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The Lie Tree Novel Study
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The Lie Tree Novel Study

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This resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. ABOUT THE NOVEL: Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men—but inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist a mystery: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She also knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. For one, she knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, she knows that he was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it, and when that fruit is eaten, it delivers a hidden truth. But while the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, it could also lure his murderer directly to Faith. ABOUT THE RESOURCE: Designed in alignment with the 2014 National Curriculum of England’s reading objectives for Year 6, the pack includes: Background information on the historical context (Victorian England), Chapter Summaries, Comprehension Questions, Digging Deeper Opportunities (includes character studies and plot studies), Creative Writing Tasks, and Non-Fiction Tasks related to content of the novel (fossils, sea caves, The Origin of the Species, mermaids). Resource is provided as a PDF but a digital copy of the pack is available for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw available with download. -------------------------------------------- You might also like: The Lie Tree Novel Study + STEAM BUNDLE From the same author → A Skinful of Shadows Novel Study Other Novel Studies Navigating Early Novel Study Bridge to Terabithia Novel Study Turtles All The Way Down Novel Study The Girl of Ink and Stars Novel Study
The Girl of Ink and Stars Novel Study
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The Girl of Ink and Stars Novel Study

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This 104-page resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. *Updated with opportunities for deeper learning ABOUT THE NOVEL: Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart. But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself. ABOUT THE RESOURCE: Designed in alignment with the 2014 National Curriculum of England’s reading objectives for Year 6, the pack includes: - Chapter Summaries - Comprehension Questions - Digging Deeper Opportunities (includes character studies and plot studies) - Creative Writing Tasks - Non-Fiction Tasks related to content of the novel (baobab trees, wolves, cartography, glass). Resource is provided as a PDF but a digital copy of the pack is available for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw available with download.
Clockwork (All Wound Up) Novel Study
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Clockwork (All Wound Up) Novel Study

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This 51-page resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with Clockwork (All Wound Up) by Philip Pullman. The pack has been designed in alignment with he 2014 National Curriculum of England’s Reading Objectives for Year 6. **About the Novel: **A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil … Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter’s evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way. Almost like clockwork … About the Resource: The pack includes summary sheets, opportunities to analyse text, make connections, creative writing, and study the setting, characters, theme, and literary devices. **A digital copy of the file is also available on Google Slides for students to complete online instead of printing.
Explanation Texts - Features and Templates
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Explanation Texts - Features and Templates

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In this resource, children will use cohesive devices to develop their explanations before using an editing checklist to support their writing of an explanation of a topic. A digital and editable file is available with download.
Coraline Novel Study
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Coraline Novel Study

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This resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with Coraline by Neil Gaiman. About the Novel: When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. About the Resource: The pack has been designed in alignment with the 2014 National Curriculum of England’s Reading Standards for Year 6. A link to an editable digital copy of the file on Google Slides for completing without printing is available with download.
The Graveyard Book Novel Study
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The Graveyard Book Novel Study

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This resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. About the Novel: A perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association’s “Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book,” a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year. About the Resource: The pack has been designed in alignment with Common Core Reading Standards for Grade 7. The pack has been designed to cover five weeks, with assigned pages for reading, comprehension tasks and quotation and structure analysis. A link to an editable digital copy of the file on Google Slides for completing without printing is available with download.
Hatchet Novel Study
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Hatchet Novel Study

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This 80-page resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. *Updated with opportunities for deeper learning. ABOUT THE NOVEL: Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive. ABOUT THE RESOURCE: Designed in alignment with the 2014 National Curriculum of England’s reading objectives for Year 6, the pack includes: Chapter Summaries, Comprehension Questions, Digging Deeper Opportunities (includes character studies and plot studies), Creative Writing Tasks, and Non-Fiction Tasks related to content of the novel (porcupines, black bears, black flies, mosquitoes, bush planes, moose). Resource is provided as a PDF but a digital copy of the pack is available for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw available with download. ---------- You might also like: Hatchet Novel Study with STEM BUNDLE
El Deafo Novel Study FREEBIE
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El Deafo Novel Study FREEBIE

