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  • New Writer's Workshop Planning Packs!

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    The Writer's Workshop Unit Planning Pack is everything you need for effective, high impact planning in writing. Download a pack for each year level from Foundation to Year 6. Each pack includes: Notes to guide you through each of the 9 steps in the planning process F-6 Australian Curriculum: English...

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  • Help your kids thrive on Maths at home!

    Posted by Rob Vingerhoets

    Dear Principal, AP, Numeracy Coordinator, Lead Teacher (Numeracy), My name is Rob Vingerhoets and I’ve been a Maths Consultant for over 15 years and have worked in many of your schools. To assist schools with ‘learning from home’ I’ve developed a range of mathematically engaging and worthwhile activities that students...

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  • Reading Calendars

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Over the years I have tried many ways for my Year 3-6 students to keep a record of their reading, but the most empowering and engaging format I have developed is the Reading Calendar. The Reading Calendar is a simple calendar template on which readers can keep a record of...

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  • Triple Treat online!

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    We are very excited to announce that the innovative Triple Treat trios of books are now available online. It is so wonderful that teachers in Pre-school or Foundation can now share all these 36 beautiful books on the big screen and/or children can read them independently on their iPads.  Teachers...

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  • Letter Explorations that Transfer to Reading and Writing

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Involving children in letter explorations helps them learn about the alphabetic system. Such explorations should occur alongside the regular reading and writing activities of the classroom. Letter explorations assist children in: understanding the concept of letters learning letter names of the twenty-six letters in alphabetical order identifying upper and lowercase...

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  • View This Resource in Action!

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Did you know that you can sometimes see photos of Teachific resources in action in real classrooms? Click on a resource and sometimes see the 'View This Resources in Action'. For example see the photos attached to this resource: https://www.teachific.com.au/view/1741/letter-explorations-a-z  

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  • 7 Powerful Ways to Use Personal Word Walls Years 3-7

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    There's an amazing tool that enables your Yrs 3-7 students learn how to spell the words they most frequently use in their writing and understand how words work. It's cheap, it's simple, and it enables personalised investigation and learning. What's the tool? A Personal Word Wall.   Here are 7 powerful...

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  • Irresistible Reading Quotes

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables "Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943 "There is more treasure in books than...

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  • What are Quick Writes?

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Quick Writes are my most favourite writing tool, writing strategy and writing buzz! And I haven’t yet had a student across Years 3-6, across the world, who hasn’t agreed with me. For me Quick Writes are simply one of the most important tools I can add to my writers’ tool...

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  • Newsletter sign up!

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Make sure your colleagues have the opportunity to know about all the amazing resources on Teachific. Get them to sign up to this newsletter at the bottom of the Home Page. Every week there is a different focus in the newsletter. This week it was: Quick Writes: Engaging Students as...

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  • Links to Amazon!

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Did you know that you can sometimes find books that are related to our Teachific resources? Go to the 'Related Books' section if it appears under the product description. Click on the image of the book and go straight to the Amazon (US) store. Of course we encourage you to...

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  • How to Teach Students to Fix Their Reading When Meaning is Lost

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    What strategies can we teach our readers to enable them to fix up their reading when meaning is lost? When meaning is lost and children need to know what to do to continue their reading by themselves, they need to use fix-up strategies. The best way to teach fix-up strategies...

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  • The Teachific Blog is Now Open!

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Our Blog page is now open! Go to it to find useful articles and links to more Teachific resources. See a recent blog on 'How to Develop Knowledge of Letters and Letter Names'.

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  • How to Fill Your Classroom with Texts that Support Young Readers to be Successful

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    A most significant role for teachers in fostering childen's reading development is the provision of a broad range of supportive texts which allow children to read independently and build up a solid history of success as readers. It has long been recognised that one of the most important influences on...

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  • 8 Great Ways to Use a Classroom Library

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Are you looking for better ways to use your Classroom Library? Learn about eight great ways to achieve this   Each book you Read Aloud to the class (or big books used in Shared Reading) can be placed in a special tub/basket at the front of the classroom. Students will flock...

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  • How to Develop Knowledge of Letters and Letter Names

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Involving young childen in instruction that helps them learn about letters, helps them learn about the alphabetic principle. Instruction should assist children in: Understanding the concept of letters. Learning letter names and knowking that the names of letters are constant. Learning the names of the twenty-six letters in alphabetical order....

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  • How to Develop Vocabulary to Support Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    When students are taught vocabulary in a thorough fashion, their comprehension of what they read improves. Your students develop knowledge of vocabulary through extensive reading of text that is rich in new words. Vocabulary can also be increased through explicit teaching. What does explicit Vocabulary teaching look like? Asking your...

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  • How to Support Fluency Development for Strong Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Luke and Freebody (1997) refer to readers as 'code breakers, meaning makers, text users and text critics', and all of these need to be considered when thinking of comprehension instruction. Improving comprehension is not just a matter of teaching your students strategies. Comprehension also depends on: Word level skills (decoding...

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  • Teachific Tips: Search Site Using 'Filter by Name' Function

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    New feature on the Teachific site! We've listened to your feedback, and we now have a new search feature on the site.  You can now type in key words in the 'Filter by Name' box on the left hand side of the resource searching pages and resources with those key...

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  • Teachific Tips: Pay Yearly

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    New feature on the Teachific site! We've listened to your feedback, and you now have the ability to pay a yearly subscription as well as the usual monthly option! The Teachific resources page

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  • Teachific Tips: 'My Dashboard' Function

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Teachific site tips! Did you know that all the resources you download on the Teachific site are kept in My Dashboard which is accessed in the top right hand corner of the homepage! As long as you are a member you never lose this access. If your downloads start to...

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  • A New Toolkit for Conferring With Your Young Readers

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Yay! They’re here! Our Reading Conference Toolkits have arrived. We’ve put together a toolkit of everything you need to run successful Reading Conferences with your students. One for each year level. The ready to print Reading Conference toolkits give you: A routine for conferring with readers, An easy to fill...

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  • A Nifty Planner for Your Literacy Block

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Yay! It's here! Our Gradual Release Planner has arrived. We’ve put together a planner with everything you need to run a successful Literacy Block with your students. See Candace (below) explain how it works in her Year 4,5,6 class at Kaurna Plains School in Adelaide. The ready to print Gradual...

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  • How to Create a Classroom Library

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Yay! At last it's here and completely FREE! The definitive checklist for developing a stunning classroom library. Are you looking to improve your students' reading achievement? Do you wonder whether you are being effective for all students? Classroom Libraries are a great way to start achieving this easily!   Beginning steps...

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  • New Mini-Lesson Flip Charts for Teaching Reading Routines

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Establish your Reading Workshop (Years K-7) with strong routines and expectations to build foundations for reader engagement and growth. Each mini lesson flip chart pack contains: 14 Reading Workshop routines and expectations mini lessons A practical, step by step outline that will help you teach an effective daily Reading Workshop...

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