No Prep - Art in Math / Math in Art: Make Amazing Designs with Ruler & Pen

No Prep - Art in Math / Math in Art: Make Amazing Designs with Ruler & Pen

A 20-page resource which can be used to make thousands of different symmetrical designs, in black and white or colour. Students need only a ruler and a pencil or pen, to easily create intricate designs such as concentric circles, cardioids, and Cartesian stars. All instructions and templates included, plus graph paper and examples. For a more mathematical lesson, students could draw their own circles with a compass in their maths books, and mark off the gradations with a protractor. Some of the shapes created with this resource can be used for practice in measuring angles. Designs may be filled with coloured pen, pencil or felt-tipped markers if desired, to produce very striking results. These designs look great when pinned up in the classroom, and each student's work is unique.
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Rap Poetry Kit for Primary and Middle School

Rap Poetry Kit for Primary and Middle School

A highly versatile tool kit of short and long vowel sound words, from which students can create rap / hip-hop lyrics and other poetry. Students can combine these words in thousands of different ways, to write an endless variety of poems. This set is a useful resource as a stand-alone exercise, or following a lesson which demonstrates and teaches the elements of rap. Examples of "rap intro" which teachers could discuss prior to students using this resource include the personal themes which are common to many great raps; developing a story through the verses; and structuring the rap (e.g. choosing a beat; choosing and testing the rhyming style; writing a powerful hook/chorus etc). Students could choose their own set of words for rap-writing. They could highlight appealing words with a marker, and think about how to piece them together. This word set is useful for developing end rhymes, and internal rhymes based on assonance. Beat-keeping tools (clapping, tapping, drumming) can assist. As another option, the whole class could each choose 2 words, and then write a line each, as part of a whole class rap, on a mutually agreed theme. Older students could work in pairs -: each one of the pair chooses a set (e.g. 10 to 20 words), and then they swap the sets, and write a rap with their partner’s words. Teacher notes are included, as well as a sample page for writing short rap poems. Students could put their raps together in a book of poems, or have a class performance, and read out their raps in turn, whilst other class members keep the beat with instruments, or beat-box.
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Cat Pack: Visual Maths and Logic Puzzles for Middle and Upper Primary

Cat Pack: Visual Maths and Logic Puzzles for Middle and Upper Primary

A way to increase engagement in maths, through visualisation. There are enough activities for 3 – 4 hours in this 35-page cat math and puzzle pack, so it is useful for TR / supply teachers who need extra maths education activities for a class over several days. Also good for rainy lunchtimes, if your students stay inside to do puzzles! The resources in this pack are designed to assist students in the following learning areas: * Visualising multiplication and division, by making and splitting up groups (Cat Arrays) and counting numbers per group. The arrays also show how multipliers and divisors can be swapped in each equation. * Practising 2D shape manipulation, to develop visual-spatial awareness, mathematical problem-solving skills, and awareness of geometric shape properties (Tangram Cats) * Working with visual codes in addition (Cat Sums in Tens, Cat Sums in Hundreds, Cat Paw Bonds – Adding to 50) * Recalling multiplication facts, in fun ways (Cat Dish Factors, Cat Paw Bonds – Multiplication) * Investigating geometric patterns in polygons (Cheese Patterns) * Reading keys and interpreting pictogram graphs (Favourite Foods of Cats) * Working with directions on visual maps (Cat Directions), and map coordinates (Cat Island) * Word puzzles which provide practice with syllables, digraphs (Cat Word Patterns) & word families (Hidden Words) * Solving visual-spatial puzzles (Cat Logic Puzzle).
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Halloween! Visual Maths, Puzzle and Art Pack

