and a drawing of a clock are shown. “How are these alike? How are they different?”

By RemediaPub

New Zealand Sight Words – word cards in outline font

New Zealand Sight Words – word cards in outline font

Sight word cards in NZ Basic Script ‘outline font’ for Magenta, Red, Yellow and Blue levels of the NZ reading colour wheel.4 cards on each A4 size page.Provided in black/white and coloured border (the border colour aligns to the level colour).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 forRed: 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 lookedYellow: 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 fatherBlue: 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 runWord List Acknowledgement:www.tkp.school.nz/files/530877945427c642/folders/1/Highfrequencyhomewordlists%20(2).pdf**********************************************************************© Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources

By swelch_resources

Year 1 Reading Comprehension - Spring

Year 1 Reading Comprehension - Spring

This resource contains 3 comprehension activities suitable for using with year 1. They each contain a short piece of text (about 5 sentences) with words that can be sounded out. There are three trickier words which have pictures to help children work out what they say. The text is followed by 5 questions, containing 'what' 'who' and 'when' questions and some multiple choice questions.The theme in this pack is spring. The three topics are:What can I do in the spring?What happens in the spring?Spring animalsThere is also a powerpoint included in the pack containing a slide for each text so that you can go through the comprehensions before the children complete them. Each slide also contains 3 words that are trickier to sound out, with sound buttons underneath them.PDF file format and editable Microsoft word format included in the price.

By blossomingminds

Peter Pan - 4 week Study Book (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5)

Peter Pan - 4 week Study Book (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5)

A study book filled with activities covering chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5 of Peter Pan. The tasks are designed around building the learner's inference skills and ability to construct well developed answers. It is also a good way to introduce learners to a classic text without the writing being too overwhelming. There are a couple of tasks designed to familiarise the students with the language used.Each task is given an extension for the more able. Though the book is designed towards year 7s, it has been used with high ability year 6s.

By AdamDuffield

Phonics Practice Sheets: Year 1 Exception Words

Phonics Practice Sheets: Year 1 Exception Words

Writing practice sheets. These correspond to the Magic Sounds phonics tracking and assessment sheets (but can be used independently too).This set includes:Set 19: Year 1 Exception WordsOther available resources:Year 1 Phonics Tracking SheetYear 1 Phonics Assessment SheetPhonics Assessment Flashcards: Year 1Phonics Activities:Set 19: Year 1 Exception Words

By thinky

Year 1 Reading Comprehension pack  - Victorians

Year 1 Reading Comprehension pack - Victorians

This resource contains 5 comprehension activities suitable for using with year 1 or early year 2. They each contain a short piece of text (about 5 sentences) with words that can be sounded out. There are three trickier words which have pictures to help children work out what they say. The text is followed by 5 questions, containing 'what' 'who' and 'when' questions and some multiple choice questions.The theme in this pack is the Victorians. The five topics are:Florence NightingaleMary SeacoleVictorian Children (working)Victorian Children (school)Queen VictoriaThere is also a powerpoint included in the pack containing a slide for each text so that you can go through the comprehensions before the children complete them. Each slide also contains 3 words that are trickier to sound out, with sound buttons underneath them.PDF file format and editable Microsoft word format included in the price.

By blossomingminds

Phonics Tracking Sheet: Year 1 - One Page Tracking

Phonics Tracking Sheet: Year 1 - One Page Tracking

One-page tracking sheet to easily monitor progress.Includes all assessment words on labelled sheets that correspond with the tracking sheet (available with and without guides)Includes: (212 words)- Year 1 exception words- consonant digraphs- words with nk and tch- stressed and unstressed er (schwa)- adding suffixes to words- words ending with -y and words with k- long vowels- short vowels- r-controlled phonemes- words with ire ear and ure- words with ph wh and endings with ve- words prefixed with un- and compound words- words ending with ge/dge and words with ge/gi/gy/j- words with c and words beginning with kn/gn/wr- words ending with le/el/al/ilFor more detailed monitoring and interventions see the Year 1 Phonics Assessment sheets.

By thinky

Madeline Lesson Plans & Activities Package, Second Grade (CCSS)

Madeline Lesson Plans & Activities Package, Second Grade (CCSS)

This set of lesson plans, resources, and activities is for use with “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans. It can be used for whole group, small group, and independent instruction – which makes these resources a smart choice for literacy centers or Reader’s Workshop. Here's What You'll Get and Why:My goal was to make it easy to teach readers how to think about “Madeline” using a variety of comprehension strategies. That's why I've included page by page lesson plans, guided practice worksheets, and text specific reader's notebook prompts for the following strategies:- Making Connections- Making Inferences- Identifying the Author's Purpose- Visualizing- Understanding Text StructureI also created an Extension Activity for early finishers.Next, I find that vocabulary instruction works best when it's done within the context of books that students are already reading. That's why I've included the following vocabulary resources:- Vocabulary Word List- Flash Cards (match words to pictures and match words to definitions)- Interactive Vocabulary Notebook Cards- Vocabulary Word Games Printable- Personal Vocabulary Word BookmarkI've also included a word study lesson plan and set of activities, because, much like vocabulary, I find that word study works best within context. As a result, I have identified word patterns within trade books and have developed lesson plans and resources based on the word study that can be done with specific books. The lesson plan and set of resources for “Madeline” focuses on Rhyming Words and includes the following:- Lesson Plan- Interactive Activity- Practice Page- Independent Word WorkThis set of resources also includes the following:- Running Record Assessment- Answer Keys - Common Core State Standard Alignment- BONUS: Surprise Sample ResourceI hope that you will enjoy using my resources along with your copy or copies of “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans. If you have any questions about the resources included in this set please email me at AmyMackenzie@BookPagez.com. It will be my pleasure to reply and help you in any way I can.

