Save the Rainforest! 6 free planned units of work to accompany the book 'Lost Lives' Leysa Henderson

Save the Rainforest! 6 free planned units of work to accompany the book 'Lost Lives' Leysa Henderson

Based on the book 'Lost Lives' by Leysa Henderson - https://www.waterstones.com/book/lost-lives/9781999783303 Six planned units of work based on the book. Genres covered are diary entries, poetry, instructional text, information text, persuasive text, presentation and book review. Each unit includes the internet resources (YouTube and websites), a progression of lessons, key features and most of the resources needed to deliver them. There are either modelled examples provided or you are directed to where good quality examples can be found. The book is about a young girl Megan who finds a magic atlas which transports her to another world. Here she meets the Manyak tribe and finds out why their land is being destroyed and why the orangutans are under threat of extinction. She learns that she can talk to animals and how to use her new magical powers to take revenge. The book highlights the environmental issues in Borneo when vast swathes of land are deforested and then planted with palm oil. The book uses the National Curriculum standards and expectations where possible - sometimes, for literary effect, I needed to stray from the confinements of the curriculum. It introduces pupils to new vocabulary and is short enough to be able to finish within half a term (approximately 120 pages including sketch drawings). The book will be published in September 2017 and can be purchased from Amazon or Waterstones. Or contact me at office@kreativefutures.co.uk to be added to the ever-growing list for further information. I asked an extremely honest 9-year-old to review it and was very clear that I wanted her candid opinion. This was her feedback. ‘I think you should definitely publish your book. I finished it last week and I thoroughly enjoyed it and you left a lot of curious cliffhangers and I always wanted to read on... you have used lots of brilliant grown-up words. This book was easy to understand and so addictive I could not stop reading! It has made me think differently about the things I buy in the shops.  My favourite character is Megan because she is kind, helpful, adventurous and curious. I'm similar to her in the way that we both care about animals, we always try to help in tricky situations, we're both adventurous...and we're both scared of spiders!!! The only difference is that I haven't been on such an amazing adventure as Megan. Not only do I like the way Megan has the power to turn a negative into a positive thing but also the way she can control objects without touching them like Roald Dahl's Matilda. You've mixed magic, emotions, reality and extreme curiosity to make an amazing book that no-one could fail to enjoy. I would give it 10 out of 10 and recommend it to 7+. This book has inspired me to be a better person by caring more about our environment and wildlife.   This book has now proved to be my favourite book.’
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Suspense story with a cliff hanger ending using Le Chaperon Rouge

Suspense story with a cliff hanger ending using Le Chaperon Rouge

This planning has achieved a very high level quality piece of writing from Year 6 pupils. The planning took 3 days to plan, resource and write a part modelled example so will save you many hours, which can be better spent elsewhere. Progression of lessons lasting over at least 14 sessions: 1. Listen to the video, without watching it, and decide what is happening. 2. Watch the video – use verbs to tick when they see an action 3. Compound sentences 4. Soundscapes – identify the sounds 5. What is the indefinite pronoun? 6. Starting a sentence with a progressive 7. Word collection – including Onomatopoeia 8. Personification poetry 9. Similes – choose some and make some up of their own. 10. Short sentences 11. Plan – choosing vocabulary 12. Model write and analyse 13. Children write and edit each section of the story Resources included: 1. Suspense adjectives 2. Suspense adverbs 3. Abstract nouns list – to create personification 4. Sound and movement verbs 5. Similes list 6. Planning sheet 7. PowerPoint of the story in pictures 8. PowerPoint on starting with the progressive 9. PowerPoint on the length of sentences 10. Model writing 11. Vocabulary sheet 12. Key features sheet 13. Onomatopoeia List 14. PowerPoint Indefinite pronoun 15. Indefinite pronoun meanings – answers 16. HA and MA Indefinite pronoun meanings 17. LA Indefinite pronoun meanings 18. PowerPoint on Personification, similes and abstract noun 19. PowerPoint of Compound Sentences Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Planned and full resourced writing of an Egyptian myth - Osiris and Isis

Planned and full resourced writing of an Egyptian myth - Osiris and Isis

This is a planned unit of writing for a myth. 1. Analyse different myth texts and pull out the features 2. Collect language in a grid. Children have to identify similar features. 3. Can they create a myth orally using the pictures. Let them hear the story and see if they can order the pictures and then retell it. 4. Simples sentences and different ways to open them using adjectives or an emotion. 5. Drop in phrases and clauses to explain who someone is. 6. Watch the story of the Egyptian creation story - up-level a text 7. Nouns (pronouns, concrete nouns, proper nouns and abstract nouns) 8. Using the story of Osiris and Isis children box up a story for chronological events. 9. Re write the story and edit as they go along. 10. Metaphors for children to insert into their rewrite. 11. Continue writing and editing each paragraph. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Explanation text using the Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions  - fully resourced and planned

