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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
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
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
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
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - Stick Puppet Templates
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The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - Stick Puppet Templates

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3 Billy Goats Gruff - classroom resources Stick puppet templates - goats, troll and bridge Colour and black and white - Various options. Attach to an ice-block stick and have fun! Encourages story retelling and oral language development. Label the goat worksheet (with answer sheet). 2 per A4 sheet. © 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
New Zealand Handwriting Cards – ‘Notable New Zealanders’
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New Zealand Handwriting Cards – ‘Notable New Zealanders’

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This resource is a set of 30 handwriting copy cards. Each card contains a few sentences about a notable New Zealander. The 30 People: Ernest Rutherford Kate Sheppard Sir Edmund Hillary Sir Ápirana Ngata Hóne Heke Jean Batten Sir Peter Snell Sir Peter Jackson Sir Colin Meads Dame Whina Cooper Sir Peter Blake Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Charles Upham Sir Murray Halberg Jonah Lomu A J Hackett Colin Murdoch Burt Munro Bruce McLaren Helen Clark James K Baxter Colin McCahon Arthur Lydiard Bill Gallagher Sir Richard Hadlee John Britten Willie Apiata Richard Pearse Alexander Aitken Katherine Mansfield The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter/number shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. 2 different sets of cards: * with lines * without lines Please remember that these are handwriting cards, not detailed information cards about each person. I could only fit about 3 sentences on each card which is obviously not enough to outline everything that you may consider important. They are however, a great starting point for further research if you are learning about NZ history makers. Early finishers could research further information if you have digital devices available. Keywords: famous New Zealanders, New Zealand history makers, well known New Zealanders, famous Kiwis. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Back To School Activity – All About Me Stars
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Back To School Activity – All About Me Stars

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A fun, creative activity to help you get to know your students at the beginning of the school year. Make a star and hang your ‘galaxy of learners’ from the ceiling. The front of the star has flaps that open to reveal a picture of the student (draw a self-portrait or glue a photo) and the back shows 8 pictures of your student’s favourite things. Two Templates: ♦ With headings (see list below) ♦ Blank – add your own ‘favourite’ categories The 8 Favourite Things: ♦ Holiday location ♦ Food ♦ Animal ♦ Hobby ♦ TV Programme ♦ Game ♦ Colour ♦ Sport Template with US spelling/vocabulary is also included: color, program, vacation (instead of holiday). Two Paper Sizes: ♦ A4 size ♦ Letter size Easy-to-follow instructions are included. Each star requires two pieces of paper (front and back template). Approximate size: 18cm in diameter. Great as a classroom activity or set it as a homework project during the first 1-2 weeks of school. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Mother’s Day Flower Art Activity
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Mother’s Day Flower Art Activity

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A fun, effective art activity for your students to complete and give to their mother on Mother’s Day. It looks tricky …. but it is very simple! The artwork involves drawing a number of straight lines between the dots on a template. Your students will get a thrill when the curves just appear! Included: ♦ dotty template. ♦ template with lines (this can be used to show the completed design, or for a ‘colouring only’ activity). ♦ example of finished, coloured artwork. ♦ simple, clear instructions (with images). I have provided 8 steps to complete the line art. Each step is on one page. The instructions are suitable for displaying via a data projector so all of your students can refer to it and self-check. The Process: ♦ Draw the lines. ♦ Draw a stem, leaves, flower pot, etc. ♦ Write words/phrases in the petals that describe your Mother. ♦ Colour/decorate. ♦ Give to your Mother. This activity is also suitable as a general art activity. You don’t have to use it for Mother’s Day. Have a student that doesn’t celebrate Mother’s Day? No problem. They can make the flower and decorate it in a different way. Skill enhancement: ruling straight lines with precision. Keywords: parabolic curves, string art, line art, geometry, flower, math, ruler, straight lines. © 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
The Giraffe the Pelly and Me  -  by Roald Dahl
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The Giraffe the Pelly and Me - by Roald Dahl

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Fun Activity Sheets for Roald Dahl's great story - The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Great for photocopying / printing. Includes: * newspaper article template * job match - cut and paste * word search * order events from the story * design an alternative book cover * design a poster for the LWCC * design a bag for The Grubber * animal research templates - giraffe, pelican, monkey * problem/solution match - cut and paste * letter template x2 * drawing tasks * who am I? * design a new kind of sweet * design some cool sweet wrappers * character interview template * quiz - 25 questions * giraffe craft * stick puppets - colour and black and white Your students are bound to have fun with these great activities. © 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
St Patrick's Day Art - Shamrock
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St Patrick's Day Art - Shamrock

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ art project for your students to complete on St Patrick’s Day. There are 2 different templates to choose from. 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. There is space at the bottom of each template for a writing task that you may wish to set (eg ‘If I found a pot of gold I would …’). If you don’t want this, simply cut the artwork out when finished. Included: ♦ Shamrock with pot of gold. ♦ Shamrock without pot of gold. ♦ Shamrock – draw your own stem, without pot of gold. ♦ Practise template. ♦ Example of the completed design. ♦ Instructions. The templates are provided in both black and light grey dots. Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points. 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. Practise Tempate: A practise template is included for your students to practise ruling the pattern before you give them the actual template. Equipment: You need a ruler and a pen (black or green works best for this project). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc) Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, Ireland, Irish, luck. © 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
Multiplication and Division Wheels - lift the flap
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Multiplication and Division Wheels - lift the flap

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Multiplication and Division wheels for the x1 to x12 facts. A great ‘craftivity’ to help your students learn and practise the instant recall of their multiplication and division facts. How to make: ♦ colour / decorate ♦ cut out the two wheels and along the dotted lines between the numbers ♦ glue the top and bottom wheels together (in the centre only) ♦ fold back the flaps ♦ write the answers under the flaps ♦ ready to use! Two formats: ♦ with a robot graphic. ♦ plain so your students can decorate and personalise their own wheel. Included: ♦ 12 multiplication wheels with a robot graphic. ♦ 12 multiplication wheels without a graphic. ♦ 12 division wheels with a robot graphic. ♦ 12 division wheels without a graphic. ♦ Instruction sheet. Designed on A4 size paper. The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The number shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. ********************************************************************** © 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
Gumboot Friday - FREE - Design a gumboot
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Gumboot Friday - FREE - Design a gumboot

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Gumboot Friday is a fundraiser for free mental health counselling for kids in New Zealand. Get your students involved with this FREE print-and-go worksheet. IDEAS: Design a gumboot - eg pictures/symbols/colours that make me happy (mentally well) Write words in the gumboot - eg things I can do to keep a smile on my face Made on A4 size paper. © 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