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Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

A variety of Literacy TasksWord mat provides useful words and phrases to support writing tasks.Pirate Character Description Sheet with Writing Prompts and Graphics Island Setting for a pirate adventure with further writing promptsSimple Drawing TasksLabel a PirateSentence StripsMapping TaskA great additional resource for a pirates topic. I would be delighted to receive feedback.

By Alice K

The Twits KS1 Comprehension Activities Booklet! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

The Twits KS1 Comprehension Activities Booklet! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

This resource booklet contains a wide range of age-appropriate, engaging, and meaningful comprehension activities for use throughout the reading of Roald Dahl's 'The Twits.' Teachers have found them particularly useful in comprehension or guided reading sessions. They are perfect for aiding the progress of children towards meeting the KS1 expectations within the new National Curriculum framework. Children love learning from these resources, whilst they are also of great use to teachers, as there is explicit information within each task regarding which comprehension strands the task is designed to demonstrate. They also relate to key extracts, characters, and themes from the story, ensuring that children gain a deep understanding of the text.Activities within the booklet include:- 'Feed Mr. Twit' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'talk about their favourite words and phrases in the story;'- 'Dahl's Description' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Explain meanings of words that they know and ask the meaning of new words. Link the meaning of new words to words that they already know;'- 'The Mugglewumps' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Say what might happen next in a story based on what has happened so far;'- 'Mr. and Mrs. Twit' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Enjoy reading and discussing the order of events in books and how items of information are related.'Plus many, many more activities (the booklet is around 20 pages in length!) I've also added it as a PDF in case the formatting differs on your computer.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on a separate document (included).

By TandLGuru

Spring  and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring /Easter Poetry Learning Intention : to compose Spring Poems/ Easter PoemsPowerPoint presentation which provides a stimulus for a variety of poetry forms- including acrostic style and free verse.Some Spring poems to read, enjoy and perform. Vocabulary and word wall is provided to stimulate composition . In addition, some clip art and a few pro formas for 2nd draft display or publication.I have included several slide files in the preview so teachers can peruse the resource more comprehensively.Hope your learners enjoy composing Spring and Easter poems.Many thanks for free use clip art provided by http://www.clipartlord.com

By Alice K

Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

Suspense Writing: Full Writing Scheme of Work

This scheme takes the group step by step through the stages of how to write a story. It is adapted from the government initiative 'Improving Childrens Writing' getting children from level 3 to level 4. I have changed it a little, so that it is also suitable for level 2 and 3 as well. Some resources you will have to get from the government published folder 'improving childrens writing'.

By asadler79

Writing Instructions - How to Clean Your Teeth

Writing Instructions - How to Clean Your Teeth

PowerPoint presentation which details a simple instruction writing model - 'How to Clean Your Teeth' with a clear and concise layout.Each slide is colourful and engaging and allows a teacher to explain the instruction genre.Also included are sequencing, cut and stick flashcards. Children may assemble the instructions as a paired activity cutting and pasting sequentially onto sugar paper. This task is ideal for reinforcement and will support less secure learners in an active way.This can be used and easily adapted for other simple instruction models- e.g. How to make a sandwich These resources promote an active approach to writing instructions. They complement other resources within my shop - 'Writing Instructions- Introducing the Genre in an Active Manner' and Writing Instructions - 'How to Build a Snowman' which has additional literacy tasks included.I have included several slides within the preview to allow teachers to peruse the resource more comprehensively. Hope your earners enjoy the lesson and tasks.Many thanks for free use clip art provided by http://www.clipartlord.com

By Alice K

Synonyms and Antonyms!

Synonyms and Antonyms!

