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Tick the Art Box has a new name and an expanded focus to writing and literacy resources, in addition to Visual Arts. I create engaging, adaptable resources, focused on learners and learning, supporting the development of skills, confidence and creativity in students and teachers. My resources range from short activities to fully developed lesson plans and resource kits including formative and summative assessment options, and incorporating Learning Intentions and Success Criteria.

Tick the Art Box has a new name and an expanded focus to writing and literacy resources, in addition to Visual Arts. I create engaging, adaptable resources, focused on learners and learning, supporting the development of skills, confidence and creativity in students and teachers. My resources range from short activities to fully developed lesson plans and resource kits including formative and summative assessment options, and incorporating Learning Intentions and Success Criteria.
2018 Advent Gospel Reflection Calendar
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2018 Advent Gospel Reflection Calendar

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UPDATED FOR 2018. This cross-curriculum resource for Religious Education, Literacy and Art includes the (Roman Catholic) Gospel Readings for Advent 2018 with key word or theme from each reading. (The four Sundays also include the traditional Sunday themes). The resource is suitable for out-of -school youth and parish groups as well as school classes. a printable PDF calendar slide is included (see cover image) as well as an editable PowerPoint slide. Suggested activities and supporting online resources are outlined on a separate PDF document. Suggestions for use: As a personal, class, family or group resource for daily Scripture readings, prayer, reflection and discussion through Advent. As Advent Journal Writing prompts. As creative Advent Art Journal prompts (or combine with written journal). Include realistic and symbolic interpretations of the daily readings and the themes., or render the keywords and themes in artistic lettering. (Graffiti style, bubble writing, calligraphy). As Advent Photo / Collage Prompts, either in journal style or as a single large display… Take or collect photographs representing the themes of the daily readings. As an organisational guide for collaborative or individual projects where groups or individuals are responsible for preparing a presentation based on each day (presentations may include drama or dramatic reading, music, movement, artwork, ICT elements, prayer etc).
Elements of (Christmas) Art Collection
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Elements of (Christmas) Art Collection

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No shut-up sheets! No time-fillers. Real learning plans based on the Elements of Art, everything a time-poor teacher needs to be ready for the Christmas season in class while ticking all the planning and assessment boxes, maintaining and demonstrating curriculum and syllabus alignment. All the hard work is done so you can relax and enjoy some art with your students. Each lesson pack includes resources for the lesson, a detailed and fully editable lesson plan, including a Learning Intention and Success Criteria, as well as an editable rubric and assessment recording sheet for implementing and recording the formative and/or summative assessment of your choice. Purchase the bundle for a 60% discount. Merry Christmas!
Elements of (Christmas) Art: Shape (Cookie Cutter Shape Project)
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Elements of (Christmas) Art: Shape (Cookie Cutter Shape Project)

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What’s different about this Christmas lesson? This lesson pack is a complete and comprehensive resource for busy class teachers, casual relief (substitute) teachers, student teachers, homeschooling families, or out-of-school-hours care programs. Not an end-of-year time-filler, but a meaningful Visual Arts lesson based on the Elements of Art, which contains ”Art Appreciation” and “Art Making” components and can be spread over more than one timetabled session. Included with this lesson pack are: -Learning Intention and Success Criteria. -Link to Shape Online Slideshow with examples of shape in famous artworks. -Cookie Cutter Shape Project Task Slide -Examples of cookie cutter shapes, that can be used as templates, -Elements of Art: Shape Word Wall vocabulary cards in a separate PDF document. -Quick Draw Shape Worksheet in a separate PDF document -A complete lesson plan as a Word document. (Fully editable and adaptable.) -An editable Class Assessment Record to record students working towards, achieving or proficient with the success criteria, for work sample grades and for student observations. -An editable graded rubric, specific to the Cookie Cutter Shape activity, with space for written feedback. This rubric can be edited and adapted for either formative or summative assessment The hard work is done, relax and enjoy Christmas art with your students!
Editable Comic Strip Templates
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Editable Comic Strip Templates

