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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
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
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
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
Anzac Day Craft and Quiz
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Anzac Day Craft and Quiz

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A craft activity and a quiz in all one! Quiz questions are written on the ‘poppy petal fold’ template. Lift each petal up to write your answer. Great for students with access to the internet so they can research the answers independently. Glue the template onto a blank piece of paper or a page in an exercise book. Two Options: ♦ Use the template with the quiz questions. ♦ Use the blank template. Students write their own quiz questions. Included: ♦ Teacher notes (instructions). ♦ Template – with quiz questions. ♦ Answers to the quiz questions. ♦ Template – blank (write your own quiz). The Quiz Questions: ♦ What does each letter in the word ANZAC stand for? ♦ When did World War One start and finish? ♦ The last surviving ANZAC soldier died on 16 May 2002. What was his name? ♦ What is the name of the man who became famous for using a donkey to transport injured men from the battle field to the beach at Anzac Cove? ♦ What is the 35th word in the ‘Ode of Remembrance’? ♦ Apart from the poppy, what other plant is associated with remembering those that have fought for our country? Answers are included. Suitable for classrooms in Australian and New Zealand. Made on A4 size paper. Approximate size: 18cm wide and 20cm high. Display suggestion: make a giant class wreath with the poppy quizzes that your students make. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Koru Art – 4 Different Templates
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Koru Art – 4 Different Templates

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The koru is a popular symbol in New Zealand. Here is a set of 4 different templates that can be used in a variety of ways …. you decide! The 4 Templates: ♦ Plain (koru only) ♦ Radiating lines behind koru ♦ Patchwork lines behind koru ♦ Radiating lines with patterns behind koru Ideas: ♦ Draw patterns in the background spaces. ♦ Write words in the background spaces (eg ‘all about me’). ♦ Colour using warm/cool colours. ♦ Colour using blending/shading. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Sun and Moon Art
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Sun and Moon Art

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

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A set of activity sheets for the following book: Title: The Seven Kites of Matariki Author: Calico McClintock Illustrator: Dominique Ford 21 activity sheets that suit a range of abilities. Included: ♦ Word search – junior and senior ♦ Cloze – junior and senior (write the missing words) ♦ Order the events in the story (cut and paste activity) ♦ Letter boxes ♦ Acrostic poem templates (Ururangi / Matariki) ♦ Story board – with and without words ♦ Maths – tally chart and block graph (favourite kite in the story) ♦ Design a kite (template) ♦ Alphabetical order (shells) ♦ Research and drawing task (shells) ♦ Character traits of Ururangi ♦ Drawing task – as if looking through binoculars ♦ Trifold – beginning, middle and end ♦ Postage stamp design ♦ Book cover design ♦ Writing - Newspaper article ♦ Writing – If I was a kite I would … Answer sheets are provided for: ♦ word search (x2) ♦ ordering the events ♦ cloze (x2) Made on A4 size paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Rugby Poetry Writing
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Rugby Poetry Writing

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A fun poetry writing resource for your students to use when looking at the sport of RUGBY. Great to use during sport studies or times such as the Rugby World Cup. Two oval (rugby ball shaped) pieces of paper are stapled together at the top. The bottom piece displays the poem and the top piece has a player outline for your students to draw their favourite player. (Your students could also use this to design a new team uniform). I consider the body outline to be generic enough for male or female rugby players to be drawn. TYPES OF POEMS: Diamante Poem (x2 : long - 7 lines; short - 5 lines) Cinquain Poem Haiku Poem INCLUDED: Poem Framework (charts showing the structure of each poem) Cover Page and Poem Templates Examples of poems Blank oval shape (not needed, but included as an option for you) COVER PAGES: There are 3 different cover pages to choose from. The word ‘RUGBY’ displayed in the border Plain border No border Designed on A4 size paper. FREE BONUS TEMPLATES INCLUDED: Haiku - Bookmark Diamante - Square THE POEM STRUCTURES: Haiku - title, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables Cinquain - 1 noun, 2 adjectives, 3 verbs, 4 word phrase, 1 synonym Diamante (a) - 1 noun, 2 adjectives, 3 verbs, 2 adjectives, 1 synonym Diamante (b) - 1 noun, 2 adjectives, 3 verbs, 4 word phrase, 3 verbs, 2 adjectives, 1 synonym Check out my store for more RUGBY resources. © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Poppy Art – ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Armistice Day, etc   (Design C)
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Poppy Art – ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Armistice Day, etc (Design C)

