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Save Santa's Christmas! GEOGRAPHY 4 figure grid referencing and map skills
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Save Santa's Christmas! GEOGRAPHY 4 figure grid referencing and map skills

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Have your students got what it takes to help save Santa this Christmas? He's lost his presents and the big day is looming. Teach your students 4-figure grid referencing in a fun way with this full animated powerpoint lesson. Go through each step of working out a grid reference on the board or it can be printed out for individual use (I've added the same slides to the end of the powerpoint but without the overlapping animation so they are easy to print out and use. Then get the class to draw their own maps and then test each other's map skills. Great for AFL and Peer assessment activities. The should take one teaching lesson but can also take up to two depending on your class’s age and stage. I tend to spend the second part letting the students use their imaginations to create their own detailed maps. You'll get some great display material out of your class. Thanks for looking!
Was the first Emperor of China a hero or a villain? History Lesson
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Was the first Emperor of China a hero or a villain? History Lesson

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In this lesson students are asked to decide whether Emperor Ying Zheng should be remembered as a hero or a villain based on his actions. He was the first emperor to unify the seven warring states of China. The lesson includes: - A handout describing Ying Zheng’s a life. - A worksheet with questions and activities for the students to complete. - A powerpoint with instructions and activities and also some recent photographs of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. - A link to a video (3.26 minutes) from the documentary “The man who made China”. - Optional and simple essay planning sheets for extended writing. This lesson was devised to go along with a whole unit I teach on China: past and present. The lesson contains cloze questions and higher order thinking tasks. To extend my students I ask them to consider what makes a good leader and can a person be a good leader but still be considered a villain, for example. The preview file only has a sample of the slides. I had tried to make a PDF with pictures of all the slides and worksheets but it was too big to upload! This lesson would work well as part of a world History study as well as being quite timely for Chinese New Year. Thanks for looking and I hope you find this helpful! © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
Why was there a RED SCARE in the USA after WW2?
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Why was there a RED SCARE in the USA after WW2?

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This worksheet divides the causes of the Red Scare after WW2 into internal paranoia and external events and how they increased the public and government’s fear of communism in the USA. Students have to read a passage and highlight the internal and external events in two different colours. They then have to develop their own explanation of how these things increased the fear of Communism. Finally the class must write two P.E.E.L. paragraphs explaining these factors. I have used this lesson with my GCSE classes for many years and find it is a good and clear way to teach quite a complex topic. Thanks for looking. (This resource can be used only be the teacher purchasing it within their class. Please do not share, adapt or sell this resource. If others would like a copy please direct them to my store. Read my Terms of Use attached to this download)
The methods of the Vietcong - why were they successful? DBQ
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The methods of the Vietcong - why were they successful? DBQ

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This worksheet uses contemporary sources to investigate the different methods used by the Vietcong fighters during the Vietnam war. The focus is on the Guerrilla tactics and the American GI’s reactions to them. Students have to be able to infer from the sources to get a fuller picture of the methods used by the Vietnamese. I use this lesson as part of several on the methods of the Vietcong AND the methods of the American troops to help explain why America was unable to win the war. Students have to complete 5 questions using the sources and then write a diary entry as either an American GI or a Vietnamese fighter using the sources they have just interrogated.
Who was Jack the Ripper? History Mystery Suspect Tournament
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Who was Jack the Ripper? History Mystery Suspect Tournament

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Can your students decide who Jack the Ripper was out of a cast of 12 suspects? In this lesson they will compare and evaluate 12 possible suspects before deciding on the most likely guilty person. They will then justifying their decision both verbally and in writing. The lesson works as a knockout tournament, comparing two suspects at a time. They must apply the background information presented to them along with the suspect cards to come up with the most plausible answer. It is great for developing higher order thinking skills especially when they have to tease out the strengths and weaknesses of each suspect. It also provides me with some fabulous display ideas using the students work! The lesson contains: - 23 slide powerpoint. -12 Suspect Information cards (on the powerpoint to be printed off in handout mode and cut out - they are in colour and also black and white versions to help you save some ink!) - Information handout sheet ont he five acknowledged victims of Jack the Ripper. - 3 page detailed lesson plan. - Tournament structure handout sheet (also on powerpoint in colour and black and white) - The last task is to write a P.E.E.L. paragraph. The lesson is does not contain any graphic imagery, all photos of the victims are from when they were alive. But the written content on the victims, being as it is about a serial killer, is a bit gory. So I recommend this for high school more than middle school. Thanks for looking! ********************************************************************************************************************* TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
Travelling to the New World - source investigation
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Travelling to the New World - source investigation

