Sunday, 21 August 2022

Wordle for Kids - Spellie

Are you a big Wordle fan like me? Do you get stuck into Wordle, Quordle, Octordle, Sedecordle or any of the other variants? 

Did you know that there’s a child-friendly version? It’s called Spellie. It was created by a Canadian dad who felt his 5 year old could solve Wordle if it had words within her vocabulary range. This also means that Spellie contains age-appropriate words that don’t thwart their innocence! It has three different levels available daily. Here are examples of yesterday’s daily puzzles: 

EASY:


MEDIUM:


HARD:


It also has the following settings to make it more accessible to students with different needs. 


Though not specifically designed for children, another great Wordle variant is “Worldle” where you have to identify a country when given a silhouette. The site is ad-free so looks to be child-friendly. 

Below is a screenshot, explaining how Worldle works. 

These could be lovely challenges in your classroom. If you’d like QR codes to print so your students can easily access them, click here

If you’d prefer an editable version, click here to create a copy of my file in Google Slides (already set up for A4 paper).


Wednesday, 17 August 2022

FREE International Events Calendar 2022-2023 for Teachers





I've just updated my FREE editable calendar featuring international events taking place in the 2022-2023 school year such as international celebrations, UN events, religious festivals and others...  Feel free to delete what you are not interested and add celebrations related to the country you are in! Some of the events include links to websites about them. 

Download the file for free from my TPT store by clicking here!

The FIFA World Cup will be taking place from 21st November to 18th December. If you're interested in my World Cup resources, have a look at my blog post about those.




Monday, 8 August 2022

FIFA World Cup 2022 Teaching Resources and Activities

The FIFA World Cup is on it's way. It will take place from 21st November to 18th December 2022 in Qatar. If you want to follow it with your class, download this free A3 wall planner where they can record the scores:


FREE FIXTURES WALL CHART:




I've also created a pack with over 100 pages of teaching resources, posters, flashcards, worksheets, sample lesson plans, lesson ideas, bunting, word searches etc. The lesson plans and related resources are most suitable for upper/middle primary school. 





The full contents are:
  • 2 title posters (FIFA World Cup)
  • Groups posters
  • Flashcards with names of each participating country
  • Sweepstake kit
  • Bunting for the children to colour
  • Table quiz questions and answer sheet
  • Maths lesson plan, worksheets and self-assessment sheet
  • English lesson plan and prompt cards
  • PE lesson plan and station teaching cards
  • Science lesson plan
  • Geography lesson plan and project template
  • Visual arts lesson plans and ideas
  • Drama lesson plan and related resource materials
  • Music lesson plan and related resource materials
  • Flag hunt sheet and solution sheet
  • 2 differentiated word searches with solution sheets
Here's an idea of some of the contents:





Some things to note:
-The geography project is in the same format as that of my previous Rugby World Cup/UEFA Euros/FIFA World Cup resource packs
-Some of the objectives in the lesson plans include objectives from the Irish primary school curriculum. These should be easily adaptable to any primary/elementary school curriculum. These are the same lesson plans as in my UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018 packs.

If you're interested in this pack, you can get it for $3.50 (about €3.40) from my TPT store.

If you're an Irish teacher - there's also a separate pack with a leagan Gaeilge (Irish language version) of the posters, flashcards, bunting, project template and sweepstake kit available on its own for $2 (approx €1.95) or as a 166 page bumper pack with this English-language pack for $4 (approx €3.90). See the preview below for some of the contents.




Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Dip Starter Pack 2021-2022

As highly requested following feedback on my "Dip Tips" blog post, I created this Dip Starter Pack to save probationary teachers lots of time, effort and money. I've just updated it for the 2021-2022 school year. I couldn't help myself when making it and went a bit overboard in buying shabby chic and bullet journal style clip art! You'll see that theme running through the pack! :)


Here's what's in the 170 page pack: 
(the preview picture below doesn't show everything! Scroll down to read the full contents.)


PLANNING RESOURCES:
  • Example short-term (weekly) plans
  • Example long-term (termly) plans
  • Example cuntais míosúla
  • 9 cover sheets for your planning and assessment folders
  • Weekly planning checklists (3 sheets, one per term)
  • Editable checklists and information sheets (e.g. homework record, information for substitute teachers, birthday record, etc.)
  • Teacher calendar sheets (August 2021 - July 2022)
  • Editable international Events Calendar (2021-2022)
  • A PDF copy of my "Dip Tips" blog post



ASSESSMENT RESOURCES:
  • Superhero-themed behaviour management tools including an editable token chart, token sheets, an editable behaviour record cover, goal-setting/reflection sheets, a behaviour frequency record with an example and instructions)
  • Two Stars and a Wish self-assessment sheets
  • Self-assessment display based on Marzano's Levels of Understanding
  • Self-assessment sheet based on Marzano's Levels of Understanding



DISPLAY RESOURCES:
  • Laethanta na Seachtaine display
  • Dathanna display
  • Prionta sa Timpeallacht (28 flashcards, 4 posters)
  • Na h-Ábhair Scoile circular display
  • Visual timetable pack (with editable cards)
  • WALT and WILF signs (for sharing objectives and assessment criteria)


Many of these resources are available individually (paid/free) in my TPT store. The total of the paid resources is $18.50. This bundle allows you to save $6.50 as it's priced at $12 (that's roughly €10.60). The example weeklies, termlies and cuntais míosúla are not sold separately. Those are a bonus just for this bundle! So, in summary, for just over a tenner (not a massive investment!) you'll get 170 pages of example plans, planning and assessment templates and classroom displays. 

