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Strategy Board Games for Critical Thinking
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Strategy Board Games for Critical Thinking

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This is a set of 10 board games that work on STRATEGY rather than CHANCE. The only equipment you need is counters/markers. Provided in both colour and black/white. Easy-to-follow instructions are written on the game boards. All games are for 2 players. These games develop skills such as: ♦ strategic thinking ♦ logical thinking ♦ spatial perception ♦ planning ahead ♦ social interaction (not played on a screen!) Games: ♦ Spiralin’ ♦ Slide it! ♦ Sandwich ♦ Choices ♦ Pretwa ♦ Block ♦ Len Choa ♦ Nine Holes ♦ Tapatan ♦ Nine Field Kono Designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Math Art – Rotational Symmetry – Mandala Patterns
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Math Art – Rotational Symmetry – Mandala Patterns

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A fun activity for your students when studying geometry or cultural celebrations such as Diwali (The Festival of Lights). Students use the grid lines and lines of symmetry to help them draw the pattern in the other sections of the circle. The lines are light grey and they will become less visible after colouring. Included: ♦ 3 different patterns ♦ Blank template (students can make up their own pattern) For each of the 3 patterns: ♦ student template with grid lines. ♦ completed student template (great as a reference during the lesson). ♦ the pattern without the grid lines (could be used as a simple colouring activity if desired). An example of what is included for each of the 3 patterns is included in the images. Provided in 2 different paper sizes: ♦ A4 size paper ♦ Letter size paper Make ... colour ... cut ... display The blank template includes: grid lines, lines of symmetry, outer circle. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Star Art - using parabolic curves
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Star Art - using parabolic curves

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Fun With Lines. Templates to create 4, 5, 6 and 8 point stars. Draw straight lines connecting the dots on the templates and curves will magically appear … such fun! (Parabolic Curves). Included: ♦ 4x student templates – 4, 5, 6 and 8 point stars ♦ Example stars ♦ Easy-to-follow instructions (with images) The Process: ♦ Draw the lines. ♦ Colour your artwork. ♦ Cut the artwork out around the circle. ♦ Display the stars. The Instructions: I have provided 7 steps to complete the artwork. Each step is on one page with concise instructions and an image. Print them out or display via a data projector – a great way for your students to self-check and manage their own learning. (Plus it will save you from having to answer millions of “Is this right?” questions!) The Practise Part: At the bottom of each template there is a section to practise ruling the lines and getting the hang of making parabolic curves before attempting it on the actual template. The artwork looks tricky …. but it is actually very simple! Skill enhancement: ruling straight lines with precision. Keywords: parabolic curves, string art, line art, geometry, math, ruler, straight lines, star, space, galaxy, © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Christmas Art - Angels
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Christmas Art - Angels

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ art project for your students to complete during the Christmas season. There are 3 different templates to create 3 slightly different angels. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give the head some detail (hair, eyes, mouth, etc) and give their artwork some colour. Included: ♦ 3x templates – black dots ♦ 3x examples – black/white ♦ 3 x instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Keywords: parabolic curves, math, geometry, patterns, string art, Xmas © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Label the Zoo Animals
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Label the Zoo Animals

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A set of 26 zoo animals to label. Perfect for an animal study or as an activity pre/post a field trip to the zoo. Options: ♦ Cut and glue the labels into the correct boxes. ♦ Use the word bank to write the words into the correct boxes. The 26 Animals: Bear Crocodile Cheetah Elephant Flamingo Frog Giraffe Gorilla Hippopotamus Kangaroo Koala Lion Lizard Monkey Panda Parrot Peacock Penguin Polar Bear Rhinoceros Sloth Tiger Toucan Tortoise Walrus Zebra There are 5 labels on each picture. All pages are ‘landscape’ orientation and designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Rotational Symmetry – Art activity – Maths (Geometry)
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Rotational Symmetry – Art activity – Maths (Geometry)

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Rotational Symmetry Art Activity. This fun activity produces fantastic designs that your students will be super proud of. Each template has rotational symmetry of order 6 and is on isometric dot paper. Your students simply add more lines (ensuring each line is done 6 times to keep it symmetrical), using the dots to maintain accuracy. When your students are happy with their final design they can colour it in using symmetrical colouring. Afterwards, your students may wish to cut their design out and use it in another piece of artwork. For example, adding a stem and leaves to turn it into a flower. Plain isometric dot paper has also been provided as a basis for your students to create their own rotational symmetry design from scratch. Provided as two separate files – A4 paper size and Letter paper size. What you get: • 30 templates on isometric dot paper • Poster explaining rotational symmetry • Isometric dot paper (plain) • Teacher notes © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
New Zealand Essential Spelling Words – Activity Sheets – Lists 1-8
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New Zealand Essential Spelling Words – Activity Sheets – Lists 1-8

