inside outside writing session, a tent at night, camping, simile and vocabulary work, differentiated

inside outside writing session, a tent at night, camping, simile and vocabulary work, differentiated

This is a terrific descriptive writing lesson. Children contrast the inside of a tent (at night) to the outside. Lesson summary: 1. Vocabulary/simile sorting activities for 'meaning breakdown' and then for inside/outside 2. Release high attaining (AMA) writers to do indoor/outdoor writing independently 3. Shared (teacher led) writing of ‘indoor’ for everyone else 4. Rest of class use word bank (developed during part 1) for independent ‘outdoor’ writing It would work well from Y2 upwards - I used it in Y3, but I can imagine older writers enjoying this activity. Children use images and word banks to create wonderfully rich descriptive writing. You are buying: a detailed lesson plan and presentation, with inside/outside image word banks tasks suggested shared writing Enjoy!
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Apostrophe Catastrophe! A dice game to help pupils identify and correct apostrophe catastrophes!

Apostrophe Catastrophe! A dice game to help pupils identify and correct apostrophe catastrophes!

Apostrophes are sometimes confusing for pupils, and I can understand why! Differentiated into three versions to include all learners. There are a few different rules about apostrophe use, and apostrophes are first introduced to children in Year 2 (National Curriculum). By the end of Year 4, children are expected to use apostrophes accurately to show possession, omission and to mark plural possession. This game provides an opportunity to practise all three of the different types of apostrophe mentioned above and would also be very useful to revise the use of apostrophes in Years 4, 5 and 6. The 'support' version of the game could be used with younger children as it just focuses on apostrophes of possession and omission. The game includes instructions on how to play (with ideas about how to finish the game), differentiated versions, and resources to support and challenge pupils. There are also 'time-saver' versions of the game cards that don't need to be cut out! ***I prefer to use the game 'landscape' and blow the pupil recording sheets up to A3, so that they have lots of space to write. I have added a landscape version of the game.***
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Fronted adverbials, adverbs, interactive dice games and presentation

Fronted adverbials, adverbs, interactive dice games and presentation

This one works a treat! ***This game and 39 others are included in '40 Grammar Dice Games' available from my TES shop*** ***'More Grammar Dice Games' is also now available*** Fronted adverbials should now be taught from Year 3 upwards and this is a useful way in - it will also stretch talented KS2 writers. This dice-based activity encourages children to add a wide variety of fronted adverbials to a main clause. The game is differentiated into three different versions. In its simplest version, less confident writers can pick appropriate adverbs to open sentences. In the most challenging version writers must elaborate and include more than one adverbial before the main clause. This can produce some stunning sentence work. My class have been able to apply this skill in their own writing and I'm sure yours will too. There is a presentation to provide your class (or any less confident teachers) with the knowledge needed to use the activity creatively. NEW! I have added a new game 'Warrior Swords!' to develop the skill of varying the length of fronted adverbials. It is more challenging than the other 3 versions attached. I hope you find the games as useful as I have. ***This game and 39 others are included in '40 Grammar Dice Games' available from my TES shop*** ***'More Grammar Dice Games' is also now available***
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expanded noun phrases, science fiction writing, KS2, short burst, sci-fi

expanded noun phrases, science fiction writing, KS2, short burst, sci-fi

I couldn't find much out there on KS2 noun phrases. Lots of stuff for KS1, but I feel it still needs pushing in KS2. On top of that, I couldn't find any decent short texts for sci-fi writing... So here is a very exciting - but also brief - sci-fi text. Children have to expand the noun phrases. There are 6 suggested ways they can expand nouns and a detailed word bank to support them. The text could also be used as a model for writing - it would be easy to play with it create something entirely new. Worked for my class.
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modal verbs, know examples, understand function, use creatively,  guinness 'surfer horses' advert

modal verbs, know examples, understand function, use creatively, guinness 'surfer horses' advert

Teach modal verbs in the context of the amazing 'Guinness surfer with horses' advert (young teachers: google it). Assessment focus: I know some modal verbs, and I can explain why they are useful. I can use modal verbs statements and questions. I can use modal verbs creatively to show possibility/likelihood. In this fully resourced lesson, pupils learn about modal verbs and then use them in sentences about the doubts and worries of the surfer in the advert and the dangers he faces. There is clear differentiation for high attainer, on track learners and SEN learners. The powerpoint will guide you through. Enjoy!
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More English Grammar Dice Games, fun to play, all fully resourced - just add dice!