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20 different arrangements for any comic strip, storyboard, planner or graphic organiser activity across the curriculum. These are fully editable PowerPoint slides, frames can be inserted, deleted, or resized as required. New shapes or elements such as arrows can be added. Students can edit slides to suit their projects. A 4x3 table is hidden under the slides, click on the outer edge for it to appear, to provide basic gridlines as a guide if necessary (gridlines are no longer included in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac).
Compose and Illustrate a Five Senses Christmas Poem
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Compose and Illustrate a Five Senses Christmas Poem

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UPDATED RESOURCE! This resource introduces younger poets to figurative language devices (similes), and includes suggestions for extension and variations, so can be adapted for a range of grades, experience and abilities. Cross-curricular links include Visual Arts and Religious Education. Suggested thematic variations encourage students to consider the Christmas experience from other points of view, looking at Christmas in other countries and cultures, and also a social justice perspective. This resource is suitable for whole class instruction or can be assigned as individual or small group task. The Learning Sequence slideshows are included in two formats (.ppsx and .pdf), supported by scaffolding graphic organiser and card templates. For your assessment records, an editable class record, based on the Learning Intention and Success Criteria is included, as well as an editable task rubric, which can be adapted for your formative or summative assessment needs or student self or peer assessment. This resource engages students in real learning activities, rather than Christmas time-filling, The Five Senses poem format is adaptable to other topics, as outlined in the resource.
Aim for Five Star Work: Student Self-Assessment Rubric Poster
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Aim for Five Star Work: Student Self-Assessment Rubric Poster

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Designed for use in Creative Arts (Visual Arts) , this poster encourages students to self-monitor their learning with attention to the Success Criteria and design requirements of their task, use of media and attention to detail, creative efforts, completion of tasks in a timely manner and general co-operation in the class setting. It can also be a useful resource to have on hand during a three-way conference (parent-student-teacher). Please spend some time ‘unpacking’ the rubric with your students to clarify your expectations and theirs. For example, your understanding of ‘Craftsmanship’, is probably different to the students’ initial understanding - usually ‘colouring in between the lines’. It may not mean keeping to the ‘lines’ at all - without artistic innovators we would have no Picasso! When are the ‘lines’ (rules) are important? Enjoy those conversations with your student artists! To further encourage your students to take ownership of their learning through self and peer assessment I recommend the T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N process T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N posters and printable mnemonic bookmarks are available as a value bundle. To develop an effective and manageable formative and summative assessment strategy, with assessment FOR, AS and OF learning, the ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING bundle provides resources for creative teachers to support their students and keep assessment records on track. Browse my TES shop for a growing range of resources. Thank you for visiting Tick the Art Box.
Printable and Editable Word Wall Cards
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Printable and Editable Word Wall Cards

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Promoting Literacy across the Curriculum. 24 Printable Word Wall Cards as PDF 24 Editable Word Wall Cards as Word docx Adaptable for use as task cards as well as classroom displays. For your art units, you may also like this free set of the Seven Elements of Art Vocabulary (Word Wall) Cards. Also available is a value bundle of comprehensive themed Vocabulary Card sets for each of the Elements of Art. Suggestions for easily differentiated games, challenges and activities suitable across a range of grades and ages are included.
Artist Study: PICASSO
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Artist Study: PICASSO

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Everything a time-poor teacher needs to introduce the great artistic innovator to students, inspiring creativity and confidence with students, while ticking all the planning and assessment boxes, maintaining and demonstrating curriculum and syllabus alignment. Each comprehensive and versatile lesson pack includes resources for the lesson, a detailed and fully editable lesson plan, including a Learning Intention and Success Criteria, as well as an editable rubric and assessment recording sheet for implementing and recording the formative and/or summative assessment of your choice. There are opportunities for differentiation and extension and suggested variations each art activity. The lessons will work as stand-alone lessons or as a unit of work.
Picasso-Inspired 'Selfies' (Picasso Artist Study)
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Picasso-Inspired 'Selfies' (Picasso Artist Study)

