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I am a published children's author, with a background working as a teaching assistant. I have a passion for children's education and for all things creative, especially creative writing. I have decided to upload resources that I have created during visits to schools to run workshops and lessons along side teachers, this shop is a collection of all the materials I have gathered. I really believe in encouraging children with a positive 'I can' attitude and this is reflected in my resources

I am a published children's author, with a background working as a teaching assistant. I have a passion for children's education and for all things creative, especially creative writing. I have decided to upload resources that I have created during visits to schools to run workshops and lessons along side teachers, this shop is a collection of all the materials I have gathered. I really believe in encouraging children with a positive 'I can' attitude and this is reflected in my resources
I am. I can. I will. Mindfulness and confidence building activity
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I am. I can. I will. Mindfulness and confidence building activity

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**Nowadays we are becoming more just how much more aware we need to be. The importance **of developing an inner compass that points to an attitude of self belief, determination, resilience and being kids to others, will carry us well through life. This is something that anyone who has every tried to achieve something in their lives knows too well, and I’m sure understand the value of learning this at a young age. This resource is inspired by the morals from my book so can be incorporated into literacy/guided reading lesson, and aims to create class discussion through the introduction of news words or reflecting on words already learned and how they can personally apply them to their own life, which leads to children creating positive self declarations which they can take home with them and keep safe. This resource aims to show children potential and the endless possibilities before them, and the important of a positive mental attitude. Includes worksheets to be used as a poster. Flash cards to introduce new words and phrases and to help them to fill out the worksheet. Extract from on the book in which the main character demonstrates a positive ‘I can’ attitude, despite possible negative opinions. For a copy of the book this resource was inspired by go to Amazon; http://amzn.eu/7MpFto4 Www.bethshepherd.com
Teamwork - Posters for classroom display
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Teamwork - Posters for classroom display

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**Inspire and motivate pupils in the right direction with these 4 classroom or home printables. ** Posters read; Teamwork makes the dreamwork Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Together everyone achieves more For more positive and motivating resources see my full collection in my shops. Includes lesson plans and 4 week scheme of work based on my book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ BETH
Don’t give up! - Positive Posters for classroom displays
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Don’t give up! - Positive Posters for classroom displays

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Inspire and motivate pupils in the right direction with these 4 classroom or home printables. Posters read; Don’t give up! Yes you can Teamwork makes the dreamwork Be brave For more positive and motivating resources see my full collection in my shops. Includes lesson plans and 4 week scheme of work based on my book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ BETH
I am a determined dreamer!
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I am a determined dreamer!

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A positively encouraging and affirming worksheet, designed to guide pupils towards nurturing their goals and aspirations. Explores the use of motivating self talk through encouraging sentences. The last part of the worksheets pupils write a sentence to remind themselves not to give up, therefore reinforcing resilience. Based on the book 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer', for use with the book or as a standalone worksheet. Cover SEAL topics; ‘Going for goals’ and ‘It's good to be me’. www.erniegonzales.co.uk
'Being a Good Friend' - word search
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'Being a Good Friend' - word search

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**Encourage pupils to explore new words on the theme of being a good friend and discover what this means to them and why its so important in life. ** A fun activity which can be used to introduce new words on the theme of being a good friend, and open a thought provoking class or group discussion about the importance of, and what the individual words mean and how we can apply them to out life and our friendships. Pupils to identify positive and negative words and then find them in the wordsearch. Can be used as a literacy activity to expand vocabulary and spelling, whilst also covering an important topic which invites a lot discussion and personal reflection. Activity could be followed by creating sentences using the new words. Included are both negative and positive words, children are encouraged to use a dictionary/thesaurus, and to use different colour pencils to identify negative and positive words. Based on the book Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer
'The Determined Dreamer', Teacher's Guide
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'The Determined Dreamer', Teacher's Guide

