Sunday, 19 April 2015

ANZAC Day reading comprehension bundle based on 3 picture books - on sale

For your chance to win a copy of my latest resource (59 pages) with higher order reading comprehension activities for three picture books about dogs in World War 1, please follow me on blog lovin' (button on the right) and leave a comment with your email address below, and I will chose three winners at random. 

I had a lot of fun putting this resource together and it's the largest one I have made so far.  
I have discounted it from $9 to $7.50 in honour of the 100th year of ANZAC Day.

The three picture books are:
  • "The ANZAC Puppy" 
  •    by Peter Miller

  • "The Red Poppy"
  •     by David Hill

  • "Caesar the ANZAC Dog"     by Patricia Stroud  


This bundle includes:
  • Synonym snap game
  • Adjectives cut & paste activity
  • Character traits
  • Story mapping
  • de Bono's thinking hats
  • Philosophy for children reflection - empathy, courage & enemies
  • The Four Resources Model & close reading teaching notes
  • Figurative language (personification & similes)
  • Song lyrics
  • How to make a poppy pin
  • Compare & contrast Venn diagrams (including a triple Venn)
  • QR code comprehension questions
  • Mapping
  • Close reading - Dogs at War
  • Research & information report scaffold and links.
It showcases some of my approaches in my other resources on TPT that support higher order thinking and intellectual demand in the teaching of reading, all together in the one resource.

Some of these links show the important role that dogs had during World War 1:

I have pinned other ideas for ANZAC Day on my pinterest board here:

You can find out more about my ANZAC Day higher order thinking reading comprehension bundle in my TPT store or by clicking on the images above.  Just print and teach :)  

These truly are some of my favourite picture book titles for ANZAC Day

Don't forget to leave a comment below with your email address if you would like to win a copy of this huge bundle for studying dogs in WW1, as part of ANZAC Day studies.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Close reading and the Four Resources Model for NAPLAN preparation

Happy Easter everyone!  Back in January I blogged about my work linking the Australian research on the Four Resources Model with the U.S. research around close reading.  You can read those blog posts here and here.

Today I would like to share with you another resource that links the Four Resources Model and close reading, but is specifically designed for NAPLAN preparation (NAPLAN is Australia's National Testing in Literacy and Numeracy).   The focus text is a poem which comes from a previous Year 5 NAPLAN reading magazine and has been reproduced with permission.  

Instead of practising past tests, this resource provides prompts for each of the four resources, to support multiple re-readings of the text for different purposes and higher order thinking.  The resource also includes graphic organisers to scaffold students' thinking and QR codes for inferring vocabulary.  Other vocabulary and figurative language activities are also included.

You can find out more here or my clicking on the image above.


Freebody, P. & Luke, A. (1990). Literacies programs: Debates and demands in cultural context. Prospect: Australian Journal of TESOL, 5(7), 7-16. 

Lehman, C., & Roberts, K. (2014). Falling in love with close reading: Lessons for analysing texts - and life. Portsmouth, NH.: Heinemann.

NAPLAN Year 5 Reading Magazine 2010