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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… especially when you are choosing that all-important teacher planner.

There is something comforting about having a teacher planner ready to go for your first day back! It almost feels like everything else you have on your plate will fall into place, once your teaching planner lands on your desk. Right?

How beautiful is our Blush Blooms teacher planner?

The Best Printable Teacher Planner Templates

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with the different teacher planners available? There is no doubt about it – they all look amazing, but do they suit your needs?

Perhaps you are a new teacher and would benefit from one whole page per day to really plan out every teaching session. Or, perhaps you just want a week view on each page. Some of us like to write things down and others would prefer to plan digitally.

Either way, organization is key!

How to Set Up Your Own Teacher Planner

Well, if you’re anything like me… being able to flick through your planner and use a pen and paper makes you feel in control!

We have a huge collection of downloadable teacher planner templates suitable for your needs.

Go through and pick out the templates and style you want, head down to your local print store and have it printed and bound. Voila! It’s usually for the fraction of the cost and it suits your needs!

Choose Your Style!

We have a range of designs to suit what you like! Here are some of our most popular designs:

Vintage Rose Teacher Planner

A collection of vintage roses-themed printable pages for teachers to use when creating a personal school planner.

Tropical Paradise Teacher Planner

A collection of tropical paradise-themed printable pages for teachers to use when creating a personal school diary.

Blush Blooms Printable Teacher Diary

A collection of blush blooms-themed printable pages for teachers to use when creating a personal school diary.

Tranquil Watercolor Printable Teacher Diary

A collection of tranquil watercolor-themed printable pages for teachers to use when creating a personal school diary.

Teacher Planner – Customizable Microsoft Word Templates

Most of our Teacher Planner Templates are now available to download in Microsoft Word to make it really easy to customize and keep your diary digital.

Simply look for the little white arrow beside the big green Download button. If it is available in Microsoft Word you will see the options.

  • Easily type your students’ names and pre-determined assessments into our Assessment Trackers.
  • Type up the details of each term using our Editable Semester Planner Template.
  • Our Daily Overview Template and Weekly Overview Templates are also available in Microsoft Word.
Feeling inspired? Check out our collection of other Teacher Organization Templates.

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Each month, one of the talented designers in the Teach Starter office shows off their skill by designing an amazing animation for Teach Starter.

We are thrilled to present to you our Book Week feature animation! Though Book Week isn’t until August 17th to 23rd in Australia, we knew teachers would be eager to get involved as soon as possible.

For the much-loved event that is Book Week, we couldn’t look further than our brilliant designer, Clayton McIntosh.

 

The theme of Book Week this year is ‘Reading is My Secret Power’. My animation highlights what teachers have gained from reading when they themselves were kids. I believe that teachers really are superheroes, and knowledge is their secret power, developed through reading books when they were younger. This is an important message to pass on to children as we encourage their interest in reading.

Clayton’s Story

I’ve always been creative and I’m always trying different creative things. I really love simple, fun illustration. The more simple and crazier the better! That’s why children’s drawings are the best!

I’ve studied a bunch of things – animation, graphic design, and even social science – but most of what I’ve learned comes from playing around and trying to do new things.

I’ve had a number of different jobs over the years, including working as an animator on two seasons of Pixel Pinkie (a children’s cartoon about a girl who has a digital genie in her mobile phone). I also worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan for 5 years. I enjoyed the work but found myself getting carried away in the planning and designing of worksheets and activities. Towards the end of my time in Japan, I decided I wanted to make resources for kids. Teach Starter has been a perfect fit for me and I’ve worked here for just over a year.

My work mostly involves graphic design, however I’ve also done illustrations and whatever else gets thrown at me!

I love my job at Teach Starter as each day is something different. It’s a fun environment to work in and you get a lot of creative freedom. I love that I get to make stuff for kids and seeing photos of my work being used in schools.

Four Facts About Clayton
  1. I drew the scribbles all over the front page of the new Year 6 – What’s Buzzing? Magazine and Year 5 – What’s Buzzing? Magazine.
  2. I play more Minecraft than a 33-year-old should.
  3. I am becoming very, very addicted to Kombucha.
  4. In my spare time, I draw comic strips. Here are my ten favourites!
Clayton’s Wonderful Work Giant Coloring Sheet (FREE Download)

A large printable coloring sheet for your whole class. Use this 8-page coloring sheet to create a whole-class collaborative mural!

Read some wonderful ideas on how to best use this resource in the blog Resource Alert! NEW Giant Printable Coloring Sheet.

Our Friends in the Pond – Getting to Know You Activity

This resource is perfect as an ice breaker at the start of term.

This download includes a display banner, lily pads with ‘getting to know you questions’ and decorations to help create a cute looking pond display.

