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Lesson plan English
Objectives
To order letters in high frequency words; to make an alphabetical sequence; to follow a sequence of instructions; to order words to make sense of a sentence,; to extend sentences with adjectives.
National Curriculum
KS1 English, Reading / Writing levels 1- 3.
National Literacy Strategy: Word / Sentence Level work.
Resources
Online adventure To Grandma’s Party; reading books; dictionaries; coloured paper; scissors; alphabetical class list; worksheets Spelling, Rhymes and Word search.
Introduction
Log onto the site. Can pupils describe the characters?
Write on the board: Nash __ little.
Ask pupils, 'what’s the missing word?'.
Develop 3 or 4 similar sentences. Ask pupils to underline describing words such as ’little’.
Give pupils scrambled names to sort out, e.g. idgreg (digger) or nagarmd (grandma).
Ask pupils where the different characters’ names would come in their class list.
Group Work
Introduce pupils to the Adventures.
An invitation
Pupils follow the story, ordering letters and words to complete a simple message.
Pupils could go on to send an e-card in the Fun & Games section.
When pupils have finished the computer activities they can create ‘missing word’ puzzles using reading books as a source. They copy a sentence leaving a space for one word. Can their friend guess the missing word?

Presents
Pupils complete the activity following instructions and arrange letter beads on a necklace to make a hidden message. When students have finished, they can Create their own story in the Fun & Games section.
When pupils have finished computer activities they can design a ‘message necklaces’ by writing the letters of their own message on shapes cut from coloured paper. Can a friend arrange the letters correctly?

At the party
Pupils are challenged to put names in alphabetical order and identify adjectives with similar meanings.
Pupils could go on to Create their own animation in the Fun & Games section. Encourage pupils to write a sentence with an adjective to describe each character, e.g. Digger has a black nose.
When pupils have completed computer activities they can use dictionaries to make alphabetical lists of categories, e.g. animals, food, toys. Who can make the longest list?
Individual Work
Individuals use the worksheets My Mate Digger (adding an ‘e’ to the end of certain words) and All About Us (finding and using rhymes).
Homework
Pupils complete the Word Search worksheet.


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