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30 After Reading Activities for Kids

30 After Reading Activities for Kids

After reading a book as a class or individually, it is great if students can take a step further and engage with the book more. This will help them with their reading comprehension and understanding of deeper concepts within the book. After reading activities are also great for substitute teachers. Many hours of learning can be provided by using a great book and giving students choices in the activities.  Below you will find 30 activities to use in the classroom. 30 After Reading Activities for Kids   1.Find a description in the book and write it as the shape it is

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Maths ideas for Children with Extra Needs

Maths ideas for Children with Extra Needs

When children start school, not all children are working at a kindergarten level. Some will need time to catch up and others may progress very slowly due to disabilities. These activities, linked to the Australian Curriculum, will help with hands on ideas for each area of maths. Children without extra needs can also benefit doing these activities, just differentiate them if they are working above this level, e.g. more difficult patterns; count by 2s; hang only even numbered washing on the line; write own numbers; trace number words; sort larger amounts; share with bigger groups, and so on. These activities

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Planning Your Classroom

Planning Your Classroom

It is lovely that in Australia we are all about to have a long break (sorry USA followers). I know many teachers spend at least some of their holidays preparing for the next year. TeachEzy has many classroom posters, labels, games and more for you to start the year with a colourful and welcoming classroom. We have posters – all sorts – science, maths, English, history, birthday charts and more. Take a look around our website @ TEACHEZY  Everything on the website is included in the $36/year subscription fee. Your subscription starts from the day you subscribe. Check out the

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Do you know the difference between sentences, phrases and clauses?

Do you know the difference between sentences, phrases and clauses?

I have come across teachers with years of experience who still have more to learn in spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. Some have been high school English specialists at a professional development course. I’ve witnessed arguments in staff rooms over sentences.  I’ve had teachers correct me on my Facebook page . . . some incorrectly. It can be hard as a teacher not to correct all the sentences, grammar and spelling mistakes you see and it is fun when you come across a misplaced comma. But, always remember that the cafe owner who misses an apostrophe on the blackboard can probably cook amazing

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Teacher Planner 2017

Teacher Planner 2017

Be organised for 2017 with our Teacher Mega Planner. Check below for all that it includes. This resource is included in a TeachEzy K-6 membership ($36/year) or TeachEzy Early Childhood membership ($32/year) or can be purchased in our shop for $12. The resource comes in 3 formats – PDF, PowerPoint and OneNote. This is a fully EDITABLE resource.                     Also now available in pretty pastel colours – EDITABLE POWERPOINT ONLY This resource is suitable for Australian and New Zealand teachers. Year Level: any Resource Type: Available in  PDF, PowerPoint and OneNote. If your purchase from

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African Animal Art

African Animal Art

This post has been inspired by the successful and amazing artist Alexandra Spyratos. Alexandra divides her time between Bryon Bay and Kenya. She was born in Nairobi and her art has been influenced by her life there. You will find her website here… Take the time to explore her work before trying some of our ideas for the classroom. She also appeared on an episode of Colour in Your Life so you have access to her techniques…this video would need to be hired but is very affordable ($3.93 to rent or $10.50 to purchase). Please note that for copyright reasons we cannot

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Indian Inspired Elephant Collage

Indian Inspired Elephant Collage

  You will need: printouts (under FREEBIES), an elephant from Spotlight (optional – collage whatever you wish), Mod Podge, scissors, paint brush, paint smocks. Plan out your design. You don’t need to be too particular – you can change your mind throughout. Start gluing – at this stage just glue the paper on. This is really messy as you need to press the paper around the body. You may notice a few spots that are not very neat. Cut out some circles and patch them up.  Once the whole elephant is covered, leave to dry for 2 hours and then

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Easy String Art

Easy String Art

You will need: Wool or string, nails, foam boxes, pencils and if you would like to use our outlines, you will find them under freebies on K-6 or Early Childhood. This can be a very cheap activity. We picked up the wool from an Op shop and the nails are cheap ones from a discount store. The nails were pretty weak – wouldn’t want to use them to actually hammer but they were perfect for this activity. We salvaged some Styrofoam boxes from our local grocery store for nothing but you could purchase foam from Spotlight or similar.   The great thing

