Miss Galvin Learns

December 7, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Freebie Friday, Good News … & a FLASH sale!

Just a quick post for some GOOD news and a freebie!

So, my good news is that I was just able to purchase AMAZING seats for Cirque du Soleil when my friend and I travel to Las Vegas in January. I cannot express how excited I am! In 20 days time I will be leaving Melbourne and heading for the U.S. and I can’t wait. I loved my time there a few years back and I’ve been dying to visit again! (Shh! I’m already plotting a third trip to a few different states in a few years time!)

And now, for the most important part of this post… (ok, equally important!):

2 roll, stamp & add activities with a fun Christmas theme. (For use with 2x 6-sided OR 2x 10-sided dice.) Click the image below to download from TpT!


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And… because I’m in such a good mood, I’m having a


at my TeachersNotebook store.

Everything’s 40% Off!

For the next 24 hours only!


November 24, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Super Saturday!

It’s hard to believe that there is just 20 more (school) days until the end of the teaching year.

First thing on Monday morning I think I’ll make Count-down Paper Chains with my students so that we can display them on our back wall and count down the days until the end of the year. (I promise to take a photo!)

Not only that, but next week we have our final Prep Transition session (for the 2013 incoming Prep children) and I’ll finally get to meet my students… and find out whether I’m teaching Prep or Prep/1 next year! (That’s actually an important bit of information!) It’s all very exciting. I’ve been involved in 3 out of the 4 Transition sessions this year, and they’re a lovely group of students. Next year will be great!

Don’t forget: I have my ‘sneaky’ Giveaway ending in just a few hours – it’s easy to join in and you can win your choice of one of my paid products on TpT/TN!

However – I do have a fabulous freebie for you today, just in time for Christmas!

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A new, FREE font – MGL Write Well for Santa 

Click on the image to download it!

And don’t forget – 2 fabulous sales over the next few days!

Up to 35% off my TeachersNotebook Store. (24/11 – 26/11)

Up to 28% off my TeachersPayTeachers Store(26/11 – 27/11)

I also snuck a new item into both stores last night – an early Valentine’s Day craft (or even just to celebrate the wonderful people in our lives!):

Find on TeachersNotebook and TeachersPayTeachers

November 5, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Mad Monday Maths & 2 Freebies

… or at least that’s what I’d call it if I’d had my class today (and not a Curriculum Day).

I humbly bring you a new product and a freebie to match.

Purchase on TeachersPayTeachers or TeachersNotebook

For those of you who are not familiar with the BUMP games – they’re simply an addition game using 2 dice to find a total. Students cover up the total on the board with a counter. If their partner also rolls that number they can BUMP the person off!

Great addition practise for young students.

This pack features 7 themed BUMP boards – veggie garden, garden insects, rainbows, Autumn leaves, pumpkin patches, Easter and owls. (All, save for the owls, have a blackline version included.)

The first 2 people to leave a comment with their favourite Maths game will get a free copy of this pack! (Don’t forget to leave your email address!)


Click here to download a free BUMP game board




Tomorrow is the Melbourne Cup (hooray for public holidays for horse races!), and to celebrate with my students we’ll be designing names for race horses, designing jockey jumpers, and writing about the long weekend (my kiddos will have had 4 days off!) on Cup-inspired paper. Click here (or on the pic above) to download this freebie!

Please note that these files are for your personal and classroom use only. Please do not distribute or share this file.

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and don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! Lots of great prizes to be won!


October 26, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

A-Z Silly Sentence Sorts Pack & End of Year Freebie

Available on TeachersPayTeachers and Teachers Notebook (coming soon)

Silly Sentence sorts is a collection of 26 alliterative sentences that have been mixed up. When read out loud they sound very ‘silly’ and young students get a great kick out of recognising that it doesn’t make sense!

These would make a great addition to literacy center rotations – younger students can use the complete sentence strip as a reference when rebuilding the mixed-up words, while more capable students can piece it back together using their knowledge of sentence structure.

These look great on coloured card stock, or simply pasted into Literacy workbooks.

I hope that you find a place for them in your resources!

A-Z Silly Sentence Sorts (TpT)

A-Z Silly Sentence Sorts (TN)

Good grief – the end of year (here in the Southern Hemisphere, at least) is fast approaching. Soon we’ll be reflecting on our year-long learning journey.

It is available with Australian spelling and American!


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October 19, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Label the Trick-or-Treaters Pack & Friday Freebie

I’m having so much fun with labelling kits – they’re a great way to reinforce adjectives – and I had to make a set for Halloween using Nikki’s beautiful Halloween Kidlettes clipart. It was an exclusive bundle she released last weekend and it’s just adorable!

The pack contains 6 colour AND black & white labelling mats for trick-or-treaters in fantastic animal costumes.

The black & white mats can be printed and copied (either individually or onto coloured card stock and laminated for re-use. The colour ones could be laminated and used multiple times with whiteboard markers.

