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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.
There's a sea in my bedroom-Kindergarten L3 'Reading To' lesson

There's a sea in my bedroom-Kindergarten L3 'Reading To' lesson

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.
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High Frequency Words for Level 1-8 PM Reader Series

High Frequency Words for Level 1-8 PM Reader Series

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.
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'I can' statements for writing-NSW Literacy Continuum

'I can' statements for writing-NSW Literacy Continuum

This resource contains a PDF of the 'I can' statements for the writing aspect of the Literacy Continuum-clusters 1-6. Put a copy of the clusters in each student's writing book to keep a record of when they achieve markers and clusters. Alternatively, keep a copy for each student in an assessment folder.
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'I can' statements- counting aspect of the NSW Numeracy Continuum

'I can' statements- counting aspect of the NSW Numeracy Continuum

This resource contains a PDF of the 'I can' statements for the counting aspect of the NSW Numeracy Continuum-Levels 0-5. Put a copy of the 'I can' statements in each student's mathematics journal to keep a record of when they achieve markers and levels. Alternatively, keep a copy for each student in an assessment folder.
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Aboriginal Story-Wayamba the Turtle

Aboriginal Story-Wayamba the Turtle

This Aboriginal story (language group unknown) is a creation story about turtles. It is in PowerPoint format. Use this story to provide an Aboriginal perspective in literacy. The title slide references the source of the story. The final slide provides a link to an animated version of the story of Wayamba (Wayambeh). Compare representations of the story. Ask students to make their own representation.
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Early Stage 1 Capacity Assessment Rubric

Early Stage 1 Capacity Assessment Rubric

This assessment rubric addresses outcomes for NSW Early Stage One mathematics capacity content. It provides a brief teacher summary of the main ideas when teaching capacity. Devise teaching activities to address the capacity content and assess students from work samples or observations of student engagement in these activities. Alternatively, devise assessment tasks which show aptitude for the content. Record student achievement on the assessment rubric. Keep a copy of the capacity assessment rubric in student’s mathematics journals/workbooks or in an assessment folder.
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'I can' statements for phonics-NSW Literacy Continuum

'I can' statements for phonics-NSW Literacy Continuum

This assessment resource provides ‘I can’ statements for the phonics cluster markers on the NSW Literacy Continuum. Teachers can collate a sheet for each student in an assessment folder to record individual progress before transfering data to PLAN. Alternatively, they could stick the sheet in the students phonics workbook to record progress for students and parents.
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'I can' statements ES1/Stage 1

'I can' statements ES1/Stage 1

This bundle contains 'I can' statements for phonics, phonemic awareness, writing and counting. Stick statements in student workbooks to record achievement, create an assessment folder for each student containing statements or use statements in a 'bump it up' wall display.
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Kindergarten/Early Stage 1 Assessment Rubrics

Kindergarten/Early Stage 1 Assessment Rubrics

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.
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Aboriginal Identity -Research an Indigenous Australian

Aboriginal Identity -Research an Indigenous Australian

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.
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Phonics Notebook to support Set 3 worksheets

Phonics Notebook to support Set 3 worksheets

This resource is a 33-page Notebook to present the graphemes ay, ea, ie, oe, or, oy, ur, ow, air, ear, and er. It is appropriate for Term 3 Early Stage 1 or Stage 1. It supports Set 3 phonics worksheets by the same author. Firstly, the new grapheme for the sound is introduced with a concurrent handwriting focus. Vocabulary for the graphemes is then presented. This vocab matches the worksheets. There is space for other words which contain the sound/grapheme to be brainstormed and recorded. Finally a modelled sentence using the vocab can be constructed on the line provided. A screenshot of the corresponding worksheet is included to introduce the independent task.
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The Bear Who Wouldn't Share-lesson plan and resources

The Bear Who Wouldn't Share-lesson plan and resources

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.
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Rubric to assess the creation of a picture book

Rubric to assess the creation of a picture book

This assessment rubric is used to explicitly state and assess against success criteria for students writing and illustrating a picture book. A Word file is provided so criteria can be changed for specific contexts and year levels. Print double-sided as there is room for teacher comments on the second page. Alternatively get students to use the rubric to self assess or peer assess.
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Phonics Worksheets

Phonics Worksheets

These two and three tiered differentiated phonics worksheets address all the digraphs and trigraphs of sounds taught to the end of Stage 1. Notebooks for Set 3 and 4 are also included. They can be used as an independent activity after whole class instruction or as an independent literacy group activity. The worksheets contain a phonics, vocabulary, handwriting and writing component. Students need to be introduced to the digraph and vocabulary containing the sound. They can then complete the worksheet by matching the vocab to the corresponding image and then write the word in the ‘word shape’ box. Students form the letters that represent the sound in a large ‘rainbow writing’ format and a smaller format on the lines provided. The final line on the worksheet is space for students to use the vocabulary to write a simple sentence. The worksheets are differentiated. The support worksheet does not require students to engage in the more controlled fine motor handwriting on the lines. Students could be extended by adding more words containing the sound around the ‘rainbow writing’.
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The Tale of Despereaux-Text Introduction and Theme Activities

The Tale of Despereaux-Text Introduction and Theme Activities

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.
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My Place in Space Worksheet

My Place in Space Worksheet

This lesson and worksheet are inspired by the picture book -My Place in space by Sally and Robin Hirst. In this book Henry Wilson and his sister Rosie know exactly where they live - and not just the street, the town and the country. To the astonishment of the bus driver, Henry and Rosie are able to give their complete address, right down to their hemisphere, their planet, their solar system - and beyond. They know their place in space. This book will enthrall children and awaken their curiosity about the Universe. This lesson asks students to describe their place in space. They describe where they live using the words and pictures provided-street,suburb, state, country, planet, solar system, arm of universe and universe. Use the Publisher document to adjust images to match your context. The first page provides answers, the second page is the student worksheet and the third page is the images to cut and paste on the worksheet.
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