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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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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.

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Population modeller: seagrass

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a seagrass ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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Dressing up [Italian]

Explore clothes worn in Italy to school, for skiing or for carnival time. Identify clothing items suitable for each activity. Follow instructions to dress a boy or girl. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

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Dressing up: carnevale [Italian]

Explore clothes worn in Italy for different activities and identify clothing items suitable for carnival time. Follow instructions to dress a boy or girl. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Naming the nation's capital, 1913

This is an official government document concerning suggestions from members of the House of Representatives for a name for Australia's new federal capital. There are four columns headed 'No.', 'Name', 'Date' and 'Suggestion'. The document is titled 'SUGGESTED NAMES FOR FEDERAL CAPITAL CITY / FROM MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT'. ...

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The me generation - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore what it means to be part of the 'me generation' through looking at identity, what defines the 'me generation', the influence of the media, advertising, new technology and social and political issues that are considered personally relevant. Students compare these influences and issues ...

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Dugong and whale distributions off Australia's coast: dataset

This is a map that provides a visual representation of the distribution of dugongs and several species of whales in the waters off the coast of Australia. The map shows the migration paths, breeding and resting areas of whales, as well as the density of dugong populations. A blue scale indicates the bathymetry (depth) of ...

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Chief mourner's costume

This is a mourning costume worn in the Society Islands (French Polynesia) in the late 1700s. It consists of an apron and a mask. It is made from pearl shell, wood and feathers, and was collected from the islands during Captain James Cook's second voyage into the Pacific.