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  • 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

     

  • Analysing an advertisement

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    Understanding persuasive texts like advertisements is a life skill. This resource provides teachers and parents with a way of exploring adds and analysing the language used to persuade. Use with students in years 3-6.

  • Animal Sort

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    This English resource is a sorting activity with four categories designed for Kindergarten.

  • Assessment Checklist

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    This checklist supports teachers to consider assessment against the guidelines for effective assessment practices from NESA. In addition there is a grid to assist in designing effective assessment tasks for English. Suitable for use with all stages.

  • Assessment quadrant

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    The assessment quadrant is a very simple tool.   After students’ current reading levels have been determined and compared with data from previous benchmarking, this grid can be used to map the students into the four quadrants.  The purpose is to raise awareness of student progress and promote careful discussion on how to differentiate the teaching to meet the vastly different needs of each group.  It looks simple but it can lead to very powerful conversations in year and stage level teams.

  • Beginning, middle and end

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    This template, for drawing and writing about the beginning, middle and end of a story that students have read or are planning to write, needs no instructions. A useful tool for all grades.

  • Chalk Boy

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    Chalk boy was shortlisted for the Children’s book of the year awards in 2019, so your school library will probably have a copy. The words and illustrations combine beautifully to create a thought-provoking book. A great text to explore the author’s message and a useful text for teaching the language of visual literacy. These book notes were written for students in years 5 and 6.

  • Character

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    This template may help students in reflecting on characters read about and in creating characters to write about.

  • 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.

     

  • Elkonin boxes

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    The pages in this resource can be used to establish this practice of segmenting words into sounds. Many teachers will be familiar with Elkonin boxes. These cards are used to establish the practice and then students can use this principle in their writing with boxes or even lines for each sound.

  • 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.

  • English block: daily outline

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    The NSW English K-6 Syllabus has responding and composing as its key processes.  It helps to rethink our traditional reading and writing times as responding and composing in order to address the range of mandated texts – spoken, print, visual and digital.

  • Excursion template

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    Easy template for writing and discussing an excursion with years 1 and 2.

  • Fact or fiction sort

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    This resource contains a blank template to make a fact or fiction sort. It is suitable for use with any students. There is also a written sort for use with the book, The truth about penguins.

  • Flip book

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    Use the book, I went walking and create this flip book with students in Kindergarten.

  • 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.