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I have been teaching a long time. I enjoy creating theme based units of work that include activities relating to several subject areas. I like creating language arts and research units. I also have a passion for poetry, teaching and writing.

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I have been teaching a long time. I enjoy creating theme based units of work that include activities relating to several subject areas. I like creating language arts and research units. I also have a passion for poetry, teaching and writing.
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. Activities & Worksheets
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International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. Activities & Worksheets

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International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day includes events around the world dedicated to raising awareness of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and the risks of nuclear energy in general. This is 4 pages of activities that raise awareness of the day to students. The activities consist of a short account of the nuclear event and dictionary meanings, students research the consequences of the event, complete a mapping worksheet and research other major nuclear disasters around the world.
Poetry & Story Writing - Winter
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Poetry & Story Writing - Winter

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Narrative poetry Poetry and Creative Writing about Winter – UPDATED – 15 new lessons. This is a 31 page unit written around the theme of winter. The unit consists of creative writing and poetry, I have written two poems, one that I have used as a comprehension and the other is a type poem consisting of 4 stanzas of 4 lines and 8 words. The purpose is for the students to discuss the pattern and emulate it. I have tried to varied the activities to give students learning opportunities for students to express themselves. I have also added new original poetry that require the students to look carefully at the meaning and answer questions. Another poem I have written asks the students to rewrite as a story. The unit has four pictures/photos, one requires the students to make assumptions about what is evident in the picture. The other three photos, I have used to stimulate their imaginations and encourage the students to come up with a story to explain what they see and write about it. I also introduce the students to Catalogue and Sestina Poetry writing.
Figurative Language
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Figurative Language

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Figurative Language This is a 20 page collection of language features, a requirement of every English curriculum. Each page is a different feature; there is a definition, examples and exercises for the students to complete. Related terms: language features and their effects structural features sentence forms emotive language figurative language types These pages can be used in a number of ways, homework, class activities, interest groups, formal lessons, booklet style, as an introduction to writing and poetry instruction etc
Medieval Themed Language and Research Unit.
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Medieval Themed Language and Research Unit.

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This is a Language and research unit of work written for students around medieval themes. The unit has numerous activities that will appeal to various age groups, as individual tasks, group activities, extension, as a book of work to be completed etc. I have tried to arrange the activities around a short story that I have written, A Knight’s Tale! I have tried to balance language and research activities in this unit. This is a standalone unit on medieval times, it is also a part of a larger unit I have written called Dragon and Medieval Themed Unit. Contents: A Knight’s Tale! Change the Ending Idioms Design the Castle Damsel in Distress Synonyms Coat of Arms Shields Medieval Research – Weapons Medieval Research – Siege Weaponry Technology and Military Developments A Day in the Life of a Medieval Knight Medieval Clothing Medieval – War Games Castles Inside the Castle The Black Death Medieval Food Limericks Medieval Wonderword Tapestries
Valentine Day Research and Poetry Mini Unit.
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Valentine Day Research and Poetry Mini Unit.

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This is a Valentine’s Day mini unit. I have designed this unit to highlight that Valentine’s Day does not exclusively mean the love between male and female. It is a “Love” celebration and there are numerous types of love. I have tried to include a variety of activities that will engage the students. I have “gone over the top” using colour and decoration, could be classified as gaudy. The students are asked to source information on the history of the holiday; St Valentine’s Day customs celebrated in various countries; great love stories from history; write Valentine’s Day Card poetry; construct a simple origami Valentine Holder and use the templates to make their own cards.
Circus Themed Language Arts & Research Unit
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Circus Themed Language Arts & Research Unit

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This is a 45 page unit of work using clowns and circus as the predominant learning theme. The unit has activities that can be used over a period of time and be adapted to suit different age groups. The writing in the unit, The Lonely Clown and Clowns have been written by me. Related terms; Narrative poetry Circus poetry writing Circus facts Circus Vocabulary Clown Faces Picture Comprehension – The Lonely Clown The Lonely Clown Clowns – Poetry Dictionary Exercises and Sentence Writing Circus Food Circus Glossary Facts and Opinions Statements Fact or Opinion Emotive Language Circus Animal Research Circus Animal Research Circus Idioms Personification Alliteration Alliteration Poetry The Circus (by C. J. Dennis) Circus Attractions Weary Willie Circus Posters Tautology The Band (by C.J.Dennis) Famous Circus Companies Circus Wonderword The Cirque du Soleil Types of Clowns
Quotes from Shakespeare Task Cards
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Quotes from Shakespeare Task Cards

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This is a collection of 50 task cards written using well known quotes from the plays written by William Shakespeare. These cards can be used in a variety of ways; as individual or group tasks, homework, extension or whole class activity. I am sure that you will know of the best ways to use them with your class. I have also included pages that contain only the 50 quotes. I have found, in the past that it is an interesting and valuable experience to give the students a quote, 5 quotes a lesson, or as you wish and have them write what they perceive the quote means. Very interesting activities There is a total of 37 pages, including the task cards, a list of all of the quotes used and answers.
Flight - Themed Unit of Work.
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Flight - Themed Unit of Work.

