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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

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

Fantastic Mr Fox Comprehension KS1 Activities Booklet! (Aligned with the Curriculum Expectations)

Fantastic Mr Fox Comprehension KS1 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 'Fantastic Mr Fox.' (Teachers have found them particularly useful in comprehension or guided reading sessions). They are perfect for aiding the progress of children towards meeting the Year 2 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 Foxes' - 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;'- 'Bean'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;'- 'Mr Fox' - 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

English 9-1 Essay Marking Grids and student self checklist.

English 9-1 Essay Marking Grids and student self checklist.

English 9-1 Essay Marking Grids and student self checklist. This resource will help focus and train your students what to include when writing an extended piece of work and provides a framework to then assess this piece of written work.The essay marking grid is an easy to use and adaptable assessment criteria for the teacher to use. Also provided is a self and peer assessment student checklist.I hope you find these as useful as I have.

By bkingsnorth

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The Stone Mouse by Jenny Nimmo - a Comprehension Unit of Work

The Stone Mouse by Jenny Nimmo - a Comprehension Unit of Work

A whole range of comprehension questions (literal, inference / deduction) for (UK) Years 3 and 4 with text, sentence and text level tasks also which engage the pupil to reflect on this sweet book , written by Jenny Nimmo who was once the BBC's director for 'Jackanory'.

By philipjohnson

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Long Way Home - Morpurgo - Unit of Work (with answers)

Long Way Home - Morpurgo - Unit of Work (with answers)

A unit of work for Years (UK) 5 and 6. Pupil's sheets as well as staff sheets (answers) Includes comprehension work, text level comprehension questions, sentence level and word level tasks including vocabulary work, character studies. Where the intro asks pupil to compare Long Way Home with Kensuke's Kingdom, you could insert an alternative book here for the children to carry out their comparisons ?

By philipjohnson

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Full Scheme of Work: Moving Image. Casino Royale.

Full Scheme of Work: Moving Image. Casino Royale.

Exciting scheme of work for KS3 classes on Moving Image. Takes pupils through media terminology in the first section and then allows them to apply what they have learnt to Casino Royale.Lesson 1- Introduction to the Media.Lesson 2- Audience.Lesson 3- Genre.Lesson 4- Signifiers and connotations. Pupils analyse a Casino Royale film poster and then create their own.Lesson 5- Connotation and denotation.Lesson 6- Stereotypes.Lesson 7- Soundtracks. Diegetic and non-diegetic sound.Lesson 8- Camera angles.Lesson 9- Writing up an essay.Lesson 10- Stereotypes in Casino Royale.Lesson 11- Camera angles in Casino Royale.Lesson 12- Writing up stereotypes and signs in Casino Royale.Lesson 13- Writing up camera angles and sound in Casino Royale.Lesson 14- Extension lesson for top-sets on Representation in the Media.Includes writing frames, model answers and builds up to an end of term assessment on Moving Image in Casino Royale.

By kattyanne72

Back to School IB PYP Portfolio Cover Sheets

Back to School IB PYP Portfolio Cover Sheets

These IB PYP cover sheets can be used for the on-going working binder and/or for the IB PYP Portfolio. These sheets are designed to be used as a mini reflection sheet as the you introduce each new unit of inquiry. There are two forms of the portfolio sheets and are created to make the children think about the new central idea and the lines of inquiry as they write them on the cover sheet. The second type asks the children to think about the new central idea and to illustrate their thinking about it, along with noting down any questions/inquiries that may have as you introduce the unit. UK & USA spelling. They are great to separate each unit of inquiry within the daily working binder or to use as a cover sheet for each unit within their portfolio. I have used these sheets also within our Student Led Conference preparation. Easily differentiated and suitable for grades 2-6. You will find a collection of 12 new unit sheets, titled with the name of each theme. Use them with:Introducing new units.End of unit reflectionsPortfoliosStudent Led Conferences. You may also be interested in my unit planners and reflection pack & other IB PYP resources which can be found in my store or on my blog. I have complete units of inquiry for each theme as well as resources to build understanding of the Learner Profile, Attitudes and Key Concepts.Enjoy! Susan Powerswww.pypteachingtools.com

By susanpowers09

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The Bog Baby - Book Study

The Bog Baby - Book Study

The Bog Baby is a well loved story about childhood.You will need to first purchase the book 'The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Gwen Millward'.A suggested site to purchase this is:https://www.amazon.com/Bog-Baby-Jeanne-Willis/dp/0375861769KS1 - activities to encourage understanding and exploration of themesKS2 - As above but also philosophy for thinking - thinking deeper about the issues explored in the book (Trust / sisterhood / wild animals)* Simple introduction to the Bog Baby - two key questions writing frame* Being safe - informing people when you go out alone or with a friend* Instructions for keeping a Bog Baby* What I know about the Bog Baby* The forest* Text to self* Text to world* Text to Text* Story events and corresponding consequences writing frame* Real love* If I had a Bog Baby* A letter to the Bog Baby - two writing frames* A letter to Mum - two writing frames* Character traits* Adjective hunt* Verb hunt - three writing frames* My Bog Baby* Comprehension writing frame - 4 pages* Vocabulary challenge* Bog Baby similes* Bog Baby flip booklet* Wild animals as pets flip booklet* Text connections* 40 pagesThis unit will be updated regularly

By KatQatresources

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

19th Century Literature Unit of Work

19th Century Literature Unit of Work

A file for teaching pupils regarding texts to do with science, colonialism and industrialisation in the 19th century. Uses 'Frankenstein', 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Jekyll and Hyde' and 19th century non-fiction texts to support interpretations. Word and powerpoint documents.

By literacystars

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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

Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein - The Tragic Hero

Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein - The Tragic Hero

This engaging and detailed lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of the lead protagonist in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein. The lesson places a particular focus upon how Victor fits the role of a tragic hero, and it studies the actions and behaviours that lead to his inevitable demise. Students also analyse how Shelley uses the character of Victor to present key messages about religion, unchecked ambition, and the treatment of the ‘others’ in society.The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:- Defining the role of the tragic hero and exploring how Victor personifies these features;- Understanding prevailing attitudes towards religion, ambition, and appearances, and investigating how Victor would have been received considering these ideas;- Reading and understanding extracts in which Victor's fatal flaws are evident, and considering how they are relevant;- Analysing how Shelley utilises Victor and his demise to present key messages to readers;- Linking knowledge of time, place, and author, and relating these to specific areas of the text;- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.Included is:- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including an animated Frankenstein's monster to guide them through the lesson);- Mood map - to track Victor's role in the plot and eventual destruction;- 'Frankenstein's Actions' worksheet;- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;- Comprehensive lesson plan.There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to middle-ability year 10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.

By TandLGuru

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The Black Book of Secrets

The Black Book of Secrets

This unit of work supports the reading of the whole novel. Complete with reading activities, including essay writing and a reading assessment. Spoken language activity included to encourage pupils to think about the language they use. Ending with a narrative/creative writing task in which pupils write their own chapter for the novel.

By sarahcracker123

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Butterfly Unit ~ Close Reading Passages ~ Text Dependent Questions

Butterfly Unit ~ Close Reading Passages ~ Text Dependent Questions

Butterfly Unit ~ Close Reading ~ Text Dependent Questions : We have developed this Common Core aligned complete Butterfly Unit with CLOSE Reading passages, text dependent questions, and essential questions that contains everything needed to teach a rigorous unit on butterflies. Four original CLOSE Reading nonfiction passages were created to help teach your students about butterflies. CLOSE reading instructions and anchor charts are included to help you incorporate this skill into your teaching. There are text dependent questions aligned with each passage, a set of vocabulary cards with definitions to accompany each nonfiction text, a research report, Common Core Essential Questions, performance tasks, and RAFTS. A variety of other graphic organizers and activities are included. This unit emphasizes "Depth of Knowledge" (D.O.K.) throughout. You can use this unit in its entirety, or “pick and choose” the components to meet the needs of your students. This unit contains the following elements:• Four CLOSE reading nonfiction passages with illustrations:1. Introduction to Butterflies2. The Butterfly Life Cycle3. Butterfly Migration4. Parts of a Butterfly• Four sets of vocabulary cards with definitions, one for each CLOSE reading passage (Lexiles range from 500-850; we provide vocabulary support to scaffold for students who need more support).• CLOSE Reading Instructions PowerPoint ( or handout) explaining the steps of CLOSE Reading.• Anchor Charts for student annotation and Discussion Topics for CLOSE Reading.• Four sets of “Text Dependent Questions”, on set for each CLOSE reading passage.• Common Core Essential questions (to be used after all four passages are read, can be used as a summative assessment or a performance task.• Butterfly Research Report (template to be used to write a complete report on butterflies). This can also be used as a performance task.• RAFT ideas (explanation included if you’re not familiar with RAFTS).• Cognitive Content Dictionary (to be made into a “book” for student vocabulary words, definitions, and pictures).• KWL Chart (you can use this at the beginning of the unit to ascertain what they may already know about butterflies).• Venn Diagram to compare and contrast similarities and differences.• A Tree Map Graphic Organizer ( a grammar component for students to analyze the words in the passages and their parts of speech).• A CLOZE worksheet (a fill-in the blank) worksheet and answer sheet to assess vocabulary attainment and your students’ ability to utilize context clues.• Butterfly Crossword Puzzle (an added extra, can be used for early finishers or homework) with answer sheet and word bank.

By theteacherteam