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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the use of vocabulary in familiar contexts related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school (ACELA1437)

Elaborations
  • building vocabulary through multiple speaking and listening experiences
  • discussing new vocabulary found in texts
  • bringing vocabulary from personal experiences, relating this to new experiences and building a vocabulary for thinking and talking about school topics
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Vocabularies

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Sound and letter mysteries in the Magic Bag

Abracadabra and hocus-pocus! The Magic Bag has common blends and digraphs, including 'ch', 'all' and 'ink', as well as alphabetical order and commonly used words.

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Can you guess the mystery sound?

Join Harry Spellbound as he tries to win a prize on a game show called The Mystery Sound. Can Harry use the three word clues to guess the mystery sound? Can you?

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Bob Peep's missing sheep

Charlie Syntax, from the Word Squad, is lost in a field. He asks for help from Bob Peep who fell asleep and lost his sheep. See what happens when Charlie and Bob look for clues. Will they find the thief who stole Bob's sheep?

Teacher resource

Language, learning and literacy in the early years

This teacher resource describes the Language, Learning and Literacy (L3) program implemented in New South Wales public schools to address early disparities in children's language, reading and writing. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Next steps; Lessons learned; Research base; ...

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The case of the stolen letters

Join Word Squad detectives Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon as they try to catch a letter thief. Mr X has been stealing letters from signs around the city. In this clip you'll see which letters have already gone and watch some letters going. Can you guess which letter will go next or work out where Charlie goes?

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Is it today or tomorrow?

Discover all you need to know about today and tomorrow from the expert who knows everything. Don't wait until tomorrow if you have time today. You must watch this clip now, before today becomes yesterday!

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What happened to her hanky and his cravat?

Discover what goes wrong when Ian the magician performs a cutting trick using things that belong to Natalie and Banjo. The magician ruins her hanky and his cravat. Can he fix their things? See how the words 'his', 'her' and 'their' are used in this clip.

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The mystery of his and her tissue paper

Prepare to be amazed, as Ian the magician performs a surprising trick with two pieces of tissue paper. Rachel's is yellow and Steven's is green. Keep your eyes on the tissue so you don't confuse hers with his.

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Alphabet tricks and mysteries

The adventures of the Word Squad detectives, Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon, continue. Ian, the magician, performs a trick with alphabet cards and a singer performs an alphabet song. These clues help the detectives solve the stolen letter mystery. Can they stop the thief in time?

Interactive Resource

My PlayHome - iTunes app

Play and experiment with all the elements of this interactive doll's house, including people, pets, food, furniture and appliances. There is something to do in every room. Act out a story, talk with others about what you see and do, or discuss what is the same and different about this house and your own home. Free when ...

Teacher resource

Playing with texts

This teaching resource contains a variety of interactive activities that will engage your early years students with narrative and informative texts. Use its selection of enjoyable game-based learning experiences to explore text types, characters, settings, narrative sequencing, story mapping and strategies for adding meaning ...

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MoneySmart: Pancakes can make a difference

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the mathematics, English and science curriculums around a student fundraising event. The resource is intended for the early years. It consists of 15 student activities supported by teacher notes on the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of the unit. Student activities include ...

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GeogSpace: Language of geography

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice in a support unit on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. Illustration 1 examines the processes of reading and writing using a variety of texts and resources. Illustration 2 supports the development of required knowledge and understandings ...

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On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...

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The Go family

Have you met the Go family before? Old man Go, his wife Going and their two children, Goes and Gone, all live together with their cousin, Went. Find out what happens when Went goes away. Can the Go family live without Went?

Interactive resource

Yia hara! About me: what is my name?

Listen to a girl ask people 'What's your name?'. Notice that she chooses words according to the person she is talking to. Listen to a Greek phrase and match it to the person likely to have said it. Score points for each correct answer. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: the art of communication: retelling personal experiences

This curriculum package provides Foundation year teachers with information, activities and resources for a term plan for: extending children's vocabulary and skills for retelling personal experiences; developing reading-like behaviours; and experimenting with writing. It includes a detailed initial two-week program to determine ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: rules and routines: social language

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in Foundation with information, activities and resources for the first term's work. It includes an initial two-week program to determine students' needs. The focus is on school-based oral language and social behaviour. The first two weeks model a suggested daily routine, ...

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Principals as Literacy Leaders Project

This teacher resource describes the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) professional learning strategy aimed at strengthening the capability of school principals to bring about improvement in the reading abilities of students in low socioeconomic status and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The resource ...