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LinkyThinks Resources

LinkyThinks creates fun, playful and beautifully designed resources for both classrooms and home learning.

LinkyThinks creates fun, playful and beautifully designed resources for both classrooms and home learning.
'Show, Don't Tell' Guide
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'Show, Don't Tell' Guide

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‘Show, Don’t Tell’ is the best way to encourage more descriptive, emotive writing that engages the reader in emotions. Here is a lovely, simple, illustrated guide to introduce the concept.
Openers Word Wheel
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Openers Word Wheel

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How best to start a sentence? How to welcome your reader into a paragraph without using ‘I’, ‘then’, ‘so’ or starting with the subject of the sentence? This neat word wheel provides multiple options for each, allowing you to vary your openers and keep each sentence feeling fresh and balanced. Perfect for both primary and secondary levels, in enhancing the quality of creative writing.
Verbs Word Wheel
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Verbs Word Wheel

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Tired of reading the same, dull verbs from your students? The key to using verbs effectively is specificity. It brings action and drama to their writing and allows them to convey mood and tone in subtle ways. Why ‘walk’ when you can ‘amble’, ‘waddle’, ‘stroll’, ‘scurry’ or ‘swagger’? Use this word wheel to equip your students with options and they will never look back to boring, non-specific verbs.
Snack-Sized English: Comprehension, SPAG and VR
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Snack-Sized English: Comprehension, SPAG and VR

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For English practice in a hurry, here’s a bundle of single-page worksheets, with original mini-texts for comprehension, verbal reasoning practice and a range of SPAG activities. Each one comes with its own answer sheet with guides and explanations, for ease in marking. These make great homework activities in small chunks, or easy filler activities in lesson time. Comprehension questions cover both written-form and multiple choice questions. Now available all in one bundle, for a cheaper price than paying individually.
Vocabulary Building Word Wheel
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Vocabulary Building Word Wheel

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A four-step logging system for collecting, defining, learning and remembering new vocabulary. Using the ‘Walk the Dog, Stroke the Cat’ system (word, definition, synonym, context), this word wheel can be printed out multiple times to create a lovely, circular vocabulary booklet.
Emotions Word Wheel
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Emotions Word Wheel

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The perfect accompaniment to your ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ activities, this word wheel not only gives a range of emotive behaviours and actions, but models the placement of them in effective sentences and phrases. Never read, ‘I was sad’ again, with a plethora of empathic, beautiful emotions at your students’ fingertips.
Five Senses Word Wheel
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Five Senses Word Wheel

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As children learn to describe the world around them, they need the tools to express what they see, hear, touch, smell and taste. This is a great step in developing their writing. Use this word wheel to broaden their sensory vocabulary and describe the experience of the world around them in their writing.
Creative Writing Bundle
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Creative Writing Bundle

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All of the LinkyThinks creative writing tools and exercises in one place. Enough activities, worksheets and ideas to sustain a whole bunch of writing lessons, keeping them fresh and fun in the process.
Colours Word Wheel
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Colours Word Wheel

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A colour is often such a simple (and sometimes boring) choice for description. So if you are going to describe colour, it should be specific, vivid and interesting. Many children lack the vocabulary to describe specific colours, so opt for simple ‘blue’, ‘red’, ‘green’ etc. This beautifully colour-coded word wheel not only provides more options, but shows the different hues available.
Slow Writing - Guide and Activities
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Slow Writing - Guide and Activities

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Slow Writing has gained popularity in recent years for it’s simplicity in creating balance and variation in children’s writing. This resource gives a clear and simple introduction to the concept and provides playful flashcards to use at home or in the classroom. These adaptable tools can be used in a range of ways, according to the chosen style of teaching.
Verbal Reasoning - Tips and Methods
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Verbal Reasoning - Tips and Methods

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When it comes to verbal reasoning, it can seem like you’re either good at it, or you’re not. But big improvements can be made with an understanding of how these tests work and applying a confident method. Here is a simple guide to help you on your way.
Intro to Similes Worksheet
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Intro to Similes Worksheet

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A gentle introductory worksheet to strengthen confidence with forming similes. In two main steps, it shows how to create basic and more advanced similes, using ‘as’ and ‘like.’
Extended 'Chef' Questions - Language Analysis Mini Comprehension
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Extended 'Chef' Questions - Language Analysis Mini Comprehension

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One of the hardest aspects of comprehension is the analysis of literary devices and literary effects. This mini comprehension tests those skills to a high level, using a poetic text about an ancient tree. The task comes complete with a thorough marking sheet, to demonstrate where points can be gained from well-structured answers.
Extended 'Detective' Questions - Inference Mini Comprehension
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Extended 'Detective' Questions - Inference Mini Comprehension

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After learning the basics of inference, here is a lovely text about two woodland creatures, with a range of inferential questions to consolidate the concept of ‘detective’ work in comprehension. Comes complete with a thorough answer sheet, explaining where marks can be gained.
Extension Questions BUNDLE
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Extension Questions BUNDLE

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All of the mini comprehensions available on LinkyThinks’ Comprehending Comprehension, complete with in-depth answer sheets. Now available as a bundle, at a lower cost than purchasing them individually.
Persuasive vs Discursive Writing Guide
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Persuasive vs Discursive Writing Guide

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What is the difference between persuasive writing and discursive writing? What are they for? How are they structured differently? What kinds of language should be used in each? Here is a handy guide to both, comparing their different features, with a bunch of stylish openers to get you into the appropriate writing styles.
Intro to Inference - 'Detective' Video, Guide and Questions
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Intro to Inference - 'Detective' Video, Guide and Questions

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From the highly acclaimed Comprehending Comprehension resource, here is an excerpt that is possibly one of the most important and often tricky aspects of reading comprehension: inference. Here, it’s taught as taking the role of a detective, finding clues and figuring out hidden meanings. For those who want to use Comprehending Comprehension selectively, here is a great chapter to focus on.