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  • Conferring with Readers: Assessment Rubrics

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Conferring with students is a unique and significant opportunity to learn about what a student is doing as a reader/writer as we engage with them side by side during the Reading Conference. This resource, Conferring with Readers: Assessment Rubric, allows you to have a comprehensive eye on the child as...

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  • Conferring With Reader Prompts

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Conferring With Reader Prompts Find out what your readers know about the act of reading with these 5 really good questions/prompts. Have them handy when you confer with each student individually, or during the Reflection/ Share Time. Or glue the sheet into their Reader's Notebook, ready for when you meet...

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  • I Can't Said the Ant

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    I Can't Said the Ant by Polly Cameron, 1961 (old as me) and a favourite, is a perfect poem for writing innovation. We’ve been talking a lot about poetry in podcasts and this is one of those poems that has danced along with me through childhood and into adulthood. A...

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  • The Motivation to Read Profile - Survey for Students

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Designing effective and engaging instruction means considering the motivational needs of students. The Motivation to Read Profile: Survey for Students is a tool that supports teachers in creating motivating classroom contexts for literacy. Students who are engaged have their eyes on what they are doing, are ardently attending to the...

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  • Teaching Poetry: Mini Lessons

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    This resource, Teaching Poetry: Mini Lessons presents a range of Mini Lesson ideas K-6 to transform your teaching of poetry: from hearing it, to exploring it, to collecting it, to enjoying it, to creating it. The seven categories of Mini Lessons: Reading & Enjoying Poetry Collecting Poems Reading Like a...

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  • Standardised Tests - Preparing Students

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Included in this resource pack 'Standardised Testing - Preparing Students' is: NAPLAN/PatR reading tips for helping students do their best on multiple choice questions NAPLAN/PatR reading top 10 suggestions for embedding test-taking skills into the Reading Program NAPLAN/PatR reading prompts to teach readers how to find specific information in texts...

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  • Question Answer Response - Resource Sheets

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Included in this resource 'Question Answer Response - Resource Sheets' are:  4 Question Types Right There Questions Think and Search Questions Author and You Questions On My Own Question These tips/prompts are featured on our Teacher's Toolkit for Literacy podcast, episode 23. Enjoy!

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  • Reading Comprehension Prompts: Flip Chart Yrs 3-4 and Yrs 5-6

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Reading Comprehension Prompts: Finding Specific Information in Texts, Yrs 3-4 and Yrs 5-6 This flip chart resource has a focus on 'Good Readers Find Specific Information in Texts.' It can be enlarged to A3 and made into a handy chart for easy reference and display to students. Purpose: To support...

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  • The Teacher's Toolkit for Literacy

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    The Teacher’s Tool Kit For Literacy is the free podcast for motivated teachers and school leaders who want the latest tips, tricks and tools to inspire their students and school community in literacy learning.  Literacy experts and founders of Cue Learning, Sharon and Phil Callen, along with their special guests,...

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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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