Alphabet Craft Activities Teaching Resource Pack  

An amazing collection of activities to assist young students with letter recognition, phonemic awareness and fine motor development from A to Z!

The use of additional art and craft supplies (feathers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, crepe paper) is not essential but is certainly encouraged with these activities!

For Clayton’s other designs head over to his Instagram. Follow more of Clayton’s Domestic Cowboy comics, check them out on Instagram.

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Each month, one of the talented designers in the Teach Starter office shows off their skill by designing an amazing animation for the Teach Starter home page. Well in July, you’re in luck! It may not be a new month, but we already have an exciting new animation to share with you all!

We are thrilled to present to you our Book Week feature animation! Though Book Week isn’t until August 17th to 23rd in Australia, we knew teachers would be eager to get involved as soon as possible.

For the much-loved event that is Book Week, we couldn’t look further than our brilliant designer, Clayton McIntosh.

 

The theme of Book Week this year is ‘Reading is My Secret Power’. My animation highlights what teachers have gained from reading when they themselves were kids. I believe that teachers really are superheroes, and knowledge is their secret power, developed through reading books when they were younger. This is an important message to pass on to children as we encourage their interest in reading.

Clayton’s Story

I’ve always been creative and I’m always trying different creative things. I really love simple, fun illustration. The more simple and crazier the better! That’s why children’s drawings are the best!

I’ve studied a bunch of things – animation, graphic design, and even social science – but most of what I’ve learned comes from playing around and trying to do new things.

I’ve had a number of different jobs over the years, including working as an animator on two seasons of Pixel Pinkie (a children’s cartoon about a girl who has a digital genie in her mobile phone). I also worked as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Japan for 5 years. I enjoyed the work but found myself getting carried away in the planning and designing of worksheets and activities. Towards the end of my time in Japan, I decided I wanted to make resources for kids. Teach Starter has been a perfect fit for me and I’ve worked here for just over a year.

My work mostly involves graphic design, however I’ve also done illustrations and whatever else gets thrown at me!

I love my job at Teach Starter as each day is something different. It’s a fun environment to work in and you get a lot of creative freedom. I love that I get to make stuff for kids and seeing photos of my work being used in schools.

Four Facts About Clayton
  1. I drew the scribbles all over the front page of the new Year 6 – What’s Buzzing? Magazine and Year 5 – What’s Buzzing? Magazine.
  2. I play more Minecraft than a 33-year-old should.
  3. I am becoming very, very addicted to Kombucha.
  4. In my spare time, I draw comic strips. Here are my ten favourites!
Clayton’s Wonderful Work Giant Colouring Sheet (FREE Download)

A large printable colouring sheet for your whole class. Use this 8-page colouring sheet to create a whole-class collaborative mural!

Read some wonderful ideas on how to best use this resource in the blog Resource Alert! NEW Giant Printable Colouring Sheet.

Our Friends in the Pond – Getting to Know You Activity

This resource is perfect as an ice breaker at the start of term.

This download includes a display banner, lily pads with ‘getting to know you questions’ and decorations to help create a cute looking pond display.

Alphabet Craft Activities Teaching Resource Pack  

An amazing collection of activities to assist young students with letter recognition, phonemic awareness and fine motor development from A to Z!

The use of additional art and craft supplies (feathers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, crepe paper) is not essential but is certainly encouraged with these activities!

For Clayton’s other designs head over to his Instagram. Follow more of Clayton’s Domestic Cowboy comics, check them out on Instagram.

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For the Love of Teaching podcast is being praised by teachers for its fresh perspective, inspirational guests and uplifting vibes.

“Every teacher needs to listen to this! So good. Thanks, guys!” -Apple Podcast Reviewer.

Welcome to Australia’s newest podcast by teachers for teachers, where three times a week,  we’re bringing you interviews exploring the issues teachers face, chatting with guests about current educational trends and telling the stories of real-life teachers.

Take a look at what’s been happening on For the Love of Teaching:

Real Teacher Talks  – Released Every Sunday Don’t Hold Me Down – Mikey B on Mastering Mindfulness

Mikey Berezny is a young teacher with a ton of ambition. At the age of 28, his accomplishments include beginning his own business, living his dreams as a rapper, and inspiring his students to strive for success through social and emotional wellbeing. But Mikey didn’t always feel successful or valued. Join me as he shares the pivotal moments in his adolescence which diverted his path to success, and the way he’s been able to recover from the negativity and doubt he felt coming from people he thought he could trust – his teachers.

Mikey now uses his past experiences (good and bad), and the professional and personal learning he’s undertaken, to show students that with the right mindset and a set of unwavering core beliefs, they too can live their dreams.