By BookPagez

Phonics Assessment Sheet: Year 1

Phonics Assessment Sheet: Year 1

Assessment sheetsThese sheets are ideal for more detailed monitoring and interventions with space for notes.Also includes all assessment words on labelled sheets that correspond with the assessment sheets (with and without guides)Includes: (212 words)- Year 1 exception words- consonant digraphs- words with nk and tch- stressed and unstressed er (schwa)- adding suffixes to words- words ending with -y and words with k- long vowels- short vowels- r-controlled phonemes- words with ire ear and ure- words with ph wh and endings with ve- words prefixed with un- and compound words- words ending with ge/dge and words with ge/gi/gy/j- words with c and words beginning with kn/gn/wr- words ending with le/el/al/ilFor overall tracking see the Phonics Tracking Sheet.

By thinky

Phonics Assessment Flashcards: Year 1 (4-6 years)

Phonics Assessment Flashcards: Year 1 (4-6 years)

Includes 212 flashcards corresponding to the Phonics Tracking Sheet and the Phonics Assessment sheets.Cards are clearly labelled and are in the same order as they appear on the tracking and assessment sheets.These flashcards are primarily to support tracking and assessment. Flashcards and additional resources for teaching phonics can be found in the Magic Sounds phonics sets (full index for Magic Sounds phonics resources here).

By thinky

Harry Potter Comprehension

Harry Potter Comprehension

An activity to revise and test students understanding of a story. Using Harry Potter allows the students to connect to a well known text. ***The extract used is copyright of the author J.K Rowling.

By Sazo123

The Sheep-Pig Reading Comprehension

The Sheep-Pig Reading Comprehension

Opening two chapters from The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith (freely available from, and with kind permission of, Love Reading 4 Kids)- Each chapter has a matching comprehension- Answers to both comprehensions for ease of marking- Text can be used for Guided Reading and questions used as a follow up activity.- Text and questions can be used as an assessment activity

By ReadingResourcesforTeachers

Point of View Posters for Your Classroom

Point of View Posters for Your Classroom

This packet contains 12 Point of View Posters for your classroom. These posters make a great reference for your students to use when identifying point of view. Using these visuals will help students decipher who is telling the story and which point of view the author chose to use: first-person, second-person or third-person. The packet includes color-coded examples of each POV to go along with the posters.

By nicadez

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PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDS

PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDS

PROVE IT! GRAMMAR REASONING CARDSPROVE IT pack!Incudes:20 punctuation prove it cards and 50 grammar prove it cards (KS1 and 2)Use for interventions, morning tasks, starters, extensions, debates, talk pair share, homework and more!

By erylands

New Zealand Sight Words - Target Practice

New Zealand Sight Words - Target Practice

Sight word targets for words at the Magenta to Orange level of the NZ colour wheel.A great activity for your active students who enjoy hands-on learning. Your students can work on their hand-eye co-ordination while learning their sight words.A suggestion for using these cards is to place them on the floor or the wall/board. Say a word. Your student(s) identify where that word is and tries to hit that target with an object. If the object lands on or hits the target they score one point. Suitable objects to throw would be things like a small bean bag, a paper jet plane, a counter, or a soft ball (eg koosh ball). I’m not sure about using a Nerf gun at school, but how motivating would that be for a reluctant reader! Perhaps a slingshot would be a better idea ...If throwing activities are not your thing, I completely understand. The good thing is, these cards can be used in any way you wish. For example, touch the word with a ‘magic wand’ and say the word out loud. You could even print off two sets and play ‘Memory’ with them. (Have some cards face down on the floor/table and turn two over at a time. If they’re the same word you keep the cards).Features: ♦ There are 4 targets to each A4 size page.♦ The words are written with the NZ Basic Script font. ♦ A rectangular shape – easy to cut out and laminate!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 forRed: 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 lookedYellow: 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 fatherBlue: 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 runGreen: 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 mostOrange: 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© Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources

By swelch_resources

Primary Word Logic: Primary Thinking Skills

Primary Word Logic: Primary Thinking Skills

Exercise thinking skills and build vocabulary! In each of the 24 lessons in this unit, student must first answer a series of random letter-placement clues. If their “logic” is correct, the letters spell a word. Students are then challenged to write an original sentence using the word. The vocabulary featured is at an easy level so that the focus is on thinking more than on word knowledge. Creative illustrations and coloring activities add to the fun of learning.

