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I have a great love of learning. I enjoy creating new and exciting games, activities and resources to help children, parents and teachers share my passion! I have taught all ages from K-6. I have experience teaching talented, remedial and ESL students. I am aiming to help fellow teachers, parents and students by sharing ideas, knowledge and resources.

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I have a great love of learning. I enjoy creating new and exciting games, activities and resources to help children, parents and teachers share my passion! I have taught all ages from K-6. I have experience teaching talented, remedial and ESL students. I am aiming to help fellow teachers, parents and students by sharing ideas, knowledge and resources.
Back to School activity A Getting to Know You DICE GAME for the First Week,
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Back to School activity A Getting to Know You DICE GAME for the First Week,

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This is a fun dice game, which is great for the beginning of the year, because it lets everyone make friends and get to know each other. It also helps set the tone for the year. This is a popular dice game; to encourage students to introduce themselves, in the first few weeks, without any need to feel shy or scared to share. This sets the scene for a classroom, as it introduces the expectations of behaviour, cooperation, lots of discussion, sharing, game-type learning activities throughout the year. This fun game encourages students to confidently introduce themselves. I do have other Back to School items, so check them out too.
Make a Paper Fidget Spinning Wheel Craft and Science of Newton's Colour Wheels
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Make a Paper Fidget Spinning Wheel Craft and Science of Newton's Colour Wheels

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Special FIDGET CRAFT! A new template for a Newton's Colour Wheel. This one has a fidget theme. Print on card: instructions included. A fun toy to manipulate but also starts discussions and ideas re colour and light. If you like this download, please leave feedback. That will encourage me to add more FREEBIES! I have other fidget themed resources if you want to take educational advantage of the popularity check my Store!
Reading Comprehension Paired Texts: Giant's Causeway Myth and Informational
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Reading Comprehension Paired Texts: Giant's Causeway Myth and Informational

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These are paired texts, meaning the passages share the same topic, the Giant's Causeway. One passage is fictional, the retold legend and the second is non-fiction or informational. The two printable texts have worksheets to teach reading strategies and comprehension skills for Primary students. The worksheets encourage students to think and dig deeply into the texts and meaning with tasks on: * answering questions * vocabulary * inferences * visualisation * generalisation * cause and effect * sequencing * compare and contrast * connections (/I know... and what I want to know now) * writing tasks * conversation and letters between characters * characters personality traits * art, craft design tasks I've supported the factual text with QR codes (SafeShare) with footage of scenery, information, retold legend. This is another part of my NEW series called TAKE TWO, that has similar texts on other famous landforms from around the world.
TEACHING FRACTIONS Printable Maths Centre Game FRACTION BINGO Activity
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TEACHING FRACTIONS Printable Maths Centre Game FRACTION BINGO Activity

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This is a FRACTION BINGO GAME, Use to teach fractions, numerators, denominators and equivalents.This printable game is a very easily-organised activity in Math Centres. The images make it an independent game. These 36 printable cards have images of fractions and numerals. The visual clues lead children to quickly realise the relationship between the numerator and denominator. Playing games gives practice in reading and understanding both the graphic and numerical fraction. All denominators 1-10. Print, cut and laminate the cards, and the set of calling cards. As a group activity, students take turns being the Caller. (Being the Caller gives much practice reading the fractions!) After playing for a while, the concept of equivalence dawns on some students, who want to mark them on their cards. Your decision: will you accept an equivalent? The other mark of success is the speed at which children play the game. At first it is difficult and slow as they count and think, but this quickly improves as they became more familiar with the fractions. The Calling Cards can also be used for ordering, finding equivalence and games like SNAP and "I have ... Who Has?" So there are many activities and uses. I also have a set of fraction image cards, to use as a number line. The visuals give a better understanding of the concept.
Reading Comprehension Paired Texts and Activities: Aboriginal story and Informational Topic THREE
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Reading Comprehension Paired Texts and Activities: Aboriginal story and Informational Topic THREE

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There are two printable texts with worksheets to teach reading strategies and comprehension skills. These are paired texts, meaning the passages share the same topic, The Three Sisters, rock formation in Australia, however one passage is fictional, an Aboriginal story, and the second is non-fiction or informational. The worksheets encourage students to think and dig deeply into the texts and meaning with tasks on: * answering questions * vocabulary * fact and opinion * inferences * cause and effect * sequencing * predicting * connections (this reminds me of … and what I want to know now) * writing tasks * conversation between characters * looking at conflict * art, craft design tasks I’ve supported the factual text with 5 QR codes (SafeShare) with footage of scenery, tourist rides and activities, information on weathering, information about the Lyre Bird This is part of my NEW series called TAKE TWO, that has similar texts on other famous landforms from around the world. It is part of a BUNDLE if you like the concept and want to save money.
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Book Unit
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The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Book Unit

