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SaleLibrary 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

SaleMy Reading Challenge Task Cards

My Reading Challenge Task Cards

This consists of 14 challenge cards relating to fiction and non fiction books as follow up activities for children after they have completed a book, or after a visit to the library. There are writing and drawing activities included. This is suitable for KS1 and KS2 and can be used for differentation. It would be a useful tool for World Book day. PDF file and powerpoint presentation included.

By teachercellar

SaleYear 2 Comprehension - Pancake Day

Year 2 Comprehension - Pancake Day

This resource is a comprehension activity for year 2, perfect for using on or around Shrove Tuesday. There are three differentiated sets of instructions on how to make the perfect pancake, with differentiated questions.It is based on the KS1 SATs reading paper. There are a range of 'what' and 'how' questions, some multiple choice tick questions and some that require more detailed answers. The activity is also laid out in a similar way to the SATs booklets, with four pages of pictures and short written extracts to read and 2-3 questions per page. I hope you find it useful.

By blossomingminds



Put common misspelled words in word jail and place the correct spelling next to it.cops and robbers themed cards...A4 but looks fantastic enlarged to A3A4 sheet of common misspelled words (3 sheets x6 cards per sheet)A4 word mat to enable children to write their own errors down and then the correction next to it.

By thegruffalo71

SalePredators by Lynette Evans Reading Comprehension

Predators by Lynette Evans Reading Comprehension

Designed for lower key stage 2, these resources have been designed to be used once a week for a full half term (6 week period) during Guided Reading sessions. They take inference, deduction, predictions and author intention into consideration as pupils are encouraged to think more critically about the text in order to demonstrate their understanding.

By ltrigg90

SaleMonkey City by Jill Eggleton Reading Comprehension

Monkey City by Jill Eggleton Reading Comprehension

I have created a 6 week block of Guided Reading questions aimed at lower key stage 2. These questions link to summarising, clarifying, predicting along with organisational and inference and deduction questions based on the non-fiction text. This has been designed to be used once a week over a half term period.

By ltrigg90

Saleck Digraphs Word Search

ck Digraphs Word Search

This word search on ck digraphs also doubles as a coloring sheet! The solution to the puzzle is included. Vocabulary Terms Included: ♦ Chick ♦ Clock ♦ Duck ♦ Lock ♦ Pickle ♦ Rock ♦ Rocket ♦ Sock ♦ Stick ♦ Tack ♦ Track ♦ Truck

By ScienceSpot

SaleKS1 &2 set of 5 fun Easter instruction activities

KS1 &2 set of 5 fun Easter instruction activities

KS1 & 2 Set of 5 Easter instructions. Learning Objectives: To read and follow the instructions accurately and in the correct sequence/order.To recognise the features of instructions (What materials are needed, method, using an imperative (bossy) verb, sequencing actions and numbering each stage in order, using diagrams and pictures).Five DT activities for pupils to read, understand and make. The activities include : Paste egg bunny, Easter basket, spring daffodil, Easter nests, pompom chick. Use as an introduction to work on instructions to encourage pupils to observe the features in a fun way or as a format to help pupils scaffold their own instructional writing.

By newromantic



Series of 6 Y2 and KS2 powerpoint lessons on the topic of Easter. Each lesson includes the timings for each activity at the top of each slide. There are opportunities for pupils to work collaboratively in every lesson and record and share their ideas and knowledge. Lesson 1: (30 mins) focuses on celebrations and Easter as a celebration and begins with an initial assessment based on pupil starting points. Pupils work in small groups of 2 or 3 and create a Spider diagram and Mind Map to record their knowledge. There is an opportunity for group feedback at the end of the lesson.Lesson 2: (30 mins) focuses on the Easter story told through a link to a story on YouTube. The pupils raise questions about the story and have a P4C debate. There are Teacher notes on slides 10,11 and 12 to help shape the debate session.Lesson 3: (30mins) focuses on Holy Week through images and key questions on each slide. There is a short YouTube clip on how to make a Palm cross.Lesson 4: (40 mins) focuses on Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper. There is a 20 min research activity based on the painting ‘The last Supper’. Pupils will need access to books about this subject and the internet. There are opportunities for pupils to explore responses and feelings to different aspects of the story leading onto the Resurrection. A template on slide 27 can be printed for pupil recording.Lesson 5: (60 mins) focuses on the Christian symbol of the cross with a 45min Hot Cross Buns baking activity which can be either as a Teacher demonstration or as a group task.Lesson 6: (40 mins) focuses on how Easter is celebrated today and explores some of the traditions such as Easter Bunny, lambs, chocolate eggs, daffodils etc. There are key questions for pupils to discuss in small groups and an end of unit assessment using all the information they have learnt in lessons 1-6 in the design of an Easter poster.The final slide offers an additional Easter creative activity for pupils to follow instructions to make an Easter sheep for a card or a display. ( I used activity with the class when a group was completing research (Lesson 4) and a group were making Hot cross Buns (from Lesson5) with a Teaching Assistant).KS1&2 Easter story sequencing activity. Learning objective: To sequence and retell the Easter story in order.Pupils cut out the images and descriptions and sequence the story onto a storyboard template. There are three templates attached which support differentiation and reading levels. HA template is numbered only and pupils order the story into the numbered boxes. MA is differentiated using key words from the main text in the numbered boxes. LA order the story into the numbered boxes with the support of key sentences which they can match to the main text. KS1 & 2 Set of 5 Easter instructions. Learning Objectives: To read and follow the instructions accurately and in the correct sequence/order.To recognise the features of instructions (What materials are needed, method, using an imperative (bossy) verb, sequencing actions and numbering each stage in order, using diagrams and pictures).Five DT activities for pupils to read, understand and make. The activities include : Paste egg bunny, Easter basket, spring daffodil, Easter nests, pompom chick. Use as an introduction to work on instructions to encourage pupils to observe the features in a fun way or as a format to help pupils scaffold their own instructional writing.

