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Efficient speech: the process of language change

Wassup, bro?Well 'pparently I ain't speakin' right.Will thou ha' the truth on't?We often think that only young people speak in abbreviated forms, but the truth is people have been doing this since Anglo-Saxon times! In this clip discover with Professor Kate Burridge some words that belong to the 'zero plurals' group, why ...

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The future of the book

What is the future for the print book as we know it? Will it ever completely disappear? In this clip from 2010, Behind the News visits schools and talks to students about their use of ebooks (e-books). Find out about some of the ereaders (e-readers) now being used at school and at home and listen to different views on the ...

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Preserving Aboriginal languages

Explore some of the challenges facing many Aboriginal languages and how one man is trying to preserve these 'ancient words'. Consider, too, why languages are important.

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ArtsPOP: Media arts

This is a unit containing material to help teachers plan and implement a middle primary media arts program that looks at multimodal storytelling of traditional stories. It describes a program implemented in a year 4 class that uses media production equipment and techniques including storyboarding to create an ebook of a ...

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ArtsPOP: Classroom advice

This resource provides infrastructure and material to support teachers in the classroom teaching of the arts curriculum in primary school. It contains professional learning and development information and materials to support the management and integration of the arts curriculum under the topics: Managing space, Managing ...

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Rap machine: underwater city

Mix your own rap music. Start with some model lyrics and beats. Change each line to make a new rap about an underwater city. View words in either rap or standard English. Choose a beat. Get a rapper to perform your song. This learning object is the second in a series of three objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Dragon's jumble: dream: three parts

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View three pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'first', 'then' and 'in the end' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden: three parts

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View three pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'first', 'next' and 'finally' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, ...

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Pop star puzzle

Work out what happened to a missing celebrity. Examine clues in a rubbish bin. Note key dates and times of evidence such as a hairdresser's receipt and an invitation. Sort the evidence into chronological order. Use a model structure and sample paragraphs to build your own newspaper article: headline, introduction, summary ...

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Dragon's jumble: dream [Japanese]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as はじめに, そして, それから, おわりに to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, then help ...

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'Threads of a cultural cloth' tapestry, 1992

This is a large tapestry wall hanging handwoven by members of the Spanish Latin-American migrant group in Adelaide, South Australia. Made from woollen yarn in vibrant colours, it depicts a mosaic of Latin-American social, cultural and historical themes and icons. It was made in 1992 as a contribution to the 'America 500 ...

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Birthday buzz - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Explore the title and picture on the cover of 'Birthday buzz'. Then make a prediction about the storyline. Listen to the story and follow as each word is underlined. Find out if your prediction matches the storyline. Put the jumbled events of the story in the right order.

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MoneySmart: Ava makes a difference

This is a digital big book about how a young girl makes and sells pancakes as part of a class fundraising event to help a family whose house has burnt down, and how she learns the importance of helping people in need. Developed as part of the MoneySmart Teacher Package, the story is suitable for children from Foundation ...

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Word Mover - iTunes app

Explore language by moving tiles to create words, phrases, and poems in this sandbox style app. Choose a background then add words from word banks and existing famous works or type in your own. Print, email or save your finished work to the camera roll. Free when reviewed 6/6/15.

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5 and Year 6 English

This unit of work focuses on the influences that impact on safe behaviours in and around tracks, platforms and trains. Guided activities build students' rail safety vocabulary including grammar and word building. Modelled writing activities support students to shape a research-based inquiry investigating factors that impact ...