Sustainability in the Classroom with Emma from Teach Starter

Join me as I chat with Teach Starter blogger Emma about all things green. Emma takes us through some alarming stats, interesting info and helpful ways teachers can reduce plastic waste in the classroom.

Download your FREE copy of Classroom Practices to Promote a Green Future!

Practical Guided Reading Tips with Holly from Teach Starter

Before Holly Mitchell became Teach Starter’s content marketer in 2015, she was an energetic and enthusiastic Year Two teacher! Holly LOVED teaching reading and went on to develop Teach Starter’s famous Guided Reading Folder Resource Pack. Listen to Holly tell you how to set up guided reading easily and effectively in your classroom!

Check out her blog, Guided Reading Folder Templates | The Must Have Teaching Tool.

The Buzz – Released Every Monday

Here at Teach Starter, we love motivating, supporting and building up teachers. The Buzz is like a friendly chat with a couple of your teacher mates about the funny, awkward, tricky and unexpected moments teaching throws at us all. If you need a laugh to start your week, join me with Jill (one of the co-founders of Teach Starter) as we talk teacher-to-teacher about what’s on all of our minds.

This month we talked about sustainability in the classroom for Plastic Free July, gave teachers some tips for managing the back to school blues after the holidays, and what it’s like being a teacher-mum!

Friday Funnies with Mr D – Released Every Friday

Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is a passionate educator with a quirky sense of humour. He’s been featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show and proclaimed one of her “favourites”. Find out why one of the world’s biggest comedians can’t get enough. Mr D is honest, upfront and a little bit rude, and shows us all that teaching can be fun.

This month had a particularly foody theme, and things got really gross. Listen at your own risk (or don’t if you’ve got a weak stomach!) as Mr D shares his student’s theory on where hot dogs come from and tells the tale of when he unknowingly ate something which was definitely not fit for human consumption!

Coming Up on For the Love of Teaching:

There’s so much in store for our amazing listeners. Coming up on the show soon:

The delightful Cath Williams is an incredible teacher who has committed her entire working life to the profession. Cath’s seen many theories and practices come and go (and some come back again), and she’s taught with passion, enthusiasm, and fun for thirty years. In her first episode, Cath talks all about her experiences balancing teaching with motherhood, the sacrifices she made and the guilt she felt, and the ultimate reward she felt after successfully navigating her dual roles. In episode two, Cath chats with me about digital technologies in the classroom and how the web has connected herself and her students with peers around the globe.

Ben Lewis, who although was once a secondary teacher, has been lead on a divergent path and is now the Director of the Indigenous Access Program at St Catherine’s College in Perth, called Dandjoo Darbalung. This inspiring leader spends his days supporting young indigenous people in their pursuit of tertiary education at Perth’s five major universities.

Do you know an inspiring everyday teacher who we should feature on the podcast? Contact me: podcast@teachstarter.com

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For the Love of Teaching podcast is being praised by teachers for its fresh perspective, inspirational guests and uplifting vibes.

“Every teacher needs to listen to this! So good. Thanks, guys!” -Apple Podcast Reviewer.

Welcome to the newest podcast by teachers for teachers, where three times a week,  we’re bringing you interviews exploring the issues teachers face, chatting with guests about current educational trends and telling the stories of real-life teachers.

Take a look at what’s been happening on For the Love of Teaching:

Real Teacher Talks  – Released Every Sunday Don’t Hold Me Down – Mikey B on Mastering Mindfulness

New Jersey’s Mikey Berezny is a young teacher with a ton of ambition. At the age of 28, his accomplishments include beginning his own business, living his dreams as a rapper, and inspiring his students to strive for success through social and emotional wellbeing. But Mikey didn’t always feel successful or valued. Join me as he shares the pivotal moments in his adolescence which diverted his path to success, and the way he’s been able to recover from the negativity and doubt he felt coming from people he thought he could trust – his teachers.

Mikey now uses his past experiences (good and bad), and the professional and personal learning he’s undertaken, to show students that with the right mindset and a set of unwavering core beliefs, they too can live their dreams.

Sustainability in the Classroom with Emma from Teach Starter

Join me as I chat with Teach Starter blogger Emma about all things green. Emma takes us through some alarming stats, interesting info and helpful ways teachers can reduce plastic waste in the classroom.

Download your FREE copy of Classroom Practices to Promote a Green Future!

Practical Guided Reading Tips with Holly from Teach Starter

Before Holly Mitchell became Teach Starter’s content marketer in 2015, she was an energetic and enthusiastic Year Two teacher! Holly LOVED teaching reading and went on to develop Teach Starter’s famous Guided Reading Folder Resource Pack. Listen to Holly tell you how to set up guided reading easily and effectively in your classroom!

Check out her blog, Guided Reading Folder Templates | The Must Have Teaching Tool.

