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The Ponder Box is a small self-publishing company with a passion for creating inspirational products fit for all kinds of purposes. In 2021, TPB began publishing low content books on Amazon through Kindle Direct Publishing, and now offers hundreds of books, journals, workbooks and more on Amazon's around the world. We also have our own Etsy shop where we also post a range of downloadable and digital products for people in all professions. Visit our website for more info!

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The Ponder Box is a small self-publishing company with a passion for creating inspirational products fit for all kinds of purposes. In 2021, TPB began publishing low content books on Amazon through Kindle Direct Publishing, and now offers hundreds of books, journals, workbooks and more on Amazon's around the world. We also have our own Etsy shop where we also post a range of downloadable and digital products for people in all professions. Visit our website for more info!
About Me: Get to Know Your Students (Worksheet)
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About Me: Get to Know Your Students (Worksheet)

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The start of the new academic year isn’t far away! Use this worksheet to give to your class on the first day and term to get to know who they are, there likes and dislikes. Research shows that students have a higher chance of success if lessons are personalized to their likes and dislikes. Getting to know your students is essential in developing a strong student-teacher rapport. Find more awesome resources for all the key stages and lots of FREE printables at www.theponderbox.com !
Holes - Lesson 1 (Inference and Predictions)
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Holes - Lesson 1 (Inference and Predictions)

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Introduce the book Holes by Louis Sachar to your pupils through an in depth cover analysis lesson. Students will explore what they think the book is about before even opening the first page. This resource includes a full, interactive Powerpoint for a full 60 minute lesson, plus 2 handouts that go with the lesson. This resource is all you need to get your students making inferences before you start reading. Enjoy! Skill development: inference / predictions Stretch and challenge: Making metaphors, writing to explain and compare and contrasting skills This resource is ideal for Key Stage 3
KS3 History of the English Language Y7/Y8 English / Social Studies / History
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KS3 History of the English Language Y7/Y8 English / Social Studies / History

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The History of the English Language Allow your students to gain an understanding of the origins of the English language and develop an understanding how the language has changed over time. In this lesson, students will complete a student led information scavenger hunt through the use of learning stages in order to find key facts relating to the development of the English language from the Anglos to modern day English. Student led activity excellent for kineasthetic learners This resource includes A Google slide (full lesson) A blank timeline document for students to fill in (PDF and Doc) The History of the English Language Document (5 pages) to place in your learning stations Let me know how you get on with this resource in the feedback section! Thank you for purchasing this resource!
What is FGM?
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What is FGM?

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With over 200 million women and young girls affected by FGM worldwide, learning about FGM is now more important than ever. This lesson has been especially designed for year 7+ students to learn all about what FGM is, reasons as to why it’s practiced and the effects left on girls after experiencing the traumatic event. dyslexic friendly resource with dyslexic friendly font and background whole PSHE lesson
Sensory Imagery in Holes KS3
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Sensory Imagery in Holes KS3

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KS2/KS3/SEND/Intervention English Resources Holes by Lois Sachar Resource Support your students in being able to identify various linguistic devices by exploring the use of sensory imagery in the novel Holes by Louis Sacher. Students can use this worksheet to identify sentences or phrases throughout the book and record them according to the sense that has been used. This is a great way to get students engaged with their own writing and understanding how they can make it more descriptive. Find more awesome Holes resources at www.theponderbox.com for all the key stages!
Theme
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Theme

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Teach your students about theme with this quick and easy Powerpoint and worksheet to go with it. Suitable for ks3 and lower ability.
PSHE - Growth Mindeset Lesson
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PSHE - Growth Mindeset Lesson

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Teach your students about growth-mindset, what it is and why it’s important to work on developing a growth mind-set. By the end of this lesson, you’re students will know: What growth mind-set is The habits of people with a growth / fixed mindset Ideas on how to transform from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set Enjoy this 55 minute fully prepared PSHE lesson including group, individual and home learning activities!
KS4 GCSE/iGCSE ENGLISH CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
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KS4 GCSE/iGCSE ENGLISH CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Novel Study This resource has been designed as the first in a series of novel study lessons for an iGCSE English class but can be easily adapted to GCSE. Simply replace the learning objectives to ones that apply! Ideal for Key Stage 4, ESL learners and struggling readers! This lesson includes the following resources: A Powerpoint presentation (full lesson activities) A student reading log (PDF and word doc) 4 Cover Analysis Handouts (PDFs and word docs) 1 KWLS worksheet (PDF and word doc) This lesson includes the following activities: Starter & Exit Tasks to evaluate learning (pre-assessment and post-assessment) KWLS to establish what students already know Inference and prediction tasks based on cover analysis - teaching students to identify FACTS! Thank you for purchasing this resource! Let me know how you got on in the feedback! For more resources like these, visit www.theponderbox.com
Stone Cold Y10 iGCSE / GCSE Lesson 1
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Stone Cold Y10 iGCSE / GCSE Lesson 1

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Stone Cold iGCSE / GCSE Lesson 1 This lesson has been designed as a first lesson as an introduction to the iGCSE course and can be easily adapted to GCSE English. Activities include: Making inferences about the book cover and what it implies Self assessement - KWLS Predictions about the book Resources Include A full Powerpoint presentation KWLS handout (PDF and Word) Student Reading Log (PDF and Word) Making inferences doc (PDF and Word) Compare and Contrast doc (PDF and Word) This is an entire lesson that’s good to go! Let me know if you enjoyed this resource by leaving your feedback. For more resources visit my website www.theponderbox.com ! Thank you for purchasing this resources <3
Holes - Character Flashcards Drama Activity
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Holes - Character Flashcards Drama Activity

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Use these handy flashcards and character descriptions to asses how well your students know the characters in the novel Holes by Louis Sacher. Included in this pack: - Drama based activity lessons and variations - 21 character flashcards - 21 character descriptions - Criteria for success handout - Custom made lizard stickers for envelopes (to give it that extra special touch!)
Holes - KS3 How Does Stanley Feel? Mind Map
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Holes - KS3 How Does Stanley Feel? Mind Map

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Use this mind map early on in the book to get students to think about how Stanley feels about certain people and situations. This will encourage students to develop a strong understanding of who Stanley is and how he's being described by the narrator. This worksheet can be used as an independent exercise or as part of a group activity.
Holes KS3 - Identifying Character Types
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Holes KS3 - Identifying Character Types

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Use this resource to teach students about the different types of characters they may find in a novel, relating it directly to the novel Holes. Included in this resource: 1. A list of character types and definitions (I recommend cutting them out and laminating the character type and definition separately, and using it as a starter task that gets students to match character type to definition). 2. A table which students complete to identify the different character types in Holes.
HOLES - Vocabulary Word Bank KS3
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HOLES - Vocabulary Word Bank KS3

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Help your students enhance their vocabulary with this nifty little word bank that they can use to record new words they encounter while reading. Students can stick it in their exercise books or keep it in their folders, and record new words each or every other lesson.
IMYC History Lesson Celebrations Unit
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IMYC History Lesson Celebrations Unit

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This resource has been designed to fit the IMYC Celebrations Unit for a key stage 3 (grade 6) or lower ability class. The lesson explores how people in the US responded to conflict and change during the 1950’s when segregation was law. This resource is an entire lesson, including starter tasks and differentiated exit tasks. Enjoy!