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This resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with El Deafo  by Cece Bell. The pack has been designed in alignment with Common Core Reading Standards for Grade 7. I am trying out a new format and would appreciate feedback! The pack has been designed to cover five weeks, with assigned pages for reading, comprehension tasks and quotation and structure analysis. A digital copy of the file is available with download.
Digital Stickers for Assessment FREEBIE
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Digital Stickers for Assessment FREEBIE

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Use a visual form of assessment that the children can see in real time as you comment on their online work using Google Apps. This resource has been created to use in the assessment of online resources across the curriculum. 15 digital stickers can be added from the zip file link provided with download.
Make me a Conquistador - CV Persuasive Writing FREEBIE!
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Make me a Conquistador - CV Persuasive Writing FREEBIE!

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*Updated with new graphics Children will practice their writing with changes in formality by writing a cover letter and CV as a Conquistador. Other packs that can support this pack: Mayan Civilisation Study: History & Geography Diet of a Conquistador: Science & DT Mayan Civilisation Study: Art & DT In the past, I have used this pack at the end of a unit looking at the Conquistadors and their conquest of the New World so that the children are able to contextualise the CVs. Alternatively, the King of Spain might post a job advert and the same English standards can be met that way. A digital copy of the file is available for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw by following the link provided with download.
The Wolf Wilder Novel Study
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The Wolf Wilder Novel Study

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This resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. The pack has been designed in alignment with Common Core State Standards for Grade 7 Reading. About the Novel: Feo’s life is extraordinary. Her mother trains domesticated wolves to be able to fend for themselves in the snowy wilderness of Russia, and Feo is following in her footsteps to become a wolf wilder. She loves taking care of the wolves, especially the three who stay at the house because they refuse to leave Feo, even though they’ve already been wilded. But not everyone is enamored with the wolves, or with the fact that Feo and her mother are turning them wild. And when her mother is taken captive, Feo must travel through the cold, harsh woods to save her—and learn from her wolves how to survive. About the Resource: The pack has been designed to cover five weeks, with assigned pages for reading, comprehension tasks and language analysis. **A digital copy of the file is also available on Google Slides for students to complete online instead of printing.
Google Apps CPD
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Google Apps CPD

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These are the resources I have used for a recent Google CPD that focused on integrating Google Apps and extensions into learning outcomes. The CPD focused on: - Using Google Apps in the planning of Learning Outcomes - Introduction to Google Apps - Integrating Information Technology and Digital Literacy into sessions Included in the Bundle: - Google Slides (PDF) - Google Doc Activity (PDF) There is also a link to a Google Drive file with copies of the originals inside plus a Google Form to share with those attending your CPD beforehand to customize your Google files.
Vikings: Monastery Invasion Narrative Writing
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Vikings: Monastery Invasion Narrative Writing

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Children will learn about Viking raids on monasteries in Northern England before writing a narrative text. The text can be written from the perspective of a monk or a Viking during the raid of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in North-East England in 793 CE. This pack includes lesson plans, rubrics, and editable rubrics to support with the learning process. Lessons and objectives are aligned with objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum of England. A digital copy for editing and sharing on digital platforms is available with download.
Mayan Civilisation Study - Art & DT Focus (Textiles)
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Mayan Civilisation Study - Art & DT Focus (Textiles)

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*Updated with new graphics Children will investigate different Mayan textiles, including colours used; what is shown; and what the textiles were used for. They will learn different stitches used for decoration and attaching materials before designing their own (using annotated, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams) before making and evaluating their textiles. In the past, I have focused on either a whole-class tapestry or have focused on worry dolls and/or worry doll bags, depending on how much time we have. This pack includes lesson plans, rubrics, and editable rubrics to support with the learning process. Lessons and objectives are aligned with objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum of England. A digital copy of the document for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw is available by following the link provided with download.
Wolf Hollow Novel Study
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Wolf Hollow Novel Study

