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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Conjunctions and Punctuation Writing Lessons for Kindergarten/Year 1
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Conjunctions and Punctuation Writing Lessons for Kindergarten/Year 1

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This resource is a series of conjunctions and punctuation writing lessons for Kindergarten/Year 1 in three formats- PDF, Smart Notebook and PowerPoint. It contains the conjunctions- and, because, but and so and the punctuation marks- ! and ?. Each conjunction or punctuation mark lesson contains three slides. The first slide introduces the conjunction or punctuation. The second slide gives the teacher an opportunity to provide a modelled writing example. This example could be modelled from a Big Book, quality text or in ‘Weekend Writing’ format. The final slide provides writing criteria for student’s independent practice.
Kindergarten News Rubric
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Kindergarten News Rubric

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This rubric can be used as a written record when assessing a student's news presentation. It can also be sent home to guide parents when helping their child prepare and practise their news. It addresses criteria about preparation, information, presentation and props. It provides three levels of achievement, represented by kindergarten-friendly smiley faces. There is also space for written teacher feedback.
L3 Data Booklet
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L3 Data Booklet

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This resource is a 23 page L3 student data collection booklet. It contains pages to record vocabulary, hearing and recording sounds and writing samples for each data collection period. Print off and bind a booklet for each student so their L3 data can be recorded in one place. The booklet can be easily stored and then passed on to the student’s Year 1 teacher.
Phonics Notebook to support Set 4a and 4b  worksheets
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Phonics Notebook to support Set 4a and 4b worksheets

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This resource is a 38-page Notebook to present the graphemes ai, ay, a_e, ee, ea, y, e, igh, ie, i_e, oa, oe, oi, oy, or, aw, ow, ou, ue, ew, u_e, ur, ir and er. It is appropriate for Term 4 Early Stage 1 or Stage 1. It supports Set 4a and 4b phonics worksheets by the same author. Firstly, the single grapheme for the sound is revised. Then new graphemes for the sound are 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 to be brainstormed and recorded. A screenshot of the corresponding worksheet is included to introduce the independent task.
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 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.
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.
A4 Home Reading Log for Beginning Readers
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A4 Home Reading Log for Beginning Readers

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This 7-page Home Reading Log is available in PDF and Publisher format. It is designed to record Kindergarten student’s home reading habits. It contains a column to record the date, title of the reader, level of the reader, comment and number of books read. There is space for over 100 readers to be recorded. Milestones such as 10, 20, 30, 50, 75 and 100 books read are acknowledged and celebrated. The log provides advice to parents on how to read with their child and expectations for home reading including how to fill out the log, importantly the comments column. It also provides student success criteria when reading at home. The Publisher format allows teachers to change the font or days when readers need to be returned.
Early Years Workbook Labels
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Early Years Workbook Labels

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A series of seven unique workbook labels for early years student workbooks. These labels offer an economical way to label class workbooks. Simply cut out and stick on workbook covers. Publisher file format allows the labels to have student names and classes typed on. It also allows subject titles and font to be changed. Choose the duplicate page option in Publisher to create more labels.
Phonics Notebook to support Set 3 worksheets
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Phonics Notebook to support Set 3 worksheets

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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.
Kindergarten Editing Checklist
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Kindergarten Editing Checklist

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This editing checklist is designed for Kindergarten so they can be introduced to the editing symbols used in older years. This allows a whole school language when editing and proof-reading writing. Display this poster in the classroom. Copy a small version and place in the student's writing book. Place a copy on each student's desk.
Phonics Worksheets
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Phonics Worksheets

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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’.
Kindergarten/Foundation Phonics Worksheets-Set 3
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Kindergarten/Foundation Phonics Worksheets-Set 3

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This resource is a collection of Kindergarten/Foundation phonics worksheets to compliment an explicit phonics program. It is the third set available. It contains the graphemes ay, ea, ie, oe, ie, oe, or, oy, ow, air, ear, er and ur. The worksheets align with the phases of the UK Letters and Sounds sequence but compliment any phonics commercial or Early Stage 1 (or equivalent) program. 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 graphemes 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 lines on the worksheet is space for students to use the vocabulary to write a sentence. The worksheets are differentiated. The extension worksheet does not contain a vocab box so students can independently spell . Students could also be extended by adding more words containing the sound around the ‘rainbow writing’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 lines on the worksheet is space for students to use the vocabulary to write a sentence.
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.