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Covers guided reading, comprehension and PHSE for Key Stage 2, to support teacher's as they work through the novel; 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer' as a classroom read or an across curriculum scheme of work. Created by literacy leader, Diana Mendonca, supported by Beth Shepherd, author. Draws out points for discussion to interpret meaning behind authors use of text and language, morals, life lessons, comprehension. Contains forward by Ben McDonald, child life coach, and story synopsis, plus suggested way to use the book across curriculum for topics such as guided reading, PHSE, writing, literacy, science, art etc and to support Rights Respecting schools. 'This resource is not only a fantastic tool for teachers to use in guided reading, comprehension and PSHE settings but it’s also valuable for instructing and coaching children on how to move forward in many key areas of social and emotional development. Using Ernie’s journey as an encouraging guide, Beth draws on fundamental strategies and concepts that are used daily by many highly successful people, such as goal setting, task chunking and the power of positive words and thoughts, to create positive progress in areas that count. Becoming determined, building resilience, raising self-esteem, building healthy friendships and more are all addressed as children work through the different sections.' Ben McDonald.
Creative and Persuasive Writing, and Comprehension Lesson
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Creative and Persuasive Writing, and Comprehension Lesson

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Ernie, the small Spanish snail, has left his home and family behind to pursue his dream of finding a paradise snail garden. Pretend you are Ernie and write a letter back home to your family. Try to explain to them why it means so much to you that you gave up everything to go in search of it, and convince them to join you in the paradise garden. Read through a chapter of the book, explore the topic, answer questions and discuss, in preparation for a creative piece that will not only strengthen literacy skills and persuasive writing, but will build upon self awareness and communication through writing. Included in the lesson in a whole chapter from the book 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer', in which Ernie describes, in detail, what his dream is, his love of his grandpa, Manuel; the very person who inspired his dream, his relationship to the rest of his family and how their opinion of him was a factor in him leaving home. Teacher's notes contains questions/points to discuss, written by the author, to guide the pupils to create a letter, written from the point of view of Ernie to his family back home, explaining to them why it meant so much to him to set out of such a daring, and uncertain, journey to reach an Olive Garden that only he, and his grandpa, believes exists. Also the pupils should strive convince his family to get behind his dream and join him for a better life in the paradise garden that he hopes to find. Includes; 'Ernie's Letter' worksheet that pupils may wish to use for their final draft, Teacher's notes and whole chapter from the book. Also includes original images from the book. All text and images are copyright Beth Shepherd and cannot be reproduced, changed or sold in anyway.
Exploring title, blurb & intro - comprehension & creative writing
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Exploring title, blurb & intro - comprehension & creative writing

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Lesson 1 looks at the title; what the author suggests about the character and the story through the title, the blurb; interpreting what the story is about and creating an alternative blurb and lastly, the intro on dreams; understanding authors meaning, researching and relating it to ourselves. Covers comprehension exercises, interpreting authors means, creative writing, sentence structure, spelling and vocabulary and their own personal reflection on their own dreams. Can be explored over 2 or 3 lessons depending on class ability. PDF downloads include; pupils worksheets (3 pages), jpeg of cover and back images, intro text and ‘Fill the Sky with your Dreams’ worksheet. All text and images from the book is Copyright Beth Shepherd, one licence per purchase.
Being Determined - lesson & worksheet
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Being Determined - lesson & worksheet

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**Exploring what we know about being determined through sharing of previous experiences and reflecting on strategies used. ** As adults we know too well the importance of being determined towards a goal, and that its only a determined attitude that will keep us going when we hit a tough point in our journey. Teach kids this great life lesson, whilst developing sentence structure, self reflection and use of words to express emotion, through 3 main questions: 1- have you ever been determined to achieve a goal? 2- what strategies did you use to achieve it? 3- what did it feel like when you achieved it? Invite children to discuss these questions and to share their strategies and experiences with the group. Worksheet on being determined. For key stage 2. Based on the book Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer. Download includes printable worksheet. Copyright Beth Shepherd.
Colouring Sheet - 'Jose the Turtle'
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Colouring Sheet - 'Jose the Turtle'

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Beautiful colouring sheet and text from the book: ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’. Share children’s finished work with the author, by getting in touch with me on Etsy, I would love to see their work and maybe share on my website. See other colouring sheets and colouring bundles in other listings. Illustration by Lisa Buckridge, all Images and text Copyright and cannot be reproduced or sold on.
Story Planning Hill
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Story Planning Hill

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Ernie's Story Planning Hill, includes opening, build up, dilema, resolution and ending. All centered around Jose the snails from the book Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer www.erniegonzales. co.uk 7-11 years
Teamwork Poster Bundle - For classroom or home
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Teamwork Poster Bundle - For classroom or home