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This 84 page resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. ABOUT THE NOVEL: Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history. ABOUT THE RESOURCE: Designed in alignment with the 2014 National Curriculum of England’s reading objectives for Year 6, the pack includes: Chapter Summaries, Comprehension Questions, Digging Deeper Opportunities (includes character studies and plot studies), Creative Writing Tasks, and Non-Fiction Tasks related to content of the novel (wolf, copperhead snake, trench, poison ivy, quail, milkweed, mustard gas, bloodhound, Congressional Medal of Honour). Resource is provided as a PDF but a digital copy of the pack is available for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw available with download. --------- You might also like: Beyond the Bright Sea Novel Study
The Hate U Give Novel Study
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The Hate U Give Novel Study

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This resource is designed to be used during Reading Workshop and is to be used with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. **ABOUT THE NOVEL: **Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. **ABOUT THE RESOURCE: **This pack includes: Background information on the novel (about police shootings), Chapter Summaries, Comprehension Questions, Digging Deeper Opportunities (includes character studies and plot studies), Creative Writing Tasks, and Non-Fiction Tasks related to content of the novel (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Tupac Shakur, Basketball, Jordans, Malcolm X, Black Panthers, Huey Newton, Dr Martin Luther King, Emmett Till, Black Lives Matter, Nat Turner). Resource is provided as a PDF but a digital copy of the pack is available for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw available with download.
The Magic Box Poetry Mini-Unit
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The Magic Box Poetry Mini-Unit

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**Aligned with the 2014 National Curriculum of England Included are the resources to follow a sequence of sessions where they develop their own ideas before applying them to the style of the model poem. Children are introduced to the poem and decide what they would include in their own magic box. After reviewing poetic devices, children return to their ideas and include poetic devices to make them stronger before drafting their own poems. As a maths and arts link, children can then design and make the nets of their magic boxes before building them into their boxes. Children can then add items and illustrations to their boxes representing the different ideas from their poems. Digital copy provided with download.
Working Scientifically I can Statements for Years 1 & 2 UPDATED
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Working Scientifically I can Statements for Years 1 & 2 UPDATED

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**Updated with all new graphics!** Working Scientifically objectives have been taken from the 2014 National Curriculum of England for Key Stage 1 and have been broken into smaller pieces and phrased as I can statements. The sheets can be printed off and laminated for display, as well as shared on an Interactive Whiteboard for lesson focuses during science investigations. A checklist has also been included for sharing and target setting with individual children. ------------------ You might also like: Working Scientifically with Crayons for Years 1 & 2 - STEAM Unit Working Scientifically with Slime for Years 1 & 2
Design Your Own Video Game Character
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Design Your Own Video Game Character

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Children will look at popular avatars from different video games, including Super Mario, Bowser, Link, and Donkey Kong. They will look at how their design has changed over time, and will compare how characters are similar and different. Children will then design their own video game characters; a hero and an enemy. In the past I have used this alongside a unit on designing a video game on Scratch, where the children can include their avatar in their game. To do this, we took photos of the drawn characters and then edited them online before uploading them to the program. A link to digital resources for editing and sharing on Google Classroom and Seesaw is available with download.
Vikings: Trade vs. Plunder Persuasive Text
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Vikings: Trade vs. Plunder Persuasive Text

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Children will learn about Viking raids on monasteries in Northern England before writing a persuasive text. The text can be written from the perspective of a monk or a Viking, and is meant to persuade (or dissuade) their audience - either monks or Vikings - from trading with or plundering a monastery. This pack includes lesson plans, rubrics, and editable rubrics to support with the learning process. Lessons and objectives are aligned with objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum of England. A digital copy for editing and sharing on digital platforms is available with download.