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I have been an elementary teacher in UK and in Canada for many years. I absolutely love my career! I have had several educational books published, and have contributed articles to magazines such as Scholastic. I particularly enjoy creating resources for teachers to use in their classroom that utilize methods other than "fill in the blank"! I hope that you will find some helpful resources in my shop.

I have been an elementary teacher in UK and in Canada for many years. I absolutely love my career! I have had several educational books published, and have contributed articles to magazines such as Scholastic. I particularly enjoy creating resources for teachers to use in their classroom that utilize methods other than "fill in the blank"! I hope that you will find some helpful resources in my shop.
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk - Novel  Study Unit
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Jack and the Baked Beanstalk - Novel Study Unit

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Using this delightful story students will compare traditional stories with modern fiction, learn about beans and take part in a variety of activities that involve measuring and experimenting. They will retell key details from the text using innovative activities such as story maps, character webs, puppets, and cooking. They will be involved in simple graphing and estimating. This is a complete cross curricula plan with worksheets attached to save time and effort for the teacher. The academic standards are clearly stated and are suitable for U.S, Canada and UK.
Shadows . End of Term Fun
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Shadows . End of Term Fun

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End of term fun. Take students outside and play these shadow activities. Little or no preparation required. No curriculum objectives or assessment needed. A good time to be had by students and teacher. Enjoy!
Transportation Unit
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Transportation Unit

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Transportation Unit This unit deals with all areas of the curriculum. Have fun with model vehicles the students can wear, set up time trials in the hallway, dance and sing. Phonics and creative writing are all part of the fun.
Dominoes - a fun way to learn math
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Dominoes - a fun way to learn math

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Dominoes are inexpensive and children love to play with them. Use this resource to help students learn addition, subtraction, tens and ones, matching, doubles, halves - and have fun while they do it.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - a novel study unit
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The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - a novel study unit

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch . A novel study unit This book provides the base for a host of activities all across the curriculum. Students will explore new vocabulary, quotation marks and sequence. They will demonstrate an understanding of pattern in a very interesting manner, and use measurement to further their understanding of this concept. There are research topics and fun experiments. The expectations are clearly stated for each area of the curriculum that is covered in this topic. There is a Reflection handout plus a Rubric to check each student’s understanding and progress.
Quilt - a cross curricular unit
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Quilt - a cross curricular unit

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Description of Quilt Unit: This unit leads to the study of art, history and mathematics. Language activities focus on descriptive writing, story writing, historical writing. The feelings and descriptions of characters are pursued and a quilt is used to depict a favourite story. Art activities feature design and creativity. Math, science and technology explore area, shape, pattern and perimeter. Introduction of tangrams and tesselation and experimenting to find the properties of fabric.
Rhythm and Rhyme - It's Poetry Time
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Rhythm and Rhyme - It's Poetry Time

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Poetry is now recognised as an important part of the curriculum. It is a fun way to introduce many aspects of language. Children enjoy listening to and making up their own poems.This unit introduces primary age children to alliteration, acrostic poems, onomatopoeia and shape poems. There are several handouts to help make this an easy unit to use.
Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend Novel Study
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Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend Novel Study

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Product Description Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend is a verse novel written by an Australian author. Although the unit is geared to Australian curriculum it is also relevant to North American or UK students. Scope and Sequence Statements relevant to the activities and questions are stated at the beginning of the package. There are activity suggestions for each group of poems in the novel. There are questions for individual answers or group discussions. This is a complete package that will save teachers many hours of preparation.
California Treasures Grade 1 Unit 1
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California Treasures Grade 1 Unit 1

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Attention California teachers! This resource will save you hours of preparation time. Each book in the unit is addressed separately. The Common Core Standards are clearly stated at the beginning of each section. There are questions for the students that may be answered individually or in groups. There is a plethora of cross curricula activities including ELA, math and science.
10 Awesome  Number Activities
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10 Awesome Number Activities