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Activity sheets for words from lists 1-8 of the NZ Essential Spelling Word Lists. Activities: ♦ Write the words. ♦ Write the words and identify the vowels (highlight, colour, circle, etc). ♦ How many syllables? Colour the number to show the answer. ♦ Write the words in alphabetical order. ♦ Write the words in the correct letter boxes. ♦ Write the words on the ‘word wall’ (interesting fonts, colours, etc). ♦ Write a sentence using as many of the words as you can. Please click on the 'Preview' button above to see a large example of the worksheets. Included: ♦ 35 activity sheets ♦ Teacher notes ♦ Teaching aids (for explaining the 'letter boxes' if your students are unfamiliar with them) ♦ Answers – for the alphabetical order and letter box activities 10 words per activity sheet. A4 size paper. List 8 = Commonly misspelt words The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. Use these sheets for a word work activity, literacy station, homework sheet, etc. List 1 – 1 sheet List 2 – 2 sheets List 3 – 3 sheets List 4 – 5 sheets List 5 – 5 sheets List 6 – 7 sheets List 7 – 6 sheets List 8 – 6 sheets ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
New Zealand Sight Words - FREE- word mats and word cards
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New Zealand Sight Words - FREE- word mats and word cards

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Word mats and word cards for words at the Magenta to Orange level of the colour wheel. Word Mats: * provided in black/white or with a coloured border. * one A4 size mat for each level. Word Cards: * 5 words on each card for Magenta to Blue. * 8 words on each card for Green and Orange. * 4 cards on each A4 size page. * some words are written twice (just to fill up the last card at that level). * the cards at each level have the same picture. * the border and picture colour represent the level of the colour wheel. * cards are numbered in the top left corner of each card. The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. I have many games, activities and worksheets using these sight words. You can find them in all my TES store. Words Used: Magenta: I like going is mum look the am said to at went in me here my on dad a and come up can sat for Red: we get put with go no they today was where you she he this are will as too not but likes down big it little see so looked Yellow: when came one it’s make an all back day into oh out play ran do take that then there him saw his got looking of yes mother from her baby father Blue: have help here’s home let need again laugh soon talked could had find end making under very were your walk girl about don’t last what now goes because next than fun bag coming did or cake run Green: always good walked know please them use want feel just left best house old their right over love still took thank you school much brother sister round another myself new some asked called made people children away water how Mrs if I’m Mr who didn’t can’t after our time most Orange: man think long things wanted eat everyone two thought dog well more I’ll tree shouted us other food through way been stop must red door sea these began boy animals never work first lots that’s gave something bed may found live say night small three head town I’ve around every garden fast only many laughed let’s suddenly told word forgot better bring push Word List Acknowledgement: www.tkp.school.nz/files/530877945427c642/folders/1/Highfrequencyhomewordlists%20(2).pdf ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Tumbleweed
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Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Tumbleweed

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ math/art project for your students. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Included: ♦ Template ♦ Example ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points. The design can look more complicated than it actually is. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Size: The circle is approximately18cm in diameter. Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, lines, ruler. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Math Art – Parabolic Curves - Pinwheel
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Math Art – Parabolic Curves - Pinwheel

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ math/art project that uses parabolic curves to make an interesting ‘pinwheel’ design. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Included: ♦ Template (black or grey dots) ♦ Example ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher Notes There are 2 different templates to choose from. One of them is more suitable for older students as more care needs to be taken in ‘congested’ areas of the design. The designs are the same (one just has more dots/lines). Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Size: The design is 17.5cm x 17.5cm. Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Sun and Moon Art
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Sun and Moon Art

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A fun, creative and bright art project for your students to enjoy. Select the template that best fits your students. 3 Different Templates: ♦ draw your own patterns and then add colour. ♦ draw half of the patterns and then add colour. ♦ just add colour. Suggested Colouring: ♦ Moon side - cool colours (shades of blue, green, purple) ♦ Sun side - warm colours (shades of red, yellow, orange) Suggested Curriculum Links: ♦ Māori myths and legends (Rona and the Moon; Maui and the Sun). ♦ Solar system / Space / Night and Day study. ♦ Maths – geometry (patterns, shapes). Also a great activity during busy assessment periods … your students can work on this independently while you’re testing :) Designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
New Zealand Alphabet Cards - Handwriting Letter Formation
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New Zealand Alphabet Cards - Handwriting Letter Formation

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A comprehensive pack of cards for junior students to learn to write the alphabet. Many options available …. simply print the ones you would like for your classroom. Designed to be laminated. Students ‘write and wipe’. Great for a literacy centre / daily 5 activity. The font: The font used is the 'New Zealand Basic Script'. The letter shapes are identical to those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook - ‘Teaching Handwriting’. The font styles: ♦ regular ♦ outline ♦ dotty Font colours: ♦ black ♦ light grey The selection of cards: ♦ lower case alphabet ♦ upper case alphabet ♦ lower and upper case alphabet with numbers ♦ numbers 0-9 ’Start here’ dots: You can select a card with or without a ‘start here’ dot on each letter/number. So much choice! With all of the variations listed above, you can select the appropriate alphabet cards for your students. For example, you might decide to print …. A lower case alphabet card in grey outline font with ‘start here’ dots. Or perhaps you need …. A number strip in black regular font to assist a student in maths. What ever you need, it should be here. All alphabet cards are A4 size and they have a coloured border. The numbers are ‘strips’ with 3 on each A4 page. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Balance Task Cards for PE
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Balance Task Cards for PE