By newromantic

SalePoetry Study

Poetry Study

This is a great collection of my Nikki Grimes focused poetry unit. There are three building background activities; an alliteration Prezi, a figurative language Prezi and a figurative language match game to get kids familiar with types of poetic language.Then are two full length novel studies; Words with Wings and Garvey's Choice both by Nikki Grimes.

By XClass

SaleELA Prezi Bonanza

ELA Prezi Bonanza

This is a bundle of my most popular Prezi presentations. You'll receive my Alliteration, Endangered Animal Vocabulary, Genres, Poetry Terms, Story Elements and Writing an Essay Prezis.

By XClass

SaleA Complete Reading Comprehension Kit

A Complete Reading Comprehension Kit

A bundle of best selling interactive and engaging tools for making reading comprehension integrated and fun. This bundle contains games that can be used for literacy centres or small guided reading groups, developing comprehensions skills in a fun and rigorous way. You will find creative book reports that actually motivate children to read and reflect, with everything from soap carving of characters and their traits to exploring settings, creating treasure maps and writing interviews with book characters. There are enough book reports for every day of the month if you wished. The graphic organisers can be used with ANY text. Almost 100 pages of graphic organisers to use with every reading skill and non fiction and fiction. Easy to integrate into any cross curricular subject or guided reading. Covering all reading skills: cause and effect, questioning, visualising, inferring, sequencing, making connections, reflecting, summarising and so much more. With this bundle you are saving! You can find many more inquiry based learning tools on my blog! Susan

By susanpowers09

SaleCreative & Fun  Book Reports for Reading Comprehension

Creative & Fun Book Reports for Reading Comprehension

Finally! No more boring book reports! Kids love to be creative! This packet contain 40 different, printable worksheets and task cards which can be used for book reviews and reports. These activities are engaging, fun and they all incorporate academic language for reading comprehension. They are targeting 3rd grade through 6th grade and can be used as homework activities, collaborative group work, literacy centres activities and guided reading.• Differentiated report sheets• Collaborative group work• Creative ACTIVITIES• Concept based• Promotes use of academic language• Develops reflective and critical thinking skills• ESL appropriate with sheltering strategies• Reinforces reading comprehension skills• Develops communication and presentation skillsYou can find more inquiry based teaching ideas and FREEBIES on my blog, Enjoy!~Susan Powers

By susanpowers09

SaleIB PYP Key Concepts Posters and Activities

IB PYP Key Concepts Posters and Activities

The colourful, printable posters are designed to educate the children on the Key Concepts used within the International Baccalaureate’s PYP. By familiarising my students with the key concepts, there is more opportunity for the children to truly delve deeper into the conceptual part of their inquiries throughout the year.These posters are designed to focus on the PYP language with clues as to how we can identifythe particular concepts.The activities are all fun and hands on and beneficial for reviewing and reiterating the Key Concepts and their language through mini inquiry situations and through literacy. They are great for building about the trans-­‐disciplinary skills of communication and self-­‐management.Included:8 Key Concept postersrelated worksheets and suggested lesson plans 32 literacy cards32 mini inquiry/categorising cardsPlease let me know your feedback for this product so that I may constantly improve my work for you.You can also find other ideas and FREEBIES on my blog at www.pypteachingtools.comEnjoy! ~Susan