The Buzz – Released Every Monday

Here at Teach Starter, we love motivating, supporting and building up teachers. The Buzz is like a friendly chat with a couple of your teacher mates about the funny, awkward, tricky and unexpected moments teaching throws at us all. If you need a laugh to start your week, join me with Jill (one of the co-founders of Teach Starter) as we talk teacher-to-teacher about what’s on all of our minds.

This month we talked about sustainability in the classroom for Plastic Free July, gave teachers some tips for managing the back to school blues after the holidays, and what it’s like being a teacher-mum!

Friday Funnies with Mr D – Released Every Friday

Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is a passionate educator with a quirky sense of humor. He’s been featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show and proclaimed one of her “favorites”. Find out why one of the world’s biggest comedians can’t get enough. Mr D is honest, upfront and a little bit rude, and shows us all that teaching can be fun.

This month had a particularly foody theme, and things got really gross. Listen at your own risk (or don’t if you’ve got a weak stomach!) as Mr D shares his student’s theory on where hot dogs come from and tells the tale of when he unknowingly ate something which was definitely not fit for human consumption!

Coming Up on For the Love of Teaching:

There’s so much in store for our amazing listeners. Coming up on the show soon:

The delightful Cath Williams is an incredible teacher who has committed her entire working life to the profession. Cath’s seen many theories and practices come and go (and some come back again), and she’s taught with passion, enthusiasm, and fun for thirty years. In her first episode, Cath talks all about her experiences balancing teaching with motherhood, the sacrifices she made and the guilt she felt, and the ultimate reward she felt after successfully navigating her dual roles. In episode two, Cath chats with me about digital technologies in the classroom and how the web has connected herself and her students with peers around the globe.

Ben Lewis, who although was once a secondary teacher, has been lead on a divergent path and is now the Director of the Indigenous Access Program at St Catherine’s College in Perth, called Dandjoo Darbalung. This inspiring leader spends his days supporting young indigenous people in their pursuit of tertiary education at Perth’s five major universities.

Do you know an inspiring everyday teacher who we should feature on the podcast? Contact me: podcast@teachstarter.com

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For the Love of Teaching podcast is being praised by teachers for its fresh perspective, inspirational guests and uplifting vibes.

“Every teacher needs to listen to this! So good. Thanks, guys!” -Apple Podcast Reviewer.

Welcome to Australia’s newest podcast by teachers for teachers, where three times a week,  we’re bringing you interviews exploring the issues teachers face, chatting with guests about current educational trends and telling the stories of real-life teachers.

Take a look at what’s been happening on For the Love of Teaching:

Real Teacher Talks  – Released Every Sunday Don’t Hold Me Down – Mikey B on Mastering Mindfulness

Mikey Berezny is a young teacher with a ton of ambition. At the age of 28, his accomplishments include beginning his own business, living his dreams as a rapper, and inspiring his students to strive for success through social and emotional wellbeing. But Mikey didn’t always feel successful or valued. Join me as he shares the pivotal moments in his adolescence which diverted his path to success, and the way he’s been able to recover from the negativity and doubt he felt coming from people he thought he could trust – his teachers.

Mikey now uses his past experiences (good and bad), and the professional and personal learning he’s undertaken, to show students that with the right mindset and a set of unwavering core beliefs, they too can live their dreams.

Sustainability in the Classroom with Emma from Teach Starter

Join me as I chat with Teach Starter blogger Emma about all things green. Emma takes us through some alarming stats, interesting info and helpful ways teachers can reduce plastic waste in the classroom.

Download your FREE copy of Classroom Practices to Promote a Green Future!

Practical Guided Reading Tips with Holly from Teach Starter

Before Holly Mitchell became Teach Starter’s content marketer in 2015, she was an energetic and enthusiastic Year Two teacher! Holly LOVED teaching reading and went on to develop Teach Starter’s famous Guided Reading Folder Resource Pack. Listen to Holly tell you how to set up guided reading easily and effectively in your classroom!

Check out her blog, Guided Reading Folder Templates | The Must Have Teaching Tool.

The Buzz – Released Every Monday

Here at Teach Starter, we love motivating, supporting and building up teachers. The Buzz is like a friendly chat with a couple of your teacher mates about the funny, awkward, tricky and unexpected moments teaching throws at us all. If you need a laugh to start your week, join me with Jill (one of the co-founders of Teach Starter) as we talk teacher-to-teacher about what’s on all of our minds.

This month we talked about sustainability in the classroom for Plastic Free July, gave teachers some tips for managing the back to school blues after the holidays, and what it’s like being a teacher-mum!