This detailed and engaging lesson enables students to gain an understanding of what synonyms and antonyms are, and why knowledge of them is important when writing. Students also learn to use a variation of synonyms and antonyms in their own writing, for both clarity and effect. Students learn through a number of fun and interactive tasks, which enable them to:- Define and exemplify synonyms and antonyms;- Identify the synonyms and antonyms for a range of different words;- Understand and analyse how synonyms and antonyms can be used for clarity and effect;- Create a written piece using a variety of synonyms and antonyms for clarity and effect;- Evaluate their use of different synonyms and antonyms.The resources include:-Visually engaging and comprehensive whole-lesson presentation;-Resources for the card-sorting activity;-A model example and analysis worksheet;-Step-by-step lesson plan.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final page of the slide.

By TandLGuru

Phonics Phase 2 - Short Vowels - CVC - Over 30 Worksheets!

Phonics Phase 2 - Short Vowels - CVC - Over 30 Worksheets!

Designed to support the teaching of Phonics and spelling patterns, this pack includes over 30 worksheets covering four activities to support with teaching short vowels and CVC words. These can be used for small group teaching, early finishers and independent consolidation. Covering the short /a/ /e/ /i/ /o/ /u/ sounds, these resources support within Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds guidelines, as well as within the Words Their Way groupings.Resource includes:*5 sound sort worksheets*10 sound match worksheets (5 focused / 5 mixed) *8 missing word worksheets (5 focused / 3 mixed) *8 word scramble worksheets-------------------------------------------------------------Terms of useCopyright ©TheSunshineTeacher. All rights reserved by the author. Intended for classroom and personal use only.

By TheSunshineTeacher

KS2 Class Assembly

KS2 Class Assembly

I created this playscript for my Year 5 class to perform this year. We spent a number of weeks on persuasive writing, so I thought it would be a fantastic way to show off the techniques they had learned in persuasive techniques.I based it around the TV show Dragon's Den. The Assembly has 4 dragons in which the contestants must persuade to buy their products using persuasive techniques. There is a narrator role also, which explains what's going on throughout the play.This playscipt is easy to adapt and was really funny to watch as well as show off what the children had learned.Please leave a review and check out my other resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Morrisr9

By Morrisr9

From Plant to Plate: The Journey of the Banana Part 1

From Plant to Plate: The Journey of the Banana Part 1

Looking at the connections between food, health, society and the environment, students can begin to imagine how what we eat determines how the world is used.Food takes a complex journey from its origins on farms, ranches, rivers, oceans and other sources to consumers’ plates. Along the way, it passes through the hands of producers, processors, transporters, warehouse operators, retailers, consumers and waste handlers.This pack will help students understand that most of the food that is bought in stores and eaten by them, comes from farms. They will explore the food to table process.This resource is part of a larger cross-curricular unit of The Story of the Banana.**********************************************************CONTENT• Cover• Fact Book Teacher Notes• Fact Book• Discussion Cards Teacher Notes• Discussion Cards, plus group activity• Choice of 3 styles of related comprehension text questions• TOU/CreditsPAGE COUNT: 24**********************************************************RELATED RESOURCES**********************************************************Teacher's Toolkit Thematic

By TeachersToolkit

Alternative Ending (3 weeks) unit based on 'Fly Eagle Fly' by Christopher Gregorowski

Alternative Ending (3 weeks) unit based on 'Fly Eagle Fly' by Christopher Gregorowski