Halloween! Visual Maths, Puzzle and Art Pack

The engaging resources in this pack are designed to assist students in the following learning areas: Visualising multiplication and division, by making and splitting up groups (Pumpkin Arrays) and counting numbers per group . The arrays also show how multipliers and divisors can be swapped in each equation. Practising 2D shape manipulation, to develop visual-spatial awareness, mathematical problem-solving skills, and awareness of geometric shape properties (Tangram Bat, Tangram Cats, Tangram Spiders, and Spider Web Polygons) Working with visual codes in addition (Spider Sums in Tens, Spider Sums in Hundreds) Recalling multiplication facts, in fun ways (Bat Factors and Spider Bonds – Multiplication) Visualising multiplication patterns (Spider Ladder) Reading keys & interpreting pictogram graphs (Favourite Foods of Bats) & making a column graph (Spider Chart) Working with Cartesian coordinates (Spider Web Star) In geometry, drawing systematic and evenly spaced chords through a circle, to produce patterns (Spider Web Art) and working with plane curves such as cardioids (Heart-shaped Spider Web Art). I hope your students enjoy this Halloween maths, art, and puzzles pack. There are enough activities for 3 – 4 hours or more, so its useful for supply teachers who need extra educational activities for a class. Also good for rainy lunchtimes, if your students stay inside to do art and puzzles!
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Upper Primary Phonics Make-a-Poem Kit - Animal Theme

Upper Primary Phonics Make-a-Poem Kit - Animal Theme

Fives sets (12 pages) of adjectives, verbs, and nouns (animals / places / things / abstract), each set using one of the 5 long vowel sounds. These words can be combined by students in thousands of different ways, to make repeat sound poems of any line length. Several short examples are included, but the poetic possibilities are limitless! A creative exercise in poetry writing, literary assonance, and phonics. A great resource for writing nonsense poems too, and short stories! This can be an individual 'write-it-yourself' activity for students, or teachers may assist students with sentence construction, including word choice, grammar and punctuation. Students could also look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary or encyclopedia, including names of animals they have never heard of before (thereby adding 5 minutes of biology to the session!) The students' poems could be cut out and showcased on a class pin board, or made into a poetry book, which can be shared with other classes. This resource is a bundle of the separate long vowel sound poetry kits in my store. I have used this resource in tutoring, and students can produce wonderful results, even after only a few minutes effort in combining words. Hoping your students have fun with it, and I'd love to read some of their poems in the feedback section!
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Spider Pack - Math, Puzzles & Amazing Geometric Art

Spider Pack - Math, Puzzles & Amazing Geometric Art

The engaging resources in this 40-page pack are designed to assist students in the following learning areas: Visualising multiplication and division, by making groups and splitting up groups (Spider Arrays) and counting numbers per group. The arrays also show how multipliers and divisors can be swapped in each equation. Practising 2D shape manipulation, to develop visual-spatial awareness, mathematical problem-solving skills, and awareness of geometric shape properties (Tangram Spiders, and Spider Web Polygons) Working with visual codes in addition (Spider Sums in Tens, Spider Sums in Hundreds) Recalling multiplication facts, in fun ways (Redback Factors, Spider Bonds – Multiplication and Time Tables Webs) Visualising multiplication patterns (Spider Ladder) Reading keys & interpreting pictogram graphs (Favourite Foods of Spiders) & making a column graph (Spider Chart) Working with Cartesian coordinates (Spider Web Star) In geometry, drawing systematic and evenly spaced chords through a circle, to produce patterns (Spider Web Art) and working with plane curves such as cardioids (Heart-shaped Spider Web Art). Included are blank templates and full instructions for making the geometric art. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I hope your students enjoy this spider maths, art, and puzzles pack. There are enough activities for 3 – 4 hours, so its useful for supply teachers who need extra educational activities for a class. Also good for rainy lunchtimes, if your students stay inside to do art and puzzles. This pack might even convince students that maths is fun! Teacher Notes and answers are included.
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Dragon Pack - Visual Math and Logic Puzzles for Middle and Upper Primary

Dragon Pack - Visual Math and Logic Puzzles for Middle and Upper Primary

A set of 19 visual maths activities in a 38-page resource, for middle and upper primary years. A good choice for morning maths, or for early finish / extension work at the end lessons. Also makes a good maths kit for supply teachers, with a variety of high-interest maths activities. Activities in the pack include: * graphing - pictograph interpretation, with basic maths operations * map-reading / finding directions * Tangram geometry puzzle - choice of 3 dragon designs which can be used as decorative artworks for the classroom, when each puzzle is completed. Tangrams are good training for primary students in spatial problem-solving. * geometry - polygon pattern sequencing * 2- and 3-digit addition - using dragon icon keys * addition and/or subtraction - using number bonds * multiplication - using factors, arrays and number bonds * division - using arrays * word puzzles * spatial logic puzzle Two visual maths templates are provided for students to create their own sums as well, to test their desk buddies. The dragon egg number bonds can be used for addition, subtraction or multiplication. Some middle primary students enjoy working together to create their own sets of number bonds for their desk buddy to work on. The students then mark each other's work. This activity builds maths confidence. The dragon array sheets can be used for both multiplication and division, and students can test each other. For example: "Draw 6 groups of 4, and 4 groups of 6 on the dragon array". All answers to puzzles are included.
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No Prep - Art in Math / Math in Art: Make Amazing Designs with Ruler & Pen

