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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

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

This resource has been created to be used as a GENTLE Key Stage 2 Reading Practice TEST. Its purpose is to increase pupils’ confidence and help prepare them for the Reading Test by offering a Test Booklet that has been designed to resemble the National Curriculum tests. Pupils will become familiar with the layout and requirements of the tests but without the ‘pressure’ associated by formal testing.The three texts are; ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Edward Lear. A non-fiction text; ‘Barn Owls’ and ‘Macavity, the Mystery Cat’ by T.S. Eliot. Pupils enjoy working through these classic and interesting texts, sometimes seeing them from new and surprising perspectives.A completed test booklet has also been included so pupils can ‘mark’ their own work - this saves teacher’s precious ‘marking time’ and also allows for discussion of answers. This resource is also a handy ‘pick-up and go’ resource when things become hectic in class.

By crigdon

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

This interesting and highly-stimulating lesson enables students to gain a clear and understanding of the key meanings in the Greek Myth ‘Echo and Narcissus.’ Through engagement with the story, students learn to interpret and infer the key meanings in the text, understand its predominant morals, and back up their ideas with textual evidence.The lesson follows a clear, logical, bite-size learning journey, which guides students towards differentiated learning objectives. Over the course of this journey, they become able to:- Define the key term 'moral' and identify the morals in popular tales;- Read the story 'Echo and Narcissus' and interpret the key meanings;- Identify, explain, and analyse the moral of the story in 'Echo and Narcissus';- Engage deeply with the text by inferring the thoughts and feelings of the key characters; - Test their understanding of the story by answering an exam-style comprehension question.-Peer assess each other's learning attempts.This resource pack includes:- A visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;;- Paper copies and online links to the extract needed for the lesson (end section of Act Two);- Greek Myths Definitions Cards;- Greek Myths worksheet (including answer sheet for teachers);- A logically scaffolded essay template;- A detailed lesson plan, complete with what the teacher and students should aim to achieve at each stage of the lesson.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the PowerPoint.

By TandLGuru

The Haunting Horror Story Creative Writing

The Haunting Horror Story Creative Writing

The Haunting Horror Story Creative WritingA group of friends find themselves trapped in an old hotel, only to suffer strange lucid dreams and terrifying nightly visitations. Will they escape or go insane? And what is the significance of the black rose?Visually attractive, creative horror story lesson complete with all resources needed for a fun engaging lesson or series of lessons. (At least two lessons will be required to complete the story.)Power point includes:* Attractive title page.* Story scenario – dramatic scenario (as above).* Complete lesson objectives and outcomes* Character cards page (with example, included) where students complete their own characters on special cards (resources included at the back of the Power Point.)* Planning sheet giving students a structured method in which to write an effective story (included at the back of the Power Point.)* A review prompt to discuss writing so far.* A review peer-assessment prompt which should set students up to continue the story next lesson.A simple but fun and engaging lesson!Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: Donney Nunley, Circus Tricks, Flickr.com. Emo Attitude, Haunted Boy, Deviant art.)

By EngageinEnglish

Frankenstein - Character Map

Frankenstein - Character Map

Frankenstein - Character MapThis resource is a great way to get students to gather the key information of the characters from the story. I have made this map to be printed up to any size and can be used time and time again as a helpful resource. Works well in A3 and has been used by other English teachers. For more creative ideas see my shop: @captionteseducationAlternatively contact me via my weblink if you have anything you would like me to make.All images are original vector images drawn by myself. ©2017 WTB

By captionteseducation

Peter Pan - 4 week Study Book (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5)

Peter Pan - 4 week Study Book (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5)

A study book filled with activities covering chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5 of Peter Pan. The tasks are designed around building the learner's inference skills and ability to construct well developed answers. It is also a good way to introduce learners to a classic text without the writing being too overwhelming. There are a couple of tasks designed to familiarise the students with the language used.Each task is given an extension for the more able. Though the book is designed towards year 7s, it has been used with high ability year 6s.

By AdamDuffield

Harry 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

Pocket Punctuation Guide - KS2

Pocket Punctuation Guide - KS2

A pocket sized punctuation guide for KS2 children. Especially useful for year 6 pupils as a revision guide for SATS. Covers 17 different types of punctuation commonly used.

By Katemooseadams

Pocket Grammar Guide - KS2

Pocket Grammar Guide - KS2

A pocket sized comprehensive grammar guide for KS2 children. Especially useful for year 6 pupils as a revision guide for SATS. Covers 42 topics including NOUNS, PREPOSITION, CLAUSES, ACTIVE and PASSIVE VOICE, SIMILES and MODAL VERBS.