This is a 3 week unit of planning that supports pupils to write an alternative ending to an African folk tale about an eagle that thinks it is a chicken. The book is ‘Fly Eagle Fly’ by Christopher Gregorowski who was inspired to retell the story after his daughter became very ill. The theme of the book is about unlocking the potential in all and pupils I have used it with have always loved it. It is set in the country side of Ghana and has wonderful illustrations by Niki Daly. This is an important tale and the book has a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.I have listed the learning objectives for all of the lessons below. Also I have included all of the worksheets, PowerPoints, links and resources you will need to teach this unit straight away.Stage 1- Stimulate & Generate learning outcomes• To write expanded noun phrases• To find the meaning of words• To understand themes in a book• To draw inferences from the text• To discuss philosophical ideas• To take notes to summarise detailsStage 2 - Capture, Sift & Sort learning outcomes• To find the key features of descriptive writing • To use a fronted adverbial to explain how, when or where something took place.• To write expanded noun phrases • To write a descriptive setting• To use and punctuate direct speech • To use different conjunctionsStage 3 - Create, Refine & Evaluate learning outcomes• To plan an alternative ending• To revise, edit evaluate and improve my writing • To write an alternative ending in the style of another author x 2 lessonsStimulate and generate = This usually starts with a hook to interest the class where the class realise who they are going to write for so they have a clear purpose and audience. Activities can include reading excellent model texts, drama or researching more about the author or the content of the book.Capture, sift and sort = This is the part of the unit where pupils look at key features, practise skills they will need in order to complete the final piece or new learning for objectives they have not learnt yet.Create, refine, evaluate = This is where you bring all you have learnt together and plan the final piece before you write it and then edit it to improve the piece. This can include self, peer or teacher led reviewing.

By mrichmond

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

A bumper set of resources initially used in the year 4 topic of: Creating Images with Poetry, Similes and Metaphors. Due to the popularity of this resource I have included a Powerpoint I used for a very successful observation lesson by Ofsted involving describing a beach setting with similes and metaphors. I recently adapted this in this for a year 6 class I took. There is also quite a few poems I have written using Similes and Metaphors in them to create images and a few more resources too including a soothing soundtrack and background to play on your IW on loop.I have continually updated this resource due to its popularity and quality.Please check my other resources out here...https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/dave_orritt

By dave_orritt

The Magic Finger KS1 Comprehension Activities Booklet! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

The Magic Finger KS1 Comprehension Activities Booklet! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

This resource booklet contains a wide range of age-appropriate, engaging, and meaningful comprehension activities for use throughout the reading of Roald Dahl's 'The Magic Finger.' (Teachers have found them particularly useful in comprehension or guided reading sessions). They are perfect for aiding the progress of children towards meeting the KS1 expectations within the new National Curriculum framework. Children love learning from these resources, whilst they are also of great use to teachers, as there is explicit information within each task regarding which comprehension strands the task is designed to demonstrate. They also relate to key extracts, characters, and themes from the story, ensuring that children gain a deep understanding of the text.Activities within the booklet include:- 'Feed The Ducks' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'talk about their favourite words and phrases in the story;'- 'Dahl's Description' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Explain meanings of words that they know and ask the meaning of new words. Link the meaning of new words to words that they already know;'- 'The Finger' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Say what might happen next in a story based on what has happened so far;'- 'The Greggs' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Enjoy reading and discussing the order of events in books and how items of information are related.'Plus many, many more activities (the booklet is around 20 pages in length!) I've also added it as a PDF in case the formatting differs on your computer.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on a separate document (included).

By TandLGuru

Roald Dahl KS1 Comprehension Activity Booklets Bundle! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

Roald Dahl KS1 Comprehension Activity Booklets Bundle! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

These Roald Dahl resource booklets contain a wide range of age-appropriate, engaging, and meaningful comprehension activities for use in guided reading sessions. They are perfect for aiding the progress of children towards meeting the KS2 comprehension expectations within the National Curriculum framework. Children love learning from these resources, whilst they are also of great use to teachers, as there is explicit information within each task regarding which comprehension strands the task is designed to demonstrate. Included are activity booklets to accompany the following texts: - The Twits - Fantastic Mr Fox - Esio Trot - The Magic Finger There are a huge range of activities; each booklet is around 20 pages in length!

By TandLGuru

KS3- Shakespeare & Context Pt1

KS3- Shakespeare & Context Pt1

Find included a scheme of work with all activities, power-points and resources for teaching a broad introduction to Shakespeare, geared at KS3. Part one includes a "Why Study Shakespeare?" lesson, plus four other lessons on context, the Globe and genres. Part two includes three lessons on the Comedies (Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night and Taming of the Shrew). Part three comprises the histories (Richard III, Henry V and Julius Ceasar) and also the tragedies (Romeo & Juliet and Antony & Cleopatra) .Key skills: plot and character overviews, introductions into Shakespeare's language (looking at extracts) plus creative activities.