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**Inspire and motivate your pupils with these powerful statements in your classroom or home schooling setting. ** Quotes read; ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’ ‘Teamwork makes the dreamwork’ ‘We are better together’ Discuss their meanings no and then display for all to see. Can be used as part of a lesson. Based on the book: ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ Download PDF and print, can make multiple prints but for single class use only.
'How Does Ernie Feel?'- Comprehension & writing
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'How Does Ernie Feel?'- Comprehension & writing

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**English literacy lesson on comprehension, understanding and interpreting the characters emotions, and communicating through writing. ** Using a chapter from the book explore how Ernie felt when his family chooses not to believe in his dreams and his family ridicules him. The worksheet looks at questions such as; How you think Ernie may have felt when his brothers laughed at him? How do you think Ernie felt to know his family were not supporting him? What do you think Ernie hoped would happen when he told his family? Was his family disbelief in his dreams another factor in him leaving home? And encourages writing activities on these questions. Can be used in preparation for the lesson ‘Ernie’s Letter Home’ in which pupils write a letter home to persuade family to believe in his dream and come with him. See other resource for this lesson. Includes chapter from the book, teachers notes, worksheet for pupils and cover image over presentation. All text copyright Beth Shepherd. Images by Lisa Buckridge.
'Determined Dreamer' Classroom activity & Poster Bundle
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'Determined Dreamer' Classroom activity & Poster Bundle

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**Encourage, affirm and build confidence, teamwork and positive attitude with these stunning posters. Includes 3 posters in one, plus bonus image & teachers notes. For use as a classroom, small focus group, home schooling and as a family. ** 1 - ‘Dream/Goal Poster’ A dream or a goal is only worth pursuing if it’s so big it stretches us; causes us to become bigger so we can reach high enough to achieve it. What is the goal/dream that your’e aiming for as a class? Write it on this poster so you can see what it is that you are moving towards, so you don’t forget. 2 - ‘Attitude Rucksack Poster’ - When going on a journey towards our dreams, just like Ernie, it’s important to pack a bag with all the things we need for our journey. But what about our attitude? What attitude do we need to reach our dreams and goals in life and in the classroom? Together think about what words you would need in order to have the right attitude to be a determined dreamer, and then choose the most important ones to put in the class ‘Attitude Rucksack’. Use the poster image to write up the words to be reminded of them everyday. 3 - ‘Determined Dreamer Poster’ - On the journey towards our dreams it’s important to know that there will likely be challenges along the way, bumps in the road, things that will make us want to give up, will cause us to think we cant do it and to question/doubt why we even decided to do it in the first place. Decide together as a class your ‘Determined Dreamer Phrase’; the phrase you can say to yourself and to each other when it just get so tough that you want to give it all up. Use a classroom activity and display on walls, or can be used in PHSE lessons. Posters are based on the book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’, and the main theme of the book, which is available on Amazon or Etsy, however these resources are not dependent on the book. Download does not have watermark
Going for Goals - 'Fill the Sky with you Biggest Dream'
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Going for Goals - 'Fill the Sky with you Biggest Dream'

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Beautiful colouring/sheet sheet and text from the book to encourage to children to think about what their dreams maybe. Extract from the book reads; ‘Dreams are precious things. They are worth more than silver or gold, yet they are free. Everyone can own a dream, no matter who they are or where they are from. Dreams must be loved, treasured, nurtured and encouraged to grow strong and blossom.’ Text creates a wonderful discussion point on the beauty, and the importance, of having a dream in their life, something they work towards hope for, something that is just for them. This could lead into their own poem about dreams. Share children’s finished work with the author, by getting in touch with me on here, I would love to see their work and maybe share on my website. See other colouring sheets and colouring bundles in other listings. Illustration by Lisa Buckridge, all Images and text Copyright and cannot be reproduced or sold on.
What? When? Where? - Design your own poster - creative writing exercise
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What? When? Where? - Design your own poster - creative writing exercise

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Make a poster for a fictional event. When? Where? What? Pupils to think what important information is needed in the poster to advertise the event. Included worksheet and original image from the book. Suggested idea; Image taken from my book, ‘Escape from Paradise’ in which this poster was used to advertise the local Fiesta and a giant paella dish as the feature of the party, pupils may wish to use this theme and redesign the poster from the book, page 58. You may wish to use the whole chapter and pull comprehension questions from it, also note the Spanish words in the original poster. This exercises may also be used as an activity in Spanish lessons. More information on this book can be found at www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
Dreaming with Ernie Workbook
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Dreaming with Ernie Workbook