Explanation text using the Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions - fully resourced and planned

This is a fun unit of work which could be used for all of Key Stage 2. Key features covered in the planning unit. 1. Selecting vocabulary 2. Using a range of cohesive devices 3. Using passive and modal verbs 4. Using adverbs, preposition phrases and expanded noun phrases to add detail 5. Commas for clarity 6. Parenthesis – commas, dashes and bracket 7. Writing in paragraphs 8. Using co-ordinating and subordinate conjunctions 9. Range of punctuation - ! ? , ‘ 1. Statements/rhetorical questions 2. Words to show cause and effect 3. Present tense (sometimes past tense) 4. Third person 5. Link your sentences together 6. Chronological order 7. Formal language mixed with informal language 8. Technical language/vocabulary Progression of lessons: 1. Use the dishwasher text to identify the genre and some of the key features 2. Watch the video of the snoozatron – explain that they will be writing an explanation text for another cracking contraption but using this one to practice the language 3. Look at the Modelled example of the Snoozatron for them to pick out the key features from the Key features for an explanation text with vocabulary. Get them to explain how detail was added. 4. Pupils practice writing related sentences to the Snoozatron using the vocabulary at the bottom of the key features sheet. Group 1 are Year 3/4 words and group 2 are Year 5/6. Encourage them to use the group 2 words. Encourage the pupils to write a question or a command or an exclamation – see PPT Purpose and Success for examples 5. Give the pupils the Explanation text – word mat and the PPT of the few pictures of the Snoozatron – can they make up sentences 6. Watch the Tellyscope video and give pupils the PPT - Tellyscope (print if off 6 on each page – back to back) 7. Give them the vocabulary on the Key features sheet to practice possible sentences 8. Give them the word mat sheet for them to rehearse sentences. 9. Pupils plan and write an introduction – remind them of the snoozatron introduction by showing them again. Why would you need the Tellyscope. MA and HA need to develop their idea to add detail 10. Edit their first section using the key features. 11. Continue writing and editing. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Personification and Observation Poetry - using the environment as a stimulus

Personification and Observation Poetry - using the environment as a stimulus

Progression of lessons: 1. Observation Poetry 2. Sort the verbs into groups – verb game 3. Sort nouns, adjectives, prepositions, verbs into groups 4. Match the adjective to the nouns 5. Decide which adjectives are for the countryside and which match the city. 6. Can they make links with the words to a picture? 7. Model the format of ‘I can see…’ from a given picture 8. Children rehearse their lines in pairs. 9. Can they put them into sentences which makes sense using the picture? They can add and change words. 10. Use countryside picture for them create their own ‘I can see…’ poems. 11. Personification Poetry 12. Explain what personification means 13. They add to the vocabulary lists using thesauruses – only focusing on synonyms to words given. 14. Model a few personification sentences from the picture. 15. Children write their own. 16. Edit their own poems. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Suspense story with a cliff hanger ending using Le Chaperon Rouge

Suspense story with a cliff hanger ending using Le Chaperon Rouge

This planning has achieved a very high level quality piece of writing from Year 6 pupils. The planning took 3 days to plan, resource and write a part modelled example so will save you many hours, which can be better spent elsewhere. Progression of lessons lasting over at least 14 sessions: 1. Listen to the video, without watching it, and decide what is happening. 2. Watch the video – use verbs to tick when they see an action 3. Compound sentences 4. Soundscapes – identify the sounds 5. What is the indefinite pronoun? 6. Starting a sentence with a progressive 7. Word collection – including Onomatopoeia 8. Personification poetry 9. Similes – choose some and make some up of their own. 10. Short sentences 11. Plan – choosing vocabulary 12. Model write and analyse 13. Children write and edit each section of the story Resources included: 1. Suspense adjectives 2. Suspense adverbs 3. Abstract nouns list – to create personification 4. Sound and movement verbs 5. Similes list 6. Planning sheet 7. PowerPoint of the story in pictures 8. PowerPoint on starting with the progressive 9. PowerPoint on the length of sentences 10. Model writing 11. Vocabulary sheet 12. Key features sheet 13. Onomatopoeia List 14. PowerPoint Indefinite pronoun 15. Indefinite pronoun meanings – answers 16. HA and MA Indefinite pronoun meanings 17. LA Indefinite pronoun meanings 18. PowerPoint on Personification, similes and abstract noun 19. PowerPoint of Compound Sentences Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Ban illegal tiger hunting - Planned and resourced literacy unit

