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Explanation texts unit plan and resources

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Last updated 08 July 2014, created 30 October 2011, viewed 88,237

*Update* Sorry, someone deleted everything from Dropbox. The videos are back on now! Explanation texts unit... see 'Explanation texts unit plan' first. Started with Alien Research Centre (hook lesson), then did own Talk for Writing explanation (how does a dishwasher work?); moved on to More… using Wallace and Gromit 'Cracking Contraptions' videos, chn writing own explanation based on the shared (dishwasher) text. Finally, introduced topic for independent writing, based on the book 'how to catch a star'. *Planning frame refers to blank one.*

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  • Word documentLesson plan
    explanation texts unit plan.doc (69kb, Word document)
  • WebpageOther— Video
  • for pupils

  • Word documentActivity
    alien prompt cards.doc (23kb, Word document)
  • Notebook documentTutorial
    ARC.notebook (372kb, Notebook document)
  • Word documentActivity
    Cause & effect lit 2.doc (22kb, Word document)
  • Word documentActivity
    cracking contraptionsL1.doc (4mb, Word document)
  • Image documentActivity
    dishwasher map.JPG (512kb, Image document)
  • Word documentActivity
    Dragon Logical Order.doc (24kb, Word document)
  • Notebook documentActivity
    Expl lesson 2.notebook (86kb, Notebook document)
  • Image documentPosters and displays
    FILPOR P1 NEW.jpg (490kb, Image document)
  • Image documentPosters and displays
    FILPOR P2 NEW.jpg (493kb, Image document)
  • Word documentActivity
    How does a dishwasher work.doc (20kb, Word document)
  • Word documentTest
    Link for Explanations videos.docx (29kb, Word document)
  • Word documentWorksheet
    My Explanation Plan.doc (20kb, Word document)
  • pdf documentActivity
    TfW dishwasher with actions.pdf (27kb, pdf document)
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Brilliant! My kids are going to love this unit! Very much appreciate your inspiration and hard work. Cheers Jane

from janesattes, 08 July 2014
(report comment) 5 out of 5

Thank you - I know we are due a visit from Ofsted - we think this week, someone has been viewing our website, a lot! I wonder who that could be? Your ideas have inspired a hopefully 'outstanding' lesson: the group work lesson on cracking contraptions. Most grateful for sharing your fantastic lessons.

from Morrellolee, 15 June 2014
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Some of the videos have stopped working, other than that a brilliant resource!

from mcgolpin, 01 June 2014
(report comment) 5 out of 5

Thank you for sharing- can't wait to share with my Year 4's.

from woodcock, 28 May 2014
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Thank you for sharing, some very useful ideas

from alice00, 08 May 2014
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