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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
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
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 – 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
Poppy Art – Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Armistice Day, Anzac Day.
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Poppy Art – Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Armistice Day, Anzac Day.

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A ‘Fun with a Ruler’ art project for your students to complete leading up to Remembrance Day / Memorial Day / Armistice Day / Anzac Day. This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template, to create a poppy. Your students could write something in the petals before colouring (eg facts, opinons, a 4 line poem, etc). Display them together to make a 'poppy patchwork quilt'. Included: ♦ Template – black dots ♦ Template – light grey dots ♦ Example – black/white ♦ 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 design looks more complicated than it actually is. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult. A pattern is repeated 8 times. 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 artwork measures approximately 17cm x 17cm. Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, parabolic curves, math, geometry, patterns, war, symbolism, veteran, © 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
Numbers 1-20 - Activity Sheets
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Numbers 1-20 - Activity Sheets

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Four sets of activity sheets for numbers 1-20. These are great for differentiating the learning in your classroom. 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’. SET A (1-20): ♦ Colour the number ♦ Draw a circle around the correct number of stars and colour ♦ Trace the numbers ♦ Write the numbers ♦ You choose – eg. draw 10 balls, write facts (eg 8+2=10), write 10 ten times. SET B (1-10): The same as Set A except there are 2 hand prints in the ‘you choose’ section. Students colour the number of fingers. Activity sheets for numbers 1-10 only. SET C (1-20): ♦ Colour the number ♦ Draw a circle around the correct number of stars and colour ♦ Trace the numbers ♦ Write the numbers ♦ Show the number on the tens frame by colouring the circles ♦ Write the missing numbers on the number line ♦ You choose – eg. draw 10 balls, write facts (eg 8+2=10), write 10 ten times. SET D (1-20): ♦ Colour the number ♦ Trace the number ♦ Write the number ♦ Trace the word ♦ Write one more and one less on the number line ♦ Show the number on the tens frame by colouring the circles ♦ Odd or even? Colour the correct circle/word ♦ Write the number of tens and ones ♦ You choose – eg. draw 5 cats, write facts (eg 4+1=5), write 5 five times. Made on A4 size paper. 70 activity sheets in total. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Spy ID / Secret Agent ID  -  Template
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Spy ID / Secret Agent ID - Template

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Template for making a Spy ID (or Secret Agent ID). 4 templates per page. US and UK templates included (for the word 'colour/color') Add a photo, a fingerprint, or a photo with disguise props (eg glasses, hat, moustache) Loads of fun! © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears - stick puppet templates
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Goldilocks and the 3 Bears - stick puppet templates

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Stick puppet templates (black and white) for the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Templates Include: • Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear • Goldilocks • Porridge Bowls x3 • Chairs x3 • Beds x3 • Broken Chair • Goldilocks’ mother • Goldilocks’ house • Three Bears’ house • Forest pathway • Goldilocks sleeping in bed • Goldilocks waking in bed Template Options: There are 2 different templates for the Bears – happy face and confused face. There are 2 different templates for Goldilocks – happy and shocked/surprised. Attach these back-to-back with a craft stick in between. Simply turn it around to show the change of emotion during the story. A template is also provided of Goldilocks without any facial features. Your students can identify her emotions as they change throughout the story and then draw them on the template. There are also 2 different templates for Papa and Mama Bear’s bed – nicely made and slept in. Great for story retell, oral language development, puppetry skills, imaginative play, etc. © 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
Repeating Patterns – cards, strips and activities.
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Repeating Patterns – cards, strips and activities.

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The ultimate resource to help you teach REPEATING COLOUR PATTERNS. 10 Different Pattern Sequences: AB ABC AAB ABB ABCD AABC ABCC AAAB AABB ABBC Included: ♦ 10 pattern cards – provided in 4 different formats. ♦ 30 pattern strips – copy the pattern. ♦ 30 pattern strips – continue the pattern. ♦ 30 pattern strips – identify the missing cube(s). ♦ 24 Clip and flip cards. ♦ 24 Pattern hunt cards. ♦ 6 Worksheets. ♦ 4 Blank templates. All of the patterns are shown with linking cubes (unifix, unlink, connecting cubes). The only colours you need for copying the pattern, continuing the pattern, and identifying the missing cube(s) are: red, blue, green, yellow. If you don’t have cubes you can use an alternative such as coloured counters, counting bears, etc.
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
Addition and Subtraction Math Games
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Addition and Subtraction Math Games

