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Do you want to simplify your physical education lesson planning? This kit provides 35 physical education lesson plans that will last the whole year. Each P.E. lesson is on a separate card to make it easy to take with you no matter where you’re
Subjects:
Physical Education, Health, Coaching
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Games
$8.00
86
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By Top Notch Teaching
Kids love learning about natural disasters. This natural disasters research project takes your students from brainstorming through to reflection. This series of lessons introduces students to informational texts and how to use these texts to find
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Earth Sciences, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.10, RST.6-8.1
$6.50
128
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By Top Notch Teaching
Are you looking for some fun ways to practice and review the qu digraph? Maybe you thought you were all set, but realize your students need more practice. These qu worksheets and activities are easy to follow so are perfect for independent practice
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.3, RF.2.3
$5.00
87
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By Top Notch Teaching
Are you looking for some fun classroom games and brain breaks to re-energize your student and get them back on track for learning? These time-tested classroom games are fun and require NO PREP, so you are ready to go when those blank faces gaze back
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), Classroom Management, For All Subjects
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.00
76
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By Top Notch Teaching
Teaching safety awareness just got more fun for your students — and easier for you. This safety lesson helps your students become familiar with important safety awareness practices and procedures.  Your students work in small groups to read
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Health
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Activities
$5.00
77
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By Top Notch Teaching
Do you have students that need a little extra support to learn the digraph ng? This digraph ng worksheet pack provides READY TO PRINT posters, games and activities that are perfect for independent practice and small group work.***Are you after more
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.3, RF.2.3
$5.00
71
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By Top Notch Teaching
Are you looking for some fun ways to practice and review the th digraph? Maybe you thought you were all set, but realize your students need more practice. These th digraph worksheets and activities are easy to follow so are perfect for independent
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.3, RF.2.3
$5.00
65
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By Top Notch Teaching
Combining fun and games with practice and learning is a win-win situation. That’s why I love to use literacy cootie catchers, sometimes called chatterboxes or fortune tellers, in my classroom. These folded papers are a favorite with kids—and a great
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Phonics
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
RF.1.2b, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3, RF.1.3b, RF.2.3, RF.2.3a, RF.2.3b, RF.3.3
$8.00
58
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By Top Notch Teaching
Do you have students that need a little extra support to learn the sh digraph? This sh digraph worksheets pack provides DONE FOR YOU posters, games and activities that are perfect for independent practice and small group work.***Are you after more
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.3, RF.2.3
$5.00
48
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By Top Notch Teaching
Need some help teaching your students vowel digraphs? Look no further with this READY TO PRINT vowel digraph worksheets packet that will engage your students and make your life easier. The activities and games are perfect for independent practice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.3, RF.2.3
$5.00
50
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By Top Notch Teaching
Keep phonics fun—and easy for you with cootie catchers! Whether you call them cootie catchers, chatterboxes, or fortune tellers, these folded papers are a favorite with kids—and a great way to practice the skills of blending and segmenting
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
RF.K.2d, RF.K.3, RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3
$5.00
62
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By Top Notch Teaching
Are you looking for some fun spelling activities that you can use with any word list? This pack provides more than 20 unique spelling activities that are suitable for any list of words.The spelling activities are part of a spelling learning center
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
L.4.2, L.4.2d, L.5.2, L.5.2e, L.6.2, L.6.2b
$6.50
51
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By Top Notch Teaching
Teaching mental math strategies for addition and subtraction just got more fun for your students — and easier for you. This mental math activities pack comes with posters, activity ideas and games—all ready to print, copy, and laminate as
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Mental Math
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Posters
$5.00
54
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By Top Notch Teaching
Need some help teaching your students the ch digraph? Look no further with this READY TO PRINT ch digraph worksheets packet that will engage your students and make your life easier. The ch worksheets and games are perfect for independent practice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3, RF.1.3a, RF.2.3
$5.00
48
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By Top Notch Teaching
Math lessons just got a lot easier with these DONE FOR YOU telling time task cards and elapsed time task cards that are perfect for math centers. There is a mix of analog, digital and 24-hour time activities to allow your students to review and
Subjects:
Math, Measurement, Word Problems
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
2.MD.C.7, 3.MD.A.1, 4.MD.A.2
$4.50
64
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By Top Notch Teaching
Do you ever get tired of creating engaging digraph activities? I’ve got you covered with this digraph ck worksheets packet. The pack provides PRINT AND PLAY digraph ck games and NO PREP worksheets that are perfect to help you differentiate for all
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.3, RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3, RF.1.3a, RF.2.3
$5.00
37
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By Top Notch Teaching
Are you after more engaging ways to teach myths and legends. This research project takes your students from brainstorming through to producing an information presentation about myths and legends.Your students work in small groups to produce a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies - History
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Research, Projects, Activities
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.4, RL.4.9, RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1, SL.4.4, SL.4.5, SL.5.4, SL.5.5, SL.6.4...
$6.50
33
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By Top Notch Teaching
Are your students struggling to use punctuation correctly? Hang these adorable punctuation posters in your class so your students can refer to them daily. They will save you a ton of time as they’re all ready for you to PRINT AND HANG!Each
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Posters
CCSS:
L.1.2, L.1.2b, L.1.2c, L.2.2, L.2.2c, L.3.2, L.3.2c, L.4.2, L.4.2b, L.4.2c, L.5.2...
$4.00
36
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By Top Notch Teaching
Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading, writing and spelling words that contain digraphs.This pack includes 14 different cootie catchers to help your
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$5.00
34
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By Top Notch Teaching
Do you have students that need a little extra support to learn digraphs? This digraph worksheets bundle brings together more than 200 pages of resources READY TO PRINT and use, covering 10 common digraphs! The digraph activities are perfect to help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
CCSS:
RF.1.2, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3, RF.1.3a
$33.95
27
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hi, I’m Mel! I am a primary school teacher and literacy specialist. I have been a teacher for 15+ years in Western Australia. It’s my passion to provide teachers with time-saving resources that help them thrive.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have a particular interest in helping struggling readers and providing high-quality, evidence-based literacy instruction to help kids flourish. I love being able to work with teachers and provide support. I have previously offered in-class coaching for graduate teachers and mentored teachers across a broad range of topics. I started my blog, Top Notch Teaching in 2012 because I knew so many teachers who were struggling to balance quality and excellence in teaching with time management. I hope, through my resources, to make it easier for you to balance the demands of being a teacher.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I graduated from my teaching degree with first-class honors. I also received the Miles Medal for Excellence in Education (dux of the year).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I completed a Bachelor of Education (primary), first-class honors at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in Perth, Australia, with my husband, Stephen, and daughter, Emily. Emily is my inspiration and chief tester of many of the resources. She's fantastic at providing feedback from a kid's point of view, and she's always willing to try new things. My sister Amanda keeps me to task by editing products and managing my social media.

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