All teaching resources from The O'Brien Press

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Fireman Sinead

Written by Anna Donovan, Illustrated by Susan Cooper

Sinead has decided what she will be when she's big – a fireman. There are no women fireman everyone tells her, but Sinead doesn't listen …
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Activity sheet 1: based on pages 6-9
Activity sheet 10: draw pictures based on main events in the book
Activity sheet 2: what do kids want to be?
Activity sheet 3: based on pages 10-14
Activity sheet 4: based on pages 15-21
Activity sheet 5: based on pages 22-27
Activity sheet 6: based on pages 28-35
Activity sheet 7: based on pages 36-41
Activity sheet 8: based on pages 42-49
Activity sheet 9: based on pages 50-59
Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Sinead the Dancer

Written by Anna Donovan, Illustrated by Susan Cooper

Sinead wants to learn dancing, but what type? Irish dancing? Ballet? Sinead just doesn't fit in. What can she do?
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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Bad Hair Day

Written by Catherine Doolan, Illustrated by Maeve Kelly

Finn is trying desperately to be cool, but nothing works. Until he tackles his hair...
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Teaching ideas for first/second class by Anne O'Carroll

Ribbit, Ribbit

Written by Anne Marie Herron, Illustrated by Stephen Hall

Freddy loves being a frog! 'Ribbit, ribbit,' he says when anyone talks to him. It's great fun for a while, then everyone gets tired of Freddy and his antics. But he will not give it up. He is a frog and he will stay a frog. Until Polly comes up with a good idea …
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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Spotty Sally

Written by Anne Marie Herron, Illustrated by Stephen Hall

Sally ADORES spots and dots and she'll never, ever get tired of them! Or will she?
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Teaching ideas for first class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

A Garden for Tom

Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs

Tom would love to have his very own garden and Dad arranges it for him. But Tom is impatient. Things are not growing fast enough for him …


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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Barry's New Bed

Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Moira McNamara

Your first real bed is a big adventure – but a little scary too!
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Teaching ideas for first class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

No Shoes for Tom

Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs

Tom just HATES wearing shoes! He has such fun with his bare toes. But then the snow comes …
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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Muckeen and the UFO

A big silver spaceship beams Muckeen up into the sky!
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Teaching ideas for first class by Anne O'Carroll

Muckeen the Pig

Written by and Illustrated by Fergus Lyons

Muckeen loves being dirty and muddy. And he loves his food. But when he is taken to market Muckeen does not like it at all! Still, Muckeen is a smart pig too and he finds a way out!
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Discovery Challenge: make your own Muckeen, and explore the world of pigs!
Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Conor's Cowboy Suit

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Michael Connor

When Conor's parents give him a present of a cowboy suit he wants to wear it all the time - even to school!
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Conor's Dream: activity sheet number 1
Conor's Cowboy Crunch: activity sheet number 2
A Cowboy's Clothes: activity sheet number 3
Cowboy Songs: activity sheet number 4

The Little Black Sheep

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Written by and Illustrated by Elizabeth Shaw

This charming book tells the adventures of an outcast little black sheep: how he saved the whole flock in a snowstorm, put Polo the bossy sheepdog in his place - and gave the shepherd a great idea!

A story about being different, and becoming a hero.

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Teaching ideas for second class from O'Brien Reading Programme