By Katemooseadams

The Victorians - Votes for Women - historical debate and investigation

The Victorians - Votes for Women - historical debate and investigation

Drawing on the new History Curriculum and focussing on Aims: Strands 4 and 5 this resource includes: A collection of nine quotes from contemporary sources, An explanation of five activities that can be carried out using these resources Planning Templates to support arguments and a chart to help summarise arguments about the campaign for votes for women. Learning Objectives:• To understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, • To make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses • To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.Learning Outcomes: Pupils will be able to: • recognise and discern between arguments made for and against allowing women the vote. • draw on primary resources to produce a reasoned debate on the pros and cons of allowing women the vote. • produce their own persuasive argument in favour (or against) allowing women the vote. • produce a balanced argument on the advantages and disadvantages of allowing women the vote. • Produce their own written narrative about the campaign for women to be allowed to vote.

By MikeRichards

TOP TRUMPS - Biographies of world leaders past and present.

TOP TRUMPS - Biographies of world leaders past and present.

How does Donald Trump compare with Mother Teresa or Abraham Lincoln? Your students can find out with these versatile biography cards.Firstly, they will test your students’ reading skills.Secondly, they will enable them to structure and write biographies of their own.Thirdly, they provide a platform for you as a teacher to critically evaluate your students’ writing with feedback which they will find engaging; encouraging them to write to their very best ability.Fourthly, they provide an insight into Donald Trump’s top team; US presidents of the past; prominent world leaders of today; and influential leaders through history.Fifthly, as a game, this will be a tremendous amount of fun!++++THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS ARE SPLIT INTO FOUR SECTIONS:Trump's Team Trump, Preibus, Spicer, Devos, Conway, Tillerson, Pence, Mattis.US Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Kennedy, Nixon, Lincoln, Roosevelt.World Leaders 2017 May, Nieto, Netanyahu, Putin, Trudeau, Merkel, Jong-un, RouhaniWorld Leaders 2017 Mandela, Malala, Mother Teresa, Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, Peron.++++HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HOW THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS CAN BE USED:Reading skillsEach biography comes with three questions.RETRIEVE: Students will find this answer in the text.REVIEW: They will need to use summarising skills to answer the questions. Answers can be quoted from the text. The question will make this clear.RESEARCH: Students can use the internet to answer a question. The information cannot be found within the text.Compare and contrastStudents can take any two cards. Their task is to find three differences and three similarities about the characters they have chosen.Highlight the textReferring to the scores under each image, students can colour code the text that applies to each category with a highlighter or coloured crayon.Change the scoresYour students may disagree with the score their character has been given. Allow them to discuss and debate this in class, or with a group. They can then create their own scores in the ‘Write your own scores’ section.They can also colour code, as on the previous activity.Write your own biographiesAsk your students to look at the biographies. What features do they notice? They will hopefully point out that they are written in past tense and third person; chronological order; and summarise major events in a person’s life, often with years.Provide them with a blank template and ask them to complete the biography using the ones they have studied. Ask them to find out relevant information from secondary sources, such as the internet or in books.

By Richardtownend1978

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

Four items to use with the film JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS1. Assessment task with exemplar film review2.Comprehension handout3. Crossword handout4. Word search handout

By jaynorth

Structuring introductions - Julius Caesar

Structuring introductions - Julius Caesar

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this colour differentiated model answer demonstrates the elements that constitute a well-developed introduction for reading assessments. The sentences are differentiated by colour and pupils are encouraged to identify the purpose of each sentence from the checklist. In matching the sentence to its purpose (e.g. link to context), pupils begin to identify the elements of effective introductions and become more critical as they write their own introduction.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Homophones Word Mat

Homophones Word Mat

This is a word mat I have made for use in my class. A Homophone is a word that has the same sound as another but different meanings and or different spelling.

By mrichmond

Synonym Word Mat (240 in total)

Synonym Word Mat (240 in total)

This is a word mat with synonyms for:• Good• Bad• Happy• Sad• Fast• SlowEach word has 40 different synonyms which allows pupils to build their vocabulary as these are commonly used words.

By mrichmond

Homonyms Word Mat

Homonyms Word Mat

This is a word mat for Homonyms that I use with my class. A Homonym is a word that has the same spelling or pronunciation as another word but a different meaning or origin.

By mrichmond

Homograph Word Mat

Homograph Word Mat

This is a word mat for Homographs which are words that have the same spelling as another word, but a different meaning.

By mrichmond

Year 5 Example Model Texts Diary Story Setting Information Text

Year 5 Example Model Texts Diary Story Setting Information Text

A bundle of WAGOLLS and example model texts focussed on Year 5 writing objectives.These objectives include:semi-colonscolonsadverbialssubordinating conjunctionsparagraphseffective vocabularyparenthesisspeechusing different sentence types and openersprefixeshomophonesand many more. The different text types include:2 Information texts (Emperor Penguins and The Lost Thing)2 Setting descriptions (wartorn city and woodland)Adventure story (Survival)2 diary entries (different points of view)

By kimwilson163

Exam technique quiz

Exam technique quiz

Do you ever have students who never read questions and instructions properly?I created this to make the point on how important it is to read questions!Students just have to read the instructions carefully, they are not supposed to do any of the questions as at the end the need to just fold the paper in half.My Yr 11's loved it and it and it did provide a good few minutes of fun watching those students who did not read the task properly.Great starter activity if you are doing exam revision.It can be used with any year group in any subject.Enjoy!

