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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.

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.
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
Easter Poetry & Writing Activities, Worksheets, Crafts.
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Easter Poetry & Writing Activities, Worksheets, Crafts.

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This is a poetry unit around the theme of Easter. I have worksheets for your students to complete to help them appreciate poetry writing. The exercises are easy and fun for the students but there are rules for writing that they need to appreciate and use. There is also an Easter card to make, coloring, short story writing, teacher tips and a look at Easter bonnets. My Poetry Sheet Acrostic Poetry Beginning Cinquain Poetry Haiku Poetry & Teacher Tips Simile Poetry Painted Easter Eggs Shape Poetry Easter Card Egg Coloring Clowns & Eggs Short Story & Teacher Tips Short Story Writing Diamantes Catalogue Poems Spring by MOAG Spring Drawing Spring appreciation questions Easter Bonnets Easter card Story writing The Bilby – Environmental activity
Ancient Greek Heroes - Worksheets and Activities
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Ancient Greek Heroes - Worksheets and Activities

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This unit is based on the exploits and interactions of Ancient Greek Heroes. There are a number of activities and worksheets in the unit that will require the students to practice various skills. There are stories about heroes and events that show heroism. Hercules, the events of the Trojan War, Alexander the Great and Aristotle are discussed in the unit and questions are asked that need to be answered by the students. Other activities included poetry and poetry appreciation, research, discussion questions, vocabulary, drawing, mapping, quizzes, Greek architecture, the gods and Teaching notes. 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.
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.
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
Dinosaur Language Arts and Research Activities & Worksheets
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Dinosaur Language Arts and Research Activities & Worksheets

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A Dinosaur Themed Unit - Updated - OCTOBER, 2015 This is a unit of work based around the theme of dinosaurs. The unit is heavily biased towards research, literacy and science. This unit is the updated version of a previous unit on dinosaurs, featuring an extra 35 pages of activities. There are 65 pages of activities which can be spread over 4 weeks, the project topics included could be researched in depth which would assist students understanding of the topic and increase the length of time required to complete the unit. I feel that the unit can be adapted by the teacher to suit various grade levels. Dinosaur Names Dictionary Carnivores & Herbivores Research Project 1 (Favourite Dinosaur) Charting Dinosaur Facts Research Project 2 (Dinosaur Habits) Acrostic Poetry Writing Fact or Fiction Research Project 3 Fossilised Remains Alliteration Dimetrodon Ichthyosaurus Plateosaurus Pteranodon Triceratops Allosaurus Brontosaurus Early Life Chart Triassic Period Jurassic Period Cretaceous Period Story Writing Create your own Dinosaur My Dinosaur Steam Shovel by Charles Malam Dinosaur Wonderword Life of a Dinosaur Make a Prehistoric Diorama Story Writing Antonyms & Homographs Extinction of the Dinosaurs My Extinction Theory Sentence Beginnings Short Story Writing Visual Literacy Visual Literacy Comprehension & Questions Where are the dinosaurs? The Little Dinosaur
Halloween Activities and Worksheets - Set 1
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Halloween Activities and Worksheets - Set 1

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This is 14 pages of activities cantred on the theme of Halloween. There are various types of activities; most of them require the students to use their imaginations, design, reminisce on their personal knowledge of Halloween in the past, visual literacy, story writing, colouring, writing Halloween invitations writing spells These activities can be used as a mini literacy unit of activities. or We all have the lessons that finish 5 or 10 minutes before breaks, there is not enough time to begin another topic and too long for the students to sit not doing work. I would create different activities and the student could choose what they wanted to do, it kept them interested, filled in the excess time and they learned as well. or I used this unit in other ways as well. They were suitable as homework activities, used as group work to encourage discussion, for those students who always finished their work quickly or kept in a booklet that the students could complete during the term.
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.
Time of Remembrance  and Reconciliation for  Those Who Lost Their  Lives During WW11
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Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During WW11

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This 5 page unit has research questions about the United Nations, a wonderword of war vocabulary, and instructions on how the students can make strings of poppies, the flower of remembrance to decorate classroom information boards. Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War (full title)
World Health Day. Activities & Worksheets
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World Health Day. Activities & Worksheets

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This is a 6 page collection of activities to assist students to develop an awareness of specific social and environmental causes important to protecting our world and its inhabitants. All the peoples of the Earth deserve to have good health, as this year’s WHD theme suggests. Activities/worksheets include information, vocabulary, creating WHD stamps, food pyramid and a poster to elaborate on the 2019 theme. Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere
Mother Earth Day. Activities and Worksheets
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Mother Earth Day. Activities and Worksheets

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This is 5 pages of activities to highlight to students the importance of Mother Earth Day and the importance of the work of the World Health Organization. Activities and worksheets include writing, environmental vocabulary dictionary, researching environmental branches of science, factors destroying our earth, and for students to create a poster to advertise the importance of protecting the world we share.
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
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.
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