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This is a printable set of QR Codes for the books to use in your listening centres and 24 pages of different responses to use in Literacy Centres. The responses encourage the students to dig deeply into the books: comprehension skills visualization, sequencing, character analysis, predicting, making connections to events, cause and effect, fact and opinion, summaries, rhyming words etc. The codes don’t take the place of the physical books, but after you have read and shared the books, the codes allow students to listen again and replay as needed to complete the responses. This is a great activity for re-reading and responding as part of Literacy groups. There are many options with the responses, so simply choose those that suit your students and the skills they need. The responses or tasks vary in difficulty, so this unit will cater for most student abilities.
Individual Writing Task Cards for Literacy Centres Activities
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Individual Writing Task Cards for Literacy Centres Activities

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56 printable, illustrated Writing Prompt Task Cards. This is a Writing Program for centres for a couple of terms at least! Each card has an image to inspire ideas, thoughts and opinions, followed by a couple of tasks Print, laminate, no more to do! Our students don't share the same experiences, backgrounds, values etc so the same input won't get equal results. I think these prompts will get the creative juices flowing. My students loved them! I've included an Australian A4 version, with text types vocabulary too. I've tried to include many different tasks; *Narrative *Persuasive *Imaginary *Factual Reports *Scientific articles *Reviews *Newspaper Articles *Graphic Narratives *Fairy tales *Retelling *Lists There is a recording Sheet to track progress. I don't really care what they write about, as long as they hone their skills and write with talent, enthusiasm and enjoyment! These will go perfectly with my Writing Centre Display/Organisation
Early Maths Centre Activity COUNTING NUMBERS 0-10 DICE PATTERNS
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Early Maths Centre Activity COUNTING NUMBERS 0-10 DICE PATTERNS

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Early Maths Group Activity COUNTING 0-10 Recognise the dice. This Math Centre activity involves counting, recognising dice patterns and numerals 0 to 10. The child can count the dots in the picture, but soon they recognise the patterns. They can also learn to read the pattern and associate it with a number. 36 squares (approx 8.5 cm square) with a image of dice at the top, and a choice of 3 numbers underneath. The task could be to clip a peg on the correct numeral; but you could also mark with counters, magnetic or foam numbers, drawing a circle etc. Also use as a whole sheet activity, and ask children to circle or mark the correct answer. Cut and laminate the squares. Great, easy to use Math Centre Activity because the kids are using fine motors skills and can complete independently. I have similar sets of cards with blocks, fingers, pictures, tally marks, 10 frames, words etc, so having more than one set allows students to play matching games. I also have all in a money-saving BUNDLE!
Writing Text Type Posters with Scaffolding for Writing and Literacy Centres
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Writing Text Type Posters with Scaffolding for Writing and Literacy Centres

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Text Type Posters to display, discuss and explain different genre. writing! Great display for a Writing Corner or as reference resources pasted into individual notebooks. These are the 8 Text Types, that I think are valid to all students. They are illustrated and easy to understand. They include details of the purpose, structure and special language requirements/suggestions of each type Types of writing (or text types) are classified or sorted according to their particular purpose. This purpose determines the structure, language and most characteristic features the student needs to use.Work is marked according to this criteria. Once a student understands and becomes familiar with each text type and the expectations of its structure and special language requirements, he/she will be able to complete all tasks successfully and confidently. These posters match well with my Writing Task Cards
Popular Sight Words GRADE 2 Games, Activities, Flash Cards, Bingo
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Popular Sight Words GRADE 2 Games, Activities, Flash Cards, Bingo

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Printable SIGHT WORDS GRADE 2 LEVEL activities, word list and game. This List, Flash Cards, BINGO, Tracing Cards, Sequencing Sentences, Word Searches and more, are based on a popular Sight Words for GRADE 2 Level (approx) and give students a continued support and opportunity to become successful readers. This file contains a huge amount! 1) A Master List of the words on this Level 2) Flash Cards for every word on the list. There is a file for large flash cards, and another for smaller cards, suitable for individual child's use and for games. 3) Dotted Font Flash Cards with every word on the Level. These are printed in a dotted font, for students to trace, match with normal font etc 4) Shape Cards with shapes to match every word on the Level. Students must match the shape with the word, tall letters etc 5) Word Searches for Level 6) Bingo Cards there are 20 different cards for the Level. You can use master list as a calling tool or students can use the small flash cards to make the game an independent activity. 7) 10 Sentence Sheets using words from the Level.. Words to cut out and paste into sentences. It doesn’t have to be boring! *Play card games eg Snap, Fish, Concentration. *Use the board games to practise. *Create and read sentences with the cards. *I found that children like to compete and know their progress, so I’ve timed them on the Master Lists. This gives a PB, for them to beat next time. *Complete Find-a-Words. *Missing letter games. *Stick the cards in places that your child sees every day; a classroom door, bathroom mirror, a fridge, a toybox. One father stuck them on the bedroom ceiling and it became a game to recognise a few every night. *Please be creative and make it fun! We want to develop children who WANT to read! I have other levels of activities in case you are interested.
Fan Memory Prompt ... A Figurative Language Tools to Explain and Improve Writing Skills
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Fan Memory Prompt ... A Figurative Language Tools to Explain and Improve Writing Skills