By jamesskifaster

New GCSE Poetry Huge Bundle!

New GCSE Poetry Huge Bundle!

This huge resource pack contains highly stimulating, detailed, and informative whole-lesson resources for 15 different poems - each pf the poems feature on the new GCSE poetry lists for the vast majority of examining boards. The poems included are largely from the Relationships and War/Conflict poetry lists.Individually, these resources are worth around 30 pounds, meaning that you make a saving of 73% by purchasing the bundle!Each lesson employs a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, with a large variety of interesting tasks and ideas. This pack contains a whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation for each poem, in addition to all of the worksheets, task resources, and lesson plans that you need to teach. Bayonet Charge - Ted HughesBefore You Were Mine - Carol Ann DuffyDulce et Decorum est - Wilfred OwenIn Paris with You - James FentonLove's Philosophy - Percy Bysshe ShelleyMametz Wood - Owen SheersMother, Any Distance - Simon ArmitageNeutral Tones - Thomas Hardynext to of course god america i - E.E. CummingsOut of the Blue - Simon ArmitageSonnet 116 - William ShakespeareThe Charge of the Light Brigade - Alfred, Lord TennysonThe Falling Leaves - Margaret Postgate ColeWhat Were They Like? - Denise LevertovWhen We Two Parted - Lord ByronAll images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the presentations.

By TandLGuru

Three Fun Cinderella No-Prep Book Unit

Three Fun Cinderella No-Prep Book Unit

This bundle contains Three NO PREP Book Units and contains pages and pages of interactive, cross-curricular and engaging activities -- all standards-aligned. This print-and-go unit contains interactive journal pages, a review of Cinderella Elements PowerPoint – with compare and contrast for PowerPoint, essays, social studies assignments, quizzes and a whole lot more. Differentiated for use with the whole class.Dozens of lessons, assessments, interactive workbook pages and more.Included in this bundle:Cinderella PenguinDinorellaCinderella and the Hot Air Balloon.

By elizabethpinotti

Sport Idioms

Sport Idioms

Sport related idioms. Let students guess and figure out the meaning, before give them the definition - then they have to use the idiom to make sentences. Where the origin of the idiom is not obvious, I put it in brackets. This can be done as a game or competition. Enjoy!

By Olynj

Fake news bundle

Fake news bundle

Designed for KS3 or high ability KS2 in Citizenship, English or Tutor groups.Contains worksheet, presentation, quiz, activities, poster and quiz.The OECD announced that schools should teach people how to identify fake news. This assembly resource does just that. Contains video resources, slides and a script.

By studeapps

Reading Skills - Visualising Descriptions

Reading Skills - Visualising Descriptions

An activity designed to explore how we all read descriptive passages but see them differently. It requires students to read the extracts from the novels and then draw their interpretation of the description.Both extracts are copyright of their authors.

By Sazo123

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Whole School Literacy Newsletters

Whole School Literacy Newsletters

This bundle includes four teaching and learning newsletters that contain practical strategies and recent research to improve the standards of literacy and written accuracy.

By johnleehough

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Improving Whole School Written Accuracy- OFSTED Area for Improvement

Improving Whole School Written Accuracy- OFSTED Area for Improvement

This bundle of resources is for school leaders, departments or lead practitioners looking to improve whole school written accuracy. Created by the lead teacher of whole school written accuracy and presentation. The bundle includes;- 4 Literacy newsletters to provide practical strategies and reflection points.-Whole school marking stickers for all subjects to improve standards of written accuracy in the books. -Etymology worksheet to improve standards of spelling whole school. -History specific resources act as a department example of how to improve academic writing within a subject. -Historical book review worksheet to extend reading and scholarship beyond English Literature.

By johnleehough

Wallace Hartley Comprehension Activity

Wallace Hartley Comprehension Activity

A comprehension practice activity using Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster of the RMS Titanic, as the topic. The information links to the questions and requires the students not only to read carefully, but to read between the lines and pick out alternative information.* The source of the information is indicated on the information sheet*

By Sazo123

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Citizenship/PSHE: British Values: Bundle

Citizenship/PSHE: British Values: Bundle

Citizenship/PSHE: British Values: Bundle A bundle of PowerPoint presentations; quizzes and task sheets that cover the key ideas of British values, along with the UK court system and the Brexit process up to the Supreme Court decision.

By tinpot

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