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This is a 67-pages of Language Art, and Research Activities and Worksheets based around the subject of flight. The unit can be used in a variety of ways depending on the students in your class, their interests and abilities. Types of activities included: History of flight research Flight development Airlines and their symbols Major international airports of the world research Flight industry and careers Flight quiz Jet lag research Create your own airline Design uniforms for pilots and flight attendants Seat design and décor Design tickets and boarding passes Original poem introducing personification Poetry writing Writing a business plan Mapping your air routes Ticket pricing Airline meals menus Flight idioms Advertising your airline, newspapers, posters, magazines Kite making & research Icarus The Hindenburg research Flight experiments Painting Mime Air Traffic Control and radar Aviation vocabulary Bird proverbs Debating topics Flow charts Imaginative drawing activity Hot air balloons Make a hot air balloon Parts of a bird Bird research Flightless birds How to write a short story Visual literacy comprehension Comprehension exercise Boomerangs Flight songs Black Box Recorder
Christmas Around The World - worksheets - Activities - Research
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Christmas Around The World - worksheets - Activities - Research

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This is a collection of research about the customs and traditions around the Christmas season. The students will get to learn and compare the differences celebrated by people at this time. There are also some fun activities, wonderword, costumes and puzzles. 32 pages of activities and answers.
Super Heroes Themed Unit - Activities & Worksheets
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Super Heroes Themed Unit - Activities & Worksheets

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This unit asks the students to look at heroism using super heroes that are the current rage. I have used Batman, a hero without powers, Spiderman, who because of an unfortunate accident develops super powers and Superman, an alien who came to earth and gained powers. Activities include the students to use their research and comprehension skills, vocabulary, drawing, comic strip writing, acrostic poetry and comparisons of the super heroes’ abilities. The students are also asked to create their own super persona. I try to write my various thematic units so that they can be used with a class without the teacher having to complete too much preparation. So much of our time is taken up with this, mentoring, grading etc. However, in all of my thematic units, I have tried to allow for the creativity of the teacher and the individuality of different classes. Something might work with one class but another class embraces the idea. I look at my activities and I go in one direction but I also want you to try other avenues of presenting the information I have provided.
Christmas Activities & Worksheets, Grammar, Poetry, Creative drawing, Story Prompts, Colouring.
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Christmas Activities & Worksheets, Grammar, Poetry, Creative drawing, Story Prompts, Colouring.

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This is 20 pages of worksheets and activities around the theme of Christmas. The activities are distinctive and varied, from a poem written by myself, with questions, grammar exercises, creative writing prompts to colouring. These activities can be used in a number of ways, as whole class learning, homework, extension work, interesting activities for students who have completed their work, substitute teacher lessons or as you require.
Free Halloween Spiders to Make
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Free Halloween Spiders to Make

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This is a craft activity for all ages. This activity can be used as a science research project on spiders or as an enjoyable Halloween activity.
A Fairy Tale [& 1 Nursery Rhyme] Language Arts and Research Unit.
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A Fairy Tale [& 1 Nursery Rhyme] Language Arts and Research Unit.

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This a Fairy Tale (& 1 Nursery Rhyme) themed unit. Like other units that I have written, I try to give a large variety of activities to ensure the interest of the students and also to present them with a broad cross section of knowledge. Unlike other units that I have written, this is more a unit for girls, hopefully, I have added enough “macho” activities to keep the boys engaged. Table of Contents. List of Fairy Tales Vocabulary List Linguistic Activities Fairy Tale Research Fairy Tales and Countries of Origin Research Experts Newspaper Article Advertising Poster Big Bad Wolf Business Card Business Cards Rhyming Verse (original poem) Fairy Tale Statistics Fairy Tale Writing Storyboard Nursery Rhymes Wanted Poster Fairy Tale Arts  Draw the Meanie Venn Diagrams Dioramas Rating Characters from Fairy Tales Baddy Advertising Problem Solving Twenty Ways to Say… Research The Little Mermaid Artistic Drawing Acrostic Poetry Mail a Friend… Fairy Tale Cartoon Story Writing Carnival of Venice Mind Map Verbs and Imagination Interesting Ways to “Say”! Story Starters Cinquain Poetry  
100 Geography Task Cards + Answers.
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100 Geography Task Cards + Answers.