Super-cute and super-fun! Just in time for the Halloween holiday season.

You purchase it on TpT and Teachers Notebook.

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And, because I love you guys so much, I’ve also included a freebie in the Preview file.

Click on the picture above to take you to TpT for the free download!

However, the first 2 people to leave a comment and their email address will get a copy of Label the Trick-or-Treaters for FREE!

What’s your favourite Halloween costume?

October 12, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Label the Superheroes Packs & some freebies!

What a week!

Despite my best intentions, I’ve just been flat-out busy for this first week of term! (And we’re already a week down – only 10 weeks until the end of the year. How quick has the time flown!)

My class had a fabulous, but exhausting, week. We had our school dance where my lovely littlies danced a Barn Dance (waltz), the Heel-and-Toe Polka and the Virginia Reel. (Not to mention the Macarena, the Time Warp, the Nutbush and many, many more dances!) They loved it so much we’ve had repeated classroom dancing sessions dancing the Barn Dance in my room!

And then today we had our House Swimming Carnival and that was the usual mayhem!

Phew! I’m ready to rest!

But not until I share with you 4 new items in my TpT and Teachers Notebook stores. (There are freebies attached to all of them, I promise!)

As a self-confessed comic-book junkie, Nikki’s clipart just stole my heart and whispered to me until I made something with it. My students love labelling mats, so it was just a match made in heaven.

Each labelling activity comes in colour and black and white. I even included pages for Australian and American spelling (and one day I’ll do a post on my thoughts on that!). These look so great printed in colour and laminated. Perfect for a unit on adjectives, as a center, or just for a rainy day!

Purchase on TeachersPayTeachers or Teachers Notebook

(Download the PREVIEW from either site for a free labelling mat or click the image below!)

Pack #1 includes Avengers characters – my class may or may not have picked up on my love here! Find Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow in this pack!

Purchase on TeachersPayTeachers or Teachers Notebook

(Download the PREVIEW from either site for a free labelling mat or click the image below!)

Pack #2 includes Marvel comics characters: Spiderman, Spidergirl, Spiderwoman, She-Hulk, Wolverine, Storm and Jean Grey.

Purchase on TeachersPayTeachers or Teachers Notebook

(Download the PREVIEW from either site for a free labelling mat or click the picture below!)

Pack #3 is DC Comics inspired: Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Catwoman, Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash.

Purchase on TeachersPayTeachers or Teachers Notebook

(Download the PREVIEW from either site for a free labelling mat or click the image below!)

Finally, a mega pack, containing all 3 packs of superheroes! Perfect for all your little super-friends.

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Download the previews and take a peek (altogether you get 5 free labelling mats).

Who’s your favourite superhero?

October 5, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Ladybug Letter Match & Freebie Friday

Today has been a lovely day – even considering it’s the last day of the holidays. Here in Australia we have one more term until the end of the year, and this term is looking like it’s going to be BRILLIANT.

Next week we have our School Dance (my Prep/1s look gorgeous dancing the Heel-and-Toe Polka, the Virginia Reel and a Waltz – I can’t wait to see them in their special performance) and our House Swimming Carnival (I need to dig out something yellow to wear for my House team this year). My class is also about to hit 1000 blog viewers (they’re very excited about the class party that will follow). We’ll celebrate the official opening of our new school building, celebrate Halloween, Spring, Summer and fit our normal curriculum in, too!

Busy, busy, busy.

But on to some resources that I’ve been making!

This week I completed a new activity pack for Prep (equivalent to Kindergarten) learners. It’s called Ladybug Letter Match (featuring uppercase and lowercase letters), and features cute ladybug clipart by Graphics from the Pond, perfect for the start of Spring – or just for some colour!

This pack includes uppercase and lowercase letter cards for each letter of the alphabet, plus an assortment of recording sheets that can be used alongside the cards. I’m happy to add extra recording sheets if anyone needs specific ones added, too!

The cards can be used for sorting activities, as flashcards, or even for spelling (just print multiple copies of each letter).

Purchase on TpT or Teachers Notebook (Download the preview for a free recording sheet!)

So, technically this is the second freebie in this post (see above), but I just can’t resist!

As we come back from holidays on Monday we do our usual holiday recount writing. Only… doing it the same way as always didn’t seem like the way to start such a great term. We’re going to think about our holidays from a different perspective – using our senses.

Today’s freebie includes 4 writing templates for you to use with your students.

Simple boxes to help students sort (and order) their thoughts – available with 2 or 3 lines.

Students can write their names on the line (so it reads ‘On Stefanie’s Holidays’) or you could reinforce the sight words ‘my’ or ‘the.’ Also, the difference between the 2 pages is in the last box – you have a choice of ‘I touched’ or ‘I felt.’

Click on the image above (or this link) to download these free writing templates!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! 

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