By susanpowers09

SaleFebruary Reading Comprehensions for KS1

February Reading Comprehensions for KS1

Grab this February Reading Comprehension pack today! Resource TitleFebruary Reading ComprehensionsAge/Year GroupKey Stage 1Total Pages in download❤ 24File TypePDFResource Content❂ 20 Reading Comprehensions❂ Cross Curricular Comprehensions, Fiction and Non Fiction.❂ 20 NO PREP PrintablesCheck the preview!Reviews and feedback are appreciated, I value all but as we tell our students, try to be constructive! @ pollypuddleduck@gmail.comPrinting Tip: This educational resource has been designed for printing on A4 size paper. If you are printing on a different size, select ‘shrink’ or ‘print to fit page’ (or similar option) in order for the contents to fit correctly. TOUPurchase of this resource entitles YOU, the buyer, the right to reproduce the pages for personal and classroom use ONLY. Duplication for other classes, an entire school or for commercial use is strictly prohibited without written permission from Polly Puddleduck. Minor editing is allowed but only for personal use. The document remains under the copyright of Polly Puddleduck even when edited. Posting this item in whole or part on the Internet in any form is strictly prohibited and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Polly Puddleduck ©2017

By PollyPuddleduck

SaleHarry Potter Comprehension

Harry Potter Comprehension

An activity to revise and test students understanding of a story. Using Harry Potter allows the students to connect to a well known text. ***The extract used is copyright of the author J.K Rowling.

By Sazo123

SaleHarry Potter and Philosopher's Stone Comprehension and Marks Scheme (Chapters 1 - 4)

Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone Comprehension and Marks Scheme (Chapters 1 - 4)

This is a Key Stage 2 SAT style comprehension created for Chapters 1 to 4 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The page reference numbers on the comprehension are linked to an American PDF of the book (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), which can be found on Google; this could be printed alongside the comprehension, so pupils can be encouraged to underline key information in the text to answer questions or summarise paragraphs to answer questions. However, the document can easily be edited, so the comprehension can be used alongside a version of the book.In edition, a mark scheme has been created, so that the comprehension paper can be easily marked and then a percentage score has been given at the end of the mark scheme, so the pupil can be assigned toward/at/above/greater depth.

By PMEvans88

SaleGarvey's Choice Discussion Questions and Answers

Garvey's Choice Discussion Questions and Answers

This is a thorough overview of Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes. There are group or whole class questions and homework questions broken down by each chapter. There are three different levels of questions so you can differentiate with your students.The questions could be placed on the board or handed out to different groups of students. All of the questions have complete answers provided in the answer key.After the discussion questions there is a list of many examples of figurative language found in the book.The following questions types and skills are used:*Analyze characters*Identify major plot elements*Explain cause and effect relationships*Draw inferences*Determine central ideas and details*Determine theme*Describe plot*Identify conflict and resolution*Assess author's purposeThe figurative language elements addressed are:*Alliteration*Imagery*Metaphor*Onomatopoeia*Personification*Simile

By XClass

SaleYear 6 Reading Booster Unit

Year 6 Reading Booster Unit

Designed to get chdn ready for the KS2 reading tests. 5 weeks of planning ( 5 one hour sessions), also includes all resources and a full power point for each session. Objectives covered are speed of responses, test techniques and quality of 2 and 3 mark answers. Please leave feedback :) Thank you .

By Raphella

SaleKS2 Comprehensions (Fiction and Non-Fiction Pack)

KS2 Comprehensions (Fiction and Non-Fiction Pack)

This is a collection of 31 fiction and non-fiction comprehensions. Each text represents a different genre and comes with a range of comprehension questions. They are designed to be used weekly during comprehension or guided reading sessions, but could also be used for dictations, analysing grammar/punctuation techniques, exemplars or as writing starters. Also included is a 124 page flipchart (ActivInspire - interactive; PowerPoint and PDF format) comprised of each text and the accompanying questions - great for feeding back as a class and discussing the best answers for each question.Genres: Adventure, Suspense, War, Science-Fiction, Wild West, Fantasy, Classic Horror, Comedy, Superhero, Myth, Pirate, Crime, Thriller, Fairy Tale, Legend, Fable, Play-script, Folk Tale, Information Text, Explanation Text, Persuasion, Diary, Letter, Postcard, Recount, Newspaper Report, Biography, Instructions, Advert, Brochure, HistoricalObjectives Covered:Develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by:Listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooksIncreasing their familiarity with a wide range of booksUnderstand what they read, in books they can read independently, by:Checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding, and explaining the meaning of words in contextAsking questions to improve their understanding of a textDrawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidencePredicting what might happen from details stated and impliedIdentifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising theseIdentifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaningRetrieve and record information from non-fictionProvide reasoned justifications for their viewsMore like this... Primary Maths and Science Assessments Bundle KS2 Singapore Method Problem Solving Worksheet Generators - Bundle KS2 Dictionary & Thesaurus Pack

