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  • Bears in the night

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    Maths matters are book notes but for a book you can use in Maths. They  have been written to support teachers in selecting key teaching points from texts they choose to use in Maths.

  • The gruffalo

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    The Gruffalo is a much loved and familiar story for many children. It is a great text to use with beginning readers in kindergarten and year one. The big ideas addressed in these teaching notes include: stories can be imaginary, authors create imaginary characters and playing with language makes reading enjoyable.

  • The very cranky bear

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    Beginning readers in kindergarten will love revisiting this favourite preschool book now they are readers. Teachers can explore the big ideas that authors create characters to tell a story and a narrative has a beginning, middle and end. Also download the noun and adjective sort from resources which contains a blank template and a sort to use with this text.

  • Emu

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    Emu is a hybrid text which includes both narrative and informative text. As such it provides teachers with a great way to discuss with students how the text has different text structures and language features when an author’s purpose changes. These teaching notes have been written with year three and four students in mind.

  • A different kind of brilliant

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    These book notes are an A4, two page download and provide some teaching ideas to be used in conjunction with the book, A Different Kind of Brilliant, by Louise Cummins. This book will help children understand what autism is and will also help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings. This book is available online at https://adifferentkindofbrilliant.com

     

  • Piggybook

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    Piggybook by Anthony Browne is a classic children’s picture book. There are lots of big ideas such as gender issues to be explored through this text. These lesson notes focus on how words and images work together to achieve the author’s purpose and have been written for students in years three to six.

  • If I was prime minister

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    These book notes for the book, If I was prime minister, unpack teaching ideas for reading and responding to the text as well as composing. They have been designed for students in years five and six. The teaching notes encourage discussion about big issues facing Australia. This is a great book to make connections to history as well.

     

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  • This is not my hat

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    These book notes provide a teaching sequence for English lessons using the book, This is not my hat.  The lessons have been written with students in years one and two in mind and examine the big idea that the author’s message can be conveyed through words and images.

  • The short story of a fox and mouse

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    This six-minute short animated film tells the story of unlikely friends. These film notes unpack how the teacher can teach to English outcomes that deal with the big idea of understanding and appreciating  characters without language and the author’s message that friends support each other. These film notes have been written with students in years 3 and 4 in mind.

     

  • Cocoon

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    These book notes for the book, Cocoon by Aura Parker unpack teaching ideas for reading and responding to the text as well as composing. They have been designed for students in years 1 and 2. They address the big idea of patience, perseverance and friendship.

     

  • Peggy

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    Peggy tells the story of a brave little hen who is blown out of her safe home in the suburbs by a big gust of wind. These book notes have been written with kindergarten outcomes and explore narrative structure and how characters are developed within a story.

  • Girl on wire

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    These book notes for the book, Girl on wire, by Lucy Estella and Elise Hurst unpack teaching ideas for reading and responding to the text as well as composing. They have been designed for students in years 3 and 4.

  • Humpty Dumpty

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    Humpty Dumpty is a favourite nursery rhyme and a great poem to explore with beginning readers to remind them that everyone is a reader and reading is fun. These lessons have been designed for kindergarten students.

     

  • Hello lighthouse

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    These book notes answer the question, ‘What will I teach?’ in English as I use the book, Hello Lighthouse which is written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. The lessons have been written with students in years one and two in mind.

  • I’m just no good at rhyming… St 3

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    Two poems from the book, I’m just no good at rhyming and other nonsense  by Chris Harris, have been selected for this Poetry Picks which provides teaching ideas around the idea of appropriation. The lessons have been designed for students in years 5 and 6. The poems selected are: Two Roads: which is  compared with The road less travelled by Robert Frost and Jack Sprat (Updated): which is compared  with the nursery rhyme Jack Sprat.

  • The truth about penguins

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    The truth about penguins is an amusing book that is an imaginative text. however it includes facts about penguins. These teaching notes are written with stage one outcomes (years one and two) and explore humour and information within a narrative. Download the resource, fact or fiction sort, to use with these teaching notes.