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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

ELA 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

Easter

Easter

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

Y2-6 set of6 Easter powerpoint lessons

Y2-6 set of6 Easter powerpoint lessons

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).

By newromantic

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

Boy Overboard - Whole scheme of work

Boy Overboard - Whole scheme of work

A selection of fully prepared powerpoint lessons to teach the fantastic book by Morris Gleitzman. Each powerpoint is split into sensible and workable sections of the book with activities to suit a range of learners. There are 14 individual lessons but a couple of the powerpoint slideshows have been further split to 2 or more lessons depending on the level of learners, there is also an extra lesson using the media suite (if you have access) to create character profile poster - great for classroom displays. Included are a practice and 'for real' reading assessment based on a character in the book. So all in all about 17 complete and fully resourced lessons. I have taught this book a number of times and some of the students really get involved and enjoy the story, characters and activities. Please leave a review if you purchase this - it will help others decide if the work is useful.

By waterbaby79

Point Evidence Explanation lesson using an extract from Oliver Twist.

Point Evidence Explanation lesson using an extract from Oliver Twist.

Keystage2/3/4. (Originally created for a Year 8, low ability, English set)The 13 slide presentation, allows the teacher to model the technique of writing Point, Evidence, Explanation paragraphs by 'scaffolding' the process as well as encouraging the students to use the techniques of 'skimming and scanning' and 'highlighting key words or phrases' when searching for 'evidence'.Also included are copies of both plain and annotated copies of the extract in which Dickens describes the poor conditions and cruelty experienced by Oliver and the other boys.As a starter or extended task, there is a copy of a handwriting practice/spelling worksheet.

By Parkside11

Travel Writing Lesson Bundle!

Travel Writing Lesson Bundle!

These engaging and detailed resources have been designed to make the teaching and learning of Travel Writing exciting, interesting, and easily accessible for all children. Throughout each lesson, students consider a different element of their writing (content, language, and structure) in order to produce imaginative and appropriate travel writing texts. Each lesson contains a comprehensive whole lesson PowerPoint, all the resources that you will need, and a lesson plan. Included are the following lessons:1. Travel Writing: Crafting Imaginative Content2. Travel Writing: Constructing Imaginative Language;3. Travel Writing: Creating Imaginative StructuresIndividually, these lessons are worth 6 pounds, meaning that you can make a 50% saving! All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the PowerPoint/ the bottom of worksheets.

By TandLGuru

Year 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

Travel Writing: Creating Imaginative Structures

Travel Writing: Creating Imaginative Structures

This stimulating and thought-provoking lesson enables students to create travel writing texts containing varied and imaginative structures, utilising strategies at both sentence level and whole-text level in order to add creativity and depth to their extended travel writing attempts. In particular, students learn how the subtle variation of sentence and paragraph order, in addition to a range of appropriate connectives, can help to create truly authentic and descriptive travel writing pieces.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 and identify the words that make up sentences;- Knowingly alter the structure and order of sentences, for effect;- Apply this knowledge to travel writing contexts;- Analyse model examples of travel paragraph/ whole text structures in travel writing;- Write their own travel writing pieces, with varied and imaginative structures;- Self/Peer assess travel writing attempts.This resource pack includes:- A visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;- An logical, piece-by-piece writing plan, that enables students to build interesting whole-text and sentence level structures;- 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 GREAT BIG WORLD BOOK DAY TREASURE HUNT 2017 - KEY STAGE TWO VERSION

The GREAT BIG WORLD BOOK DAY TREASURE HUNT 2017 - KEY STAGE TWO VERSION

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

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

IB 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 www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! ~ Susan

By susanpowers09

Peer Assessment and Improvement Lesson

Peer Assessment and Improvement Lesson

This is a one-off lesson that I used regularly in my teaching, either at the end of a longer piece of written classwork or at the end of an assessment. I even use this for sixth form teaching when they are handing in essays.The lesson involves:- A broken-down success criteria sheet that can be altered depending on topic- A PowerPoint that guides students through detailed peer-assessment- Students are each given a skill to assess and will peer assess five other pieces of work in a carousel activity. This works best with tables of 6. At the end of the lesson each student's work will have been assessed for each skill and by 5 other people. - Students will then improve their work based on this peer assessment before reflecting and showing their teacher where they feel they have improved their work the most.- The teacher can then mark with minimal annotations and see if they agree with the peer assessment.This lesson teaches itself once students have been trained into doing it!

By JustJen13

SaleSingh Song! - Daljit Nagra - AQA Poetry - Love and Relationships

Singh Song! - Daljit Nagra - AQA Poetry - Love and Relationships

An outstanding and engaging lesson on Nagra's 'Singh Song!' with 25 visually engaging and informative slides.Assessment Objectives linked to the New AQA English Literature Specification.This presentation will last 2/3 lessons and includes:Visually engaging slidesStarter/PlenaryExtension tasksThink, Pair and Share OpportunitiesContextual Information on the author.A reading of the poemA video explaining the poemIn depth stanza by stanza analysis using colour coding system.Questions for understandingExploration of key themesGlossary/Key terms exploredRelevant and engaging plenary to consolidate the students' learningStructure MeaningImageryLanguage EffectA writing task which will support learning and understanding in English LanguageA must have for anyone looking to teach 'Singh Song!'.