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Balance (Stability) task cards for Sport / Physical Education lessons. Non-locomotor movement. 72 task cards using a combination of 9 different parts of the body. Symbols used for indicating the part of the body. Provided in colour and in black and white. Included: * 72 task cards (4 to a page). * 9 flash cards (for learning the symbols). * Chart showing all 9 symbols and their body part. * Static Balance definition chart. * Teacher notes - suggested use, safety considerations, preparation. Examples of suggested use included in the resource: * Use as stations around the room. * Work with a buddy and move smoothly from one balance pose to another Great as a mini unit or tied into the likes of a gymnastics unit. Great for all ages / levels. Great for individual or co-operative work. Your students will have a lot of fun with this activity! © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Parabolic Curves – Collaborative Art Project
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Parabolic Curves – Collaborative Art Project

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ math/art project that involves drawing parabolic curves (curves that are made by drawing a series of straight lines). This project involves your students ruling straight lines between dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Alternatively, your students could draw the designs using different coloured pens. Each student completes a piece. Join the pieces together to make an eye-catching display (see image for example). Included: ♦ Student template (2 per page or 1 per page) (black or grey dots) ♦ Example ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen(s). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Size: 13cm x 13cm. Designed on A4 size paper. More 'Fun with a Ruler' activities available in my store. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Fun with a Ruler - Collaborative Art Project using Parabolic Curves
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Fun with a Ruler - Collaborative Art Project using Parabolic Curves

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ art project that involves drawing parabolic curves (curves that are made by drawing a series of straight lines). This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Each student completes a square. Join the squares together to make an eye-catching display (see image for example). Included: ♦ Template – black dots ♦ Template – light grey dots ♦ Example ♦ Display suggestion ♦ Instructions ♦ Teacher notes Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs can look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. Instructions: Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Size: Each square measures approximately 18.5cm x 18.5cm. Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Anzac Day -'Battleshots' game
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Anzac Day -'Battleshots' game

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A super-fun game that your students will love! Particularly suitable for New Zealand and Australian classrooms that are looking for learning activities based around Anzac Day. You’re in a trench above Anzac Cove. You receive a coded message from your Commander. Decipher the code and then prepare for battle against a classmate … The game is based on the popular game of ‘Battleships’ but this game has an Anzac theme. Players give co-ordinates to destroy enemy targets in the area across from ‘No Man’s Land’. Vocabulary used in this game will prompt further research to develop a deeper understanding of the time soldiers spent in Gallipoli (eg, bivvy, jam tin bomb, stores, field gun, trench, etc). This resource contains 3 different levels of the code breaking task and the game templates. It will suit a range of abilities, allowing you to differentiate your student’s learning. I believe it suits students from approximately Year 4 upwards (age 8/9 yrs+). Included: ♦ Pre-game codebreaking task – decipher the message that is written in Morse Code (3 different levels). Optional task (it doesn't affect the game). ♦ Game instructions ♦ Game templates (3 different levels) ♦ Post-game activity – write a Morse code message back to your Commander informing him of the outcome of the battle. Math Learning Objective: Geometry (position and orientation): Communicate and interpret location using grid references. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Multiplication Game - 4 in a row
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Multiplication Game - 4 in a row

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A great game to reinforce multiplication facts (x1 to x12) A game for 2 players. Equipment needed: one dice, counters. How to play: Players take alternate turns. Player A rolls one dice and looks down the column that is the same number as the dice. He/She selects a question and answers it out loud. Player B checks that the answer is correct. Player A places a counter on that square. The first player to get 4 counters in a row is the winner. The row may be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. The instructions are written at the base of each game board. Game Boards: x 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 x 7 x 8 x 9 x 10 x 11 x 12 mixture of x2 x5 x10 The facts on each board range from x0 to x12. Choice of colour: ♦ 2 tone coloured boards ♦ single coloured boards ♦ black and white boards Made on A4 sized paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Diwali - Paper lantern craft
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Diwali - Paper lantern craft

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Celebrate Diwali (The Festival of Lights) by making these paper lanterns. Fun, easy to make and they look great hanging in the classroom. Included: ♦ 10 x different templates ♦ Handle template (just cut paper strips if you want to cut down on printing) ♦ Construction instructions ♦ One substitute template for the spelling of the word colour/color A variety of templates to suit what you are looking for. Some are plain (so your students can add their own patterns/designs) while others are already decorative and just need colouring. Designed on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Rugby Word Search FREE
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Rugby Word Search FREE

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A fun activity for your students. Find the words that are hidden in the rugby ball shape. Made on A4 size paper. Check out my store for more RUGBY resources. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki - Free Goal Setting Bunting
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Matariki - Free Goal Setting Bunting

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Matariki (the Māori New Year) is a time for reflecting on the past and setting goals for the coming year. Students write or draw their goal on the bunting, then decorate, cut and hang. If you don't want to hang them, simply trim the flap off the top. Provided with and without lines. 2 per A4 sheet of paper. Enjoy this freebie! ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources