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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.
The Rainbow Fish - a novel study

The Rainbow Fish - a novel study

The Rainbow Fish. A novel study unit for primary grades. Using the beloved story of the Rainbow Fish your students will have opportunity to discuss friendship and being kind. They will learn about tessellations, number bonds and discover a game to play with a partner. There are activities and worksheets for beginning sounds, quotation marks and questions. There is a character discovery activity which will be enjoyed by the students. Also included is a Reflection handout for students and a Rubric for tracking student progress.
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The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - a novel study unit

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - a novel study unit

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.
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Shadows . End of Term Fun

Shadows . End of Term Fun

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!
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Miss Rumphius - novel study

Miss Rumphius - novel study

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a most delightful book that young children will enjoy. It provides a base for many activities including language, math, science and art. The students will encouraged to follow one of Alice’s wishes – that is to make the world a more beautiful place. The activities are suitable for primary students and home schoolers.
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Story Book and Real Bears - a Unit Study

Story Book and Real Bears - a Unit Study

Story Book and Real Bears – a study unit. Expectations satisfied in this unit are clearly stated. There is a comprehensive book list with descriptions. Language activities include sequencing, creative writing, different book formats and story mapping. In Science and Technology students explore ways to keep warm and set up tests to prove their findings. They can design a burglar alarm and research different bear species. Music, Dance and Drama include poems and music. Art ideas are explored. Health and Physical Education are dealt with in various ways. Mathematics activities include size, estimation,linear, area, patterning and graphing. Evaluation and assessment techniques are included.
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The Artist by John Bianchi - Activity Suggestions

The Artist by John Bianchi - Activity Suggestions

The Artist by John Bianchi. Activity suggestions for discussion of the book and its components. Language activities include playing with vocabulary and words using art as a focus. There are explorations of art work combining these with language. You will find an introduction to colour, and explanations of art techniques by Alexander Calder (mobiles), Piet Modrian (geometric art), and Joseph Cornell (box art).
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Insects - a cross curriculum unit

Insects - a cross curriculum unit

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.
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Quilt - a cross curricular unit

Quilt - a cross curricular unit

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.
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10 Awesome  Number Activities

10 Awesome Number Activities

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.
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Thanksgiving - a cross curricula unit

Thanksgiving - a cross curricula unit

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.
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Squares - a cross curricula unit

Squares - a cross curricula unit

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.
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Franklin the Turtle - Activities Across the Curriculum

Franklin the Turtle - Activities Across the Curriculum

At first glance it would seem that Franklin would only be suitable for very young primary students, but there are several aspects that make Franklin suitable for older students as well. For example, see the patterning activities for Franklin’s Blanket and you will see that they are ideal for introducing arrays for interpreting multiplication and division sentences in the Grade 3 Number Sense and Numeration. In this unit the outcomes for each grade are clearly stated, ideas for evaluation are given. There are activities to deal with all aspects of the curriculum.
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Maryann Kovalski - Author Study

Maryann Kovalski - Author Study

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.
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Clifford the Big Red Dog - a cross curricula unit

Clifford the Big Red Dog - a cross curricula unit

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.
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Milk - a Thematic Unit

Milk - a Thematic Unit

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.
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Family Fun Boxes - for Teachers and Parents

Family Fun Boxes - for Teachers and Parents

The goals of this program are to provide an opportunity for parents and children to enjoy books and reading together, and to encourage students to reflect on their experiences through the use of journals. This home - school connection will enable the teacher to use the journal portion of each activity as an evaluation tool for each student, and, during the year, the students will be able to progress through the journal writing stages as they gain confidence. Each Fun Box contains one or more books. Some of the books are at the child’s independent reading level, and others are meant to be read to the child. Children share the Fun Boxes with their families, reading and sharing the books, working on the activities that are part of each Fun Box, and then making an entry in the journal. Fun Boxes answer those requests for “homework”, and also provide a focus for parents who wish to help with their child’s education, but often do not know the best way to accomplish this.
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Pumpkins- A Thematic Unit

Pumpkins- A Thematic Unit

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!
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Fun With Numbers

Fun With Numbers

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.
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Across the Curriculum with Picnics

Across the Curriculum with Picnics

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.
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Across the Curriculum with Shells

Across the Curriculum with Shells

Across the Curriculum with Shells. In this unit students will explore different shells and discover their uses. They will use the shells in language activities, math games, art and crafts and science discoveries. This is a rich resource that costs nothing, but provides material for numerous activities across the curriculum.
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The Jolly Christmas Postman - cross curricula activities

The Jolly Christmas Postman - cross curricula activities

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.
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