By mrajlong



THE GREAT BIG WORLD BOOK DAY TREASURE HUNT 2017 - KEY STAGE TWO VERSIONA fun and inspiring activity to plan in for WBD. A fantastic 30 question Treasure Hunt designed for Key Stage TWO children. It's best used as a mixed age / ability team treasure hunt quiz where you mix up children from different classes and they work through the quiz around the school. (simply print off the Powerpoint slides and display them around the room. Hide them in strange places if you want to make it harder / more fun!I've tried to focus on a mixture of books - classics and popular modern fiction and a range of questions, lots quite easy and then a few tricky ones. I needed to google the answer to the final question for the bonus points!Several types of questions included: e.g What's the book, Odd One out? Who's the Character etc.Lots of pictures of great books to engage and motivate!The Powerpoint Slides are best printed off and displayed around a classroom, or even better around your school, making it fun for the children to go around hunting the questions!Alternatively, the Treasure Hunt could be completed as a Powerpoint Quiz on the screen in class or for an assembly.The Treasure Hunt comes with a recording sheet for pupils, an answers sheet for teachers and an editable Treasure Hunt certificate.Treasure Hunt Pack includes:1. Treasure Hunt PPT Section 12. Treasure Hunt PPT Section 23. Treasure Hunt PPT Section 34. Pupil's Answer Recording Sheet5. Treasure Hunt Answers sheet for teacher6. Editable Treasure Hunt CertificateWould you get all the answers right?HAVE FUN AND GET YOUR CLASS INSPIRED ON WORLD BOOK DAY 2017!

By phillharvey

SaleThe Breadwinner Chapter 11 - Article writing

The Breadwinner Chapter 11 - Article writing

A lesson based on chapter 11 of The Breadwinner in which Parvana is squeezed into a football stadium to sell her items, thinking it is a football game, when really it is the Taliban punishing criminals. Pupils read and discuss the chapter and answer questions based on the chapter. Following this pupils then review what makes an effective article and create their own. Included is a writing frame in order to create their own. Used with lower ability year 8.

By mratcliffe88

SalePoetry - 'The Jumblies' analysis and comprehension (primary)

Poetry - 'The Jumblies' analysis and comprehension (primary)

Two great and easy-to-do lessons for KS2 poetry work. These would also be ideal for use around World Poetry Day (21st March 2017)The lessons are based on 'The Jumblies' nonsense poem, by Edward Lear. All lesson resources, differentiated activities, answers and planning are provided as part of the pack.Lesson 1: Reading the poem and identifying various key features. Then an extension to rewrite a verse, using a supporting guide sheet if necessary.Lesson 2: Fully differentiated reading comprehension tasks, based on the poem. Answers are also included!There is differentiation built into both lessons, with challenge tasks and activity support for those who need it.The flexibility of the lessons means that I have been able to use them in Years 4 to 6, but it could also be easily adapted for younger children.Please note: some video links are included in the sessions, which should always be assessed for suitability prior to use!Includes:*Teacher PowerPoint presentation*4 differentiated comprehension task sheets (lower, middle and higher ability); all answers also provided*Extra verse writing guide (2 versions)*Text version of the poem*Full planning grid, linked to English curriculumPlease see the Goldtopfox shop for more great English and general teaching resources:

By goldtopfox

SaleBlack Beauty Reading Comprehension: Chapters 1-3

Black Beauty Reading Comprehension: Chapters 1-3

Opening extract from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (available from, and with kind permission of, Love Reading 4 Kids) - PRINT PDF PAGES 11-23)- Differentiated comprehension questions to match the text provided - LA/ MA and HA- Ticks at the bottom of the page identify which ability group the questions are suitable for.- Text can be used for Guided Reading and questions used as a follow up activity.- Useful for an assessment activity

By ReadingResourcesforTeachers

SaleMatilda Reading Comprehension

Matilda Reading Comprehension

Opening extract from Matilda by Roald Dahl (available from, and with kind permission of, Love Reading 4 Kids)- Differentiated comprehension questions to match the text provided - LA/ MA and HA- Ticks at the bottom of the page identify which ability group the questions are suitable for.- Text can be used for Guided Reading and questions used as a follow up activity.- Can be a great assessment activity

