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Talking dino - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Select a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. ...

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English Year F with Leanne: Decoding unfamiliar words using onset and rime

In this lesson, you will learn how to decode unfamiliar words by breaking them up into onset (the starting sound) and rime (the ending of words). Leanne demonstrates how to build and read new words by changing the onset. She provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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English Year F with Ms McAlister: Decoding words by segmenting individual sounds

In this lesson, you will learn how to segment words into individual sounds to decode words. Ms McAlister demonstrates how to segment words into individual sounds, blend the sounds together and re-read while enjoying a book. She provides opportunities for you to use your phonological knowledge when reading at home.

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English Years F–1 with Oliver: Syllables

In this lesson, you will learn how to hear and identify syllables. Oliver demonstrates how to hear the beat in words and break up words into syllables to decode faster. He provides opportunities to join in and have a go at identifying syllables at home.

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English Years 3 - 4 with Mrs Jegers: Syllable Surfing

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to monitor your understanding when you're reading. She takes you on a smooth ride, demonstrating how to be a syllable surfer by breaking down larger words by identifying vowel sounds and syllables.

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English Years 3 - 4 with Mrs Jegers: Text Detectives

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to make predictions about the content of a text. She demonstrates five simple prediction steps you can take as a text detective, and she gives you some tips on recognising the key features of an informative text.

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English Years 3 - 4 with Mrs Jegers: Personification Professionals

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to recognise the figurative language of personification. She demonstrates how to visualise an object or animal by giving it a human characteristic, and she gives you some tips on how to be a personification professional creating your own sentences using personification.

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What is spec fic? Rebecca Lim explains

Have you heard of the term 'spec fic'? What is speculative fiction? If you're interested in reading some, why not find out more about the books that Rebecca Lim refers to.

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Rebecca Lim and her writing process

How long does it take to write a YA book? Rebecca Lim fills us in and explains the role reading plays in the writing of her books. Why does she say that having an editor is important? Try challenging yourself to write a story in 100 words.

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Rebecca Lim's advice for writers

Do you want to be a writer? Watch this clip to get some tips from author Rebecca Lim. What are some of the things she suggests? Find out about writing competitions - and enter one!

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Tips for becoming a graphic novelist

Are you interested in creating comics or graphic novels for a living? Listen as graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki shares her tips. Why not take her advice: read widely and start creating and sharing!

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English Year 2 with Leanne: Decoding unfamiliar words using context

In this lesson, you will learn how to use context to decode the meaning of unfamiliar words. Leanne demonstrates how to use clues in the text and illustrations; make connections; and ask questions when reading. She provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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English Years 3 - 4 with Mrs Jegers: Curious Questioners

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to ask questions to identify information from images. She demonstrates the "See, Think, Wonder" routine to help you ask great questions, and she gives you ideas for using the "See, Think, Wonder" routine at home.

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English Years 3 - 4 with Mrs Jegers: Inference Investigators

In this lesson, Mrs Jegers teaches you how to make connections when reading. She demonstrates how to use prior knowledge and clues from her character clue bag to make an inference, and she gives you some tips on how to be an inference investigator by making your own character clue bag.

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English Years F-1 with Mr Meissner: Rhyming

In this lesson, you will learn how to hear and identify rhyming words. Mr Meissner demonstrates how to find rhyming words in a book, and he provides opportunities to make your very own treasure box of rhyming things at home.

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Poetry from the Poetry foundaton - iTunes app

View poems from classic and contemporary poets. From William Shakespeare to T.S. Eliot to Emily Dickinson this app turns your device into a mobile poetry library. Free when reviewed 5/6/15.

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Why is it useful to have a big bad wolf character in stories?

Watch this clip to hear Andy Griffiths explain why it's good to have villains in stories. How can the "big bad wolf" character help to move the story along? Think about some of the stories you've read lately. Which characters were the "big bad wolf" characters and what did they add to the stories? 

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Characters as friends

Do you agree with Morris Gleitzman when he says that characters you create are like friends? How hard do you think it is to put your characters through difficult situations and make them suffer if you feel this way?

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English Year 2 with Annaka: Reading comprehension using inferencing

In this lesson, you will learn how to infer when reading a book. Annaka demonstrates how to comprehend a story by putting together the word clues, picture clues and what you already know. She provides opportunities for you to have a go at home.

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Reading with Rebecca Lim

Watch this clip to find out what author Rebecca Lim liked to read when she was younger. How have these early interests influenced her writing as an adult? Do you get creative inspiration from books you read? What advice does Rebecca give to people who want to be writers?