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Resource Pack #4 - Talk for Writing Home-School Booklets
The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. Talk for Writing UK have produced three fabulous collections of booklets for students in Pre-Primary (Foundation) to Year 6. DSF Talk for Writing trainers have adapted these resources for Australian schools. In each series, there's one booklet for each year level. The first series of seven booklets is available now and the second and third series will follow.
Watch the video below to learn more about the booklets and how to use the materials at home to support your child's literacy development.
Talk for Writing Home-School Booklets
Foundation - Year One
Mavis the Magical Cat
Year One - Year Two
Simon Spider - A Tale of Friendship
Year Two - Year Three
The Magical Teaching Box
Year Three - Year Four
The Truth About Trolls
Year Four - Year Five
The King of the Fishes
Year Five - Year Six
Year Six - Year Seven
Doors - The World of Possibilities
Australian Reading Spine
Additional resources to support the teaching and practice of expressive writing can also be found below. Discounts apply for current DSF members.
This book presents a collection of simple to use, multi-sensory games and activities that will jumpstart students' understanding of grammar in action. It includes coverage of the subjunctive and past progressive, selecting which tense is the most definite, identifying when a word is used as a subordinating conjunction / preposition, explaining how a comma can change meaning, and an increased emphasis on the passive.
A good poetry idea should help the children feel excited about writing and enable them to think of what to write - developing their imagination, creativity and writing skills. Jumpstart! Poetry is about involving children as creative writers through writing poems. The book contains more than 100 quick warm ups and ideas that can be drawn upon when teaching poetry but also at other times to provide a source for creative writing that children relish.
Words at Work 1 & 2
Out think your opponents to create the longest and most semantically correct sentences! Learn how words function together to create sentences. Race your opponent in this fast-paced game to learn and match the part of speech. Students will enjoy learning to identify the parts of speech and developing and expanding their sentences through these innovative and cognitive games.
Additional Resource Packs
View all of our previous resource packs below.
Resource Pack # 1 - Phonics
Download these printable cards with alphabet letters, digraphs, trigraphs and vowel teams. The phonics Activity cards are ideal for phonics work in Pre-Primary, year 1 and year 2, or for intervention at any level. Print or stick this resource onto card and then cut along the marked lines to create a a set of cards.
Resource Pack # 2 - Sounds of English
Download these printable cards representing all of the Sounds of English. Print double sided or stick on card to make an easy reference sheet. Have a go pads can be printed single or double sided and the Grammar Booklet is best printed on card.
Sounds of English - Sound Sheets
Sounds of English - Have a Go Pad
Sounds of English - Grammar Booklet
Resource Pack # 3 - Morphemes
A morpheme is an element of speech which carries meaning. These include prefixes, base words and suffixes. Download these printable morpheme cards with Anglo-saxon, Greek and Latin morphemes. These resources can be used for word building activities which focus on word families and Latin word structure. Such activities are perfect for upper primary/secondary students.
Morpheme Activity Cards
Morpheme Activity Booklet
Morpheme Activities - Latin and Greek