Explanation writing, causal connectives, fun dice activity, 'Explain yourself', warm ups, models

Explanation writing, causal connectives, fun dice activity, 'Explain yourself', warm ups, models

Explanation writing is one of the trickier non-fiction genres in the primary curriculum. Although we rarely explain sequences using formal language, we often explain things in every day terms. How do you complete that level of the game? How do you do that magic trick? How did you solve that problem? There is a group of words and phrases that can help explain cause and effect more precisely. These can be called ‘causal connectives’. This is not a strictly defined group of words – more collection of conjunctions, adverbs and other cohesive devices that can be useful for this genre of writing. Try the dice activity ‘Explain yourself’ and watch your class get comfortable using these connectives aloud as they explain diverse subjects including ‘how to take the perfect selfie’ and ‘how the digestive system works’. When they are ready, they can write some of their favourite explanations, using causal connectives with accuracy. NEW! I have now added 4 simple oral warm up activities. These encourage to children to rehearse useful vocabulary (consequently, as a result of this, so, so that, therefore, however) and add brackets to explanation sentences. Try that tricky language aloud before you get into any writing! I have also added 7 model explanations to give some ideas of things to write about.
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300 generic activities.  Create lessons in seconds!

300 generic activities. Create lessons in seconds!

Create lessons in seconds with this HUGE PowerPoint of animated lesson activities. There are HUNDREDS of templates that you can over-type in seconds to create engaging lesson material. Highly praised by John Simpkin of Spartacus Educational and Mark Warner of Teaching Ideas. I am very confident you will like this. If you do, please click on my profile to see my other popular resources. Thanks (This file also has a bank of PowerPoint timers - it's the most useful planning tool ever!) The size of the file should show you how much stuff there is! Without sounding overly confident - it's the best resource out there! Many thanks Copyright T.Taylor NOTE: Following its success in the summer sale, I have decided to keep the sale price - so grab a bargain! Used to be £5. Many thanks.
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Marking time-buster. 50 ideas

Marking time-buster. 50 ideas

You will save countless hours of marking time with these ingenious ideas. INSTEAD OF......(common mistake), try................(new time saving solution!) These are highly praised and have been adopted at whole-school levels. 50 great ideas with scanned examples (If you search '300 lesson activities - you will see that my products are popular here on TES. This product is just as good!).
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Persuasive writing and balanced discussion, dice games, model texts, planning frames, toolkits

Persuasive writing and balanced discussion, dice games, model texts, planning frames, toolkits

Orally rehearse the language of persuasive writing and balanced discussion before writing. Throughout Key Stage 2, children are expected to take part in debates and compose one-sided arguments or balanced discussions. To be successful at this, children need plenty of opportunities to use the language of argument. Connecting phrases such as 'it is obvious that', 'other people claim that' and 'opponents of' need to be orally rehearsed as children do not encounter them regularly in their daily lives. This fully planned session, complete with a presentation and a fun dice game, will give children the experience of using the language of argument in a purposeful way. Use this session prior to any 'argument' style writing and it will give children the tools to be successful. *I have now added 'Whose side are you on? Advanced'. This version is for 4 players and enables children to create full balanced discussions orally. The patterns they use exactly mirror the structure of a written balanced discussion. **I have also added a model text, a planning frame and a self assessment sheet for persuasive writing and a model text, a planning frame and a self assessment sheet for discussion writing. ***I have also added: a one sided model text in favour of Victorian style child punishment (for children to argue against!) a one sided model against mobile phones in school for children to argue 'for' a mobile phone fact or opinion sorting activity a one sided model for animals in circuses for children to argue against a one sided argument against computer games for children to argue 'for' a computer games counter argument activity a computer games fact or opinion sorting activity a for and against sorting activity linked with space a for and against sorting activity linked with aliens
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Speech Bubbles

Speech Bubbles

Print and laminate, then use on any working wall and allow the children to add the text with a whiteboard marker.
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The Tempest - Quotation Matching

The Tempest - Quotation Matching

An activity designed to enable students to explore the language of Shakespeare and identify the modern-day equivalents of certain phrases from Act 1 Scene 2 of the play. Students are then required to answer a question exploring the relationship between the different characters. Easily adaptable for students of different abilities and ages. *** All quotes from the play are the intellectual property of William Shakespeare***
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Roald Dahl Day - September

Roald Dahl Day - September

A PowerPoint and Activities for students to complete during Roald Dahl day, or as part of a unit on Roald Dahl and his work. The PowperPoint introduces Roald Dahl and the various activities the students can complete, and then the activities are aimed at challenging the students in terms of their language understanding as well as their under standing of the writer himself.
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The Fisherman and His Wife, Readers Theatre Script with Lessons

The Fisherman and His Wife, Readers Theatre Script with Lessons

This readers theatre script, includes suggestions for developing fluent, expressive reading. Scripted for 4 voices, it can be easily adapted for multiple voices on 1 or more parts. Discussion suggestions are given for the concept of rewards given for work / wishes. Other idioms are also included in the discussion section of this package: For example: What does each suggest about attitudes and beliefs about wealth, and work ethics? Which character might hold these attitudes? -the meek shall inherit the earth -be grateful for what you have -easy come, easy go -the world owes me a living -all that glitters is not gold -money is the root of all evil -the early bird gets the worm -a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and much more! Total Pages: 11 with reproducible expressive reading prompts and a assessment guide for oral reading.
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Olympic News Report Creating

Olympic News Report Creating

A lesson plan for a morning session of a summer school. Students were asked to research a country; assign roles in the report; improvise language and questions for the report and finally, perform their report to an audience. Great for all ages and abilities. Can be easily adapted. ***All images courtesy of http://www.olympic.org/rio-2016-summer-olympics***
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Speech Train

Speech Train

This is one way of helping students understand how to plan and draft their work and ideas on presenting a speech. The speech train provides a visual representation of their speech - showing how each section should be linked and how important it is to have a direction and destination for your speech. I enlarged this to A3 before getting the students using it, then it's spacious enough for lots of ideas!
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