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Goodies to share

I was notified (22.5.12)  that I need to attribute the source of the new AC and AusVELS templates that I’ve developed under the Creative Commons licence it has.

“Reproducing the F–10 Curriculum (but not the AusVELS logo or VELS logo), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia (CC BY NC SA) licence.

So: please note that any templates or units of work on this site which include any reference to VELS, AusVELS or the Australian Curriculum are hereby attributed to VELS, AusVELS or the Australian Curriculum.

All the work that I have done on them is freely given, one professional to another, and may be copied, shared or modified as much as you like, but you’d better attribute the VELS, AusVELS or the Australian Curriculum bits if you do.


From the  Australian Curriculum Literature & Research units for the Primary Library page, you will find links to resources for

  • the Foundation Year (called Prep in Victoria)
  • Years 1 & 2
  • Years 3 & 4 and
  • Years 5 & 6.

From those pages you will be able to download the resources I have developed:

  • Planning Templates
  • Units of work
  • Rubrics
  • Personal Learning Journals
  • Worksheets

From the CBCA Shortlisted Books Resources page you can find various worksheets I’ve developed for ‘one-off’ lessons.

From the Films Follow-Up page, you can find activities and worksheets designed for follow-up after films shown in the library.

From the Literature Templates page, you can find all purpose templates, which you can adapt for different books.  I am building up this resource so that activities use strategies for the development of thinking skills.

From the Library Worksheets page, you will find worksheets for picture book activities which are designed to teach SLAV Primary Library program skills Levels 1-4 (Prep-Year 6).  (From there you can also find the link to the CBCA shortlisted books activities).

Other units that I’ve developed with colleagues and which I have their permission to share can also be found on the Australian Curriculum Literature & Research units for the Primary Library page.

NB These resources are in various stages of development. I am not very interested in tidying things up for publication, so they are not exemplary, but just the way they were when I last designed or edited them. (Every time I teach a unit  or work, I change something.) Feel free to use them, but please acknowledge their authorship, and email me via the comments box below if you would like to share some of your resources in return.

PS If you find any of these resources interesting and decide to download them, could you please leave a brief comment? This page generates lots of traffic, but without any feedback, I don’t know who the visitors to the site are, so I don’t know whether to bother adding more resources to it.

14 Responses to “Goodies to share”

  1. adam myors said

    Wow, you have been very busy. I am very impressed with all of the work that you have been abe to achieve on line.

  2. Maureen Farrell said

    Lisa what great resources and you are so generous to share it with all. Did you create the planning document that you have used or did you pruchase it from somewhere? I’m still working out how to do hyperlinks in Word. Well done.

  3. Lisa Hill said

    Hello Maureen, thanks for the feedback:)
    Re the planning document: I went to an ICTEV PD ages and ages ago and they generously shared the original, but I have adapted it so much since, that they probably wouldn’t recognise it any more.
    Hyperlinks are easy once you understand headings and bookmarks…which MS Word do you use? 2002? or 2007?

  4. Lisa Hill said

    I’m a little out of practice with Word 2002, but from what I remember basically what you need to do is one of two things: highlight the text and use Insert/ Bookmark in a place where you want to hyperlink to OR select the text and then use Style and select one of the Headings. Then when you click the hyperlink symbol (the earth with a chain around it) you select Place in this Document as a place to hyperlink to, and a menu of your bookmarks and/or headings will come up.
    I *hate* Word 2007. I used to be quick and skilful with 2002 and have had to learn all kinds of things all over again because of the way they have changed it!

  5. joanne fisher said

    Thank you for organising the template. It’s great! I’m sure there will be a lot people who will appreciate the work you’ve done.

  6. Maureen Farrell said

    Hi Lisa
    I plan to use a modified version of your personal Learning Jopurnals. Thank you so much

  7. Lisa Hill said

    You’re welcome, Maureen!