By russellhealy

Travel Writing: Constructing Imaginative Language

Travel Writing: Constructing Imaginative Language

This engaging and stimulating lesson enables students to create travel writing texts containing appropriate and imaginative language choices, utilising a range of different language techniques with subtlety in order to craft vivid and thought-provoking writing. In particular, students learn how the subtle use of varied verbs, adverbs, and adjectives, in addition to descriptive devices such as similes, metaphors, and personification, can help to create truly authentic and descriptive travel writing pieces.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 and identify verbs, adverbs, and adjectives, and understand the effects of varying these basic sentence building blocks;- Employ appropriate and imaginative verbs, adverbs, and adjectives to describe a range of travel images;- Understand and analyse how more advanced descriptive devices (similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, and assonance) influence the effect of writing;- Analyse a model travel writing attempt in relation to language features, before creating their own;- Self/Peer assess travel writing attempts.This resource pack includes:- A visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;- An interesting and ambitious travel writing extract (with a highlighted version for teachers):-A logical and challenging worksheet, encouraging students to identify and analyse;- 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

SaleBritish Values Bundle

British Values Bundle

British Values Bundle PowerPoint presentations and quizzes and task sheets about: • Individual Liberty • Rule of Law • Democracy • Tolerance and Respect • Diversity

By tinpot

Writing Basics Series

Writing Basics Series

Step-By-Step Activities to Better Writing! The eight books included in the series are: Writing Sentences, Writing Paragraphs, Understanding Paragraphs, Writing Stories, Writing Poems, Writing Letters, Writing Book Reports, & Writing Short Reports.

By RemediaPub

Writing Short Reports: Writing Basics Series

Writing Short Reports: Writing Basics Series

Students will write great short reports as they follow the guidelines in this step-by-step book. After reading each one-page story, students answer key questions designed to extract important facts from the written information. The questions are structured in logical sequence and require complete-sentence answers. Then the answers, along with the topic sentence, are written on a blank copy of the report page (included in this book), resulting in a short report on the topic. A terrific step-by-step approach to skillful writing.

By RemediaPub

Writing Book Reports: Writing Basics Series

Writing Book Reports: Writing Basics Series

Students will write great book reports as they follow the guidelines in this concisely structured book. Outline headings and leading questions prompt students to include essential information and selective portrayals of main characters, settings, or story objectives. Description-enhancement lessons help to stimulate interesting or colorful accounts of the story's characters and content. A vocabulary enrichment page is included on which readers list unusual or difficult words found in the book. Definitions are added to ensure understanding of the terms. Tips for oral book reports and fun activities such as designing a book jacket or drawing sequence cartoons representing story parts round off the lessons in this unique book.

By RemediaPub

SaleMixed Wordsearch Bundle

Mixed Wordsearch Bundle

A bundle of wordsearches for wordsearch addicts! Various subjects, ideal to use as starters or extension tasks. £40.00 worth of resources for £12.00.

By Rachel___

SaleMixed Wordsearch Bundle 2

Mixed Wordsearch Bundle 2

Wordsearch mixed bundle for wordsearch addicts! Various subjects, ideal for starters and extension tasks. £40.00 of resources for £12.00

By Rachel___

SaleWriting a RANT

Writing a RANT

A 14 slide lesson on the steps required to write a successful rant. Includes tips and advice as well as model RANT topics.Suitable for GCSE prep!

By rosecoates

SaleWriting to Inform

Writing to Inform

Includes:An 11 slide PowerPoint on writing to inform and success criteria including a sample information text for analysis.

By rosecoates

SaleChaucer Bundle

Chaucer Bundle

Includes:Context Lesson: An 18 slide PowerPoint on the context surrounding Geoffrey Chaucer, day to day life in the Middle Ages and The Canterbury Tales.Knight's Tale: An 18 slide PowerPoint exploring The Knight's Tale in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.Includes:A summary of the story.Character analysis including the knight himself.Key tasks exploring character and plot.Key questions to provoke thought and reflection on the story.Pilgrimage Writing Lesson:Geoffrey Chaucer Pilgrimage Writing Lesson:An 18 slide PowerPoint whole lesson on the definition of a pilgrimage and how to write about your own fictional/non-fictional pilgrimage or journey of self-discovery.

By rosecoates

SaleThe Knight's Tale - Canterbury Tales

The Knight's Tale - Canterbury Tales

An 18 slide PowerPoint exploring The Knight's Tale in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.Includes:A summary of the storyCharacter analysis including the knight himselfKey tasks exploring character and plotKey questions to provoke thought and reflection on the story

By rosecoates

Hatshepsut - Questions

Hatshepsut - Questions

A chapter by chapter collection of questions on Hatshepsut (or Hatchepsut)that I made for a book used in the Choueifat/ Sabis network of schools for students of Grade 5/6.

By SabaaAli

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

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

English Langauge Exam Preperation. Edexcel Paper: Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing. 1-9 GCSE

English Langauge Exam Preperation. Edexcel Paper: Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing. 1-9 GCSE

Contains 5 observed 'Outstanding' lessons designed to revise how to analyse and create both Fiction and Non-Fiction texts. All lessons vary the activities throughout to engage pupils with a mixture of individual, paired and group tasks. All lessons contain peer or self assessment, with 1-9 marking criteria provided. Take the hassle out of revision with this series of pupil led lessons. Visit my shop for more useful resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/PhilippaBrooks

By PhilippaBrooks