By ReadingResourcesforTeachers

SalePoems of the Decade Bundle

Poems of the Decade Bundle

This bumper bundle includes 9 of the 'Poems of the Decade' collection. It explores language, structure, key themes and poem suggestions for comparison for each poem.Suitable for GCSE and AS/A-level poetry study.Includes:To My Nine-year-old self - Helen DunmoreAn Easy Passage - Julia CopusChainsaw Vs the Pampas Grass - Simon ArmitageEat Me - Patience AgbabiInheritance - Eavan BolandMaterial - Ros BarberThe Deliverer - Tishani DoshiThe Gun - Vicki FeaverA Leisure Centre is also a Temple of Learning - Sue Boyle

By rosecoates

SaleThe Best Game of Guess the Verbs Drama Literacy Activity

The Best Game of Guess the Verbs Drama Literacy Activity

Drama! Get the kids up and moving with engaging interactive learning games. The IB PYP is all about inquiry and the Common Core is leading us towards more child centered inquiry and less teaching “at” the children. The learning within this 27 page, printable packet is designed with this philosophy in mind and has speaking and listening covered too.This game can be played as a whole class activity or smaller guided groups. It is a fun formative assessment tool also. Using a variety of verbs with this activity, the children are both learning about the use of applying these verbs and speaking and listening, together with discovery of how verbs can be utilized within text. (CCSS ELA L1-3.1 Knowledge of Language) Inferring is addressed also.I designed this packet with my 3rd graders in mind. It can of course be adapted for 1st,2nd4thand 5thgrade. It is ideal for literacy centers.Within this packet:•Identify the verbs through an interactive drama game•“Pick 3” practice work activities (pick 3 nouns and apply vivid verbs)•2 spinners with verbs and nouns for writing and drama activities•2 related worksheets•60 action verb cards for Guess the Verbs drama.Susan Powers

By susanpowers09

SaleIB PYP Research Skills Task Cards

IB PYP Research Skills Task Cards

Develop their natural curiosity with structured research, key concepts and presentations. These print and go cards are designed to help children learn more about researching for answers. The trans disciplinary skills are covered well within this packet, as the children learn to research their inquiries, connect their own thinking with the inquiry and add their own questioning to add depth to their research. Their newly found knowledge is then presented in a way that can be structured with the spinner activity or in a free method, as per your instructions.The key concept spinners can be used to add rigour to the activity as well as further encouraging the children to think through the conceptual lens. INCLUDED: 32 inquiry cards covering all of the key concepts4 blank inquiry cards for your own useSpinners with colour and black line for key concepts and methods of presenting.Lesson suggestions.You can find more activities and FREEBIES related to the IB PYP in my stores and in my blog Enjoy! ~ Susan

By susanpowers09

SaleA Fun Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt

A Fun Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt

A Scavenger hunt is a great, get-em-out of their seats thinking activity. This printable literacy activity, focusing on the many different ways we can express ourselves, is perfect for assessing and reviewing the children’s ability to recognise and use figurative language. Through an active scavenger hunt, the kids have to find the form of expression in each text task card. But, also included in each card are examples of figurative language. They must find the figurative language too! Two rigorous and engaging activities rolled into one. This packet is aligned with 3rd and 4th grade CCSS ELA L.3 and RL4. This is a great activity to use with literacy centres or whole class. I actually designed this for my 3rd graders as a lesson tying in with our unit of inquiry about How We Express Ourselves. I stuck the text cards around the room. The children then had to take their worksheet and clipboards and wander around, finding the form and figurative language in each card. The text is differentiated with the blue cards being more challenging than the pink, thus you can meet the needs of all readers. I do give the kids opportunity to choose for themselves whether they wish to challenge themselves with all of the cards or just stick to the pink cards. It was thoroughly engaging. There is also a follow up activity with longer text about American Indian folktales. The children had to identify the main idea and supporting details of this text as part of guided reading. This can also be used to find and identify the figurative language within this text, thus increasing the rigour once more. Included:•Self-reflection/assessment sheet•Differentiated quiz sheets: pink questions are less challenging than blue, I give the kids the choice.•12 differentiated scavenger hunt text cards. ( some contain more than one type of figurative language to increase the rigor)•Differentiated text of American Indian folktale.•Main idea and supporting detail worksheets•Recording sheets for finding and identifying the figurative language from the story.•3 Picture sheets to use as provocation/background building, writing activity where the children have to create their own figurative language or as inspiration for descriptive writing. ( I used these for descriptive writing paragraphs and expository writing) I hope you enjoy this resource. Please take a look in my store for many more inquiry based activities. Thank you for your purchase! Susan Powers

By susanpowers09