Friday Funnies with Mr D – Released Every Friday

Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is a passionate educator with a quirky sense of humour. He’s been featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show and proclaimed one of her “favourites”. Find out why one of the world’s biggest comedians can’t get enough. Mr D is honest, upfront and a little bit rude, and shows us all that teaching can be fun.

This month had a particularly foody theme, and things got really gross. Listen at your own risk (or don’t if you’ve got a weak stomach!) as Mr D shares his student’s theory on where hot dogs come from and tells the tale of when he unknowingly ate something which was definitely not fit for human consumption!

Coming Up on For the Love of Teaching:

There’s so much in store for our amazing listeners. Coming up on the show soon:

The delightful Cath Williams is an incredible teacher who has committed her entire working life to the profession. Cath’s seen many theories and practices come and go (and some come back again), and she’s taught with passion, enthusiasm, and fun for thirty years. In her first episode, Cath talks all about her experiences balancing teaching with motherhood, the sacrifices she made and the guilt she felt, and the ultimate reward she felt after successfully navigating her dual roles. In episode two, Cath chats with me about digital technologies in the classroom and how the web has connected herself and her students with peers around the globe.

Ben Lewis, who although was once a secondary teacher, has been lead on a divergent path and is now the Director of the Indigenous Access Program at St Catherine’s College in Perth, called Dandjoo Darbalung. This inspiring leader spends his days supporting young indigenous people in their pursuit of tertiary education at Perth’s five major universities.

Do you know an inspiring everyday teacher who we should feature on the podcast? Contact me: podcast@teachstarter.com

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Calling all Grade 5 teachers! You asked and we delivered. The Grade 5 What’s Buzzing? magazine for students is hot off the press and ready for you to download. This magazine for students is literally bursting with high quality, content-rich pages. Tell your students to hold onto their hats because they are in for a treat!

 
The Greatness of the Grade 5 What’s Buzzing? Magazine

So, what makes this magazine so exceptional and unique? Where should I start?

This magazine for students is packed full of articles pitched perfectly for Grade 5 students. Oh, and did I mention that it is curriculum aligned? Most importantly, the topics and subject matter have been chosen with Grade 5 students and their interests in mind.

Our brand new Grade 5 – What Buzzing? magazine for students is…

  • brimming with fascinating and engaging articles
  • designed to use in conjunction with Grade 5 Magazine task cards
  • written specifically for Grade 5 students
  • bright, bold, and beautifully illustrated
  • presented as a digital text or printable
  • perfect to explore with more confident Grade 4 students or less confident Grade 6 students.
Fascinate and Engage Your Students

There is something for everyone within the pages of our Grade 5 magazine – What’s Buzzing? It includes multiple genres and covers a wide range of topics. This magazine for students has been designed to spark interest in Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education and more!

Kids love magazines because they offer bright and bold illustrations and bite-sized articles. Magazines appeal to a wide range of ability levels and make easy work of differentiation. Most of all, magazines are fun and nurture a love of reading.

Text Type Heaven

In our Grade 5 What’s Buzzing? magazine for students, you’ll find ten different text types and structures to develop reading comprehension.

With a click of a download button, you’ll have the following texts at your fingertips:

  • Within (poem)
  • Letter to the Editor (opinion)
  • How to Make a Twirling Spinner (procedure)
  • The Loudest Sound in the World (narrative)
  • Human Histories: Sensational Scientists (biography)
  • K-9ine (advertisement)
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About the Amazon Rainforest (factual)
  • Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Find Your Sport (comic)
  • Species Snapshot: Narwhals (informative)
  • Earth Watch: From Fires to Flooding (explanation).

For more insight into the importance of exposing your students to different text types, read my blog, 10 Text Types for Upper Grades | FREE Teaching Resources,

What’s Buzzing? Comic Strip

Do you have reluctant readers in your class? Providing magazines for students and comics could be the answer. So, with this in mind we have included an engaging comic strip Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Find Your Sport. This fun and engaging comic strip carries the important message to give things a try!

Students benefit from reading comics because of the way in which they:

  • encourage the use of inference (students have to infer what has not been written)
  • slow down skim reading (students are forced to slow down in order to fully understand what’s happening)
  • support less confident readers with less text and bold illustrations
  • tackle sensitive topics in a fun way
  • support reading comprehension for students with additional needs such as dyslexia and autism.

Check out our Comics collection for more engaging comics that your students will love. Why not use our Blank Comic Strip Template, and encourage your students to create their own comic storyboard?

Poem – Within

Our Grade 5 – What’s Buzzing? magazine for students includes a heartfelt poem –Within.

Within was written by one of our very own Teach Starter Resource Producers, Stephanie. The poem tackles the sensitive topic of inclusion and offers a thought-provoking insight into the mind of a young girl who feels a bit different. The careful use of language, rhythm, and rhyme will enable your students to draw the important message from the poem.