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The Dry Aquarium Activity

The Dry Aquarium Activity

Dry Aquarium Activity Create this dry aquarium with the kids. Great for a parent gift, ocean studies or World Ocean Day. You will need: rice (a large bag so look for a cheap bulk buy), yellow food colouring, blue food colouring, TeachEzy’s Free printouts, jars (we used vegemite and coffee jars), scissors and glue. Print out the free printouts on TeachEzy K-6 or Early Childhood under FREEBIES. Colour the rice with food colouring. You will need yellow for sand and blue for water. Cut out the fish, eel and coral. Dab a little glue on the front of each picture

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Rocket Craft

Rocket Craft

A simple and quick craft to create rockets to brighten any home or classroom. You will need: Our printouts (free), toilet rolls, glue, scissors, colouring pencils (if using black and white version), red, yellow and orange paper…or whatever colour you wish. You will need to purchase the toilet rolls from the craft store not use from home as many schools do not allow used rolls in the classroom for hygiene reasons. Cut out and glue the printouts to the toilet rolls. You can have children colour their own rocket first using the black and white version. Cut out the rocket

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Mask and Sculpture Art

Mask and Sculpture Art

  We shared the work of Jaime Molina on our Facebook page and were inspired to create some mask and sculpture art ourselves for the classroom. We particularly loved the nail sculptures. Take a look as they are brilliant!! We collected a range of resources and had a great deal of fun. We used nails like Molina did, toothpicks, feathers, straws, pipe cleaners and coloured sticks as decorations. We looked at a variety of masks/sculptures from around the world – Papua New Guinea, Africa, New Zealand and America, but just choose the culture or country you are studying.  The sculptures or masks can be

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TeachEzy Build a 3D Town Free Resource

TeachEzy Build a 3D Town Free Resource

This resource will provide hours of fun for the kids. Great for preschools, schools and home. You will find 32 printouts. One set of 16 are outlines for colouring and the other set is patterned ready to print and use like the buildings in this picture.  You will find: Fire station Police station Ambulance station High-rise  Bank Church School Houses x 3 Cafe Supermarket Library Car-park Service Station Trees * You will need printouts, pencils (or crayons, pens, paints), glue or sticky tape, scissors.  1. Print images of choice onto card. You can print onto coloured card as well for

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DIY Paper Plate Tambourine Craft

DIY Paper Plate Tambourine Craft

  DIY Paper Plate Tambourine Craft This DIY paper plate tambourine craft is a fun and easy activity! It is a cheap way to make your own instruments and can be decorated using any craft items in the classroom. Wonderful for using in assembly performances.     YOU WILL NEED Paper plates, glue, scissors, stapler, bells, ribbon or string, decorating materials. HOW TO MAKE IT Step 1: Decorate two paper plates on the bottom side of the plate. In the example above we have used coloured paper and letters to decorate. Step 2: Staple the two paper plates together with

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Mother’s Day Card and Tea Bag Craft

Mother's Day Card and Tea Bag Craft

Mother’s Day Card and Tea Bag Craft Mother’s Day is quickly approaching so we thought we would provide you with an easy and fun card and tea bag craft. We have done the hard part for you which you can download here! It’s FREE! This craft requires little preparation – just print and add tea bags.     YOU WILL NEED: TeachEzy’s FREE prints, scissors, glue, cardboard for printing, colouring pens, stapler, tea bags. You will also find the free prints on our early childhood site. HOW TO MAKE: The Card Step 1: Print out our vase and flowers onto card

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Programming and Assessment Australia

Programming and Assessment Australia

We have now created a number of resources to help teachers with their programming and assessment requirements. We have provided previews you can downloads to “look before you buy”. These templates have been created to help you get your classroom program and assessments sorted and down on paper or online. PROGRAMMING TEMPLATES The programming templates include: a program cover page, philosophy of teaching template, class profile template, class contact template, planning tools, year overview for all subjects, term overview for all subjects Australian Curriculum, weekly timetable, daily timetable, varies unit plans,  unit evaluation, assessment table, self-assessment rubric for students,  classroom management

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