No Prep - Art in Math / Math in Art: Make Amazing Designs with Ruler & Pen

A 20-page resource which can be used to make thousands of different symmetrical designs, in black and white or colour. Students need only a ruler and a pencil or pen, to easily create intricate designs such as concentric circles, cardioids, and Cartesian stars. All instructions and templates included, plus graph paper and examples. For a more mathematical lesson, students could draw their own circles with a compass in their maths books, and mark off the gradations with a protractor. Some of the shapes created with this resource can be used for practice in measuring angles. Designs may be filled with coloured pen, pencil or felt-tipped markers if desired, to produce very striking results. These designs look great when pinned up in the classroom, and each student's work is unique.
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Arrays - Printables for Teaching Multiplication & Division by Visualising Groups

Arrays - Printables for Teaching Multiplication & Division by Visualising Groups

A selection of array sheets with examples, which can be printed and used as a differentiated resource in primary maths and special education, for teaching multiplication and division. Groups of spots, fishes, cupcakes, and dinosaurs are provided. Each page of array symbols has separate rows or columns differentiated by colour or shading, to help with subitizing. Students can use the array sheet to circle groups, and then write corresponding pairs of number sentences. They can then check their number sentences by counting the objects in each group they have circled, and making sure that they match. Students can also use the sheets to test each other with multiplication and division. One student circles the objects, and the other writes the correct number sentence/s which correspond with the grouping/s their partner made. Students who are beginning multiplication can use the sheet for visualising and writing number sentences relating to 2x, 5x and 10x tables. Students who are ready for more advanced multiplication can use the sheet for number sentences relating to 3x, 4x, 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x tables. Students who are learning division can use the array sheet to visualise whole groups split into parts. Example uses for both multiplication and division are given. Several visual groupings and pairs of number sentences can be fit onto each array page template. Both colored and black and white versions are included. Some students who have used these array sheets, circle the groups with colored markers, and then write the matching number sentences near the bottom of the page, in the same colors. The color-coding is an additional aid to visualizing and recognizing multiplication and division patterns.
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Scale Quiz - Ordering Objects by Size:  Natural World Theme

Scale Quiz - Ordering Objects by Size: Natural World Theme

An activity for middle and upper primary students, to rank order objects in various categories. Natural world categories include botany, zoology, geography, and geology. Students may use dictionaries or encyclopedias to look up unfamiliar words, or search the internet to determine which objects in a category are bigger or smaller than others.
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Create-A-Word! Vocabulary Activities - Environment Theme

Create-A-Word! Vocabulary Activities - Environment Theme

A multi-sensory, word-creating exercise which is perfect for morning literacy activity, literacy circles, group activity time, home school, or special education. Each student approaches a make-a-word exercise in their own preferred way. There are many strategies which students can use to increase the number of words they make, and a dozen different phonics tips for word-making are included in this resource. Alphabet letter sets are included with this pack, so that students can move the cut-out letters around if needed, to help them form words. The longest word in each set is an environmental term, but dozens to hundreds of smaller words can be created with each set of letters. All word answers are included in the resource. Word exercises such as this one enable students to find new words they may not have heard or seen before, and also help them to recall words which are stored in memory - and thus practice their vocabulary skills. Synthetic phonics skills and word decoding skills are both developed in word creation activities. Students could work in groups, and aim to make the largest number of words. They could also try to create the word with the most letters, in addition to the target word in each set. Students can use the resource to create individual "words of the day", when previously unknown words are found. Each student in turn could share the new words they make with others in the class. If no-one in the class knows the meaning, the words can be added to a weekly chart, and students can take turns writing the dictionary meaning next to each word, throughout the day or week. Students can also work in groups to try and make the largest number of new words which no-one in their group has heard or seen before, and then check dictionary meanings. First group to reach 10 words with meanings could win a prize. Each group could play a word challenge game, finding words with a minimum number of letters (e.g. 4, or 5), working within a time limit. Students could look for the hidden animal words. One or more animal words can be made from each letter set. The target multi-syllable word in each set could be used as a basis for a research report, or a creative writing piece.
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Cat Pack: Visual Maths and Logic Puzzles for Middle and Upper Primary

