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High interest learning resources for the Middle School student - fun, challenging and varied.

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High interest learning resources for the Middle School student - fun, challenging and varied.
Fun with FONTS

Fun with FONTS

34 pages of different font styles. Children always enjoy writing stylish headings for their projects and posters. These worksheets open up a variety of letter styles that students can practice. Children can trace over the letters to get a feel of shape and movement, and then rewrite the letter underneath. Some letters could even be better reproduced with calligraphy pens if you feel like adding some extra interest to the art of writing. A great activity filler and very calming fun for those times when your class need calming!
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How to Zoom and Fly on Google Earth

How to Zoom and Fly on Google Earth

Google Earth is one of the great online educational tools and has so many features to learn. Download this Powerpoint slide set to show your students how to use and practice the zooming and flying functions. Easy to follow - students could review them at their own pace. 21 slides Note that sample slides only shown here, but full presentation of 21 interactive slides will be downloadable once purchase has been made.
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Sandy Hook Massacre - Told Graphically

Sandy Hook Massacre - Told Graphically

This is a resource I used with my 'Gun Control | Gun rights' pack. It was created using 'Comic Life' and steps through the sequence of events that occurred before, during and after the Sandy Hook Tragedy. The 20 page booklet is not a detailed account of the events on the day, or the desperately sad aftermath, but is a clinical description of events as they occur, and a description of the perpetrator's childhood. There is a reading response worksheet at the end of the story, encouraging students to reflect on the event and respond to its impact on life.
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The Indigenous Way - My Scrapbook

The Indigenous Way - My Scrapbook

I had worked as teacher in a remote Aboriginal community in the north west region of Australia, and here I have collected by photos and stories to show students how life is the same and different to their own. Topics covered: Our Camp The Terrain Weather & Climate Children’s Games School Two Schools Food Seasonal food Food The Babysitter Health and Medecine Medicine Trip to the Great Sandy Desert Pilbara Lizards New Cyclone Shelter Employment Whitefella Work in the Pilbara In my class the scrapbook is used as part of our Indigenous Study Unit and is used in combination with The Indigenous Way - A Case Study
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Negative versus Positive Humour ***BRAND NEW***

Negative versus Positive Humour ***BRAND NEW***

It is important for any student to understand the difference between the two types of humour - one that hurts and offends, compared to the type that makes you feel good, energised and relaxed, and there are no victims that feel bad. These ten worksheets focus on helping Middle School students identify the difference between the types of humour. The worksheets analyse the Sarcastic Wit, the Nit Wit, and the Clowning Wit. I have found that teaching humour in the classroom is such fun - of course - and it can have relevance to many parts of the curriculum. Answer key included
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How to Tell a Joke ***NEW***

How to Tell a Joke ***NEW***

Telling a joke to a group of people is a real art - and no-one ever teaches us how to do it! These worksheets explore some key aspects of joke telling and they can be great fun in any middle classroom. I suggest setting the ground rules with the class right at the beginning so that any inappropriate material is not used as a joke… but that never really happened in any of the lessons that I conducted with my students, so hopefully it is a non-issue for your class as well. This pack includes 12 pages of worksheets plus an answer key showing some suggested answers to the questions about jokes. Headings in the pack include: - Defining a joke - Putting on your humor hat - What is the best joke you have ever heard? - Know your audience - Joke types - How to write your own joke - How to deliver a joke I really enjoy working with humor in my classes and I have about a dozen packs of worksheets that worked in my class in my TES store. ******************************************** I’d be really disappointed if anyone is not happy with these packs, so if that’s you, please get back to me and your money will be very happily refunded. I’d really like some feedback too, so all comments most welcome.
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John and Betty - a Classic Retro Read-A-Long

John and Betty - a Classic Retro Read-A-Long

A fun read-a-long for young children to follow. Based on the 1951 basic reader used in the Education Department of Victoria. A faithful reproduction of the original 'John & Betty' early learning reader. Follow the bouncing ball across the page as it drops on each word/syllable to help children follow the text. There are 27 slides that transition along automatically. Note: the slideshow has been created in Keynote
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Sarcasm - Yeah Right ***Powerpoint Presentation***

Sarcasm - Yeah Right ***Powerpoint Presentation***

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” - Groucho Marx “The problem with common sense is that most people are morons.” - The Sarcasm Society Sarcasm can be witty, but in the school environment it can be hurting. Teach your students to recognise sarcasm and to be careful with its use. This is a great interactive Powerpoint set of slides that cover the different types of sarcasm that can occur. The slides includes - samples from Groucho Marx, - how sarcasm can hurt others, - a short video of how sarcasm was used in a 'Friends' episode, and - some interactive tests for students to test their sarcasm detector. 41 slides Answer key included 90 minute activity
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Google Earth - Layers Reference Book

Google Earth - Layers Reference Book

Google Earth has over 50 layers of information and all are explained in this booklet, along with student activities designed to allow the student to explore each of the layers and track down the type of fascinating information that can be found on each layer. Layers are also given a value rating so that teachers can go directly to the most valuable layer with the most educational information. The booklet includes definitions and activities around the following Google Earth layers: - Borders and Labels - Photos - 3D Buildings - Ocean - Weather - Gallery - Global Awareness - and more Key points of interest are highlighted and quirky little tips are included. This is a true reference book for any student or teacher who works with Google Earth. 28 pages
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The School Uniform