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Addition & Subtraction Dice Games for Maths. 4-in-a-row Gameboards ♦ 14 Different Gameboards. ♦ Equipment needed – dice, counters, gameboard ♦ Suitable for 2 players ♦ All games are provided in both colour and black and white. How to Play: 1. Player A rolls the dice. 2. Player A looks at the dice picture on the left side of the board and works out the required sum. 3. Player A finds the answer to the sum on the gameboard and covers one of those squares with his/her counter. 4. Player B has their turn. 5. Players continue to take turns. The winner is the first player to get 4 of their counters in a row. The Gameboards: ♦ dice + 1 1+1, 2+1, 3+1, 4+1, 5+1, 6+1 ♦ 5 + dice 5+1, 5+2, 5+3, 5+4, 5+5, 5+6 ♦ 10 + dice 10+1, 10+2, 10+3, 10+4, 10+5, 10+6 ♦ 10 – dice 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 10-4, 10-5, 10-6 ♦ 20 + dice 20+1, 20+2, 20+3, 20+4, 20+5, 20+6 ♦ 20 – dice 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 20-4, 20-5, 20-6 ♦ 100 + dice 100+1, 100+2, 100+3, 100+4, 100+5, 100+6 ♦ 100 – dice 100-1, 100-2, 100-3, 100-4, 100-5, 100-6 ♦ 100 + (dice x 10) 100+10, 100+20, 100+30, 100+40, 100+50, 100+60 ♦ 100 – (dice x 10) 100-10, 100-20, 100-30, 100-40, 100-50, 100-60 ♦ Doubles 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5, 6+6 ♦ 9 + dice 9+1, 9+2, 9+3, 9+4, 9+5, 9+6 ♦ 19 + dice 19+1, 19+2, 19+3, 19+4, 19+5, 19+6 ♦ 99 + dice 99+1, 99+2, 99+3, 99+4, 99+5, 99+6 © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Christmas Paper Lantern Craft
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Christmas Paper Lantern Craft

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Celebrate the Christmas Season with these paper lanterns. Lots of different options to choose from. A ‘Happy Holidays’ template is also included for your students who don’t celebrate Christmas. Bonus Inclusion: Six templates for New Zealand classrooms. The words are written in Te Reo Māori: ♦ Meri Kirihimete (Merry Christmas) ♦ Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou (Happy New Year) Designed on A4 size paper. Information and easy-to-follow instructions are included. Idea: There are 2 gift boxes on the ‘gift’ template. Your students could draw pictures inside the boxes. One box could have something they’d like to receive, and the other box could have something they’d like to give. Happy Holidays! ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Music - 4 beat rhythm cards
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Music - 4 beat rhythm cards

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If you're wanting to teach basic rhythm in the classroom then this is the resource for you! Simple, easy to use and your students will have a fun time. The resource has everything in colour, and also in black and white. The notation looked at is kept simple: Crotchet, quaver and rest. This resource includes: * Rhythm Grid A and B - using pear and cherry picture symbols * Rhythm Grid A and B - using regular music notation * 4-beat rhythm cards (24 in total) * Student template (for composing own 4-beat rhythms) * Reference charts You can use body percussion, or percussion instruments. I use CHOPSTICKS. Students can either have one chopstick each and tap it on their desk, or two chopsticks and tap them together. The 'class chopstick orchestra' makes a lovely sound and I have found that students of all ages absolutely love it. The chopsticks are very cheap to buy and easy to store away in your cupboard when not in use. Introduce one rhythm card at a time and gradually join them together (in a line or in a circle (like a clock face). Once your students have grasped the basics, they can join another classmate to compose their own rhythm (eg 16 beats) and perform it to another group or the whole class. © 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
Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Sailboat
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Math Art - Fun with a Ruler - Sailboat

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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. One set of lines makes a parabolic curve and the other set makes a zig-zag pattern. When they have finished drawing all of the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Included: ♦ Template ♦ Example – black/white ♦ Example - coloured ♦ 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) Designed on A4 size paper. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves, water, ocean, wind, sport © 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
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