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"Picasso-Inspired 'Selfies' " can be used as stand-alone lesson material or as part of a unit (scheme) of work. The lesson contains ”Art Appreciation” and “Art Making” components and can be spread over more than one timetabled session. The lesson pack is a comprehensive resource for busy class teachers, casual relief (substitute) teachers, student teachers, homeschooling families, or out-of-school hours care programs. Included with this lesson pack are: -Learning Intention and Success Criteria. (Page 2) -Web quest slides for this lesson (Pages 3 - 4) -Student Art Activity Task Slide (Page 5) -A mobile device “frame” sheet, for the student artwork. (Page 6) -Instructions for making the Phone Frame with Microsoft Word (Page 7). -Notes and Suggestions (Page 8) -Credits and Terms of Use (Page 9) -A complete lesson plan as a Word document. (Fully editable and adaptable.). -An editable Class Assessment Record to record students working towards, achieving or proficient with the success criteria, for work sample grades and for student observations. (Ideal for relief teachers) -An editable graded rubric, specific to the ’Selfies” activity, with space for written feedback. This rubric can be edited and adapted for either formative or summative assessment. Now that the hard work is done, enjoy making some art with your students!
Cubist Blues
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Cubist Blues

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"Introduction to Picasso" can be used as stand-alone lesson material or as part of a unit (scheme) of work. The lesson contains ”Art Appreciation” and “Art Making” components and can be spread over more than one timetabled session. The lesson pack is a comprehensive resource for busy class teachers, casual relief (substitute) teachers, student teachers, homeschooling families, or out-of-school-hours care programs.  Included with this lesson pack are:  -Learning Intention and Success Criteria. (Page 2) -Web Quest slides for this lesson (Pages 3-6) -’Cubist Blues’ Task Slide (Page 7) -Examples of “shattered glass” lines (Page 8) -Acoustic guitar outline (Page 9). -Electric guitar outline (Page 10) -Notes and Suggestions (Page 11) -Credits and Terms of Use (Page 12) -Elements of Art Vocabulary Word Wall Cards (separate PDF) -A complete lesson plan as a Word document. (Fully editable and adaptable.) -An editable Class Assessment Record to record students working towards, achieving or proficient with the success criteria, for work sample grades and for student observations. Ideal for relief teachers. -An editable graded rubric, specific to the “Cubist Blues” activity, with space for written feedback. This rubric can be edited and adapted for either formative or summative assessment. Now that the hard work is done, enjoy making some art with your students!
Clean and Clear Assessment Rubrics
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Clean and Clear Assessment Rubrics

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Four clean, clear, adaptable and editable Assessment Rubric templates, for busy teachers who are developing and delivering an effective and aligned assessment plan as part of their teaching program, encouraging student growth. This template emphasises feedback (and feed forward) with a comments section first! They can be edited to remove or replace grades, thus are adaptable for formative and summative assessment and can be used to encourage students in self- and peer assessment. This resource is also available in a value bundle. To develop an effective and manageable formative and summative assessment strategy, with assessment FOR, AS and OF learning, the ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING bundle provides resources for creative teachers to support their students and keep assessment records on track. To view the assessment rubric template adapted for specific lesson plans, please visit the Picasso Artist Study and Elements of Christmas Art" value bundles of lesson plans and supporting resources. Thank you for visiting Tick the Art Box.
Assessment For Learning Resources
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Assessment For Learning Resources

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Everything a creative teacher needs to keep assessment on track across the curriculum. Originally designed for use with Creative Arts (Visual Arts) classes, fully adaptable across the curriculum, with reference to clear Learning Intentions and specific Success Criteria These resources will assist all teachers to develop, deliver and demonstrate effective, syllabus-aligned assessment for learning, incorporating meaningful feedback and student self- and peer assessment.
Cracker Christmas Bundle
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Cracker Christmas Bundle