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  10. Wll said

    G’day Lisa, Thanks heaps for your wonderful resource, I’ve used Stories Around the World and Scary Stories and the kids loved Library so much more. The Stories fitted in perfectly with out multi-cultural unit and we saw an increase in the n umber of kids borrowing books!
    This term I have a Year 1 class (they haven’t had library before) and I’m wondering whether you do an introduction to the library when they first come; where to find books how to look up the name and shelf spot etc??or what is your method for getting them used to finding their way around the library?
    Thanks again,

    • Lisa Hill said

      Hello Ellie, thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it:)
      Our little ones start library in Prep (4-5 years old) in their first week of school, and so I start very gradually with them, you could probably go much faster with Year 1 (5-6 years old?).
      All my classes line up outside the library with their books in their bags, and I say the same thing to all of them: Open up your library bag and have a look inside to see if there’s any of MY books in there. (MY books, to distinguish them from take home ‘readers’ issued by the class teacher). If you have, put them on the check-in desk as you go past, and put your library bag in the tubs. (Two large plastic tubs with plastic cartoon shapes on them, one for boys and one for girls.)
      At the first lesson I just read Preps a story, and then they do a simple photocopied sheet which says (in cursive print) ‘We use clean hands in the library’ and then they trace around their hands and draw fingernails on it. That probably doesn’t sound as if it would take an hour, but by the time we’ve cover the stuff about how library rules are pretty much like classroom rules (hands up etc.), listening nicely at story time (‘We listen and we think and we talk at the end’), read the book, talk about the book etc., and then put out the pencils and line up to get the worksheet, that takes ages with Preps. We also talk about how library books are different – they look different because they have barcodes, and big letters on the back and the spine, and they’re covered in plastic, and they all belong to the library. And children can take them home and read them but they have to keep them in a special place at home so that the dog/cat/little brother doesn’t damage them, and they have to bring them back next week. (Actually they borrow for two weeks, but I am aiming for them to return and change them every week so I don’t tell them that.)
      Packing away the pencils takes even longer LOL, and then there’s standing behind the chair, and dismissal blah blah! (They don’t start bringing their own pencil cases till term 3 so until then I have 12 boxes of coloured pencils, 3 boxes x 4 tables.
      Our Preps don’t borrow on their own, they have buddies and if you can wangle this, I really recommend it. The Year 3 & 4 classes are timetabled to back onto the Prep lesson, so the big kids stay for 15 minutes, help the little ones find their books, bring them to the desk and help with the borrowing, and then they read the story with each other, and at pack up time they see the borrowed book safely into the library bag. They all love doing this, and for our ESL children it’s ideal for them to hear the story before they take it home.
      If you can’t do this, I’d suggest having a selection of books on a table or bench to start with and doing the borrowing 6-8 children at a time while the other ones are drawing their favourite page or whatever, it needs to be something you don’t have to correct or help with at least in the beginning. When you do start with the shelves, again, limit them in some way so that you don’t have them all diving into a small space and books going everywhere.
      My Preps are only allowed to borrow from the picture section which is quite separate from non-fiction. And they borrow one book only till the borrowing routine is well-established. They’re allowed two books in Year one.
      Over time I introduce them to the shelving system as they learn that the big letter on the back of the book and the spine tells us where to put it.
      I introduce ‘true books about true things’ in term 2 when we do the Prep wild animals unit’ but they don’t borrow them, they only borrow picture books. Then in year one, I introduce non-fiction when I teach the traditional tales unit. I walk them down to the shelves and show them where the fairy tales are – and at the same time I tell them that there are other books there about dinosaurs and cars etc. and they can borrow them soon too. Unfortunately my circulation desk is not within eyesight of NF, so I have learned the hard way to restrict the shelves they can access so that I don’t come back to find books all over the place or worse, re-shelved in the wrong place.
      Ellie, I’m starting to think I should have made my reply into a blog post!
      Let me know if there’s something else you need to know.

      • Sue Buttrey said

        Hi Lisa, How do you do so much? Awesome.
        I am a TL in a public school in NSW. Trying to find/create an easy planning and recording template. I work with Pre School – Year 6. I am going to borrow some of your ideas.
        Thanks heaps.

        • Lisa Hill said

          Hello Sue, lovely to meet with you here and very happy to share.
          I hope you find some stuff that’s useful, I’m just about to upload a new Year 5&6 unit for Ulysses which my students loved.

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