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20 October 2014
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Lesson Plan English
Objectives
To follow a set of instructions; to locate words in an index; to identify key words in a sentence; to choose appropriate headings/headlines; to choose appropriate words to complete a phrase or sentence; to proof-read a short piece of text; to use apostrophe to contract common phrases; to recognise a range of common homophones.
National Curriculum
KS2 English, Reading / Writing levels 3 - 4.
National Literacy Strategy: Word / Sentence Level work.
Resources
Dictionary, thesaurus, newspapers, scissors and glue. Worksheets Headlines, Words and Homophones.
Introduction
Tell pupils today’s activities centre on a spooky house. Log onto the site and together watch the opening sequence which shows the location. Ask pupils to make a list of adjectives (e.g. eerie, weird, menacing…) that could be used to describe the house.
Activities
Trapped inside
Pupils solve word puzzles choosing a suitable newspaper headline and an item from an index. Pupils could alphabetically order all the adjectives from the introductory activity.
Can they find the page number of each word’s dictionary entry?
Pupils could go on to complete the worksheet Headlines.

The trap door
Pupils follow the story to solve puzzles involving the choice of key words, proof-reading and the use of the apostrophe to contract common phrases. After completing the online activity, pupils use the proof-reading puzzle as a model to plan one of their own that could be added to one of the other rooms in the spooky house (e.g. the Insect Room).

Escape route
Pupils follow the story to solve puzzles about giving exact information and completing a riddling poem. After completing the online activity, pupils find rhymes for some of the adjectives listed in the introductory activity.
Can they use these rhymes to write a riddle of their own about one of the other rooms in the spooky house (e.g. the Skeleton Room).
The worksheet Homophones could also be used to suggest helpful words for a riddle.
Individual work
Pupils view the newspaper headlines activity from Trapped inside.
Ask pupils to choose one of the newspaper headlines displayed and write the short (50 – 100 word) news item that would have followed that headline. Pupils could go on to complete the worksheet Words.
Pupils can also go on to activities in the Fun & Games section and complete the activities Create a comic book or Create your own secret message.
Plenary
Ask pupils to suggest a newspaper headline that might appear above a story about Digger and the Gang’s escape. Can pupils suggest one that contains an apostrophe and a contraction?
Homework
Ask pupils to make a note of any 'try this at home' activities eg try writing about the history of your house, street or town. Find information from your local library or websites.


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