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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
A Mini Christmas Unit of Activities, Worksheets, Writing, Poetry,  Grammar, Craft
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A Mini Christmas Unit of Activities, Worksheets, Writing, Poetry, Grammar, Craft

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This is a 26 paged Christmas themed unit of work with answers. There are various activities for the students to complete. This unit contains a wide variety of activities to stimulate their imaginations and prepare them for the holiday. Christmas Quiz and answers Christmas Alphabet Poetry Creative Christmas Writing My Christmas Gift List Santa Letter Santa’s Assistant Job Application Christmas Cinquain Poetry Writing Christmas words – Alphabetical Order Short Story Planner Short Story Writing Christmas Sentence Writing Christmas Cards Christmas Drawing Wish List Poetry Writing Intense Colouring More Colouring Christmas Poetry
Christmas Symbols. Decorations, Angels, Shepherds, Wreaths, Tree, St Nic, Cards, Stockings...
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Christmas Symbols. Decorations, Angels, Shepherds, Wreaths, Tree, St Nic, Cards, Stockings...

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This is 37 pages of eclectic activities based on the symbols of Christmas. Our students (all of us) are so excited and interested in the Christmas seasons for a variety of reasons, good times with family members, catching up with relatives, presents, food, holidays, snow etc. We do not take the time to think about our traditions. We put up the tree and decorate it (but why?), we hang stockings (but why?), and wreaths go on front doors (but why?). Do we know the origins of Santa and that we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday? This is a unit that will allow the students to research some of these questions…and partake in some fun activities as well. It will depend on you, as the teacher, whether you want the students to simply complete the unit as is or expand it to suit your class. This unit is suitable for many different age levels. This unit could be used as the basis for decorating your classroom with Christmas craft ideas of the Christmas symbols. Christmas Candles Angels Christmas Decorations Shepherds Fables Wreaths The Nativity Christmas Carols Xmas Gifts Holly Christmas tree Mistletoe Yule log St Nicholas Christmas cake Christmas stocking Christmas crackers Christmas cards Christmas cookies Tinsel Poinsettia Gingerbread Christmas bells Christmas wonderwords Idioms Three wise Men Christmas Comprehension Christmas 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.
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.
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
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
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