The School Uniform

The School Uniform is always a matter of conversation and debate in schools and this thematic unit explores various aspects of the School Uniform discussion. As a thematic unit it covers a variety of topic starters including colour charts, infographics, budgetting, design, debate, SWOT analysis and more. A thematic study is always great for the creative teacher who can use these study starters to explore different directions around a them. The package is attractively presented and provides two pages of teachers notes to assist in further study explorations. My kids thoroughly enjoyed working through the topic - as expected, there was much debate! 25 pages (The pages shown here are samples only) 1 week duration
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Clowns and Slapstick

Clowns and Slapstick

A slapstick was originally a harmless paddle composed of two pieces of wood that slapped together to produce a resounding whack when the paddle struck someone. It was soon used by jesters to playfully smack others in a play and soon came to be the descriptor of similar type of physical comedy. Great printables around the theme of Clowns and the comedy method of slapstick. Research how slapstick is created, the principles of clowning and the history of both. These printables are challenging and varied and all centred around the comedy of slapstick. Humour is a great way to engage students in the classroom and this Middle School Resource was great fun in my classes. 15 great worksheets that students can complete on their own, and teachers can use to build on with other activities and interests. 17 pages Duration 1 week
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Placemarks in Google Maps**UPDATED**

Placemarks in Google Maps**UPDATED**

Representing data on a map is an important form of communicating information to the reader. Information graphics need to provide the right information in the clearest format possible. Google Maps provides an easy facility to display data for any reader, and anybody can use this facility to upload their information. An excellent introduction to this topic would be for the teacher and students to explore the range of ways that data can be represented on a map. Different ways include heat maps, geographic stretching of continents, icons and symbols, colours and shades, bar graphs, and interactive maps. The lessons and activities in this unit of work are for the lower and middle secondary years of schooling and focus on how to add Placemarks and how to bulk upload more than one data point to show a broader range of data. Simple instructions and clear screenshots, along with relevant student activities make this unit of work self-instructing for every student. 14 pages Duration 1 week. Note that Sample pages only shown here. Full pack of 14 pages will be downloadable once purchase has been made.
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What Country is This? ***Powerpoint Slideshow***

What Country is This? ***Powerpoint Slideshow***

Powerpoint slides of maps with a simple clue that can be used as a class activity. The task is to determine what country is outlined on each slide. First the country outline is shown, then click on to a single clue to help identify the country. The clue might be a longitude or latitude, a key city, or a geographical feature. Use Google Earth to find the country from the clues provided. The task is simple, but the activity is challenging. Once the students identify the country from the shape and/or the clue, click on to see the answer. A great source I used to make these worksheets was http://www.amcharts.com/svg-maps/. Here you can download the outline of the maps and import them into Illustrator and move states around or whatever you might like to do for your own worksheets. There are 22 maps in all. Slideshow sequence shows the answer at final transition. (Sample pages only shown here)
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What Country is This on Google Earth? EXTRA

What Country is This on Google Earth? EXTRA

EVEN MORE printable maps with a simple clue that students use to determine what country is outlined on the sheet. The first pack of What Country is This? was so popular, that I have made another pack Again, the clue might be a longitude or latitude, a key city, or a geographical feature. The task is simple, but the activity is challenging. Students can also use the shape of the country to help in working out the name of the country. A great source I used to make these worksheets was http://www.amcharts.com/svg-maps/. Here you can download the outline of the maps and import them into Illustrator and move states around or whatever you might like to do for your own worksheets. The worksheets have an answer key at the end. There are 22 maps in all. Some sample pages shown.
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Agent Pegman Investigates ...... on Google Street View

Agent Pegman Investigates ...... on Google Street View

Follow the instructions to solve some simple missions on Google Street View for Agent Pegman. You will need to be able to access Google Street View and have the skills to navigate along the streets by following directions and picking up clues on the way. 15 Pages Answer key included Duration 2 days
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What Country Is This?

What Country Is This?

Printable maps with a simple clue that students use to determine what country is outlined on the sheet. The clue might be a longitude or latitude, a key city, or a geographical feature. The task is simple, but the activity is challenging. Students can also use the shape of the country to help in working out the name of the country. A great source I used to make these worksheets was http://www.amcharts.com/svg-maps/. Here you can download the outline of the maps and import them into Illustrator and move states around or whatever you might like to do for your own worksheets. The worksheets have an answer key at the end. There are 22 maps in all. The maps shown here are samples only.
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Agent Pegman Goes to the White House ..... on Google Street View

Agent Pegman Goes to the White House ..... on Google Street View

Agent Pegman is off on another Google Street View adventure - this time in The White House. Explore the rooms of The White House with Agent Pegman, completing investigative activities about direction, orientation, design, drawing conclusions, art appreciation activities and more. Solve the riddle of the unexpected back pack left behind in the front Entrance - what is it doing there? 30 pages Answer key included 1 week duration
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