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The Midnight Gang - questions, discussions and activities by chapter
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The Midnight Gang - questions, discussions and activities by chapter

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As I read through The Midnight Gang by David Walliams, I jotted down ideas of questions and activities to do with my pupils. Organised by chapter, this powerpoint has over 50 slides with questions that cover all aspects of reading comprehension. Some have short, instant answers and others could be expanded into a 20 minute class discussion. For the creative teacher, there are many ideas and questions that could easily be developed into something exciting and memorable for the children. Some activities have been indicated as potentially cross-curricular, including opportunities for art, geography, science, drama and debate. My purpose in adding this to TES is to provide teachers with a resource they could use in class with little or no preparation. Other teachers may not want to use it directly with the children but use it as a planning aid for their own lessons.
Commas for clauses worksheets (subordinate, embedded, relative, brackets)
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Commas for clauses worksheets (subordinate, embedded, relative, brackets)

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This resource comprises two differentiated two-sided worksheets. The first looks at identifying main and subordinate clauses, using ~ing words at the start of a subordinate clause, extending sentences with 'which', inserting brackets around clauses as a way of introducing embedded clauses. It also sees whether they can spot/identify relative clauses and relative pronouns. The second (higher) double-sided worksheet looks at writing sentences with subordinate clauses (using conjunctions, ~ing words and 'which'). On the second side, it gives examples of embedded relative clauses and then asks the pupil to complete more sentences that have already been started. I used this for homework and revision after the Y5/Y6 pupils had already been taught the main concepts and sentence constructions.
Apostrophes for possession / belonging / possessive
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Apostrophes for possession / belonging / possessive

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Here we have all of the resources for a lesson on possessive apostrophes that assumes some children will know the basics already. It would be good for the first lesson *you* have taught them on it, assuming they have done it sometime last year, or as a revision lesson after a long break. It starts with the whole class reading an article and spotting missing apostrophes before focusing in on some whiteboard work using pictures as prompts. A partner work/table group game (which could be made competitive or even silly/funny if you like!) is then followed by some written activities to go in the book. Plenary and homework provided too!
Identifying different phrases (noun phrases, adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases)
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Identifying different phrases (noun phrases, adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases)

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The one side of the sheet explains that phrases are unlike clauses in that they have no verbs. It then explains what the three different types of phrases are and gives examples of each. On the second side of the sheet, there are twelve examples of phases that need to be coloured/highlighted/underlined to show which type of phrase they are. Then there are two sentences that involve all three types of phrases and these too need breaking down into the different phrases.
Synonyms and Antonyms
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Synonyms and Antonyms

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There are four activities here. 1) Circle the word that is the antonym of the main word given. 2) Circle the word that is the synonym of the main word given. 3) Colour the words that are the antonyms and synonyms of the main words given. 4) Improve sentences by choosing a stronger synonym to replace weaker vocabulary.
Paragraphs for upper KS2
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Paragraphs for upper KS2

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There are two activities here, one more tricky than the other. The first gives about 15 different sentences which all form the opening of a story. The sentences need to be sorted into three paragraphs about setting, character and problem. Even within the paragraphs, they need sorting into a logical order. They are designed in such a way that you could cut them up and move them around until you're happy. The second activity is a short story that is written as one big chunk of text. This requires the children to mark where the new paragraphs should start. About 5 paragraphs are needed.
SPAG competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revision
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SPAG competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revision

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This quiz is ideal for two teams of between 4 and 8 but could probably be played with larger groups. It has four rounds including a buzzer round and speed round. There are questions that require team work and some that rely on every member of the team individually. Topics focus mainly on word classes, tenses, punctuation, synonyms and antonyms, clauses, phrases and pronouns. Enjoy!
Alan Peat 2a sentences (adjectives, commas for lists)
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Alan Peat 2a sentences (adjectives, commas for lists)

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A lesson to introduce Alan Peat's 2a sentences, presented in a word document so that it can be edited for your needs as required. Pages 1,2,4 can be presented on the IWB screen to the children. These involve the introduction, individual/partner activity using whiteboards and the instructions for the plenary activity (which involves editing and improving a previous piece of the child's English work with this new skill). Page 3 needs to be printed as the worksheet for the main activity (finding 2a sentences in a short story and then writing some of their own 2a sentences with prompts for ideas).
Reading Comprehension - The Week Junior - 13.01.18 - Spanish Flu
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Reading Comprehension - The Week Junior - 13.01.18 - Spanish Flu

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If your children read The Week Junior, get them to read the ‘All about Spanish Flu’ article on p.12 in the 13th January 2018 edition. Follow it up with this quiz which is based mainly on reading comprehension skills. 10 questions. Great for morning work or guided reading.
Word class sorting activity
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Word class sorting activity

