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My shop contains primary school resources. Most resources are made for a Kindergarten/Year 1 level because these are resources I am currently creating and using in my own Kindergarten classroom. I encourage buyers to purchase my resources and make small modifications so they are perfectly suited to their school and classroom context.

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My shop contains primary school resources. Most resources are made for a Kindergarten/Year 1 level because these are resources I am currently creating and using in my own Kindergarten classroom. I encourage buyers to purchase my resources and make small modifications so they are perfectly suited to their school and classroom context.
High Frequency Words for Level 1-8 PM Reader Series
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High Frequency Words for Level 1-8 PM Reader Series

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This resource contains the most frequently occurring words used in the PM Reader series. The words are divided into 8 colour-coded levels corresponding to reader levels 1 to 8. Use these levelled high frequency words as a part of an early Kindergarten literacy program to ensure early reading success They can be sent home, one level at a time, as homework and tested weekly. Once the student has automatic recall of one level they can move to the next. Use high frequency words in literacy groups. Students can write words on mini whiteboards or type on keyboards. Laminate and cut up words to make games such as Snap and Memory. Publisher version provided so font can be changed.
I Can Statements Numeracy Learning Progressions
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I Can Statements Numeracy Learning Progressions

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I Can Statements Numeracy Learning Progressions contains ‘I Can’ statements for five aspects of the Number and Algebra Numeracy Learning Progressions. The aspects included are Quantifying Numbers, Additive Strategies, Multiplicative Strategies, Operating with Decimals and Interpreting Fractions. Use these ‘I Can’ statements as ‘Assessment for Learning’. Plot where your students are at and set goals and devise teaching and learning for ‘where to next’. The ‘I Can’ statements can also be used to set visible learning goals for students. Cut and paste from the word documents to make it relevant to your class.
Kindergarten/Early Stage 1 Assessment Rubrics
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Kindergarten/Early Stage 1 Assessment Rubrics

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A collection of English and mathematics assessment rubrics addressing outcomes for NSW Early Stage One content. Devise teaching activities to address the content and assess students from work samples or observations of student engagement during these activities. Alternatively, devise assessment tasks which show aptitude for the content. Record student achievement on the assessment rubric. Keep a copy of the rubric in student’s journals/workbooks or in an assessment folder.
The first Australians and the settlers: An exposition writing prompt
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The first Australians and the settlers: An exposition writing prompt

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The first Australians and the settlers: An exposition writing prompt allows students to write an argument about whether the Aboriginal clans of the Sydney region had the right to engage in resistance against the settlers . This writing prompt uses the resistance provided by Aboriginal warriors such as Pemulwuy and Windradyne . Students are asked to respond to the question 'Some people say that Aboriginal warriors such as Pemulwuy and Windradyne were pests who had no right to fight for their land settled by the colonists'. Eight points to support the first Australians engaging in resistance are provided. Students can research this topic further using resources such as 'First Australians' series http://www.sbs.com.au/firstaustralians/ .
Kindergarten addition activity using concrete objects
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Kindergarten addition activity using concrete objects

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An addition game or activity for early Kindergarten. Print and place in a plastic folder so it can be reused in mathematics groups. Alternatively the print out can be used as an individual student worksheet. The activity contains instructions for maths group parent helpers. It also contains the numbers to 12 so students can refer to and copy correctly.
Starting Deskwork Social Story
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Starting Deskwork Social Story

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This resource is a social story to help students to begin and complete desk work. It is aimed at students with ASD who require visual images and social stories to help them learn classroom rules and routines. It is also useful for students who need explicit instructions and support to focus on and complete tasks.
Kindergarten Writing Rubrics
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Kindergarten Writing Rubrics

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This resource contains three sequential writing rubrics. The first focuses on capital letters, full stops and spaces between words and can be used for students beginning to write simple sentences. The second focuses on teacher assessment of capital letters, full stops, spaces between words, neat writing and re-reading writing to ensure it makes sense. The final rubric incorporates a self-assessment component. Attach the rubric to student’s writing to give timely, formative assessment to students. Colour the star or part of the star if the student achieves the criteria. Provide a goal for the student's next piece of writing.
The Bear Who Wouldn't Share-lesson plan and resources
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The Bear Who Wouldn't Share-lesson plan and resources

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This resource is a lesson plan, worksheets and Notebook for the book, The Bear Who Wouldn't Share by Jonathan Allen. It outlines two simple activities to follow a shared reading of the story. The activities focus on the skills of comprehension, fine motor cutting and pasting and connecting texts to student's lives. The activities are designed for preschool and Kindergarten transition but could be used as independent literacy group activities for late Kindergarten students.
I Can Statements Literacy Learning Progressions Set A
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I Can Statements Literacy Learning Progressions Set A