Ban illegal tiger hunting - Planned and resourced literacy unit

This unit of work has over 29 resources to support writing an argument text. There are 25 lessons comprehensively planned and resourced with an overview at the beginning followed by the individual lessons. They are proven lessons which have produced a high level of writing in Year 6. Kreative Futures' planning, in this format, takes at least 3 full days to produce, which means it saves very busy and overwhelmed teachers many hours, which could be spent enjoying themselves. The resources are hyperlinked to make access easy (although sometimes the hyperlinks can be lost through uploading and then downloading). The progression of lessons is: 1. Collect information – facts and statistics and opinion 2. Complex sentences 3. Point Evidence Explain 4. Introduce persuasive starter sentences with a range of arguments 5. Collect more information 6. Complex sentences 7. Opinion and fact 8. Exaggeration – anecdotes 9. Collect more information 10. Verbs – present tense 11. Rhetorical questions 12. Matching task – words with definitions 13. Key features of a text 14. Write the introduction 15. Write second paragraph 16. Complex sentences 17. Could should would 18. Write the third paragraph 19. Second person and first person singular 20. Difference between question, statement and exclamation 21.Complete persuasive text with editing 22. Bias Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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What to cook for a dragon - instructional text

What to cook for a dragon - instructional text

This unit of work leads to writing up a recipe for a dragon. Included: 1. Model writing with end of KS2 writing criteria examples 2. Vocabulary table to collect words and phrases to feed in to the writing 3. Hyphenated word sheet 4. 2 x adverb list (low ability and higher ability) 5. PPt to lead the lessons 6. Teacher planning for 11 lessons 7. Planning sheet for pupils 8. Key features sheet with examples 9. There are games and sentences rehearsal 10. How to use semi-colons in a list Also included but have been collected from other sites: 1. Gobblefunk activity - making up new words and definitions plus a glossary sheet 2. Bossy verb mat 3. Other examples of instructional texts Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Reading and Writing INSET sessions

Reading and Writing INSET sessions

This is a must have bundle for Literacy Leaders. It will save hours of time preparing for INSET training. It is a culmination of years of experience as a Year 6 teacher, Literacy Leader and Specialist Leader in Education for Primary Literacy with many years of staff training. It will accelerate your knowledge avoiding giving up weekends to research and prepare INSET sessions. Literacy Leaders have a massive task on their hands and they need all the support and quick roots that they can possibly find. All the resources have been used to great effect both by myself and all the staff I have trained over the years. Good luck with it all you have a big job to do.
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Creative thinking skills

Creative thinking skills

A multitude of activities to develop creative thinking skills, leading to greater pupil independence. The questioning skills have been included to support the teacher lead the pupils through the lesson with open and meaningful questions. It give you a chance to practise and make your questioning strategies work with greater impact on the pupils' learning. My other hat is a performance coach, which specialises in questioning skills, and a Neuro Linguistic Programming Master practitioner, which also relies on open, clean questions to avoid influencing the answer. The power of asking the right question accelerates learning and development, whilst the problem with asking the wrong question can create barriers and close the pupil down. Questioning skills are complex and underestimated. I wish I had learnt the most effective technique at the beginning of my career.
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Poetry based around Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands (planned and resourced)

Poetry based around Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands (planned and resourced)

Included learning questions: How can I use figurative language to write a descriptive poem? How do I take notes when watching a video How do I apply my notes to make a poem? An example of a verse: The island of tortoises Slowly and clumsily moving Across the blackened earth Like a glacial river. The breakdown for how it is constructed is explained to make it easy to follow. Pupils loved writing this. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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The Plague a resourced and planned unit of work

The Plague a resourced and planned unit of work

This is a cross-curricular unit with History. There are a lot of resources with this unit of work. To help you navigate your way round go to the Teacher Planning Plague Story. The structure of the series of lessons is: 1. What was London like in the 17th C. dirty, unhygienic, human waste out the windows, lack of sewage system. 2. Noun phrases. Magic three descriptors. 3. Description of London from the video and pictures. Setting of London in the 1600s. 4. What is the plague. Symptoms. Plague doctor. 5. Similes and HA personification. 6. Short description of someone’s house who’s ill- diary entry. 7. Past perfect . ex. She has died. 8. Vocabulary collection for story. 9. The story of Eyam village. Berlie Doherty, children in winter. 10. Inverted commas (speech marks). 11. Read the story and box it up (structure) 12. Key features of story. 13. Planning of story. 14. Write and edit, show the model and they correct it. Many other genres could spring from this planning such as report writing, poetry and diary entry. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Vikings (Lindisfarne Raid) - historical story and newspaper report