By tess247

GCSE English Language Revision: Techniques for Descriptive Writing

GCSE English Language Revision: Techniques for Descriptive Writing

An easy-to-use, clearly explained and insightful checklist of effective language and structural devices for English Language Paper 1 - Descriptive Writing. Targeted at KS3 and GCSE pupils, the checklist outlines step-by-step just how pupils can write lively and encapsulating descriptive texts by specifically describing feelings, actions and adding twists in a clearly sequenced plot.

By DeepaSabharwal

My holiday: reading, writing and speaking and listening English activity (ESOL, Entry Level)

My holiday: reading, writing and speaking and listening English activity (ESOL, Entry Level)

This resource (about holidays) is set out for ESOL or Entry level students who are learning past simple tense. The resource is on PowerPoint but the slides can be printed for worksheets. This activity involves a reading activity that gets all students off their seat. It then leads into a group writing activity that focuses on SPAG. Each student then has a writing activity. The lesson finishes with speaking and listening.

By booger36

StoryTelling PowerPoint Game

StoryTelling PowerPoint Game

This public speaking game is a great tool for an English or Speech classroom to encourage listening and speaking in response, creativity, fluency, and more!Get your students' creative juices flowing! For ELA classroom, this can meet speaking/listening standards. For my Public Speaking classroom, I use this to get additional practice speaking in front of the class. It has made them a lot more comfortable and fluid in their speaking styles.The student will click on one of the numbers and be given four words. With those words, the student has to quickly make up a story that includes all of the words. Once your students catch on, you can take it up a notch and have the student take turns creating ONE continuous story! More specifics are included when you download the .zip file.Everything downloaded is copyrighted and can be used for educational purposes. The download includes a PowerPoint presentation and an instructions guide.

By teachingpublicspeaking

English Language, Paper 1 Q5 GCSE revision: Exploring how to write descriptively

English Language, Paper 1 Q5 GCSE revision: Exploring how to write descriptively

Targeted at KS3 and GCSE pupils for Question 5 of English Language Paper 1, this little resource reveals just how you can write intriguing descriptive texts with simple tricks.A model description of an image is given then broken down into bullet points that explain how writers can use language and structural devices to encapsulate readers. Subtle as revision, a lesson resource and homework, pupils can use this as a platform for their own creative writing.

By DeepaSabharwal

Drama Club Bundle

Drama Club Bundle

Everything you'll need to start and run your own after-school drama club or youth theatre. Loads of great information, advice, and lesson plans!

By AliJC

The Trial of Dr. Frankenstein KS3

The Trial of Dr. Frankenstein KS3

As a treat, enter MEGA-MAY at checkout to try for FREE.This fantastic package includes everything that you need to set up The Trial of Dr. Frankenstein with any KS3 group. It includes three power points to guide you through the process of selecting each role (Defendant, defense and prosecution lawyers, foreperson to the jury, jury, journalists, sketch artist, witnesses and expert witness), and preparation to the Trial where each student uses a worksheet (a different one for each role) to prepare adequately. Watch your students have fun while exploring the intricacies of their character. Perfect for after the exams or when you want a break from regular lesson time. As a treat, enter MEGA-MAY at checkout to try for FREENote: I have used random student's names to illustrate the voting process, I recommend you change these with your own student's names.

