September 19, 2020

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A Sweet New Teaching Unit, Award Winning Resources & A Poster

Yes - You Guessed It! The picture puzzle from last week's newsletter was Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. We had quite a few teachers guess this correctly but there could only be 1 winner of the Year's Free Teaching Units and Poster Prize and that person is revealed below.

In  our newsletter this week we have a blog on gamifying research using paper planes, some free activities for 2 ALA Schneider Award winning books and a new poster to encourage creativity in your students.

This week's blog is from Shane and outlines a creative fun way to gamify your teaching of research. Using paper planes, speed and group competition your students will love this activity and you will love seeing them all on task and having fun. Click on the image below to read the article on the Learn From Play site. 

The Schneider Family Book Awards are part of the annual ALA awards ceremony in which the Caldecott and Newberry Prize winning books are announced. The Schneider Family Award honours an author or illustrator who has shon a light on disability and how it affects children, adolescents and their families.

Covering a range of obvious and hidden disabilities Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor invites children who are “curious about other kids" to "just ask.” Based on the premise that our differences are what make us stronger and that each child's unique contribution helps their garden grow.

The second set of resources this week is for A Friend For Henry by Jenn Bailey. This book looks at one child's struggle to make friends in pre-school and how Henry being on the autism spectrum means his best efforts are often misunderstood by his small classmates. Click on either image to access the resources for that book.

Our winner of the Year's Free Teaching Units and Posters Membership is Andrea Lockwood. She can now access all the resources for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and the wonderful new poster shown below. To see the resources for yourself click on the winning voucher below.

Our Teaching Units and Posters Members and our Premium Members will be excited to see this new poster that we have added this week. Yet another way to brighten your classroom and inspire your students.

We will be taking a 2 week break for the school holidays but as always if you have any questions,  feedback or content suggestions for areas of the curriculum that you would like to see gamified send me an email. In the mean time, please help us grow our Learn From Play teaching community by sharing the site with your colleagues so everyone can benefit.

Rachel McCann

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