More English Grammar Dice Games, fun to play, all fully resourced - just add dice!

The author who brought you '40 English Grammar Dice Games' is back! Here are many new grammar dice games to inject some fun and creativity into grammar sessions. This is a 73 page word document containing 16 fun grammar activities. Unlike a lot of sellers, my work is NOT a PDF, so you can edit-and-adapt to make it work in your classroom. All of these games have been tested in class, and adjusted if needed. They have a real impact on learning, and are much more engaging than worksheets. For each grammar skill there is: a child friendly explanation of the concept; printable rules and resources; suggestions to challenge or support learners. Some of the games included are: 1. Meet the relatives - Create sentences that include relative clauses 2. Clauses, clauses, clause - Create multi-clause sentences 3. Clauses, clauses, clauses – scavenger hunt version - Another version of ‘Clauses, clauses, clauses’ this time involving a word hunt 4. Precise and descriptive sentences - Create descriptive sentences 5. Four to score (dashes) - Use dashes to to mark off extra information, thoughts, asides and ideas in an informal way 6. Plurals scavenger hunt - Use a word bank to hunt sort plural nouns that follow various spelling rules 7. Compound adjective creator (hyphens) - Use a hyphen to combine words and create compound adjectives 8. Expanded noun phrases - Expand noun phrases using rich vocabulary 9. Cause and effect (explanation) - Use causal connectives to extend a sentence or begin a new sentence 10. Homophones scavenger hunt - Identify homophones and near homophones 11. Mistaken identity (homophones) - Give definitions of many common homophones and near homophones 12. Homophone sentence match up - Simple activity matching homophones to sentences 13. Paragraph party – Anne Frank biography version - Group information into paragraphs (biography) 14. Free the verse (create free verse poetry) - Use figurative language and word play 15. I or me? Use the pronouns ‘I’ and ‘me’ correctly in sentences 16. Apostrophe Catastrophe! Explore the use and misuse of apostrophes
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expanded noun phrases, dice activity, adjectives, preposition phrases, vocabulary, legend, sci-fi

expanded noun phrases, dice activity, adjectives, preposition phrases, vocabulary, legend, sci-fi

There are lots of resources already available for expanded noun phrases, but none that really challenge children to develop their vocabulary and make really adventurous or precise choices. This dice activity encourages children to try out new word choices from extensive word banks, and it is fully differentiated into three versions. In its simplest form, children add adjectives and pairs of adjectives to noun phrases. In its most challenging form, children may have to add two compound adjectives and a preposition phrase - this can result in some wonderfully descriptive sentences. It all depends on the roll of a dice. Of course, teachers that love using my games will have guessed that already! Try it with your class and then ask them to apply the skill in their next composition. Fully editable so that you can easily adapt it to the unit you are working on by changing the single clause sentences that the children will be developing. *The main version here works well with myth, legend and adventure, but I have added a sci-fi version to show how it can be adapted for use with any fiction.
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Use a hyphen to create a compound adjective -  fun dice game: 'Creepy compound adjective creator'

Use a hyphen to create a compound adjective - fun dice game: 'Creepy compound adjective creator'

Assessment focus I can use a hyphen to combine words and create compound adjectives. Explanation Children need to understand how hyphens can be used to avoid ambiguity (e.g. man eating shark versus man-eating shark, or recover versus re-cover). Also, an understanding of hyphens can add descriptive depth to noun phrases (e.g. the creature) when they are used to form compound adjectives (the ferocious-looking creature). In the compound adjective ‘ferocious-looking’, the hyphen shows that the two component words have a combined meaning. Aim: using the ‘dice guide’, roll to create six compound adjectives with hyphens that you could use before a noun (e.g. muddle-headed monster). Write definitions for your compound adjectives on your ‘game card’. Keep unusual or ridiculous combinations too! Have fun playing with words!
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Causal connectives, explanation writing, sentence focus,  dice activity: 'Cause and effect'

Causal connectives, explanation writing, sentence focus, dice activity: 'Cause and effect'

