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

Learn

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

Practise

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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