Creating a minibeast fact file using joining words

Home learning focus

To write a fact file about minibeasts using joining words to make sentences more interesting.

This lesson includes:

  • an introduction to joining words

  • a video about about minibeasts

  • three activities to try at home


When writing, you can use joining words to join sentences or ideas together. Joining words are and, or, but, because and if.

For example: I went swimming. I find it fun.' could become 'I went swimming because I find it fun.

Watch this video about minibeasts and try the activities below.

Discover different minibeasts


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Let's make a list

How many different minibeasts did you see in the video?

Write some short sentences saying which minibeasts you saw. See if you can write six sentences like these.

  • I saw a snail.
  • I saw a spider.

Once you've listed them. Try using the word 'and' to join sentences together. For example:

  • I saw a snail and a spider.

Activity 2: Making a fact file

  • Get a piece of paper and fold it in to four quarters (ask someone to help you if needed).
  • Choose three minibeasts from the video and give each one a name.
  • Then write a sentence about each one making sure you use joining words to link ideas together.

For example

  • Sally the snail has a soft body and a hard shell because it protects her.

Activity 3: Let's make a game

Draw six big squares on a piece of paper and then cut out each square.

On one side write the name of a minibeast (you can draw it too). Then on the other side write a sentence about that minibeast. Make sure you use joining words to include more detail. For example: I can move really quickly because I have eight legs.

Once you've done six, test the people around you to see how many they can guess.

Where next?

In this lesson you have created a minibeast fact file that includes sentences that use joining words.

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