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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.
Make Your Own Volcano

Make Your Own Volcano

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

Different Types of Houses - shapes and materials

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.
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Simple Science Experiments for young children

Simple Science Experiments for young children

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.
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Wit or Weight - A story to read in class

Wit or Weight - A story to read in class

An illustrated story that can be turned into a play. It can be read aloud and it can be read quietly. A story with a subtle moral. Definitely a topic for discussion even in a younger class. A colouring in session with lots of ants and elephants is definitely a good activity to accompany this story. Try it out in your class and if you like it, do leave me a comment or a rating.
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Wax Art

Wax Art

This is an activity that requires some supervision - but is a lot of fun. Crayons, colours, wax and making something truly random. Try this activity for science or for art.
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Editing a story for Ks2 and above

Editing a story for Ks2 and above

This resource consists of the following: a) Introduction to editing vs writing b) Types of editing / revising a story c) Detailed breakdown of structural editing with examples d) Detailed breakdown of detailed editing with examples e) A printable checklist to use for each student As an author of many books and short stories, when I visit schools, I show children my work in progress and they often are surprised that my first draft doesn’t get published. You can extend this resource in class by focussing on specific topics - adverbs, adjectives, writing stories, writing narratives, fiction and non-fiction, planning a story, writing dialogue, writing descriptions, writing specific nouns and active verbs etc.
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Editing a Story for KS2 and above  - A printable checklist

Editing a Story for KS2 and above - A printable checklist

Please visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/editing-a-story-for-ks2-and-above-11855895 for the resource that has the full editing guide. This checklist can be used independent of the editing guide. Use this with each child when they are working on a story to help edit - and to give them a clear list of things to look out for. Very useful for all classes from KS2 to Sixth form. I’m a published author of over 30 books who visit schools regularly to teach creative writing. This checklist will be very useful for teachers who are not writers themselves. You can extend this resource in class by focussing on specific topics - adverbs, adjectives, writing stories, writing narratives, fiction and non-fiction, planning a story, writing dialogue, writing descriptions, writing specific nouns and active verbs etc.
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Crossword on Sources of Energy

Crossword on Sources of Energy

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.
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Tall Tales - Writing Activity for KS2

Tall Tales - Writing Activity for KS2

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.
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Writing Prompts for KS2 and Above

Writing Prompts for KS2 and Above

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.
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Learning and Working on Topics related to Mountains

Learning and Working on Topics related to Mountains

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.
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Jingling Bookmark

Jingling Bookmark

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.
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Counting in the Zoo

Counting in the Zoo

Lesson ideas, a free poem, activities for Foundation Stage, KS1 and Lower KS2 - all rolled into one. A simple and original counting poem by children's author Chitra Soundar and this activity has been tested in classrooms as part of author visits.
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What If - Story Activity

What If - Story Activity

Suitable for Upper KS2 and above, What If is a wonderful technique to create stories. Many professional writers actively use this method to dream up a new story. The activity includes introduction, examples and then a writing activity. Can be used across primary and secondary classrooms. Has been successfully tested in classrooms by Chitra Soundar
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Animal Bio-data

Animal Bio-data

A quick note on giraffes, yaks and St. Bernard Dogs Use this to encourage students to write their own bio-data of animals they like.
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