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Exciting New Reference Tool Desktop reference to remind students of information and make them independent learners. Students love the novelty of these fans! Something they haven't seen before, although the skills are familiar. These are handy reminders of FIGURATIVE WRITING DEVICES, that students can reference during group activities, and thus be independent. This fan holds a summary of Figurative Language devices IDIOMS, SIMILE, HYPERBOLE, METAPHOR, IRONY, ALLITERATION, PERSONIFICATION and ONOMATOPOEIA to serve as desktop reminders students as they are working. Students keep these fans on their desks or in folders to refer to as needed. The explanations jogs their memory and provides a novel, quick reference for students to flick through for information or to use during group or center activities. FREE BUT if you like this, could you PLEASE leave some feedback! It is so important to new sellers like me. You have the choice of a US or English version. You can also print in color or black and white. Printed and laminated, they are a great resource that I've used for many activities. They are easily displayed and used; they hold a summary of the needed information, and serve as a reminder of the Figurative Language tools and skills you've discussed. The fan is laminated and held together with a split pin, (a brad) in US so you can include all or as many of the blades as you wish. You can add blades according to the skills and ability of individual children. Each blade has a skill summary. Scatter on desks throughout the room; have hanging somewhere available for individual use or give to particular groups working on a skill. A suggested group activity is simply reading and discussing the information on the blade. They allow students to recall and use the skills. Students love the novelty of these fans. Something they haven't seen before, although the skills are familiar. I have sets of Task Cards and Posters for these Figurative Language Writing Skills in case you are interested.
Popular Sight Word List BINGO GAME for GRADE 2 Level
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Popular Sight Word List BINGO GAME for GRADE 2 Level

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This is a set of printable 20 BINGO cards, using the GRADE 2 list of common sight words. An easy centre activity, or play as a whole class. There is a master list as a calling card and instructions to play the game. Print and go! This is a FUN way for young children to become familiar with and quickly recognise these words. There are other games available for each of the other levels. I have also listed a complete packages of activities for these lists of sight words which includes some flash cards, tracing activities, sentence work etc. I also have similar games for the other levels of these sight words.
NEW Kinder Math Centre Activity Idea NUMBER WHEELS Many Tasks Counting Numbers 0-10
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NEW Kinder Math Centre Activity Idea NUMBER WHEELS Many Tasks Counting Numbers 0-10

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This activity is suitable for preschoolers and Kinder kids learning to count, read and write numbers, dice patterns, number words, tally marks, dominoes etc. This is a collection of 10 wheels; Math resources to teach children all about numbers 0-10. Each wheel has a different skill or concept. It encourages them to play, learn and enjoy MATH. THE CIRCLES INCLUDE; * Numerals 0-10 in a normal font * Numerals 0-10 in a dotted font for tracing * Numerals 0-10 in a fun, artistic font * Dice patterns 0-10 * Dominoes * Playing Cards * Tally Marks 0-10 * Bugs to count * Blocks or e whatever you have cubes to count * Numerals as Words to read * Graphic of fingers counting I use numbered pegs, for children to match to a wheel, each wheel involves a different skill, eg counting images, reading words, recognising numbers. I use counters, pom poms or buttons, so children can match the numbers, words etc on the wheel. I have very small pegs so children clip the appropriate number to each section. I have written number words on a set of pegs too, so sometimes the children use these to either match the word wheel, or later to match any wheel. The activities are many! You can use whatever you have for students to complete tasks: counters, pegs, beads etc.
Myths A Zulu Traditional Tale "The Stories" Text & Task Cards Close Questions
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Myths A Zulu Traditional Tale "The Stories" Text & Task Cards Close Questions

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This is a Zulu traditional tale. Retold Story and Task Cards with close questions, asking students to make connections and think as they read. This is a great resource for your reading centre. This is a Zulu traditional tale, called "The Stories." Retold Story and Task Cards with close questions, asking students to make connections and think as they read. This is a great resource for your reading centre. These tasks require students to make connections (Text to Self; Text to Text; Text to World) There are also tasks encouraging Close Reading Skills and higher order thinking. If students use all 8 cards, it will have sufficient reading and writing activities for approx 2 weeks. Included in the package 1.There is a poster, which explains Making Connections whilst reading. 2.There is a traditional tale that I have retold. This is a Zulu tale. It tells of children who want stories and a mother's quest to satisfy this need. 3.The tale comes with its own set of 8 task cards, plus black ink master pages. I use these pages to make a small interactive book for the story. The students can complete their tasks, writing and drawing in this little book. You’ll need multiple pages, if you want to make a booklet. These masters can also be pasted into notebooks or simply not used, if you prefer. 4.There are 8 Task Cards, all of which give students at least two choices of tasks. 5.I’ve included Text to Self, Text to Text and Text to World for every story. 6.I’ve then included some thinking questions and Close Reading tasks to make students delve more deeply into the story and understand their ideas and interpretations. 7.There's a tracking sheet, so students and teacher can record work as it is completed. Australian spelling on A4. I have other similar sets, with stories from different land if you like them! And a money-saving BUNDLE of 6 tales.
END of YEAR ACTIVITY Peer Certificates, Memory Book and Autographs
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END of YEAR ACTIVITY Peer Certificates, Memory Book and Autographs

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Through this end of year activity, all students receive many awards from their peers that they can paste in a Memory Certificate Book and treasure in future years. I've found that students really think hard before presenting these awards and therefore they are pleased, proud and value peer recognition. This gives self-esteem a huge boost and gives a positive spin to the end of the year. This activity involves each student thinking about classmates and presenting them with awards for their skills and talents. Little preparation on teacher's part, but huge rewards for children. There are 44 Certificates for many different skills and talents, plus a page of blank certificates for students to be creative. There is a cover, brief evaluation sheet for the year, plus a couple of pages for autographs and comments from friends. Alternatively, you could use and distribute these certificates yourself, as a special end of year treat! More End of Year FUN!
Printable Literacy Centre Activities Task Cards for Reading Comprehension Skills
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Printable Literacy Centre Activities Task Cards for Reading Comprehension Skills

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This reading resource includes engaging reading comprehension activities and tasks encouraging higher order thinking activities to use with students to improve reading skills. There are 80 task cards: 8 for each of these skills: Cause and Effect Prior Knowledge Predicting Sequencing Comparing and Contrasting Fact and Opinion Making Generalisations Drawing Conclusions Questioning Visualizing Don’t worry about spelling, there is a file with US spelling and paper size too pages. Printed and laminated, they are a great resource to add to your literacy centres. Because I’ve used images in half of the tasks, students don’t need to decode too much text, and can concentrate on thinking skills.
Teaching GRAMMAR Lesson Cards Correcting Common Grammar Mistakes
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Teaching GRAMMAR Lesson Cards Correcting Common Grammar Mistakes

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Do your students need a better of understanding of grammar? This should help! There are 20 A4 posters. Each card deals with a common grammar, spelling error or misunderstanding. The correct usage is explained and examples shown. Then there are smaller copies of these posters, and activities so students can practice each topic. If you laminate each smaller card and connect it with the related worksheets, you have great centre activities to cater for individual needs. Once printed and laminated, I’ve used these cards as an individual, small group or whole class activity. The card is the discussion and reference point. A great way for students to understand the usage, is to talk, discuss, find examples in their reading, a fellow student’s writing, list knowledge on a retrieval chart etc. They are great to remedy mistakes of individual children’s writing, send one home as a meaningful, homework task. Copied, they make great lesson notes to paste on the right-hand side of student’s books and get them to write sentences to show what they’ve learned on the opposite page. Concepts or Usage covered: *did/done *brang/brung/brought *my/myself/me *drank/drunk *saw/seen *lend/loan *brought/bought *sang/sung *swam/swum *I/me *its/it’s *then/than *to/too/two *bad/badly *here/hear *good/well *there/their/they’re *affect/effect *could have /would have /should have (instead of “could of” etc) *broke/broken (unlike some of my students, I do know there brang and brung aren’t words!)
Ordinal Numbers Activities 0-10 Printable Kindergarten Math Centres
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Ordinal Numbers Activities 0-10 Printable Kindergarten Math Centres

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This is a printable Math Centre Activity involving counting, thinking and ordering numbers 1-10. These are Math centre activities, suitable for Kindergarten and Year 1, there are 124 different cards, dealing with numbers 0-10. You can print and use whole sheets as worksheets, but I usually cut and laminate cards with an image at the top, and a choice of three answers below. , There are a couple of reference strips, black ink and colour There are 124 activity cards requiring students to colour, or mark their answers There are 4 sets of cards (black ink and colour) so students can sort, order and play games. The answers could be marked with a peg, button, counter etc but students can simply draw a circle around their answer. I have also used as a whole sheet assessment activity, and ask children to circle or mark the correct answer. Many children can count to ten, but they need to be taught about order and its vocabulary. Adds and extends this other product.