Here's a closer look at just some of the things that are inside. Click on the images if you'd like to purchase these separately! Many are suitable for non-dip-doing teachers too!


These calendar sheets (not just for dip teachers!):






These bullet-journal inspired, washi-tape filled checklists to help you keep track of your planning (and fulfill your pretty stationery needs!): 




These editable sheets for your teacher folder including a birthday tracker, editable information sheets for substitute teachers, lots of editable checklists that you could use for homework, phonics, spelling test records, recording specific objectives. (Again, not just for the dip!):


   

These pretty dip folder cover sheets (9 of them in total!). I also have editable versions in different styles for anybody not doing the dip:


These superhero-themed behaviour management tools for tackling individual children's behaviour. This pack includes a fully editable behaviour chart with editable tokens, a behaviour frequency record with an example and instructions and a cover sheet and goal-setting/reflection sheet to make a behaviour record book (FYI, my dip inspector loved seeing that record book!):


This prionta sa timpeallacht pack that contains 28 flashcards and 4 posters:


These visual timetable cards (includes editable cards):

 These circular chalkboard-style subject posters as Gaeilge:

This self-assessment chart based on Marzano's Levels of Understanding (with corresponding self-assessment sheets): Here's how it looked in my classroom in the past!
         

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

UEFA Euro 2020/2021 Teaching resources

"The Euros" i.e. UEFA Euro 2020/2021 Competition is on its way. It's taking place from 11th June - 11th July. If you want to follow it with your class, you might like this A3 wall planner where you can mark in the scores. You could also share it with your class through SeeSaw and have your students record the results digitally.



I've also created a pack with 90 pages of teaching resources, posters, flashcards, worksheets, sample lesson plans, lesson ideas, bunting, word searches etc. The lesson plans and related resources are most suitable for upper/middle primary school. 




The full contents are:
  • 2 title posters (UEFA Euro 2020/2021)
  • Groups posters
  • Flashcards with names of each participating country
  • Sweepstake kit
  • Bunting for the children to colour
  • Table quiz questions and answer sheet
  • Maths lesson plan, worksheets and self-assessment sheet
  • English lesson plan and prompt cards
  • PE lesson plan and station teaching cards
  • Science lesson plan
  • Geography lesson plan and project template
  • Visual arts lesson plans and ideas
  • Drama lesson plan and related resource materials
  • Music lesson plan and related resource materials
  • Flag hunt sheet and solution sheet
  • 2 differentiated word searches with solution sheets
Here's an idea of some of the contents:


Some things to note:
-The geography project is in the same format as that of my Rugby World Cup 2019 resource pack
-Some of the objectives in the lesson plans include objectives from the Irish primary school curriculum. These should be easily adaptable to any primary school curriculum

If you're interested in this pack, you can get it for $3.50 (about €2.90) from my TPT store.




If you're an Irish teacher - there's also a separate pack with a leagan Gaeilge (Irish language version) of the posters, flashcards, bunting, project template and sweepstake kit available on its own for $2 (approx €1.65) or as a 138 page bumper pack with this English-language pack for $4 (approx €3.30). 



Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Editable End of Year Memory Book for Remote Learning

 


Hi all,


The end of the school year is approaching for many of us. Last year I got lost down a rabbit hole of pretty clip art and felt so inspired. I decided to make this end of year memory book on Slides. The idea is that anyone doing distance learning / remote teaching / hybrid learning through could share it with their students Google Classroom / SeeSaw. I've just updated it for the 2020-2021 school year.

The presentation is editable so it can be modified to suit your class' needs. There's an editable template side that can be copied and pasted. Of course you could also delete any slides that you don't want. Make it your own before you share it with your students! If you want to share it through SeeSaw, simply download the file as a PDF (File -> Download -> PDF document)

Have a look at this video preview:




If you're interested in it, you can download it from my TPT store by clicking here. 

NOTE: If you already bought it last year, I've updated the file. Just go to "My Purchases" in TPT and download the PDF with the link again.

Monday, 31 May 2021

UEFA Euro 2020/2021 Wall Planner With Fixtures for your Classroom

The 2020 Euros are on the way! In true Covid style, they start on 11th June 2021.  


I've just created a wall planner if you would like to follow the UEFA Euro football competition with your class. You could also share this file with your students through SeeSaw and have them individually fill in the results.


It's just $1 (less than a Euro!) on my TPT store if you're interested. Click here or on the image below to download.