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This is a unit of work consisting of 100 geography themed task cards that would be suitable for grades 5 to 8. The cards take the students through a journey of activities that will encourage them to become familiar with single maps of a country, state county or city, the various maps contained in an atlas and the use of a globe. The cards are suitable for small group work or for individual extension or as homework activities. Answers are included.
Comprehensions and Activities - Naplan Reading
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Comprehensions and Activities - Naplan Reading

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This unit is made up of 5 original pieces of writing and questions. There are two foreign postcards, two poems and a page of classifieds that require the students to read carefully and; Locate Information Identify Inferences Work with Words Dictionary Work Sequence of Events and Answers
Food Task Cards X 36
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Food Task Cards X 36

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These are task cards and do not fit into any category. These cards are designed as extension for those students who often complete their work at a faster rate. The cards could also be fun for the whole class. The activities on the cards are creative and imaginative and require the students, in some cases, to use problem solving skills. Students are required to draw, list, invent, design and adapt to a number of different situations. Suitable for sale in the UK and US.
A Dragon Themed Language Arts and Research Unit - UPDATED
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A Dragon Themed Language Arts and Research Unit - UPDATED

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I have updated my Dragon Language Arts Unit to include extra creative writing and poetry activities. This is a Language and research unit of work written for students around the theme of Dragons. The unit has numerous activities that will appeal to various age groups, as individual tasks, group activities, extension, as a book of work to be completed at the student’s own pace etc. I have tried to arrange the activities around a short story that I have written called, A Dragon’s Tale! I have tried to balance language and research activities in this unit. This is a standalone unit with the theme of dragons, it is also a part of a Dragon and Medieval themed Unit. A Dragon’s Tale! How Well Did You Read? Dictionary Skills Contractions Fiery Tales Just Published! Storyboard Lost Little Dragon Poetry Writing Create Your Own Dragon Venn Diagrams – Dragons V Dinosaurs Dragon Wonderword Chinese New Year Research Creative Writing The Earth is Flat! Sea Monsters Dragon Constellations Dragon Cooking Fiery Story Starters Dragon Story Writing Dragon Slayer Research Dragon Fine Arts Dragon Task cards Acrostic Poetry Dragon Flags Cinquain Poetry Simile Poetry Komodo Dragon Facts and Opinions Colouring Poetry Writing Alliteration
Grammar Activities, Tautology, Spelling, Alphabetical Order, Analogies, Dictionary...
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Grammar Activities, Tautology, Spelling, Alphabetical Order, Analogies, Dictionary...

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This is 16 pages of updated Grammar Activities that can be used in a variety of ways, as homework, group or individual activities or as an introduction a new concept to the students. There is answer sheets included at the end of the activity pages. Activities Include: Jumbled Words Analogies Tautology Punctuation Spelling & Proofreading Homonyms Spelling Antonyms Dictionary Work Abbreviations Similes Apostrophes Alphabetical Order Answers
26 Research  Tasks. Each Task Needs  Bibliographic  Information
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26 Research Tasks. Each Task Needs Bibliographic Information

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There are 9 pages of research topics and bibliographic details, and answers. The research is based on the letters of the alphabet, so the sheets can be distributed to the students as a research project over time. Alternatively, the sheets can be cut into 26 individual smaller projects, I have found in the past that this is a good activity for students who finish work quickly or are motivated to do more work. When the questions have been answered, the students have to write the book details on the sheet as well. This is preparation for writing bibliographies.
Grammar and Punctuation, Shades of Meaning, Nouns, Vocabulary, Direct Speech, Word Skills...
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Grammar and Punctuation, Shades of Meaning, Nouns, Vocabulary, Direct Speech, Word Skills...

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This is a 15 page bundle of activities to improve student’s word skills. These activities can be used as homework, individual lessons, group work or an introduction into a specific skill. Word activities included are: Classifying words Shades of meaning Word associations Animal idioms One word for many Collective nouns Common errors Singular & plural Punctuation Gender & their young Adjectives Direct speech Vocabulary fun ANSWERS