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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
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 – Parabolic Curves – Collaborative Project
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Math Art – Parabolic Curves – Collaborative 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 the lines they can give their artwork some colour. Alternatively, your students could draw the design 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 (black or grey dots) ♦ Example ♦ Instructions ♦ Display suggestions ♦ 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 piece is approximately 18cm x 18cm. Designed on A4 size paper. More of my ‘Fun with a Ruler’ resources available in my store. Keywords: string art, math, geometry, patterns, parabolic curves ********************************************************************** © 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
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
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 – 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
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
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
New Zealand Flags - Activity Templates
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New Zealand Flags - Activity Templates

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A variety of templates that can be used when learning about topics such as … ♦ Waitangi Day / The Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi ♦ New Zealand ♦ New Zealand history ♦ Flags The 4 Flags Included in this Resource: ♦ Flag of the United Tribes of NZ – the first national flag, adopted in 1834. ♦ Union Jack – NZ’s flag after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. ♦ New Zealand Flag – formally adopted in 1902. ♦ Tino Rangatiratanga (National Māori Flag) – launched shortly before Waitangi Day in 1990. The Activity Templates: ♦ Large templates (on A4 size paper) ♦ Flag on a Stick – colour the flag on the front and write/draw on the back (or leave it blank). Attach to a stick (eg wooden skewer or drinking straw) by folding in half and gluing the front and back together. ♦ Flag Booklet – colour the flag on the cover and write on the 3 pages. Staple together. ♦ Trifold – colour the flags and write about them. Does not include the Union Jack. ♦ Diorama – colour the flag and write about it. ♦ Flip-Flap – colour the flags and heading, cut and fold, glue to a blank piece of A4 paper, lift the flag flaps and write underneath. ♦ Writing template – colour the flag and write about it. ♦ Graphic organiser – colour the flag and write about it. ♦ Blank templates – for the activities mentioned above but your students will draw the flag themselves. These templates could also be used for designing a new NZ flag or a flag for your classroom or school. *** Each activity comes with templates for all 4 flags (except for the Trifold). ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Computer Keyboard Template
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Computer Keyboard Template

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Computer Keyboard Template Included: ♦ blank ♦ black and white ♦ dark grey ♦ light grey ♦ blue ♦ pink ♦ green © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Roll - A - Story   (roll a dice to select character, setting and problem)
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Roll - A - Story (roll a dice to select character, setting and problem)

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Nine roll-a-story cards for your students to use during their writing lessons. Roll a dice 3 times to get a character, setting and problem. Fun and engaging and suitable for many levels. Examples of characters: noisy burglar, adventurous astronaut, impatient prison guard, crazy aunt, fearless soldier, intelligent prince ... Examples of settings: castle, rainforest, rock concert, Principal's office, train station, alligator farm, treehouse ... Examples of problems: burnt the pizza, trapped, caught in a giant spiderweb, can't find shoes, allergic reaction after eating nuts ...
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
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
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
New Zealand High Frequency Sight Words
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New Zealand High Frequency Sight Words

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New Zealand High Frequency Sight Words. Display them on the wall, put them on a ring clip, use them in a literacy activity …. 2 options available in this resource – dotty border or scribble border. Print and use the one you prefer! Blank templates included – write additional words or use your own word lists. 4 word cards to each A4 size paper. 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’. Word lists included (each list on A4 size paper) High frequency words align to the NZ reading colour wheel: ♦ magenta (25 words) ♦ red (28 words) ♦ yellow (31 words) ♦ blue (37 words) ♦ green (49 words) ♦ orange (63 words) Word List Acknowledgement: www.tkp.school.nz/files/530877945427c642/folders/1/Highfrequencyhomewordlists%20(2).pdf © 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