By using this text in conjunction with the corresponding Grade 5 magazine – What’s Buzzing? Task Cards, you can use this article to explore writinglanguagecomprehensionreading strategies, and higher-order thinking skills.

Grade 5 What’s Buzzing? Magazine Task Cards

The new Grade 5 – What’s Buzzing? magazine was created to use in conjunctions with a set of Grade 5 What’s Buzzing? Magazine Task Cards. These time-saving task cards take the stress out of your literacy planning and are perfect to use as English Group Activities and Reading Group Activities.

The five sets of task cards can be used in countless ways and address the areas of:

For more information and ideas on successfully setting up literacy groups read Holly’s blog, 40 Activities and Ideas to Set up Literacy Groups in Your Classroom.

Spread the word among your tribe that the Grade 5 What’s Buzzing? magazine for students is out! And of course, don’t miss the Grade 6 Magazine – What’s Buzzing? (First Edition)

Which Grade group will be next?

Share your What’s Buzzing? appreciation on Instagram #teachstarter And don’t forget to follow us at @teachstarter_texas!

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Book Week is finally within a glimpse and boy, are we excited here at Teach Starter! As a teacher, you either love a good dress up, or you don’t! There doesn’t seem to be an in-between. But, coming from an avid dress up lover, Book Week is the perfect time to get creative and make your students smile.

Of course, this year’s Book Week 2019 theme is – Reading is My Secret Power… which lends itself to a bit of a superhero dress-up…

Paul, our Resource Manager in his element! (he’s on the right)

The Best Book Week Dress Up Ideas For Teachers

We have searched #bookweekishere and found a collection of easy yet effective costume ideas, as well as some totally outrageous ones. So, without further ado…

Oh, There’s the Green Sheep!

How absolutely adorable does @missodowlingteaches look as the Green Sheep?

We’ve seen this around the ‘gram a bit and vaguely remember @miss.goodytwoshoes also dressing up as the Green Sheep.

You can stick cotton wool onto an old dress and then spraypaint it green for this effect.

But, Where’s Charlotte?

How awesome does this look? @teachingwithmissbee said it was a pretty easy DIY project and she paired it with a sparkly, grey spider in her hair. Her students were very amused with one saying…

“Miss, Charlotte’s crawled into your hair!”

Oh My, Alice!

How absolutely insanely amazing is this costume of Alice when she grows into big Alice?

@teachingcreative has definitely got creative with this Book Week costume!

Sam I Am!

We can’t get enough of @missfoskett costume from last year! She was one of our best-dressed winners last year and each time we look at this photo it makes us smile!

Who Has the Golden Ticket?

Well, Mrs. G from @little_learners_big_ideas certainly has the golden ticket with this awesome costume!

So clever – all you need is some black paint and a piece of cardboard. Voila!

Seatbelts Everyone!

Apart from the cutest ‘Thing 1’ we ever did see! We absolutely love @yearthreeshenanigans dressed up as Ms. Frizzle!

Look at Those Shiny Scales…

How stunning does @teachingwithcrayonsandsparkles look?

This looks super fancy but seems pretty easy to make if you have the time. Cut out the scales from fabric and use hot glue to stick them on an old t-shirt.

Get a piece of elastic that will fit around your waist and then cut out strips of different fabric or tulle and tie them on to the elastic to create a skirt!

Get some sparkly face paint and voila. You’re done!

Little Miss Tidy

Any of the gorgeous Little Miss and Mr. Men book characters could easily be created just as @little_miss_cs_classroom has done using some cardboard and extra accessories.

Paper Bag Princess!

Who couldn’t love the book The Paper Bag Princess? @teachingonthegc has the right idea dressing up as the Paper Bag Princess, all you really need is some brown paper and a crown!

I Quit!

The Day the Crayons Quit is a popular book and how cute does @miss.goodytwoshoes look in her crayon costume with her sign?

Teach Starter Past Teachers

Here’s the delightful Emma from the Content team dressed up as none other than Snow White.

But, who’s that in the background?

And, here’s our wonderful Royce from the Resource team donning another superhero-inspired costume…

We’d love to see your creations! Share them on Instagram @teachstarter #bookweekishere.

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It’s tempting to think that if you label everything in your classroom (I mean everything) and spend hours creating astounding classroom displays, that your first day of school will run smoothly. I’m sorry to break it to you, but while these things are important, they are not imperative. The most important things to plan for the first day of school are ways to connect with your students and to build relationships.

Let’s be realistic, the first day of school is a bit of a blur. It’s over in a flash. Your greatest plans are often disrupted by the unexpected.

Having one or two structured activities and a good children’s book up your sleeve will put everyone’s mind at ease.

