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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?

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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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Play inside the letter G

Join our two friends as they stumble across a gift after galloping in the garden. Guess what might be in the gift box. Is it a goldfish, glasses or something else that starts with the letter 'g'?

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Alphabet Town

Take a ride through Alphabet Town. Sing along and spot the things that start with the right letter of the alphabet. 'A' for apple, 'b' for bee and 'c' for cat. What letter comes next? What word starts with that letter? What might we find starting with the letter: 'x', 'y' and 'z'?

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I love the letter B

Meet the brother and sister who love the letter 'b'. One likes ballet, the other likes basketball. Guess which fruit they like? What type of animal might they love? What else do they love that starts with the letter 'b'?

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Fireflies: Letter W

The word 'wings' starts with the letter 'w'. Fly with the fireflies at night through the forest. Spot some animals with wings. What animals might we find?

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Mmm mouth music!

What sounds can you make with your mouth? View this clip to hear the different sounds four musicians make using their mouth only. It is all about the letter 'm' as they play mouth music!

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Big Bird rhymes

Join Big Bird as he thinks of words that rhyme with beep. See who comes to look for her lost sheep. Can you guess who it might be? Her name rhymes with beep!

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Play inside the letter W

Join our two friends as they discover a wand in the woods and use it to make wishes. Guess what they wish for. Here's a clue - everything they wish for starts with the letter 'w'.

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High-frequency words

Here an expert literacy practitioner works with a prep class at Wyndham Park Primary School. She uses a reading workshop to model the teaching of high-frequency words. A number of teaching strategies and resources are used including whole class teaching using a Big Book. She models the benefits of working with small groups ...

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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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Best of ABC Splash - Primary - app for iPad

Get the best of ABC Splash for primary students and teachers all in one app! The app features 50 videos across ten different topics to engage your children or class in a fun new way. All key learning points are mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

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Phonics Fun 4 - iTunes app

Learn letter sounds and rime as you tap pictures and hear letter sounds. Match the letters and sounds to the pictures. Covers 9 letter sounds (a, e, i, o, u, qu, sh, z, v), 5 rimes (ip, ot, x, at, un) in 75 words. Free when reviewed 6/6/15.

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Sight Words by Little Speller - iTunes app

Learn to recognise and spell words on the Dolsch list (the 220 most common English words) by dragging letters to make the word shown. Tap the letters to hear their sound. You can also record your own voice saying the letters. Free when reviewed 7/6/15.