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CHITRA SOUNDAR

I'm a Indian born British writer for children. All my resources are creative and fun to use in classrooms, many were created as part of research for my books. You'll find unique resources - stories, poems and activities that don't look like lessons but have huge value in classrooms. If you are a creative teacher - then these resources would please you.

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I'm a Indian born British writer for children. All my resources are creative and fun to use in classrooms, many were created as part of research for my books. You'll find unique resources - stories, poems and activities that don't look like lessons but have huge value in classrooms. If you are a creative teacher - then these resources would please you.
Tall Tales - Writing Activity for KS2
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Tall Tales - Writing Activity for KS2

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Tall Tales are fun ways to engage your classes into writing. It can be done as a group or individual activity. This activity has been extensively tested in classrooms during my author workshops.
Make Your Own Volcano
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Make Your Own Volcano

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This is a safe activity to do in science classrooms to demonstrate a volcano. Includes detailed steps and a good introduction.
Different Types of Houses - shapes and materials
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Different Types of Houses - shapes and materials

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This is a story that can be made into a book - it has 12 spreads. The tutorial talks in first person of a child, who introduces different types of houses across the world. Use this to initiate conversations about why we live where we live, why do some people choose to live on stilts, in tents, and in igloos? Talk about what they do during winter, summer and during the rain.
A poem on angles
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A poem on angles

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A fun way to remember acute, obtuse and right angles. Perhaps make a poster too. Encourage the class to write their own poems.
Crossword Puzzle based on story Pattan's Pumpkin
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Crossword Puzzle based on story Pattan's Pumpkin

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Pattan's Pumpkin is a flood story from South India, told by the Irular people. An exciting, vibrantly illustrated Flood Story from India. Pattan has an amazing pumpkin… it grows BIGGER than the goats, BIGGER than the elephants, until it is as TALL as the mountains. But can Pattan’s pumpkin save his family and all the animals when the storm-clouds burst and the waters rise? Read the story and help the children fill in the crossword puzzle.
Jingling Bookmark
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Jingling Bookmark

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Make your own jingling bookmarks with simple materials. Make it fun and make it useful. Perhaps a good way to introduce how to use a book too.
Learning and Working on Topics related to Mountains
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Learning and Working on Topics related to Mountains

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This is a resource that contains over 10 geographical formations similar to mountains. Each formation is accompanied by a picture and a definition. The resource then provides many cross-curricular activities that can be tried with your classes. Ideal for Y5 and Y6 and the activities span literacy, fun, model-making, research, presentation skills and ICT.
An Introduction to Writing
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An Introduction to Writing

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This was originally created for Year 4-7s - but I think it is useful for kids, teachers, parents who want to start writing and don't know where to start. Feel free to download and use in classrooms and if you need any support, additional resources, contact the author via the website.
Writing Prompts for KS2 and Above
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Writing Prompts for KS2 and Above

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As a professional writer, I use many techniques to kick-start my writing. Using those techniques here are some prompts that will help children delve into writing stories. There are 3 sections of prompts that can be mixed and matched for greater fun. First lines, titles and characters all help inspire a new story.
Crossword on Sources of Energy
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Crossword on Sources of Energy

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Hydo, tidal and nuclear. Wind, fossil and bio-thermal. Can you read the clues and fill in the crossword? A fun puzzle to use when teaching energy, power and electricity.
Simple Science Experiments for young children
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Simple Science Experiments for young children

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Nothing dangerous - just a bit of water, soil and some seeds. A classroom project that can keep them interested for many days. In the first experiment, the experiment illustrates how sun can melt ice. In the second, the experiment encourages them to plant seeds and watch it grow. But the seeds I've chosen take as little as a week to grow. The third experiment is fun and colourful. How do plants absorb water.
Photo Essay on Timor Leste
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Photo Essay on Timor Leste

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This is from my visit to Timor Leste and visit to Dili - the capital city. The photos bring real people into the classroom to talk about people in another country. The essay can initiate conversations on how people live, what they eat and markets, streets.