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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paper portaits

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    Using a variety of paper scraps and techniques such as curling, twisting and folding paper, students K-2 create their own faces in coloured paper.

  • Types of sentences

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    Kindergarten students learn that sentences have different functions: statement, question, exclamation and command. This A4 poster reinforces that learning.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Noun and adjective sort

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    This two page resource contains a template that can be filled in and used to sort nouns, proper nouns and adjectives. It also contains a sort suitable to use with the book The very cranky bear.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • Effective questions

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    Asking questions that lead students to further learning requires thought by teachers. Here is a chart to raise awareness about what makes a effective question.