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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
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
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
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
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
Story Starters - first person - writing
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Story Starters - first person - writing

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Story Starters for writing lessons in the classroom. They are all for writing in the first person (ie they all contain 'I') Print these out and laminate them back-to-back. Hand them out (or children can 'lucky-dip'). Students can then choose which story starter interests them the most and use that one to begin writing in their exercise book. Collect them in and use them again another time. 8 A4 sheets with 8 story starters on each page (total 64).
Swimming Pool Game - Captain's Orders
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Swimming Pool Game - Captain's Orders

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Great swimming pool game that helps with water confidence. Ship/Pirate/Ocean theme. 34 command cards to print and laminate. Each card has the command, a visual cue, and the action. Stand at the side of the pool, call out a command and hold up the card. Students complete the action. Continue in this way. You can play it where the last student to do the action is eliminated, or just keep playing and encourage water confidence and movement. A great game to play as a warm up activity or as a fun game at the end of a swimming lesson. Play with as many commands/cards as you wish. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Includes teacher notes and instructions on how to play the game. © 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
Math Basic Facts - 'Math Ninja' Challenge
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Math Basic Facts - 'Math Ninja' Challenge

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A basic fact speed and accuracy challenge. 5 different levels. 100 questions per level. Complete it in the time allocation with 100% accuracy to pass the level. Five Levels: 1) Addition – using single digit numbers 2) Subtraction – facts to 20 3) Multiplication – 0x0 to 12x12 4) Division – same facts as multiplication 5) Mixture – mixture of levels 1 – 4 Suggested Use: Students are given a certain allocation of time to achieve the completion of 100 facts with 100% accuracy. If they do this, they pass that level and move on to the next level. I would operate this challenge once a week, but it’s up to you. You select the time, depending on the ability of your students. Answer sheets are provided for self or buddy marking. Hand out certificates to recognise achievement. Included: ♦ Question sheets (one for each level) ♦ Answer sheets ♦ Student recording sheets ♦ Teacher tracking sheet ♦ Certificates (colour and black/white) ♦ Wall display templates ********************************************************************** © 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
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
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
Diwali - ‘Henna Hands’ art activity
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Diwali - ‘Henna Hands’ art activity

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A fun and creative art activity to celebrate Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu Festival of Lights. ACTIVITY 1 Draw patterns on the hand templates using a black pen/marker/ink (there are lots of images on the internet to get inspiration). Cut out and display on a coloured background. ACTIVITY 2 Draw patterns in the hands of the boy/girl. Colour the rest of the picture. Three different templates provided (boy, girl, unisex). ACTIVITY 3 Draw patterns in the hand template and write an acrostic poem. Write your name or a fact about Diwali in the box under the handprint. INCLUDED: ♦ Teacher notes. ♦ Handprints – template. ♦ Handprints – template with border. ♦ Handprints – with coloured background (x2). ♦ Example – designs on hands with a coloured background. ♦ Example - designs on hands with a plain white background. ♦ Handprints – boy/girl/unisex. ♦ Single handprint with acrostic poem template. ♦ Single handprint (2 per page). ********************************************************************* © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Pen License / Pen Licence
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Pen License / Pen Licence

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Give your students a licence to drive a PEN-CAR. Your students will love these and will strive to earn one! This resource contains 2 files for different classrooms around the world – spelling of LICENSE and LICENCE. The pen-cars come in 5 different colours (blue, red, green, yellow, pink). Your students will find it difficult to choose which one they would like to receive. Included: ♦ Pen licence - Large (5 different colours, 1 to a page) ♦ Pen licence - Small (5 different colours, 4 to a page) ♦ Certificate - (1 to a page) ♦ Wall chart – for your students to write their name on once they have their licence. Two different templates. ♦ Teacher recording / tracking sheet ♦ Teacher notes A great incentive for great handwriting! Licence Details: ♦ Student name ♦ Date of issue ♦ Issued by (teacher's name) ♦ Licence number (just make one up) ♦ Classroom number ♦ Student signature © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Family of Facts / Fact Families  - houses
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Family of Facts / Fact Families - houses

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Resources for teaching family of facts in math lessons. Included: ♦ Addition/Subtraction – house and worksheet ♦ Multiplication/Division – house and worksheet ♦ Ice-cream craft and worksheet The Houses: The houses are provided in colour, grey, and black/white. Laminate the house and then use it as a teaching tool during lessons (write and wipe). Write 3 family numbers in the circles in the roof. The Worksheets: Two worksheets are provided. One with four houses and the other with 6 houses. Write 3 family numbers in the circles prior to photocopying. The Ice-cream: Create a 4-scoop ice-cream showing a family of facts. ********************************************************************** © 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
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
Diwali - Word Search - FREEBIE
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Diwali - Word Search - FREEBIE

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A word search to celebrate Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu Festival of Lights. ♦ 18 words ♦ answers included ♦ words can be found in 8 different directions *** More Diwali resources available in my store. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources