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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

A Complete Unit of Inquiry Exploring Explorers IB PYP

A Complete Unit of Inquiry Exploring Explorers IB PYP

Inquiry is all about exploring and this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry is all about exploring explorers! This 54 page, printable packet is a complete, trans-disciplinary unit with engaging, hands on lessons, interactive notebook activities and research based inquiries that cover the central idea of : Exploration from the past, present and future can change the way people live. The theme is Where We Are in Place and Time.Within this complete unit of inquiry, you will find pre-assessments, formative assessment and a summative assessment, along with a final reflection for portfolios. I have included lesson suggestions for all of the activities, worksheets and interactive notebook tasks.Strands covered include:Math: angles, lines, rays and polygons, coordinates and 4 quadrant graphs, negative numbersNon fiction literacy: skills compare & contrast, expository writing; biographies Descriptive writing: planners and figurative language, creative writing leads Personal Narrative writing: letters/journalsGeography: continents, oceans and compass points History: articles for reading and independent research Art and craft activitiesThe explorers include:Christopher Columbus, Cortez, Neil Armstrong, Ferdinand Magellan, Roald Amunsden, James Cook, Captain Scott, Tom Crean and more.If you like this, you may be interested in my other complete units of inquiry in my stores which include Revolutions and Revolutionaries, Rainforests, Animal Adaptations, Poetry, Media Impact, Extreme Weather and many more.Enjoy!Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com

By susanpowers09

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

Descriptive Writing (4 weeks) unit based on Mysterious Traveller by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham

Descriptive Writing (4 weeks) unit based on Mysterious Traveller by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham

This is a 4 week unit of planning that supports pupils to write a story set in far off lands from a place very foreign to what they are used to. The text is the Mysterious Traveler by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham who were inspired to write this book after visiting Mali and finding out one of the most famous local guides was blind. The story tells of an old man finding an abandoned baby in the desert who he adopts as his own grand-daughter. He teaches her how to track her way through the desert and she travels with him while he guides traders through the deserts of northern Africa. When he loses his vision she becomes his eyes and they work in tandem on their adventures. This unit has inspired my class to write some fantastic stories.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 describe details using appropriate language.• To find the meaning of words.• To use different sentence types.• To retrieve and record information from text.• To take notes to summarise details.• To use spoken language to imagine and empathise.• To take notes to summarise details.Stage 2 - Capture, Sift & Sort learning outcomes• To use a fronted adverbial to explain how, when or where something took place.• To write expanded noun phrases.• To choose more powerful adjectives.• To use different conjunctions.• To use and punctuate direct speech.• To write a descriptive setting.• To summarise key facts from reading.Stage 3 - Create, Refine & Evaluate learning outcomes• To plan and organise my ideas to effectively support my writing.• To revise, edit evaluate and improve my writing. X4 lessons Stimulate 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

KS2 Reading for Inference Booklet 6

KS2 Reading for Inference Booklet 6

This is the 6th of our super KS2 reading resource booklets. An excellent resource for developing KS2 reading skills and, in particular, inference and deduction, includes a variety of texts with answers (to aid speed of marking).

By jessplex

Character Types PPT

Character Types PPT

Lovingly designed 24 slide PPT on Character Types in stories- round, flat, dynamic, protagonist, antagonist, etc. Uses characters pupils are familiar with to explain in a memorable way the different character types. Pupils can then apply this knowledge to whatever novel or short story they are reading. Makes for an entertaining lesson or two.

By Polaphuca

Descriptive Writing - Unusual Buildings

Descriptive Writing - Unusual Buildings

Students read descriptive extracts from two novels. Students then identify descriptive techniques in the extracts before using the techniques to create their own piece of descriptive writing. A stunning resource.

By hannah_phelan2508

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein -Fact or Fiction (Reading Comprehension). Text about Einstein,your students will be surprised when they read that the some things they know about him are simply fiction!+Writing activity

By Olynj

Mysterious Traveller Reading Comprehension

Mysterious Traveller Reading Comprehension

This is a great whole book planned guided reading unit based on the book Mysterious Traveller by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham. The story tells of an old man finding an abandoned baby in the desert who he adopts as his own grand-daughter. he teaches her how to track her way through the desert and she travels with him while he guides traders through the deserts of northern Africa. When he loses his vision she becomes his eyes and they work in tandem on their adventures. I have planned a unit of work that is split into 9 different reading comprehensions as each set of questions has between 6 and 8 questions and covers 5 pages of the book. I have also included printer friendly pages where there are 3 copies of the questions on each page so it is easy to prepare for lessons. I have included all the answers too as this is a great time saver. The questions are designed to easily fit English books as I have adjusted the margins so they fit. I hope your class enjoys this book as much as mine have always done.

By mrichmond

Fiction and Non-Fiction Mega Bundle

Fiction and Non-Fiction Mega Bundle

Fiction and Non-Fiction Mega BundleAbsolute MUST have bundle pack of premium fiction and non-fiction resources.Outstanding value!Many, many lessons. £33.50 worth of resources for just £6.99. A giveaway! Hours and hours of time saved!For more information on each lesson, click on the links below.Visit my page for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish

By EngageinEnglish

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a story” written by Richard Bach . Following passion in life.

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a story” written by Richard Bach . Following passion in life.

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a story” written by Richard Bach.Inspiring story of finding and following passion in life.It is a presentation created by Izadora Evans © . “Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a story” is a very beautiful story publishes in 1970. The story's character is a Seagull but he is not an ordinary Seagull. He is unique, because he is following his dream to fly over the sky with perfection of Master. Jonathan Livingston Seagull- is very motivated bird. His passion of flying with correct speed and at correct angles means everything to him. Jonathan Livingston Seagull was outcasted by his family and friends, because he wanted to achieve more with his skills than just normal gull. He leaves alone and practise his skills, meets couple new chaps and becomes Master himself ready to teach others. This book is very inspirational and teach that following passion in life leads to success. It has philosophical meaning as it can easily picture pathways of many successful people. I really enjoyed this book and decided to share with you so you can now inspire the youngest to be the Masters one day. If you would like to get in touch with me regarding the presentation please contact me by email izadora_evans@hotmail.co.uk All rights reserved ©

By izadora38

Atmospheric Writing

Atmospheric Writing

An 11 slide PowerPoint on atmospheric writing including key ingredients and tasks for students to complete. Includes opportunity and instruction for peer assessment as well as self reflection to ensure progress in creative writing.Also includes a separate checklist to print for students to tick off and ensure they have ingredients for a successful atmospheric piece.

By rosecoates

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

ID SPY CARD game! KS2, KS3 STARTER

ID SPY CARD game! KS2, KS3 STARTER

Pupils have to match the characters/celebrities to the ID card - which contains lots of clues! Pupils then have to answer questions about how they used their detective skills to match the cards. Great resource, fantastic starter!

By georgia_katherine

Blind date with a book - get your pupils reading!

Blind date with a book - get your pupils reading!

KS3, KS4.A step by step guide of how to run blind date with a book! Pupils are given 'surprise' short stories, and have to read and review them! Includes a colourful and detailed 'story map' where pupils can review their short story. Pupils then can compare their short stories with other classmate's and this helps them to compare literature, whilst also getting them to think about what makes stories successful - great for creative writing! The short stories are super easy to find online, so this exercise can be tailored to many themes/genres!

By georgia_katherine

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

PE Curriculum Connection: Integrating Language Arts (Informational Text) into PE

PE Curriculum Connection: Integrating Language Arts (Informational Text) into PE

ALIGN COMMON CORE LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS IN PEInside this packet are 2 Curriculum Connection Signs/Posters for integrating Language Arts- Informational Text into Physical Education. The 2 posters (Kdg. to 2nd and 3rd to 5th) identify 2 Common Core Standards for Language Arts- (Informational Text) for each grade level and provide examples of how we can align to the CC Language Arts Standards by implementing simple PE teaching practices/activities in our daily lessons. The stated PE Language Arts applications are easy to do and in most cases, we as physical educators, are already incorporating these practices when teaching using posters, signs, task cards, cue cards, station cards, web pages, white boards, and chalk boards. These PE Curriculum Connection signs or posters can be posted in your gyms or hallways leading to your gym entry door and can be displayed for all to see as a testament to how we can integrate academic subject standards into the curriculum we teach. Many of the Language Arts integration activity and teaching practice examples (on these signs/posters) can be easily fused into the fitness and skill-based activities that you are already teaching. By having students read and understand PE- related text and illustrations and then presenting the information to each other, we are fusing active movement with academic learning. It is a “Win-Win-Win” for us, the classroom teachers and of course our students. Administrators and parents will love to read these signs/posters and they will automatically bring up a positive conversation. These PE printables come in both a PDF and JPEG format and automatically print on a 8 ½ by 11 inch sheet of standard copy paper but can easily be “blown up” into a small sign or a poster size document (with a school or store poster maker) for all to see. Print, laminate, post and keep for years to come.

By ejpc2222

Short Story Narrative: Christmas in the Barn

Short Story Narrative: Christmas in the Barn

This resource is perfect for the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enclosed you will find five pages of a short narrative story that has a certain rhyme and rhythm to it that students will enjoy! It is a story told from a young girl’s point of view about how she wishes for a horse for Christmas. She is reminded in the story that she will still have a great Christmas even if she doesn’t get a horse; however, she is convinced that one secretly hides in the barn for her. Her mom reminds her about many other children whose parents might very well be away for Christmas. This is a very old Christmas story and was published through Scholastic in 1968. Again, the students will love many teaching and learning activities associated with the story! This story lends itself to several teaching and learning endeavors such as: (1) the use of personification; (2) great vocabulary instruction; (3) sequencing; (4) point of view; (5) Descriptive Writing; (6) research and investigation of several different states discussed in the story; (7) the use of similes to make comparisons; and (8) making predictions about what will happen next in the story based on the context clues provided! Have a great time with your students!And…Merry Christmas!

By MissAlaneious

Writing for an audience

Writing for an audience

This animated Power Point comprises 10 slides advising students how to write for specific audiences. They are asked to consider the tone, style and register of what they are writing in order that these match the audience. Audiences might be determined by age, gender, expertise and the relationship to the author. Pupils are advised to TAP before writing: in other words consider the topic, audience and purpose of their writing. Finally they are given three options to write about: a speech aimed at Y6 explaining what to do about cyber-bullying; a letter to a newspaper editor arguing for or against expensive international travel or a leaflet advising young adults how to establish healthy sleep patterns.Suitable for ages 10+

By jlimb

The Littles - (Reed Novel Studies)

The Littles - (Reed Novel Studies)

The Littles is a complete 55 page novel study guide. The guide is presented chapter-by-chapter and includes the following distinct sections: Before You Read, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions (including many higher-level thinking questions); Activities. The novel study includes everything needed to teach the novel including the following concepts / activities: setting, literary devices, research assignments, cloze activities, creative writing assignments, character studies, parts of speech, analogies, synonyms and antonyms, crossword and word search puzzles, studies in conflict, constructing a storyboard and sequence chart. It also contains a complete Answer Key.Many Links with the Common Core Standards (U.S.)You may wish to check out Island of the Blue Dolphins – a free offering on Teachers Pay Teachers done by the author in the same format as The Castle in the Attic.The writer of this novel study has had more than 60 curriculum units published. These are available in such outlets as Chapters and Staples and most stores for teachers.

By reednovelstudies

Loads of Garbage Inference Activity

Loads of Garbage Inference Activity

This product will help your students learn to make inferences based upon on the items they find someone's garbage. This 11 page product will surely get your students working together to towards eliminating expired activities out and bringing new, refreshing and engaging conversation in.www.mrclarkspe.com

By Mrclark5

Make it Rare

Make it Rare

This product will surely help your students make it RARE!Students will learn how to answer open ended questions that are tested using a 4 point rubric with this helpful handout, and printable for you to display in your classroom. Make it RARE so they will CARE!

By Mrclark5

Author Study Reading Packet

Author Study Reading Packet

This is product is an Author Study Reading Packet t hat has 11 different individual activities sure to keep your students engaged during various reading assignments. They are segmented into the following areas: Setting Developer Character Captain Questioner Visualizer Predictor Word Wizard Clarifier Connector Passage Picker Summarizer Resolver

By Mrclark5

Create Multiple Choice Questions

Create Multiple Choice Questions

This product will help your students create multiple choice questions and also an answer key to help them prepare for quizzes, tests, and other forms of assessment.

By Mrclark5