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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.
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.
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.
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.
Properties of 3D shapes investigation - pyramids and prisms
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Properties of 3D shapes investigation - pyramids and prisms

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This four page booklet begins with an explanation of the terms ‘edges’, ‘faces’ and ‘vertices’ and then tests this knowledge using three basic 3D shapes. The inside of the booklet has two tables and images of prisms and pyramids. It requires the pupil to find the number of edges, faces and vertices for ten of these shapes. It also asks them for the number of sides of the base shape on the pyramid and the number of sides of the cross-sectional shape on the prism. This is to help with the investigation on the final page. The last page asks pupils to look at the numbers in the tables and spot patterns/rules. It encourages them to express their thoughts in algebra if possible. Then, to test their theories, there are another two shapes to work with on this final page. Aimed at Year 6 - Year 9 pupils.
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.
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.
Number bonds to 100
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Number bonds to 100

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Four sheets are provided here: two classwork sheets and two homework sheets with a set for more able and a set for less able. The sheets look first at making 100 using deines cubes, where children are encouraged to draw the extra cubes and sticks until they reach 100. The second half builds on this, making the link with the deines equipment that the cubes will always make a ten and the sticks will need to add up to the other ninety. The homework sheets provide more practice of what has been covered in lesson.
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).
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).
Doing and undoing (algebra, proportions and fractions)
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Doing and undoing (algebra, proportions and fractions)

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If I have six sweets and increase them by a half, what fraction would I have to reduce the result by to get back to the original 6 sweets? This resource was made as a way of explaining a KS3 exam question I found, which used this idea but with x amount of sweets.
Fractions problem solving
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Fractions problem solving

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Based on a GCSE exam question, this worksheet has four examples of tables that need filling in. Answers are provided and a helpful hints box at the bottom helps pupils to get started if needed.
Algebra Basics Bingo
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Algebra Basics Bingo

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These three games are a good introduction to algebraic terms and expressions and are designed for two players. In two of the games, the question cards will have something like b + b + a + a and the players need to see if they have the simplified answer 2b + 2a on their grid. In the third game, the question card might show yz + z and the pupil needs to expand it to y x z + z to see if they have it on their grid.
Writing skills book hunt (skimming and scanning looking for key skills)
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Writing skills book hunt (skimming and scanning looking for key skills)

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In this activity, pupils need a fiction book to hunt for examples of authors using writing skills. Writing skills needed include those such as short sentences for drama, starting sentences in different ways and using different words for 'said'. It also asks them to find examples of ellipsis, exclamation marks, proper nouns, hyphenated words and commas in lists, among other things. For each of the skills/examples required, there is an example given on the sheet to act as a model and to remind the pupils in case they have forgotten.
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.
Simile matching and writing activity
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Simile matching and writing activity

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This resource allows for work on eight sentences of similes, using 'like', 'as' and 'as if'. It is a cut, match and stick activity. The first five sentences require the children to match the starts and ends of sentences, with pictures to try and help them see the connections. The last three sentences have the starts of the sentences and blank boxes for them to create their own endings, with enough room to draw a picture to help show the comparison. Images have been labelled as appropriate for reuse via the advanced search of Google images.
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.