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Lists of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to be sorted into the correct boxes in a table. Use one column of words each time for a SPAG starter activity.
Sentence types: Statements, Commands, Questions and Exclamations
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Sentence types: Statements, Commands, Questions and Exclamations

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This double-sided sheet introduces these four sentence types, explaining what they are are what punctuation they need. It looks at statements, commands and questions first before checking understanding with a simple quick identification exercise. It then looks at exclamations (as these are a little harder to explain) and gives another 5 sentences for children to identify whether they are statements or exclamations.
Boy by Roald Dahl - questions, discussions and activities by chapter
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Boy by Roald Dahl - questions, discussions and activities by chapter

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Aimed at upper KS2 or KS3 readers, this resource provides a way to help students engage with the text. With 25 slides (one per chapter), it helps teachers to plan discussions and activities relating to each chapter. Some may be questions you want to ask along the way as you are reading as a class (or alternatively could be modified into comprehension task questions); other activities could be developed into a whole lesson (e.g. a piece of writing or a class debate). There are a variety of tasks and questions around different topics and reading skills: formal/informal language standard/non-standard English predictions looking up vocabulary author’s language choices structural techniques such as short sentences and use of repetition building up suspense author’s awareness of the reader author’s purpose in writing This resource also aims to engage pupils in the text through: drawing characters and settings comparing what is recorded in the book with their own experiences generating deeper discussion about schools, traditions and punishments encouraging students to look up things on the internet: maps, photos, youtube clips
Maths competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revison
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Maths competition quiz for KS2 Year 6 SATs revison

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This quiz is ideal for two teams of between 4 and 8 but could probably be played with larger groups. It has four rounds including a buzzer round and speed round. There are questions that require team work and some that rely on every member of the team individually. Questions focus mainly on topics that come on the arithmetic paper but also on volume, area and angles. Enjoy! Edit: The first version I put online had a couple of simple errors which have now been corrected for future downloads. Apologies to anyone who was using it before I noticed the problem. Also, I have noticed that it might be worth the teacher printing out the slides if you want the answers before revealing them on the projector (e.g. in the rounds where teams can steal points from each other).
Uplevelling writing and word order for more able writers. Colons and Semi-colons.
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Uplevelling writing and word order for more able writers. Colons and Semi-colons.

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I used this for homework for more able Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. The first page is about taking ordinary sentences and making them more interesting by looking at word order for creating tension or excitement, and then following them with shorter sentences for contrast and drama. The second page looks at the uses of colons and semi-colons, modelling examples before asking the children to write their own.
The importance and use of direct and indirect speech (reported speech)
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The importance and use of direct and indirect speech (reported speech)

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This is not simply an activity of changing one to the other. The focus here is about how to make your writing more mature. The first two thirds of the worksheet are an explanation of how indirect speech can be used to avoid the narrator relaying every part of a conversation. It warns against long, tedious and even boring conversations, showing how indirect speech can speed up the narrative to keep the reader interested and the author in control. The last third of the sheet shows a conversation using direct speech and here the pupils should be challenged to seek out the more important and less important parts in order to turn some of the conversation into indirect speech.
Speech punctuation (inverted commas, setting out speech)
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Speech punctuation (inverted commas, setting out speech)

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This resource, over two pages, has four activities increasing in difficulty. The first two give the pupils sentences in which they need to identify and circle the actual spoken words. Having done this, they can attempt to write out the sentences in their books with the correct punctuation. A modeled example is given. The third activity asks the children to insert the punctuation on the sheet for a five-line conversation. The final activity is a conversation between two characters. The one character has all of his lines already written on the sheet. The second character's responses need to be written by the pupils.
Improve vocabulary (word meanings and dictionary work)
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Improve vocabulary (word meanings and dictionary work)

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This resource shows a story (with a moral a bit like a fable) which has ten words highlighted within the story. These could be used as the initial focus for vocabulary for the lesson. There are also ten blank lines in the story and ten words at the bottom of the page. Children need to insert the words in the correct places in the story. With dictionary work, this could take a whole lesson or be good for a homework activity. The twenty words are: contradict companion endangered lingering significance imitate curious immobile gracious robust wander dubious sombre benefit ample despair sufficient resemble significance flawless tribute.
The balance of speech and narrative in conversations
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The balance of speech and narrative in conversations

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This resource seeks to highlight the fact that many children rely too heavily on speech when they are writing conversations. It gives an example of a speech relay (to-ing and fro-ing with speech line after line), which children so often fall into the trap of writing. It then shows how adding some narrative and description in amongst the speech can help the reader picture what's going on better. With two examples of classic children's novels, the children are encouraged to assess the balance of speech and narrative for themselves. Finally the children are given a speech relay which they are asked to 'flesh out' with some narrative to make a good balance for a more mature piece of writing.