Do you want your class to learn about the language of explanation whilst also learning how to host parties and start fires in the wild? Try the dice activity 'Cause and effect'. Assessment focus: I can use causal connectives to extend a sentence or begin a new sentence. When writing explanations, many children find it difficult to discern between conjunctions that join sentences (eg because, so) and adverbs/adverbials that begin a new, closely related sentence or at the very least follow a semi-colon (eg however, as a result of). This activity gives children lots of opportunities to use causal connectives (because, so, so that, however, consequently, this means, this will, this may, as a result of this) orally and in sentences. Most importantly, it helps them to think about whether they are extending a sentence or beginning a new one. This could be used before my other popular resource for explanation writing: 'Explain yourself'. That activity enables children to develop a full explanation, whereas this narrows the focus to sentence skills.
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3D shape quiz quiz trade cards

3D shape quiz quiz trade cards

Learning about 3D shapes? Why not kick off the lesson with a quiz quiz trade to get everyone moving and using mathematical vocabulary. Just print off enough cards for one per child or get adults involved too.
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homophones and near homophones, fully planned and resourced lesson, dice game: 'mistaken identity'

homophones and near homophones, fully planned and resourced lesson, dice game: 'mistaken identity'

A brilliant lesson on homophones and near homophones, suitable for Year 5 and Year 6. Assessment focus: I understand the term ‘homophone’. I can give definitions of many common homophones. I can spell common homophones. You are buying: - a detailed lesson plan; - ‘mistaken identity celebrities' PowerPoint; - mistaken identity scavenger hunt; - self –assessment tool (on powerpoint); - engaging dice game differentiated 2 ways - plenty of challenge - answer checkers provided; - SEN/low attainers activity; - an extension activity for those who finish. You'll love this session - a fun way to explore homophones and near homophones.
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How to write a biography paragraph, organisation within a paragraph, Simon Cowell, Anne Frank

How to write a biography paragraph, organisation within a paragraph, Simon Cowell, Anne Frank

This session teaches children one way of structuring a biography paragraph. Prior to the session, children will need to have gathered some information for the biography they are going to write. Everything else you need is here! You are buying: - a detailed lesson plan; - a 'paragraph party' resource, based on Anne Frank's life; - a presentation, including suggested shared/modelled writing.
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Apostrophe Abduction - possessive apostrophes, contractions, plural nouns, differentiated games

Apostrophe Abduction - possessive apostrophes, contractions, plural nouns, differentiated games

Lesson plan, presentation and all resources for the two dice games (the main game is differentiated 3 ways) included. Ready to go! Apostrophes! Why do so many of us get them wrong? In Year 2 children are expected to use contractions accurately, and in Year 4 they are expected to understand possessive apostrophes as well. This is a carefully planned lesson about apostrophes for Years 4, 5 or 6. It would also be an ideal revision tool for the Year 6 Grammar Test. First, children are given the chance to revisit prior learning through the fun warm up game 'The Memory Test'. Following that, they will learn about possessive apostrophes and common misconceptions during the presentation. When they are ready, the two player game 'Apostrophe Abduction' will provide them with plenty of challenge or support, depending on the version you give them. I have included three versions of the game : A 'support' version - this game uses a very short text, with only 10 highlighted apostrophe words to focus on. An 'on track' version - children have to hunt for plurals, possessive apostrophes and contractions. A challenge version - the same as the 'on track' version, but across a full story - quite a challenge to find every plural, contraction and possessive apostrophe.
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Biography - How to structure a biography paragraph - Anne Frank - Paragraph party

Biography - How to structure a biography paragraph - Anne Frank - Paragraph party

Working on biographies? Teach your class a simple structure for organising information within a paragraph. This whole class activity supports both reading and writing skills. Assessment focus I can group information into paragraphs I can organise the sentences in my paragraph into a sensible order I have used this 'paragraph party' approach several times for information texts and persuasive texts, and it really helped children to improve how well their writing was organised. That's why I have developed a similar approach to use when tackling biographies. Children will learn a simple pattern and later on they can apply to their own writing. Using lots of constructive talk, children have to work together to organise different sections of Anne Frank's life. Children need to find the host of the party (the 'topic sentence') and throw out any information that is not relevant (the 'uninvited guest'). Then they explore the subtle way information is ordered. Later on, children explore whole text structure. Each paragraph follows the same pattern, and children can use this pattern to support any biography writing that follows.
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Persuasive writing and balanced discussion, dice games, model texts, planning frames, toolkits

