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TESiboard Explanation Texts

Resources | Published 4 May, 2011

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Explanation Texts, a TESiboard Non-Fiction Collection

‘Explanation Texts’ are similar to Information Texts but explain a process, often in a step-by-step, sequential manner. Examples include the lifecycle of a butterfly or how a seed grows. The non-fiction topics that we cover can easily support cross-curricular work, such as ‘The Lifecycle of a Butterfly’ in English and Science.

TESiboard interactive non-fiction books each have two versions for differentiation: the Listen and Read books have simpler text and full sound support for younger or emerging readers; the Read Alone books have more detailed text. Pupils can use the books as a model for non-fiction writing or as a source of information for a science, geography or history topic.

The Cyclical Sequencer has similar images and information to that in the Explanation books. Pupils read or listen to each stage in the cycle then put them into order. They can play back their sequence and print off their page. The ‘Simple’ version of the Sequencer has fewer stages and simpler text. The ‘Complex’ version has more stages to sequence and space for pupils to write their own text.

Alongside each of our Explanation Books, there is an editable Word document to download containing images from the books, to support non-fiction writing, sequencing tasks and for displays.

The Lifecycle of a Butterfly

Butterfly: Listen and Read Explanation Book

Butterfly: Read Alone Explanation Book

Butterfly: Cyclical Sequencer (simple)

Butterfly: Cyclical Sequencer (complex)

A Hedgehog’s Year

Hedgehog: Listen and Read Explanation Book

Hedgehog: Read Alone Explanation Book

Hedgehog: Cyclical Sequencer (simple)

Hedgehog: Cyclical Sequencer (complex)

The Lifecycle of a Frog

Frog: Listen and Read Explanation Book

Frog: Read Alone Explanation Book

Frog: Cyclical Sequencer (simple)

Frog: Cyclical Sequencer (complex)

A Sunflower’s Lifecycle

Sunflower: Listen and Read Explanation Book

Sunflower: Read Alone Explanation Book

Sunflower: Cyclical Sequencer (simple)

Sunflower: Cyclical Sequencer (complex)

A Woodland Habitat

Woodland Habitat: Listen and Read Explanation Book

Woodland Habitat: Read Alone Explanation Book

Woodland Habitat: Cyclical Sequencer (simple)

Woodland Habitat: Cyclical Sequencer (complex)

Seasons

Seasons: Listen and Read Explanation Book

Seasons: Read Alone Explanation Book

Seasons: Cyclical Sequencer

(There is just one version of the Seasons Sequencer for both KS1 and KS2.)

Go to our resources index to see other TESiboard collections

Alternatively, the full TESiboard content is available in a classroom friendly form at

http://www.tes.iboard.co.uk

We’d love your comments! Please add them to any collection, resource or email me directly

steve.rawlins@tsleducation.co.uk


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