By nuni712

Rainforest Poetry

Rainforest Poetry

'Who lives here?' PowerPoint introduces a 'conversation' poem about the creatures and habitat of the rainforest. It provides a structured step by step lesson to support composition. It also allows reinforcement of parts of speech particularly verbs and prepositions. Extended poetry task also provided for variety and possible differentiation. Several verse examples are provided for clarity. Rainforest booklet is provided for children to write their final draft for display or poetry portfolio.'Rainforest List Poem' PowerPoint continues with a poetic theme and uses a simple format to motivate composition. This clear, concise and colourful presentation leads the learners step by step through the composition of a list poem based on a 'rainforest' theme. There is a grammar element throughout with an emphasis on nouns, adjectives and 'ing' verbs. I have found a poetry context an effective way to embed incidental grammar teaching. Although the outcome is a simple list poem, it can easily be differentiated for older learners. This would involve extending each line using e.g. adverbs or an additional clause. Children are encouraged to compose an opening line, closing line and' list' lines inbetween.

By Alice K

Esio Trot KS1 Comprehension Activities Booklet! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

Esio Trot KS1 Comprehension Activities Booklet! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

This resource booklet contains a wide range of age-appropriate, engaging, and meaningful comprehension activities for use throughout the reading of Roald Dahl's 'Esio Trot.' (Teachers have found them particularly useful in comprehension or guided reading sessions). They are perfect for aiding the progress of children towards meeting the KS1 expectations within the new National Curriculum framework. Children love learning from these resources, whilst they are also of great use to teachers, as there is explicit information within each task regarding which comprehension strands the task is designed to demonstrate. They also relate to key extracts, characters, and themes from the story, ensuring that children gain a deep understanding of the text.Activities within the booklet include:- 'Feed Alfie' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'talk about their favourite words and phrases in the story;'- 'Dahl's Description' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Explain meanings of words that they know and ask the meaning of new words. Link the meaning of new words to words that they already know;'- 'Mr Hoppy's Plan' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Say what might happen next in a story based on what has happened so far;'- 'Story Mountain' - to enable students to demonstrate that they can: 'Enjoy reading and discussing the order of events in books and how items of information are related.'Plus many, many more activities (the booklet is around 20 pages in length!) I've also added it as a PDF in case the formatting differs on your computer.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on a separate document (included).

By TandLGuru

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Scheme Resources

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Scheme Resources

BSP Powerpoints and Resources. Accompanies the Scheme of Work created by TESEnglish for the text. Brilliant Scheme that has enabled me to adapt and use the activities/tasks with mixed ability groups, and differentiate by outcome. ***The extracts are all copyright of the author, John Boyne.

By Sazo123

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

AQA English Language and Literature Revision

FREE to first time buyers with code FREEBIE Six fully differentiated and resourced revision packs for both the English Literature and English Language new spec GCSE examinations. These packs offer ideal preparation for KS4 students as they enter into the busy exam season. I will be continuously updating this bundle with new resources, so regularly check your downloads for updates.

By Lead_Practitioner

Crime Based Reading Activities For All Ages

Crime Based Reading Activities For All Ages

A bundle of my two Murder Mystery video based interactive stories plus a set of Textual Evidence Activities for use with classic literature villains.Can be adapted to most levels with all three resources containing fun tasks that will readily engage young and older learners.

By kibishipaul

Thanksgiving scavenger Hunt- An Activity

Thanksgiving scavenger Hunt- An Activity

Thanksgiving Scavenger HuntThis scavenger hunt introduces to students some historical information and facts about the Thanksgiving Day celebrated in U.S.Here are 20 scavenger hunt cards with colorful pictures. It’s a great tool for to review vocabulary.How to Use:1. Print the given all 20 cards on a card stock or any other good paper and cut them along the black line. 2. Get the print of Scavenger Hunt questions pages and each student should be given this copy. 3. Place Scavenger Hunt cards around the classroom. For example you can place it on chair, on table, on benches, behind the classroom doors, besides the computer or wherever you like. 4. Students have to search the cards in a classroom in order to find out the answers of the questions. Students can complete this exercise in a group with classmate or alone.You will find lots more in my store, including math, science, ELA, activities/craftivitiy, special education, interactive activities, and more!

By ilaxippatel