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This lesson could be used when teaching a unit on Elizabeth I and the Tudor and Stuart explorers or as part of a unit on the Native Americans. It would be interesting to use this around Thanksgiving. The worksheet contains primary and secondary sources all focused on the reasons why people left England in the 16th century to travel to America. The students have to identify all the reasons the sources suggest for why people chose to leave England. They also have to identify the origin, nature and purpose of the sources to decide how useful they are to an historian. I have also now added a powerpoint starter looking at the famous painting of the Pilgrim fathers arriving in the USA. This could fit nicely with the history common core changes focussed on the use of evidence and evaluation of sources. Hope you find this useful and thanks for looking! ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
Religions of the Native Plains Tribes
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Religions of the Native Plains Tribes

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This lesson is about the religious beliefs specifically of the Native American Tribes on the Great Plains up tot he 19th century. The information was based on the textbook ‘The life of the Plain’s Indians’ a textbook published in the UK. This worksheet based lesson teaches pupils about the Great Spirit or Wakan Tanka, visions and the purpose of ceremonies like the sundance and the work of medicine men. Pupils read the information and complete the large worksheet about each topic. Very good as part of a topic on Native Americans before the clash of civilisations. ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
I am a successful learner - self assessment work sheet
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I am a successful learner - self assessment work sheet

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This worksheet helps students to evaluate when they have been a good learner. It is designed to help students to think about their learning skills as opposed to just their knowledge. I get my classes to fill it in as they go through the year but can be an end of unit or curriculum task. Students have to write down examples of when they have been: - An independent enquirer - A creative thinker - A reflective learner - A Team worker - A self-manager - A Participator It can be filled in over a period of time when they have got examples of showing their different learning skills. The powerpoint to be printed out has a version with semi-transparent pictures behind the text related to each skill and one without the pictures in case your students have trouble reading over the diagrams. Other than the picture background, both sheets are the same. I hope you find this useful! ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) AFL - reflective learners - self-assessment - holistic
How did Stalin become a dictator? Cryptogram Puzzle
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How did Stalin become a dictator? Cryptogram Puzzle

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Can your students beat the puzzle code and find out who the dictator was and three key facts about him? This word code puzzle is about the rise of Stalin. It is an interesting topic and works well as a bell ringer or introduction to the topic. It also works well simply as a brain teaser for any topic in high school social studies. Students have to work out the letter/number code and fill in the paragraph accordingly. Four letters have been given already to help start them off. I introduce an element of competition to keep my classes focused. Not only do they have to fill in the paragraph they must pick out at least 3 key facts or inventions and be the first to tell me as the teacher. Keeps the students heads down and learning something! Thanks for looking! *************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
Causes of the English Civil War - choose your own homework menu
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Causes of the English Civil War - choose your own homework menu

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This resource can be used in lessons as part of a project on the English Civil War or as homework assignments. Each task earns a certain number of points and some tasks have the option of earning extra points if they’ Push themselves’ in an extension. Students have to choose what assignments they want to complete but the total number of points must add up to 15. Tasks include: Devise a timeline of long term causes Draw a cartoon strip of short term sparks An extended writing piece (Essay Question) Create Fact files on individuals Write a newspaper article Find and analyse a source on the Civil War. This could be used as part of a unit of study on the English Civil War or Stuart England, or they can be completed using text books or the internet. Great for improving independent learning, my classes have enjoyed them! Thanks for looking. ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
Vietnam Key Word Wall Display
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Vietnam Key Word Wall Display

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This display packet can be printed out in colour or in greyscale and used on a word wall in your classroom. I usually have mine on the wall in the shape of a giant ‘V’ to remind the students what the topic is! The packet contains 49 key words including people, places and events. Most of the cards contain a definition or description too and I have used pictures to illustrate some of the main words. These could easily be used a flash cards during test preparation and revision if printed on smaller paper. I hope you find this useful. ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. All rights reserved. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
World War One Poetry - understanding interpretation using poems
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World War One Poetry - understanding interpretation using poems

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I use this lesson as part of a unit on the First World War and life in the trenches. In this lesson the students have to identify the interpretation of the war of two poets based on their poems. Then the students have to write their own poem from either point of view. There is one photo on the presentation that is quite graphic showing mens bodies waiting to be buried. The powerpoint is editable so you could delete this if you do not think it is suitable for your students. I use this lesson with 13 year olds and I’ve not had a problem with them. Included: - 11 slide powerpoint - handout with the poems on it. - Lesson plan Thanks for looking. ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. All rights reserved. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
History Mysteries Bundle - Inference and Evidence
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History Mysteries Bundle - Inference and Evidence

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Help your students improve their inference and deductions skills with these lessons. In these lessons students work in pairs or groups to evaluate the evidence and arguments given and reach a valid judgement. Save over 30% on the items if bought separately! Check out the individual lessons in my store. Grab a bargain.
All About Easter Crossword Puzzle
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All About Easter Crossword Puzzle

