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  • Lennie the legend

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    Lennie the Legend, written by Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, examines big ideas such as how we learn through the story of our past. Students in years 4, 5 and 6 connect with this story of nine year old Lennie making his way, alone, on horse back from country Victoria to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Mashrabiya

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    Mashrabiya is a window enclosed with carved wood latticework. The latticework screens are commonly found in Middle Eastern countries, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and India. Mashrabiya were traditionally used in homes and palaces. In palaces it was used in some internal windows as a privacy screen. It allowed woman to be hidden from the men yet be able to hear and see the comings and goings of people in the palace. This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of four lessons, which are suitable for lower and upper primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students. The lessons can be taught in isolation or provide a cultural perspective when completing units on the Middle East, India, Morocco, Egypt, Persia, hot dry climates, architecture, privacy  or sustainable cooling techniques. All resources (lesson plans, online links, photographs and worksheets) are included.

  • Maths vocabulary sort

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    This sorting activity is designed for students in grades 3-6. It reinforces mathematical vocabulary for addition, subtraction and fractions.

  • Memory Unit

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    This is an example of the TRIO programming proforma in use.  This is not a complete unit but shows how the teaching ideas are linked directly to content, how the ideas are sequenced to suit the class and how the assessment is integrated into the learning activities.

    It is NOT perfect.  It is just an attempt to show you how straight forward programming should be.

  • My country

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    My country by Dorothea Mackellar is  an iconic and patriotic Australian poem. The most recognised section of the poem is the stanzas which describe the Australian landscape. It is easy to download a copy of this poem. Use this poem to teach students how poets use descriptive language, rhyme, rhythm and
    repetition to convey a message. These lessons have been designed for students in years 3-6.

     

  • Name that number

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    Name that number is a card game develops fluency through applying different numerical operations. Here is our version of this card game for maths. This game and variations of it are suitable for students in stages two and three.

  • Patterned hands

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    This art lesson is based on cultural ceremonies that use henna as a temporary tattoo on hands and feet. Students decorate a hand print using felt tip pens. This lesson has been designed for students in years three and four.

    Art Notes are a single A4 resource that provide instructions for teachers for one art lesson based on the Australian Curriculum for Visual Arts. They have been written in two categories, K-2 and years 3-6. However, all lessons could be easily adapted for any class.

  • 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.

  • Programming Proforma: Stage 2

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    Teachers are trialling a multitude of ways to program English using the new NSW English Syllabus. We offer this variation for Stage 2 teachers as a way to make clear links between the syllabus outcomes, content and teaching and learning activities. Reading the content and then thinking about what strategies or steps need to be in place to teach that content is a key part of the planning process.

  • Quick Writing

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    Only five sentences to write but there is a catch! Each sentence has a different criteria. This is fast but thoughtful writing and it is fun!

  • Resilience unit stage 2

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    The key texts for this unit are: Cyclone by Jackie French and Bruce Whately, Circle by Jeannie Baker, Bureau of Meteorology website and a video about the godwit bird. This unit has been written for Stage 2 (years 3 and 4). The big idea is resilience. The idea is that people are resilient, that communities bond and help each other and that normal life will return. It is a positive hopeful idea in times when children may be traumatised.

  • Starting the year – Stage 2

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    This unit is designed for the start of a new school year. Its focus is to create a community of learners by establishing clear routines for the literacy session, introducing reflective practice and embedding formative assessment into daily lessons. The central purpose of this unit is to build a sense of reading for enjoyment. As wide a range of texts as possible should be read and discussed.
    The unit should incorporate introductions to each other, sharing routines, classroom organisation, expectations for behaviour and learning and English syllabus content that supports classroom routines and organisation.

  • Text sets Yrs 3-6

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    This is a list of examples of text sets that may be suitable for use in years 3 to 6.

     

  • The all new must have ORANGE 430

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    These book notes are designed for students in years 3 and 4 and explore the ideas in the book, The all new must have ORANGE 430. This imaginative text  looks at the joy of receiving something you really wanted only to realise it is a waste of money. The big ideas underpinned in these book notes are choice and imagination.

  • The Sea

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    The poem, ‘The Sea’ by English poet, James Reeves is an extended metaphor where the sea is described as a dog. This three stanza poem is a great way to teach metaphor with students in stages 2 and 3.

  • 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.