Choose a Children’s Book

There are so many important things to do with your new students on the first day of school. However, when I sit back and think about what made a big difference for my students and me on the first day of school, I think of reading a good children’s book.

Reading a good book to your class on the first day of school is a bit like sharing a pot of tea – it brings everyone together.

Take the time to choose an age-appropriate children’s book now and you’ll be ready to go! Think smart and choose a book that delivers an strong message.

The picture book Fergus and Delilah shares an important message for children about friendship and inclusion. The story shows children that everyone is ‘wired’ a little bit differently and that everyone needs a friend to play with at the park or in the school playground. For more information on this wonderful book read our blog Autism | Inclusion in the Classroom.

For more book choice ideas and a list of some of the best ‘starting school’ books around, read our blog 10 Picture Books and Activities About Starting School

Write a Meet the Teacher Letter

As part of your preparation, take the time to write a simple Meet the Teacher Letter to introduce yourself on the first day of school.

Letter writing is a great way to show that you care deeply for your new students. While it would be wonderful to write a handwritten letter for each of your students, this is probably not the most time efficient way to communicate with your class. Instead, downloading our time-saving Meet The Teacher Letter – Editable. Set yourself up for the first day of school by following these simple steps:

  1. Customize the content of your letter and add a photo.
  2. Print off multiple copies (1 for every student).
  3. Seal the letters in individual envelopes for each student.
  4. Place the letters on student desks on the first day of school.

Alternatively, print one large copy and display it on a classroom notice board or on the classroom door.

Take a Teacher Selfie

For a quick and easy way to connect with your students on the first day of school, take a selfie. Your new students will love to know that you don’t take yourself too seriously and that you too can take selfies!

  1. Take a fun selfie of yourself.
  2. Print off an enlarged copy or work with a digital image.
  3. Choose from our Editable Page Borders Teaching Resources and give your photo a border.
  4. Get ready to display it on your classroom door on the first day of school.

Prepare to be Funny

In the time it takes to press a download button, you can be ready to go with jokes that make any first day of school funny.

Some teachers think that it’s a mistake to show you have a soft side on the first day. I disagree.

Experience has shown me that having a joke and a giggle with your class on the first day helps to build relationships and to make a connection with your students. Not only is showing your funny side reassuring for your students, it also provides your students with a sneak peek of how much fun can be had when the class works in harmony and your expectations of classroom conduct are met.

Give yourself a head start for the first day of school now,  by downloading our Jokes for Kids PowerPoint. The jokes included in this teaching presentation are kid-friendly, relatable and the perfect teaching tool to use in an awkward first day of school moment.

 
Choose an Active Game

Prepare for the first day of school now and download your pick of our amazing Brain Break Active Game Resource Pack. Your new students are likely to find adjusting to the constraints of the classroom setting a challenge after a long holiday and will be grateful for the chance to get up and active.

Pick an ‘All About Me Activity’

Perhaps this is a bit predictable, but the notorious All About Me Activities deserve a mention. These activities give your students a voice and an opportunity to share information about the things that they love, their interests and information about their family. Here a are a couple of smart picks for early years students that double up as awesome classroom displays

All About Me Number Accordion

Don’t miss this hot off the press All About Me Numbers Accordion that is perfect for early years students. This fun activity is ideal to use during the first week of school and encourages students to introduce themselves while thinking about numbers. This is one of my top picks because it can be used as a formative assessment to reveal your students’ ability to write their own name and numbers 0-10.

This template comes in different boy/girl designs to best fit the little people in your class.

Use this template to create an accordion by following these simple steps:

  • Choose from the selection of boy and girl designs.
  • Read aloud each incomplete sentence. Explain how to complete each sentence.
  • Ask your students to shade the face of the template to look like themselves. You might like to use craft materials.
  • Cut along the dotted line.
  • Fold along the bold lines to create an accordion.
  • Display in the classroom by hanging with pegs along a length of a string.
All About Me Pennant

I love the simple idea of asking your class to create All About Me Pennant . Get organized for the first day of school now, by hitting download and printing enough for one per student.

Make your first homework assignment fun and easy by asking your students to bring a small photograph of themselves in from home.

Plan a Fun Desk Activity

A fun desk activity is a great way to start the first day of school. An independent desk activity that requires minimal teacher instruction, will you have a chance to catch your breath and give your students a clear direction.

Why not choose from our huge Word Search Collection. Alternatively, create your own word search using our Create Your Own Wordsearch Widget.

Tag a Take Home Activity

Students and parents alike, love a take-home activity on the first day of school. Be smart and choose an activity that is easy for your students to complete independently and without much teacher instruction.

With early years in mind, we have created a brand new Starting School Chatterbox. 