By RemediaPub

Analogies, Similarities & Differences: Primary Thinking Skills

Analogies, Similarities & Differences: Primary Thinking Skills

Teach the thinking process! Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit. The 26, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize word, image, and shape associations to make students aware of the similarities and differences between objects and word meanings. “See how the pictures are different. How many differences can you find?”) Analogies are also covered. (“Bite is to Dog as Sting is to ___: Bee, Hurt, Bear.”)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub

Following Directions / Making Inferences: Primary Thinking Skills

Following Directions / Making Inferences: Primary Thinking Skills

Teach the thinking process! Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit. The 28, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize word searches, puzzles, and color coding to teach students to identify inferences. (“I have black and white fur. I live in the forest. Sometimes I smell bad. What am I?).Following directions are also covered. (Write the names of each creature pictured. “Fred is the biggest. Ned is bigger than Jed. One is named Ted. Jed is not the smallest.”)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub

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PROVE IT! 20 year 2 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 2 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 2 spelling pattern reasoning cardsUse for interventions, morning tasks, starters, debates, extensions, paired work, homework and more!master the new curriculum through reasoning activities. Get the children thinking and explaining deeply!

By erylands

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PROVE IT! 20 year 3 and 4 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 3 and 4 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 3-4 spelling pattern reasoning cards Use for interventions, morning tasks, starters, debates, extensions, paired work, homework and more! master the new curriculum through reasoning activities. Get the children thinking and explaining deeply! subscribe to all resources here: www.uniqueclassrooms.com

By erylands

TOP TRUMPS - Biographies of world leaders past and present.

TOP TRUMPS - Biographies of world leaders past and present.

How does Donald Trump compare with Mother Teresa or Abraham Lincoln? Your students can find out with these versatile biography cards.Firstly, they will test your students’ reading skills.Secondly, they will enable them to structure and write biographies of their own.Thirdly, they provide a platform for you as a teacher to critically evaluate your students’ writing with feedback which they will find engaging; encouraging them to write to their very best ability.Fourthly, they provide an insight into Donald Trump’s top team; US presidents of the past; prominent world leaders of today; and influential leaders through history.Fifthly, as a game, this will be a tremendous amount of fun!++++THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS ARE SPLIT INTO FOUR SECTIONS:Trump's Team Trump, Preibus, Spicer, Devos, Conway, Tillerson, Pence, Mattis.US Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Kennedy, Nixon, Lincoln, Roosevelt.World Leaders 2017 May, Nieto, Netanyahu, Putin, Trudeau, Merkel, Jong-un, RouhaniWorld Leaders 2017 Mandela, Malala, Mother Teresa, Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, Peron.++++HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HOW THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS CAN BE USED:Reading skillsEach biography comes with three questions.RETRIEVE: Students will find this answer in the text.REVIEW: They will need to use summarising skills to answer the questions. Answers can be quoted from the text. The question will make this clear.RESEARCH: Students can use the internet to answer a question. The information cannot be found within the text.Compare and contrastStudents can take any two cards. Their task is to find three differences and three similarities about the characters they have chosen.Highlight the textReferring to the scores under each image, students can colour code the text that applies to each category with a highlighter or coloured crayon.Change the scoresYour students may disagree with the score their character has been given. Allow them to discuss and debate this in class, or with a group. They can then create their own scores in the ‘Write your own scores’ section.They can also colour code, as on the previous activity.Write your own biographiesAsk your students to look at the biographies. What features do they notice? They will hopefully point out that they are written in past tense and third person; chronological order; and summarise major events in a person’s life, often with years.Provide them with a blank template and ask them to complete the biography using the ones they have studied. Ask them to find out relevant information from secondary sources, such as the internet or in books.

By Richardtownend1978

New Zealand Sight Words – ‘FONT-astic’ activity sheets

New Zealand Sight Words – ‘FONT-astic’ activity sheets

A total of 40 activity sheets for words at the Magenta, Red, Yellow and Blue levels of the NZ colour wheel.These activity sheets focus on reading and matching sight words that are written in different fonts. The fonts get more difficult to read as the levels progress.♦ Magenta - all words are written in the NZ basic script font.♦ Red - 8 different fonts that are easy to read.♦ Yellow 8 different fonts that are slightly decorative.♦ Blue 8 different fonts that are decorative.There are 10 activity sheets for each level and there are 5 different templates.The Templates: ♦ ice-creams♦ ice-blocks♦ houses♦ drinks♦ pencilsAll of the activity sheets have 4 sight words. Some sight words are used more than once at each level (to make 10 sheets). All of the words on the ice-creams, houses, etc are written in the NZ Basic Script font. 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 forRed: 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 lookedYellow: 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 fatherBlue: 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 runWord List Acknowledgement:www.tkp.school.nz/files/530877945427c642/folders/1/Highfrequencyhomewordlists%20(2).pdf**********************************************************************© Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources

By swelch_resources