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Famous Pirates Information Anne Bonny Anne Bonny was one of the two most famous female pirates. Both Anne and Mary Read (the other famous female pirate) fought on a famous pirate ship called Revenge. Famous Pirates of the Bahamas For Kids Blackbeard Edward Teach, known better as Blackbeard, was the fiercest and most feared pirate of all time. He earned the nickname "Blackbeard" because of his long black beard which almost covered his whole face. He would weave hemp into his beard and light it during battle.

Doodle Coloring Pages Print out my Free Coloring Pages. There are a lot to choose from and you are sure to find something that you like. They work great in the classroom as free time activities or theme unit fun. Your kids at home will also have a blast with them. So start exploring and find yourself some coloring fun! From Mandala inspired designs to animal drawings and pirate pages to holiday fun, there are enough designs to keep any coloring fan busy for hours! Writing Myths Lesson Plans: Large creative writing sword templates" This five page banner is included for free in this set of Writing Myths lesson plans. Legendary Stories: Writing Myths Lesson Plans A Knight's Sword Creative Writing Templates Click on the Add to Cart button above to purchase this set of teaching resources.

a year of many firsts: It Was the Perfect Setting! This upcoming week we are learning all about the importance of settings in stories! To help my kiddos fully grasp what setting is, here’s what we’ll be doing: First, we’ll receive a special delivery package from a “ kid world traveler” named Sam. Inside the package, we will find a letter from Sam and many photographs. Sam is a photojournalist, or someone who likes to tell stories through his pictures. St George and the Dragon Story The most famous legend of Saint George is of him slaying a dragon. In the Middle Ages the dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil. The slaying of the dragon by St George was first credited to him in the twelfth century, long after his death.

Every Lined Paper Under the Sun! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed email so you won't miss a thing. Thanks for visiting! With several school-age kids between us, and different teachers with different requirements, Bettijo and I have created quite an impressive collection of printable lined school paper. Perhaps your child’s first grade teacher wants homework to be done on half-inch, primary lined paper? No need to track down and buy a pack, just download and print our template at home for free! Maybe your school is like my son’s and uses the Spalding method?

~*~ Apples of Your Eye! ~*~: Writer's Notebook Organization! I've been using the Writer's Workshop model of teaching and celebrating writing for the last 6 years, but this is the first year that I feel I've got a good grip on how to help my students organize their Writer's Notebooks (WN). This blog will show you some options for organizing WN's and some sample lessons to help you implement the Writer's Workshop model easily. Please visit my TeachersPayTeachers account to support the work I've done here at For everything I sell on the site, I give 10% to and an additional 10% to Food for the Poor. The complete kit is only $3 for all that you see here, plus Writer's Notebook labels and additional information for everything you need to start your Writer's Workshop off on the "write" foot! Here is the cover of my Writer's Notebook. I usually show my students a few of my WN's that I've used over the years (including one from 2nd grade!).

Cross curricular KS2 topic: rocks and soils As many schools work towards redesigning their curriculum, there has been a shift from the prescribed nature of QCA schemes to increasingly personalised units of work. However, what we can’t move away from, at least for the moment, are the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. In the KS2 science curriculum, under ‘Materials and their properties’, lurks the following gem:

How to catch up with marking That mountain of books won't mark itself, so why not follow Peter Greaves advice and turn it into a more manageable molehill? I remember the opening INSET day of my NQT year as if it was yesterday. A new headteacher had been appointed and the first item on the agenda was ‘Vision’. He called us to order and an expectant hush descended… “I don’t do vision,” he declared abruptly. “Plan well, teach well, mark well and you won’t go far wrong.” I was underwhelmed by this lack of inspiration, but as time has gone on, I have come to realise the wisdom that lies in this short statement.

KS1 and KS2 art: be inspired by nature When I was a schoolboy, way back in the last century, one of the things I loved doing seems, well, a little old-fashioned. Nature study, we used to call it, in those innocent years BNC (Before the National Curriculum). At the first signs of the changing seasons, my classmates and I would be sent to explore the distant corners of the playing field, to pounce victoriously on unsuspecting daisies before plucking them out of the soil and sellotaping them into our exercise books. Back in the classroom, we would endeavour to make detailed drawings of our specimens, and I like to imagine that our teacher encouraged us with the words of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin: “I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.”

KS1 & KS2 art: experimenting with paint One hundred years ago, the role of painting underwent a huge change. With the increasingly widespread use of photography, the pressure on artists to record the visual world was lifted and artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miró began to experiment with abstraction. These artists embraced the notion that paint was a material that couldn’t always be controlled, that it could have a life of its own, that it could speak for itself. As a lecturer in art education, I’ve often reflected on the changes in children’s artwork as they grow older. Essentially, children make the same journey as artists like Kandinsky, but in the opposite direction. Imaginative art lessons The IOE's Nicholas Addison offers two imaginative routes you can take to deliver meaningful art and design into the classroom... The IOE’s Nicholas Addison offers two imaginative routes you can take to deliver meaningful art and design into the classroom… In this article I want to look at how primary subject leaders can ensure that children experience art and design as creative and meaningful. One way is to consider the benefits of play in the early years and build on them in primary education and, as such, the examples I look at incorporate playful activities, taking on an imaginative cast through which participants are invited to imagine other worlds.

Creative lesson starters: art & design Sue Cowley shares four ways to put pupils in a positive frame of mind for learning... 1. Emotional Imagery