Category Archives: Literacy

Introduction Of The Australian Curriculum

Teacher Brain resources can easily be used and adapted for the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum.

For English, we have many resources that link with different forms of print (eg: visual literacy), how language can be used, and how sounds can be manipulated.

For Maths, we have updated a few of our resources, eg: the 3D Shape Properties grid now contains a column for curved surfaces (changed from just faces). Our resources also allow for opportunities to partition different numbers instead of just Friends of 10, and allows for quality mathematical thinking.

Our resources also cater for Best Start. We have many games and activities for Concepts about Print, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, etc.

Teachers who follow the Language, Literacy and Learning (L3) program also use our resources as they need so many small, independent tasks for their groups.

We have incorporated the Super 6 Comprehension strategies into our resources. You can find downloads for visualising, predicting, questioning and making connections.



Updated Resources for the new Australian Curriculum


Sight Words!

I know we’ve posted about the importance of sight words before, but now we have a full sight word program ready to download and print out!

It has flash cards, home programs, assessments, bingo, games, worksheets, displays, ideas and IWB resources for each grade.

We’ve made up our own lists, but they contain the first 30 sight words and are similar to the magic 100. The words are the most commonly found words in texts, as well as some important nouns that students will come across and need for their writing.

Games, resources, and fun! Oh, my!

Games, resources, and fun! Oh, my!



Spot It Educational Card Game

Have you played Spot It?!
It is our all-time favourite game!
You grab 2 cards and work out what picture is the same on both.

It will seriously blow your mind trying to come up with how there is a matching picture on any 2 cards that you grab, doesn’t matter the order!
It’s about $18 to buy (we even play it with our adult friends)… and now they’ve just released an education series with letters, numbers or sight words!

“The circular cards feature illustrations, numbers, letters and sight words, and
there is always one-and only one-matching symbol between any two cards. Players
search for the match and spot it to win, while building letter, number and shape
recognition and reading comprehension.



Sign Language Resource

Our classes find Auslan (the Australian Sign Language) really interesting.

Whether you have a hearing impaired child, or just want to introduce your students to something new, you may consider Auslan.

There are so many resources available out there, and many youtube clips to get you started.

Children get joy, excitement and fun out of it, as well as using a new skill.

We love this poster, available from here. We use the poster as a Spelling Station during literacy group time.



Sight Word Ideas

From ehow: “Sight words are words that are immediately recognised, and that do not require word analysis for identification. Sight words make up as much as 70 percent of most general text, so they are essential to reading fluency. These words must be learned by memorisation, so children often need interesting activities incorporated into the reading curriculum to help hold their attention and progress their learning.”

Sight words generally cannot be sounded out, hence they need to be instantly recognised.

Quite often, classroom teachers will send home booklets with sightwords in them for parents to work through with their children.

However this is not enough, and it needs to be worked on in school too. Activities need to be fun to keep students engaged. Practise is the key and once the first sight words are mastered, early books can be read as these are the words those books normally contain.

Dolch, Fry’s, Neals, Johnson’s and Primer all have different variations of the words children need to know first.

Our kindergarteners have been having trouble lately, so Sight word games and sight word activities have been added onto Teacher Brain for literacy stations. We had 15 sets of activities printed, laminated (and some cut) in under an hour!

All made so easy!

All made so easy!