Persuasive writing and balanced discussion, dice games, model texts, planning frames, toolkits

Orally rehearse the language of persuasive writing and balanced discussion before writing. Throughout Key Stage 2, children are expected to take part in debates and compose one-sided arguments or balanced discussions. To be successful at this, children need plenty of opportunities to use the language of argument. Connecting phrases such as 'it is obvious that', 'other people claim that' and 'opponents of' need to be orally rehearsed as children do not encounter them regularly in their daily lives. This fully planned session, complete with a presentation and a fun dice game, will give children the experience of using the language of argument in a purposeful way. Use this session prior to any 'argument' style writing and it will give children the tools to be successful. *I have now added 'Whose side are you on? Advanced'. This version is for 4 players and enables children to create full balanced discussions orally. The patterns they use exactly mirror the structure of a written balanced discussion. **I have also added a model text, a planning frame and a self assessment sheet for persuasive writing and a model text, a planning frame and a self assessment sheet for discussion writing. ***I have also added: a one sided model text in favour of Victorian style child punishment (for children to argue against!) a one sided model against mobile phones in school for children to argue 'for' a mobile phone fact or opinion sorting activity a one sided model for animals in circuses for children to argue against a one sided argument against computer games for children to argue 'for' a computer games counter argument activity a computer games fact or opinion sorting activity a for and against sorting activity linked with space a for and against sorting activity linked with aliens
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Write multi-clause sentences; play 'Clauses, clauses, clauses' dice game; use conjunctions

Write multi-clause sentences; play 'Clauses, clauses, clauses' dice game; use conjunctions

Play this to develop children's understanding of clauses and to encourage children to vary the number of clauses they include within their sentences. I have tried so many approaches to teaching this, and I have had the most success with this one. Assessment focus I can understand the terms ‘clause’ and ‘conjunction’. I can write sentences with one or more clauses. I can write sentences with many clauses, without confusing the reader. Here you will find three versions of the engaging dice activity 'Clauses, clauses, clauses'. In its simplest form, children write one or two clause sentences, using a limited number of conjunctions. Other versions go up to six clauses - very tricky! I have also included an extra version (my favourite activity for teaching clauses, conjunctions and multi-clauses sentences) called 'Clauses, clauses clauses - scavenger hunt version'. This activity promotes lots of talk around word classes and building multi-clause sentences. I recommend playing this a few times across the school year, as these skills need revisiting many times to build confidence. I hope your class find these activities as useful as mine did. Good luck!
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Explanation writing, causal connectives, fun dice activity, 'Explain yourself', warm ups, models

Explanation writing, causal connectives, fun dice activity, 'Explain yourself', warm ups, models

Explanation writing is one of the trickier non-fiction genres in the primary curriculum. Although we rarely explain sequences using formal language, we often explain things in every day terms. How do you complete that level of the game? How do you do that magic trick? How did you solve that problem? There is a group of words and phrases that can help explain cause and effect more precisely. These can be called 'causal connectives'. This is not a strictly defined group of words – more collection of conjunctions, adverbs and other cohesive devices that can be useful for this genre of writing. Try the dice activity 'Explain yourself' and watch your class get comfortable using these connectives aloud as they explain diverse subjects including 'how to take the perfect selfie' and 'how the digestive system works'. When they are ready, they can write some of their favourite explanations, using causal connectives with accuracy. NEW! I have now added 4 simple oral warm up activities. These encourage to children to rehearse useful vocabulary (consequently, as a result of this, so, so that, therefore, however) and add brackets to explanation sentences. Try that tricky language aloud before you get into any writing! I have also added 7 model explanations to give some ideas of things to write about.
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I can subtract from multiples of 10, subtraction, mastery, Year 3

I can subtract from multiples of 10, subtraction, mastery, Year 3

This lesson is planned in detail and fully resourced, with warm up activities and 5 independent activities, all about subtracting from multiples of 10. First there is a subtraction fluency warm up activity, to get children involved straight away. Using the mastery approach, the lesson begins with simple concrete activity (using counters) that everyone can access. Following this, children can quickly move on to other activities, at their own pace. I used this in a Y3 class and it was a great session. It could work well in Y2 or early in Y4, to check understanding.
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