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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
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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.
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 ES1/Stage 1
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'I can' statements ES1/Stage 1

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

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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.
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.
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.
Social Story-I keep my hands to myself.
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Social Story-I keep my hands to myself.

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This social story is about keeping hands to yourself. It is targeted at primary age students. It addresses the way a student can keep their hands to themselves throughout the school day. It covers morning lines, floor time, desk work, lunch time, free play and lining up. Use this social story as a whole class presentation. Print a copy for the class library or send it home for further independent practice.
'I can' statements for phonics-NSW Literacy Continuum
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'I can' statements for phonics-NSW Literacy Continuum

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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.
Aboriginal Story-Wayamba the Turtle
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Aboriginal Story-Wayamba the Turtle

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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.
'I want my hat back' Kindergarten Drama Lesson Plan and Resources
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'I want my hat back' Kindergarten Drama Lesson Plan and Resources

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This resource is a drama lesson plan for Kindergarten using the award winning picture book, ‘I want my hat back’ by Jon Klassen. This lesson plan addresses the NSW Creative Arts-Drama syllabus outcomes and references and describes process drama strategies. A writing task and worksheet are included. A Notebook is also included which provides the images necessary to work through the lesson plan.
'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.
My Place in Space Worksheet
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My Place in Space Worksheet

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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.
Social Story-Dealing With Anger
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Social Story-Dealing With Anger

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This resource is a social story about how to deal with anger in a primary school context. Read the story to your whole class. Print out the story and put it in the classroom library. Send the story home to parents who can reiterate the message learnt at school.
Rubric to assess the creation of a picture book
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Rubric to assess the creation of a picture book

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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.