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10 awesome number activities for primary students. These are fun ways to teach your students about basic number operations. They can use a calculator to add and subtract. They can “map” a wall, and learn how to use their phone number as a tool for graphing. Discover how taking attendance is a wonderful opportunity for numeral awareness. There are literature suggestions for each activity and the skill objectives stated for each one.
Fun With Numbers
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Fun With Numbers

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Fun filled, hands-on number activities for K-Grade 3 students. There are many different activities with skills clearly stated, and the target group identified. Each activity is easy to administer and takes advantage of simple routines such as taking attendance at the beginning of school. Also included are literature links for each of the skills.
California Treasures. Grade 1 Unit 3
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California Treasures. Grade 1 Unit 3

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Attention California teachers!This resource will save you hours of preparation. Each book in the unit is addressed separately. The Common Core Standards are clearly stated at the beginning of each section. There are questions for the students that may be answered individually or in groups. There is a plethora of cross curricula activities including ELA, math and science.
California Treasures. Grade 1 Unit 2
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California Treasures. Grade 1 Unit 2

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Attention all Primary teachers in California. This product will save you hours of planning. In conjunction with the California Treasures Series this program contains plans for each of the books in the unit. Each component states the Common Core Standards addressed in each story. There are questions for each book and a plethora of activities to use cross curricula with each story.
California Treasures Grade 1 Unit 4
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California Treasures Grade 1 Unit 4

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Attention California teachers! This resource will save you hours of preparation time. Each book in the unit is addressed separately. The Common Core Standards are clearly stated at the beginning of each section. There are questions for the students that may be answered individually or in groups. There is a plethora of cross curricula activities including ELA, math and science.
Insects - a cross curriculum unit
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Insects - a cross curriculum unit

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Description of unit: Expectations for Grades 1-3 are stated. There are evaluation and assessment suggestions. You will find a comprehensive list of suitable books with activities for each one. Language activities include writing, discussing, phonics and word play. Science activities deal with the characteristics of bugs, metamorphosis and camouflage. Art activities encourage the students to make models, paint with different media and observe. Math activities introduce counting, multiplication, shape, weight and comparisons. Music activities provide links to songs and recordings. Students will enjoy this engaging unit.
Early Childhood Education - Story Book Bears
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Early Childhood Education - Story Book Bears

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This unit about story book bears provides opportunities for students to take part in activities that will teach important prerequisite skills for reading and mathematics. There are also ample opportunities for creative thinking, speaking and listening topics, and craft activities.
A Thematic Unit on Apples
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A Thematic Unit on Apples

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This thematic unit gives suggestions for books and activities across the curriculum. Teachers will be able to plan activities for the whole day, and students will move freely from one center to another.
Clifford the Big Red Dog - a cross curricula unit
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Clifford the Big Red Dog - a cross curricula unit

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Clifford the Big Red Dog is a popular character with young children. In this unit there are activities for language arts, math, science, art, drama and music. The outcomes are clearly stated and evaluation techniques are suggested. Many links to suitable literature are included. Use this character's appeal to encourage students to take part in the many learning activities.
The Jolly Christmas Postman - cross curricula activities
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The Jolly Christmas Postman - cross curricula activities

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The Jolly Christmas Postman is an excellent book for introducing letter writing and communications, sequencing events, and retelling fairy tales and nursery rhymes. This is a cross curricula unit with questions and activities aligned with Common Core State Standards, UK Language Arts, and Canadian Curriculum Objectives. You will find a plethora of activities to keep your class engaged and interested. There are suggestions for creative letters, character role playing, post office projects and sequencing fun. There is also a Rubric to track the progress of each child.
Across the Curriculum with Picnics
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Across the Curriculum with Picnics

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Across the Curriculum with Picnics: Picnics can be fun any time of the year. They provide an excellent starting point for activities dealing with nature, art and crafts, language arts and mathematics. Your students will enjoy the adventure of a Winter picnic or look forward to a Summer picnic. In this unit you will find evaluation suggestions, book and story suggestions, and the learning outcomes clearly stated. There is a plethora of activity suggestions to take you all across the curriculum.