This fun template is ideal to use during the first week of school and encourages students to:

  • learn how to spell their teacher’s name
  • get their clothes ready the night before school
  • pack their backpack the night before school
  • learn the names of two people in their new class
  • read to an adult at home
  • introduce themselves to a classmate
  • draw a map of their classroom
  • show an adult how to hold their pencil.

For a comprehensive guide to making your first day of school seamless, read Holly’s brilliant blog  The First Day of School: A Fail-Safe Guide for Teachers.

Share your first day selfies on Instagram #teachstarter

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Calling all Year 5 teachers! You asked and we delivered. The Year 5 What’s Buzzing? magazine for students is hot off the press and ready for you to download. This magazine for students is literally bursting with high quality, content-rich pages. Tell your students to hold onto their hats because they are in for a treat!

 
The Greatness of the Year 5 What’s Buzzing? Magazine

So, what makes this magazine so exceptional and unique? Where should I start?

This magazine for students is packed full of articles pitched perfectly for Year 5 students. Oh, and did I mention that it is curriculum aligned? Most importantly, the topics and subject matter has been chosen with Year 5 students and their interests in mind.

Our brand new Year 5 – What Buzzing? magazine for students is…

  • brimming with fascinating and engaging articles
  • designed to use in conjunction with Year 5 Magazine task Cards
  • written specifically for Year 5 students
  • bright, bold and beautifully illustrated
  • presented as a digital text or printable
  • perfect to explore with more confident Year 4 students or less confident Year 6 students.
Fascinate and Engage Your Students

There is something for everyone within the pages of our Year 5 magazine – What’s Buzzing? It includes multiple genres and covers a wide range of topics. This magazine for students has been designed to spark interest in Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education and more!

Kids love magazines because they offer bright and bold illustrations and bite-sized articles. Magazines appeal to a wide range of ability levels and make easy work of differentiation. Most of all, magazines are fun and nurture a love of reading.

Text Type Heaven

In our Year 5 What’s Buzzing? magazine for students, you’ll find ten different text types to develop reading comprehension.

With a click of a download button, you’ll have the following texts at your fingertips:

  • Within (poem)
  • Letter to the Editor (persuasive)
  • How to Make a Twirling Spinner (procedure)
  • The Loudest Sound in the World (narrative)
  • Human Histories: Sensational Scientists (biography)
  • K-9ine (advertisement)
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About the Amazon Rainforest (factual)
  • Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Find Your Sport (comic)
  • Species Snapshot: Narwhals (informative)
  • Earth Watch: From Fires to Flooding (explanation).

For more insight into the importance of exposing your students to different text types, read my blog, 10 Text Types for Upper Years | FREE Teaching Resources.

What’s Buzzing? Comic Strip

Do you have reluctant readers in your class? Providing magazines for students and comics could be the answer. So, with this in mind we have included an engaging comic strip Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Find Your Sport. This fun and engaging a comic strip carries the important message to give things a go!

Students benefit from reading comics because of the way in which they:

  • encourage the use of inference (students have to infer what has not been written)
  • slow down skim reading (students are forced to slow down in order to fully understand what’s happening)
  • support less confident readers with less text and bold illustrations
  • tackle sensitive topics in a fun way
  • support reading comprehension for students with additional needs such as dyslexia and autism.

Check out our Comics collection for more engaging comics that your students will love. Why not use our Blank Comic Strip Template, and encourage your students to create their own comic storyboard?

Poem – Within

Our Year 5 – What’s Buzzing? magazine for students includes a heartfelt poem –Within.

Within was written by one of our very own Teach Starter Resource Producers, Stephanie. The poem tackles the sensitive topic of inclusion and offers a thought-provoking insight into the mind of a young girl who feels a bit different. The careful use of language, rhythm and rhyme will enable your students to draw the important message from the poem.

By using this text in conjunction with the corresponding Year 5 magazine – What’s Buzzing? Task Cards, you can use this article to explore writinglanguagecomprehensionreading strategies and higher-order thinking skills.

Year 5 What’s Buzzing? Magazine Task Cards

The new Year 5 – What’s Buzzing? magazine was created to use in conjunctions with a set of Year 5 What’s Buzzing? Magazine Task Cards. These time-saving task cards take the stress out of your literacy planning and are perfect to use as English Group Activities and Reading Group Activities.

The five sets of task cards can be used in countless ways and address the areas of:

For more information and ideas on successfully setting up literacy groups read Holly’s blog, 40 Activities and Ideas to Set up Literacy Groups in Your Classroom.

Spread the word amongst your tribe that the Year 5 What’s Buzzing? magazine for students is out! And of course, don’t miss the Year 6 Magazine – What’s Buzzing? (First Edition)

Which year group will be next?

Share your What’s Buzzing? appreciation on Instagram #teachstarter

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