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This crossword has 10 questions about the Easter celebration and traditions. It would work well as a starter activity or bell ringer. Clip art from: www.clipartstand.com Digital Dollface https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Digital-Dollface Digital Dollface ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © Amy Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
Were the Gunpowder Plotters framed?  History Mystery
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Were the Gunpowder Plotters framed? History Mystery

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“Remember, Remember The 5th of November. Gunpowder, Treason and Plot?” Get your students thinking like historians and evaluating evidence. In this lesson students have to infer and reach a reasoned judgement based on the evidence at hand. This includes primary sources and secondary reports. The class works in pairs to decide whether Guy Fawkes and his fellow accused were guilty of attempted mass murder or if they were framed by the government at the tim was an excuse to crack down on Catholicism in Britain. The evidence is not given to them all at once, instead the teacher drip feeds it throughout the lesson. This is in a bid to challenge preconceived ideas and see if pupils will change their minds when faced with new data or sources. They begin with a clip telling the traditional story of events from Horrible Histories. Then in 3 minute intervals more evidence is presented either not the whiteboard or on a sheet of clues. The last task is to write an extended piece (like a DBQ) explaining whether or not they believe the men were framed, innocent or (most may say) entrapped. The lesson fits with the common core requirement for students to analyse, evaluate and consider causation and consequence. It is designed for the UK National Curriculum and I have kept in the level descriptors as these may help you with grading your students as they are skill descriptors: ie: identify, then describe then explain then evaluate at the top end of ability. But if not they can be easily deleted from the slides. The zip file contains: - 13 slide, fully animated powerpoint - Clues from the scene worksheet - Answer worksheet - 3 minute clip Horrible Histories (also available on Youtube) - lesson plan description My classes have had great fun with this lesson. It can stand alone or be used a a project, for example on The Stuarts. I hope you find this useful and enjoyable. If you do, please check out my other History Mysteries, including my Bundle… ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches), 2016 All rights reserved.
The Christmas Truce 1914 World War One history lesson
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The Christmas Truce 1914 World War One history lesson

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This worksheet tells the story of the Christmas that stopped a war. On Christmas Day 1914 the battlefields of Northern Europe became peaceful as soldiers from both the German and British front lines stepped out on to No-mans-land, shook hands, exchanged gifts, sang carols and played football. The very next day they went back to fighting each other. I think this is a really inspirational true story showing the spirit of Christmas. It consists of a 3 page worksheet with 5 tasks at the end. You can use the clip from the film ‘Oh, what a lovely war’ on you tube to illustrate this. The URL is also on the worksheet. I think this story would be relevant to several ages but you might just want to change the activities. Possibly story get the younger years to storyboard in a cartoon strip instead of answering the questions. I hope your class find this as interesting as my classes have. Thanks for looking! ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. All rights reserved. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
The Holocaust: How did the Nazis make Jewish People outcasts in their own country?
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The Holocaust: How did the Nazis make Jewish People outcasts in their own country?

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This lesson aims to get students to understand how something as horrific as the Nazi Holocaust could happen in a seemingly civilised society. The lesson focuses on the gradual removal of Jewish people from everyday life in Germany throughout the 1930s. I use the equation of Propaganda + Terror + Laws allowed this to happen. The lesson suggests that it was a combination of all of these three methods that made Jews outcasts in their own countries. The lesson contains: - 11 slide PDF presentation (not adaptable) - 2x differentiated worksheets to complete based on ability. (photocopy on A3 for enough space to write.) - 1 information sheet - Full lesson plan - Essay proformer sheet if needed. Students are taught by presentation and then complete the sheets using the information sheet provided. The sheets are differentiated by task from identify and describe through to explain and evaluate. Thanks for looking! **************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © Amy Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
World War One resources
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World War One resources

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Three lessons on various aspects of the First World War, including war poetry, desertion using primary source materials and The 1914 Christmas Truce int he trenches.
Does President Hoover deserve to be so unpopular?
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Does President Hoover deserve to be so unpopular?

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This lesson focuses on President Herbert Hoover and his reaction to the Great Depression after the Wall Street Crash 1929. Your students have to use the information provided to decide whether he was a bad leader or if he was just unlucky to be President at the time of the Crash. The class have to read through the sheet provided and highlight the information that supports both interpretations of Hoover in two different colours. they then use this to write the concluding paragraph to the essay “Did President Hoover deserve to be so unpopular?” If you have more time you could get the students to write the full essay. Lesson Contains: 5 slide powerpoint 3 sided worksheet of information for students to infer from. lesson plan Thanks for looking. ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. All rights reserved. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)