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A guided reading, comprehension and PHSE Workbook for Key Stage 2 designed for use along side the novel; 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer' This Kids’ Workbook has been designed for independent study in the classroom or at home and is aimed at Key Stage 2 level readers and is designed to be used along side the novel: 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer'. Each chapter has different questions to suit children at all levels, and has been designed to prepare pupils for SATs and to develop their comprehension and literacy skills. It can also be used as a fun workbook to support guided reading and to further children’s understanding of the morals that are found in the book. The workbook has a strong underlying theme of self-belief, friendship and thinking of others to support personal development and to cover PHSE topics such as ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Good to be Me’, with the aim of developing self awareness, confidence and perseverance. This workbook covers all the chapters of Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer in order and has been designed to accompany the book as a whole or by focusing on selected chapters. Written by author Beth Shepherd and literacy leader and primary school teacher, Diana Mendonça, this book will inspire and awaken the dreamer in every child. To buy copies of 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer' either buy direct from the author; www.bethshepherd.com or Amazon uk.
Becoming a Determined Dreamer
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Becoming a Determined Dreamer

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This wonderful Keys stage 2 resource for teachers or parents, based on the book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ and designed to be used alongside the novel, explores some of the tools and strategies Ernie uses to achieve his mission, and shows children how they too can become determined dreamers, whilst also affirming the power of self belief and awakening them to the own potential no matter what their circumstances are. Covers PHSE seal topics such as ‘Going for goals’ and ‘It’s good to be me’. For use in the class room, SEN groups or small focus group to build self esteem and awareness of self and others. Can also be used for home study with parent and child. Contains discussions, creative group activities, and personal reflective journaling. Use with the novel; Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer www.bethshepherd.com
'Ernie's Dream' - 4 week scheme of work- comprehension & creative writing
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'Ernie's Dream' - 4 week scheme of work- comprehension & creative writing

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An exciting, enriching and educational exploration of the main topic of the book to develop comprehension, inference, guided reading and creative skills, plus teaching valuable life lessons of determination, resilience and having a dream/gaol. Explore the main theme of the book and relate it to pupils own experiences, look at why author has use that particular title and what this suggests about the story and the main character. Identify writing styles used by the author, and use this example to write their own creative piece about their own dream/goal. Reflecting on a particular part in the book explore how the character feels and practice writing show-not-tell sentences to demonstrate his emotions. Lessons all lead to a final creative/persuasive writing exercise. Includes exploration of the book, understanding authors writing styles, identifying characters emotions, relating book to self, creative writing exercises, group discussions, learning new vocabulary, researching topics further, preparation for final writing exercise and thinking about what happens next in the book. No need to own a copy of ‘The Determined Dreamer’, as this scheme of work comes with everything you need for the lessons. Includes; teachers notes (lesson plan), pupils activity worksheets, relevant text from the book (presentation sheets), images from the book, whole chapter for further study, and front and back book cover images. Plus details to contact, me, the author for any follow up questions you or the pupils may have or to share pupils work. If you need anything else for this scheme of work please don’t hesitate to get in touch and if I can help I will. Also if you are able and willing to identify the learning objectives for the lesson plan for the UK curriculum and send it to me then I would love to send you signed copies of both my books as a thank you. Beth
Going on a Journey to your Dreams - Creative writing & vocabulary activity.
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Going on a Journey to your Dreams - Creative writing & vocabulary activity.

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What does it take to go on a journey to reach a goal/dream? A good positive and resilient attitude is needed to succeed. Use this resource and activity, to teach children a range of new vocabulary on the theme of being determined, and then let them decide which new words they would need for their journey to their own dreams. Next explore how they can encourage themselves when it gets tough by making a title for themselves just like Ernie's awesome title; The Determined Dreamer, and decide what they will say to themselves when they feel like giving up. A complete lesson based on the book 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer'. Can be used with or without the novel. Optional extra activity is a creative writing exercise to consolidate the theme and the new vocabulary learnt, see other resources. Suggested uses: for PHSE topics such as going for goals within a literacy and creative writing context, useful as a whole class activity or in a small group with a greater focus on personal development, goal setting and self belief. Or can be used with the main focus being on the introduction of new words and incorporating them into a creative writing exercise. Also, if used with the book, suggested chapters can be read for further exploration of the topic, interpreting authors meaning and use of language and comprehension.