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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.
Samurai Kids White Crane. Novel Study
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Samurai Kids White Crane. Novel Study

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Samurai Kids Book 1: White Crane is an excellent book for a novel study. It works well on many levels. It has a huge appeal for young readers and lends itself to providing opportunities for exploring history, culture, and life values. Attention Australian Teachers. This is a novel study that is closely linked to the Australian curriculum with Scope and Sequence stated for each of the 14 chapters. For each chapter there are activity suggestions and questions for either individual answers, or small group or class discussions.
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!
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.
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.
Across the Curriculum with Eggs and Ducks
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Across the Curriculum with Eggs and Ducks

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This unit has activities dealing with number problems, weighing and measuring, language arts, art and crafts, and science. There are details of hatching eggs in a classroom incubator and how to look after the ducklings in the weeks after hatching. This unit may be used any time of the year, but Spring time is ideal for hatching. Handouts are included. A rubric is included to track the progress of each student.
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.
Thanksgiving - a cross curricula unit
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Thanksgiving - a cross curricula unit

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Use this Thanksgiving unit to celebrate this special time of the year with creative ideas. There are book suggestions, activities for language arts, writing, making soup, number games. An explanation of the 5 Kernels of Corn is provided, and many more things to excite your students.
Maryann Kovalski - Author Study
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Maryann Kovalski - Author Study

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Maryann Kovalski is a much loved author of children's books. Her illustrations are favourites with all children. In this unit there are suggestions for activities across the curriculum for books: The Wheels on the Bus, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Brenda and Edward, The Big Storm, Grandma's Secret, Pizza for Breakfast, and Alice and the Birthday Giant. There are math problems, science experiments, language arts projects, and art and craft ideas.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Key to Rondo - Novel Study
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The Key to Rondo - Novel Study

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This is a unique novel study unit that a teacher could use for 35 school days. The novel is Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda. The novel deals with an imaginary world contained in a music box. There are 34 chapters and in this unit each chapter is headed with at least one curriculum objective. New vocabulary is listed for each of the chapters. Then, for each chapter, there are activities relating to each of the objectives. On separate sheets there are questions for each chapter.
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.
Milk - a Thematic Unit
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Milk - a Thematic Unit

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Milk. A Thematic Unit Milk provides a basis for a myriad of learning activities encompassing the whole curriculum. This is particularly useful for Canadian teachers, but all of the aims and objectives that are satisfied in this unit are part of curriculum objectives in UK, Australia, and USA. The expectations are clearly stated for each subject. There is a comprehensive book list. There are experiments, fun activities, mathematical problems, activities involving language arts, suggestions for drama, art and music.
Pumpkins- A Thematic Unit
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Pumpkins- A Thematic Unit

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Pumpkins. A Thematic unit. The Fall season is an ideal time to introduce the students to pumpkins. Children equate pumpkins with Hallowe'en and Jack o' Lanterns, and are naturally enthusiastic about this big orange fruit. This thematic unit covers all areas of the curriculum with many activity suggestions and a list of suggested books. There are observations to be made and experiments to be conducted – along with mathematical problems and language arts activities. You will find handouts ready to duplicate and distribute. There is also a recipe for pumpkin cookies!
Squares - a cross curricula unit
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Squares - a cross curricula unit

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Square shapes are the basis for this unit. They can be used in literature and language arts activities. They are featured in science, music, art, and, of course, math activities. You will find a plethora of interesting ways to incorporate squares into all areas of the curriculum. Expectations are clearly stated plus suggestions for evaluation and assessment.
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.