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Ten Advent and Christmas Resources to inspire a creative Christmas in your classroom. These resources are for real learning in Visual Arts, Literacy and RE as you countdown to Christmas. Adaptable for a range of ages and grades and anchored to the elements of art, imaginative and persuasive texts and religious traditions and themes, these resources include many suggestions for adaptation and extension. Time-saving for class and subject teachers. Excellent resources for casual relief (substitute) teachers, and student teachers to have in their “bag of tricks” as the festive season approaches. Also suitable for out-of-school groups and programs. Merry Creative Christmas!
T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Guide for Students
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T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Guide for Students

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Originally designed for Visual Arts classes, the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process can be successfully adapted across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use the lesson Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, to take ownership of their learning, to give meaningful feedback and feed forward and to treat each other with respect and kindness, fostering positive, healthy relationships. To encourage development of effective peer and self assessment skills, teachers should model the ‘TALK’ and ‘LEARN” approaches frequently with students. Teachers and students should also “mix it up” - students can TALK to themselves or LEARN with a peer.
Introduction to Haiku
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Introduction to Haiku

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This resource engages middle and upper primary and/or middle school or lower secondary grades with the Haiku form of poetry. The resource includes a Powerpoint Slideshow and a sequence of lesson activities, suggestions for engaging variations and challenges, a list of online resources and editable and adaptable assessment documents, based on a Learning Intention and Success Criteria. Cross-curricular links include Visual Arts, Media Arts and ICT
Clean and Clear Lesson Plan Template
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Clean and Clear Lesson Plan Template

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Completely editable and adaptable Lesson Plan Template in Word docx format, incorporating Learning Intention and Success Criteria. This is lesson plan template assists busy teachers to maintain and demonstrate curriculum and syllabus alignment, set clear learning goals and success criteria, include suitable differentiation and modifications for their students, keep track of required resources and quickly record lesson evaluation notes. The clean and clear style enables teachers to create comprehensive, detailed lesson plans or a simple “at a glance” lesson overview in a consistent format. It is a useful and effective resource for casual relief (substitute) teachers and student teachers, as well as class or subject teachers. To view the template in action for specific, detailed lesson plans, please visit the Picasso Artist Study and Elements of Christmas Art" value bundles of lesson plans and supporting resources, or browse my TES shop for a growing range of resources. Thank you for visiting Tick the Art Box.
T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Bookmark Mnemonics
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T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Bookmark Mnemonics

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Printables to support the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process of Peer and Self Assessment. Originally designed for Visual Arts classes, the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process can be successfully adapted across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use the lesson Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, to take ownership of their learning, to give meaningful feedback and feed forward and to treat each other with respect and kindness, fostering positive, healthy relationships. To encourage development of effective peer and self assessment skills, teachers should model the ‘TALK’ and ‘LEARN” approaches frequently with students. Teachers and students should also “mix it up” - students can TALK to themselves or LEARN with a peer.
T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Package
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T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Package

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All the elements of the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process can be successfully adapted across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use the lesson Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, to take ownership of their learning, to give meaningful feedback and feed forward and to treat each other with respect and kindness, fostering positive, healthy relationships. To encourage development of effective peer and self assessment skills, teachers should model the ‘TALK’ and ‘LEARN” approaches frequently with students. Teachers and students should also “mix it up” - students can TALK to themselves or LEARN with a peer. or make use of a rubric.
T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Posters (Portrait Format)
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T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Posters (Portrait Format)

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Originally designed for Visual Arts classes, the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process can be successfully adapted across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use the lesson Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, to take ownership of their learning, to give meaningful feedback and feed forward and to treat each other with respect and kindness, fostering positive, healthy relationships. To encourage development of effective peer and self assessment skills, teachers should model the ‘TALK’ and ‘LEARN” approaches frequently with students. Teachers and students should also “mix it up” - students can TALK to themselves or LEARN with a peer.