Cat Pack: Visual Maths and Logic Puzzles for Middle and Upper Primary

A way to increase engagement in maths, through visualisation. There are enough activities for 3 – 4 hours in this 35-page cat math and puzzle pack, so it is useful for TR / supply teachers who need extra maths education activities for a class over several days. Also good for rainy lunchtimes, if your students stay inside to do puzzles! The resources in this pack are designed to assist students in the following learning areas: * Visualising multiplication and division, by making and splitting up groups (Cat Arrays) and counting numbers per group. The arrays also show how multipliers and divisors can be swapped in each equation. * Practising 2D shape manipulation, to develop visual-spatial awareness, mathematical problem-solving skills, and awareness of geometric shape properties (Tangram Cats) * Working with visual codes in addition (Cat Sums in Tens, Cat Sums in Hundreds, Cat Paw Bonds – Adding to 50) * Recalling multiplication facts, in fun ways (Cat Dish Factors, Cat Paw Bonds – Multiplication) * Investigating geometric patterns in polygons (Cheese Patterns) * Reading keys and interpreting pictogram graphs (Favourite Foods of Cats) * Working with directions on visual maps (Cat Directions), and map coordinates (Cat Island) * Word puzzles which provide practice with syllables, digraphs (Cat Word Patterns) & word families (Hidden Words) * Solving visual-spatial puzzles (Cat Logic Puzzle).
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Dominos for Subitizing and Basic Maths Operations

Dominos for Subitizing and Basic Maths Operations

Two sets of tiles which can be used for subitizing (visual recognition of numbers in a set without counting). These tiles can also be used for simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pairs of students can also play a "snap" game with the tiles. Two sets of cards are shared out evenly, and students take turns to throw a card into the centre, aiming for a match. The first person to slap their hand down over the matching pair wins that pair. To prepare the set, print on paper and then glue on to backing card before cutting out the domino shapes. Alternatively, print the cards directly on to heavy paper before cutting the shapes out. Cards may also be laminated after printing to make a more durable and waterproof card set. The cards may also be used as worksheets, and students mark or circle the spots with a felt pen during math operations. A good resource for students who respond to visual and manipulative supports.
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Rap Poetry Kit for Primary and Middle School

Rap Poetry Kit for Primary and Middle School

A highly versatile tool kit of short and long vowel sound words, from which students can create rap / hip-hop lyrics and other poetry. Students can combine these words in thousands of different ways, to write an endless variety of poems. This set is a useful resource as a stand-alone exercise, or following a lesson which demonstrates and teaches the elements of rap. Examples of "rap intro" which teachers could discuss prior to students using this resource include the personal themes which are common to many great raps; developing a story through the verses; and structuring the rap (e.g. choosing a beat; choosing and testing the rhyming style; writing a powerful hook/chorus etc). Students could choose their own set of words for rap-writing. They could highlight appealing words with a marker, and think about how to piece them together. This word set is useful for developing end rhymes, and internal rhymes based on assonance. Beat-keeping tools (clapping, tapping, drumming) can assist. As another option, the whole class could each choose 2 words, and then write a line each, as part of a whole class rap, on a mutually agreed theme. Older students could work in pairs -: each one of the pair chooses a set (e.g. 10 to 20 words), and then they swap the sets, and write a rap with their partner’s words. Teacher notes are included, as well as a sample page for writing short rap poems. Students could put their raps together in a book of poems, or have a class performance, and read out their raps in turn, whilst other class members keep the beat with instruments, or beat-box.
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Oceans Education Poster 2

Oceans Education Poster 2

Second in a series of free posters which summarise why life depends on the oceans. Available in a various graphics file formats, and several sizes. You are welcome to contact me if you require a specific format.
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Oceans Education Poster 1

Oceans Education Poster 1

First of a series of free posters which summarise why life depends on the oceans. Available in a various graphics file formats, and several sizes. You are welcome to contact me if you require a specific format.
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