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I Can Statements Literacy Learning Progressions contains ‘I Can’ statements for seven aspects of the Literacy Learning Progressions. The aspects included are Creating texts,Handwriting, Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling . Use these ‘I Can’ statements as ‘Assessment for Learning’. Plot where your students are at and set goals and devise teaching and learning for ‘where to next’. The ‘I Can’ statements can also be used to set visible learning goals for students. Cut and paste from the word documents to make it relevant to your class.
Days of the Week Notebook
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Days of the Week Notebook

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A Smart Notebook file to teach the days of the week to kindergarten students. The learning sequence includes links to 'days of the week' songs. It asks students to read and sequence the days of the week and group them into weekdays and weekend days. It also gets students to use word consciousness to break apart and reconstruct the days of the week at a word level. Finally it gets students to brainstorm what they do on each day using pictures and words.
5x Multiplication Facts Homework
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5x Multiplication Facts Homework

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A single page worksheet for the 5x multiplication facts. The homework sheet practice skills of repeated addition and multiplication facts in a variety of representations. The homework worksheet also uses the look, say, cover, write, check format to build automaticity.
2 x Multiplication Facts Homework
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2 x Multiplication Facts Homework

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A single page worksheet for the 2x multiplication facts. The homework sheet practice skills of repeated addition and multiplication facts in a variety of representations. The homework worksheet also uses the look, say, cover, write, check format to build automaticity.
'This Is Not My Hat' Kindergarten L3 Writing Lesson Sequence
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'This Is Not My Hat' Kindergarten L3 Writing Lesson Sequence

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This Kindergarten writing lesson sequence is informed by a L3 approach. It uses the award winning picture book 'This Is Not My Hat' by Jon Klasson. The lesson sequence includes 'L3 Reading To' procedures 1, 2 and 3. Procedure 3 provides three 'responding to' text activities. The NSW Syllabus outcomes and content this lesson sequence addresses, are highlighted. This lesson sequence could be used even if your school has not implemented a L3 approach to literacy. Support and extension activities for two of the tasks are provided.
The Tale of Despereaux-Text Introduction and Theme Activities
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The Tale of Despereaux-Text Introduction and Theme Activities

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This 17 page PowerPoint presentation provides front loading activities to introduce and elicit prior knowledge about the text 'The Tale of Despereaux 'by Kate Dicamillo. It provides multiple activities to explore the themes of betrayal and nonconformity. Use the activities as they are or be inspired and adapt them for your unique context.
Aboriginal Identity -Research an Indigenous Australian
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Aboriginal Identity -Research an Indigenous Australian

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This resource supports students to research an Indigenous Australian and make a PowerPoint presentation (or other format) about their research. A selection of famous Indigenous Australians from a range of fields are provided for initial discussion. A 'questions to answer'page is provided to scaffold the student's research. A modelled example about fast bowler Eddie Gilbert is also provided.
Dragons Notebook
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Dragons Notebook

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This resource can be used as a descriptive writing stimulus on the topic of dragons. The notebook containing exerts from Harry Potter and the Goblet by of Fire by J.K Rowling which describe dragons . It also uses examples from other texts which describe dragons. A lesson activity is included which asks students to name and describe a dragon. Extend the activity and ask students to draw their own dragon and then describe it.
There's a sea in my bedroom-Kindergarten L3 'Reading To' lesson
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There's a sea in my bedroom-Kindergarten L3 'Reading To' lesson

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This Kindergarten writing lesson sequence is informed by a L3 approach. It uses the award winning picture book 'There's a sea in my bedroom' by Margaret Wild. The lesson sequence includes L3 'Reading To' procedures 1, 2 and 3. It provides links to quality online versions of the text.Procedure 3 provides a differentiated writing 'responding to text' activity. The NSW Syllabus outcomes and content this lesson sequence addresses, are highlighted. This lesson sequence could be used even if a L3 approach to literacy is not implemented at your school.
The Snail's Spell-L3 'Reading To' Lesson.
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The Snail's Spell-L3 'Reading To' Lesson.

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This Kindergarten writing lesson sequence is informed by a L3 approach. It uses the award winning picture book, The Snail's Spell by Joanne Ryder. The lesson sequence includes L3 'Reading To' procedures 1, 2 and 3. Procedure 3 provides a writing 'responding to text' activity that incorporates drama/yoga. The NSW Syllabus outcomes and content this lesson sequence addresses, are highlighted. This lesson sequence could be used even if a L3 approach to literacy is not implemented at your school.
Waste Free Wednesday Class Reward Chart
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Waste Free Wednesday Class Reward Chart

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This Waste Free Wednesday poster can be used as a part of a whole school sustainability initiative. It allows students to record their waste free lunches. It allows for every fourth waste free lunch to receive a reward. Use the PowerPoint format to personalise this reward for your school context. The right side of the poster provides waste facts. Update these facts each term when you print out a new poster.