Vikings (Lindisfarne Raid) - historical story and newspaper report

There are video and picture resources to accompany the lessons. This was a series of lessons for Year 3 but could be used for Year 4 as well. Included: 1. A brief plan of progression 2. Planning sheet for the pupils 3. Vocabulary sheet for pupils to add to (some words already included) 4. Story to introduce the topic - written from the perspective of a boy who witnessed the raid. 5. Model example of a newspaper report on the Viking Raid. 6. How to teach quotes 7. PPT to deliver the material with hyperlinks 8. PPT for pupils which include pictures and brief lists to support writing. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Planned and full resourced writing of an Egyptian myth - Osiris and Isis

Planned and full resourced writing of an Egyptian myth - Osiris and Isis

This is a planned unit of writing for a myth. 1. Analyse different myth texts and pull out the features 2. Collect language in a grid. Children have to identify similar features. 3. Can they create a myth orally using the pictures. Let them hear the story and see if they can order the pictures and then retell it. 4. Simples sentences and different ways to open them using adjectives or an emotion. 5. Drop in phrases and clauses to explain who someone is. 6. Watch the story of the Egyptian creation story - up-level a text 7. Nouns (pronouns, concrete nouns, proper nouns and abstract nouns) 8. Using the story of Osiris and Isis children box up a story for chronological events. 9. Re write the story and edit as they go along. 10. Metaphors for children to insert into their rewrite. 11. Continue writing and editing each paragraph. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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Non-fiction Writing

Non-fiction Writing

Six units of work which include the planning, resources and hyperlinks. This will save you hours of planning, creating the resources and searching for relevant clips and pictures to support learning.
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History lessons to make pupils think

History lessons to make pupils think

These lessons help you teach History, making it fun and interactive. In my experience, the pupils loved the challenge of unravelling how or why something happened. It offers pupils a chance to speak and construct their own argument after playing detective. It then leads into writing a well-constructed cross-curricular writing.
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Planned and Resourced Narrative Writing

Planned and Resourced Narrative Writing

This bundle includes 4 planned units of work and a list of themes for stories. The list of themes can also be used for guided reading.
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Resources for Literacy Leaders

Resources for Literacy Leaders

INSETs and resources for Literacy Leaders who have to deliver training and don't have the time to put it together. These resources will give you either a complete INSET session or add your own personal touch to.
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Cross-curricular writing - History

Cross-curricular writing - History

Two Egyptian planned and resourced units of work, one Grace Darling and one Vikings planned and resourced unit of work. They all give the overview followed by individual lessons.
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INSET and lessons on poetry

INSET and lessons on poetry

This takes the fear out of teaching poetry and makes it clear and easy to teach. One teacher said: "It was the best lesson I had taught.'
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Newspaper paper article – Dunkirk Landings (World War 2)

Newspaper paper article – Dunkirk Landings (World War 2)

These lessons start with a great thinking skills activity which uses pictures, maps, BBC animated videos as well as audio and YouTube clips for the pupils to put together the story of what happened at Dunkirk. This then has to be presented to the class by each group. After the teacher reveals the story, the pupils bullet point the chronology of events; this will be used to write the newspaper article. There is a model example of the newspaper report to draw out the key features which can be applied their own writing is given. It is best to use other examples of more up-to-date newspaper articles to further embed the pupils' understanding of a newspaper report: First News is an excellent resource. As a further activity, you could ask the pupils to write a diary as if they were a child whose father had taken his boat over to help at Dunkirk. There is some more planning on a letter home from a stranded soldier. This was very powerful and captured the boys’ imagination. Resources which are included for this are some planning sheets and a modelled example. You will need the film Atonement as this gives a powerful stimulus. Another area of writing is diary writing. There are three resources to support that: model example, an example to up-level and a pupil's planning sheet which gives a progression Included are PowerPoints, hyperlinked websites (sometimes the weblinks don't work because they can be removed) and the resources to support the lessons. There is also a real letter from a soldier who did not survive the war. This is very emotional and could be used as another resource. Sometimes after uploading and downloading the hyperlinks don't work. If they don't, the resources are all contained within the file for you to use. The hyperlinks were there to make things easier but are not the only way to access the resource.
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