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A super-fun art project for your students when celebrating special days such as: ♦ ANZAC Day ♦ Remembrance Day ♦ Memorial Day ♦ Armistice Day This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template, to create poppy inspired art work. This is Design C (medal). Included: ♦ Template ♦ Example – black/white and colour ♦ Instructions Level of Difficulty: Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (even the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs 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 Needed: 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. This is Design C (medal). Other designs are also available in my store: Design A - wreath Design B - cross Design D - poppy Keywords: string art, parabolic curves, math, geometry, patterns, war, symbolism, veteran ********************************************************************** © 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
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
Matariki Star Domains - Reference Cards
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Matariki Star Domains - Reference Cards

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A set of 9 reference cards about the stars in the Matariki cluster. Each card shows the name of the star and the area of the environment that it holds dominion over. Please note that the domains may vary between iwi. 2 reference cards per A4 sheet of paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Matariki Star Domains - Matching Cards and Activity Sheet
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Matariki Star Domains - Matching Cards and Activity Sheet

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This resource is designed to help students learn the names of the stars in the Matariki cluster and their associations (domains). Included: ♦ Matching cards - black and white ♦ Matching cards - coloured border ♦ Activity sheet - cut, match and paste ♦ Answer sheet The matching cards can be used to play 'Memory'. Place all of the cards face down and take turns at flipping two cards over. If they match, you keep the cards. If they don't match, you flip them back over. The winner is the person with the most cards at the end. Please note that the domains may vary between iwi. Designed on A4 paper. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Anzac Day – Poppy Watches
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Anzac Day – Poppy Watches

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A fun activity for junior students. Colour the poppy watch and wear it around your wrist. 2 Different Designs: ♦ Poppy in a circle ♦ Poppy Each design has the option of a plain band, or one with the words ‘ANZAC DAY’ written on it. Made on A4 size paper. 4 watches per sheet. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Diwali – Candle Display Mats
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Diwali – Candle Display Mats

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A fun, effective art activity for your students when celebrating Diwali (The Festival of Lights). Colour, cut and place a tealight candle in the centre. Laminate if desired. Included: ♦ 4 x templates with a design ♦ 1 x blank template (students design their own pattern) Size: Approximately 16.5cm in diameter. Provided in 2 paper sizes: ♦ A4 paper ♦ Letter paper ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
The Treaty of Waitangi – Thought Bubbles
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The Treaty of Waitangi – Thought Bubbles

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Templates for your students to record possible thoughts that these people may have been thinking regarding the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Key Competency – Thinking from another person’s perspective. Two Formats: ♦ Circles ♦ Ovals Pictures: ♦ 5 men ♦ 5 women All of the pictures are of Māori people (traditional and colonial dress). The words are written in Māori language - Te Tiriti o Waitangi. These look great coloured, cut out and displayed on the wall. The circles are approximately 18 cm in diameter when cut and the ovals are the size of an A4 page. ********************************************************************** © Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
Minibeasts  -  Code Breaking (Pig Pen Code)
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Minibeasts - Code Breaking (Pig Pen Code)

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Professor Diggalot has discovered some ancient documents that belonged to the ‘Puggawigga’ people from long ago. He has been unable to decipher the mysterious code that these texts are written in, so he has written to you to ask if you can help him. Are you up for the challenge? Interesting, fun facts about 22 different minibeasts are written in code and displayed on ancient parchment paper. (Plain black and white copy is also included) This resource includes: * Scenario outline * Teacher notes – how to decipher the code, etc. * List of the 22 minibeasts * Poster – definition of minibeast / invertebrate * Letter from Professor Diggalot (requesting your assistance) * Photo of Professor Diggalot at the site of the Puggawigga ruins * Ancient document - alphabet grid * Code breaking tool – alphabet grid - student handout (also in black and white) * Ancient documents on parchment paper (the codes) (also in black and white) * Answers Facts/Codes for these 22 creatures: Ladybug, grasshopper, ant, wasp, spider, praying mantis, moth, butterfly, snail, worm, bumble bee, dragonfly, honey bee, earwig, flea, mosquito, fly, aphid, caterpillar, cicada, cockroach, millipede. A super-fun activity for learning about minibeasts / invertebrates. Get your code-breaking cap on! © 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