Teachers can add extra bounce to literacy with two thought-provoking beach balls, one for "Character" and one for "Setting". Fling a ball to children and ask them to answer the question or talk about the idea they find under their fingers. While these stimuli could be provided in many other ways, there's something about throwing and catching a ball that reinforces the idea of reciprocal fun that can stimulate shared writing. Each ball contains six questions, and there are two in a pack costing pound;5.95 (Code L-BEACH) from TTS Group, Nunn Brook Road, Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 2HU.
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