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Suggested Reading Activities

Get creative with activities for children of all ages. Invent your own superhero, make a pop-up book and much more. This link to the British Library provides ideas for home learning activities. 

 

https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/themes/all-activities

 

 

 

A Lifetime Tale in Pictures

Draw the main character from a book you have recently read.  Show them as a baby, middle aged and as an older person.

Underneath each picture write what you think they might be doing at that point of their life and explain why they may be doing so.

For example if you drew Harry Potter as a baby, he might be casting spells on his mum to feed him lots of yummy food.

This activity is very easy for all age groups to adapt their skill level and text style.

 

IT'S IN THE INSTRUCTIONS

From a book you have just read, select either an important object or creature and create a user manual or a guide explaining how to care for it.

Ensure you use any important information learnt from the book as well as any other information you consider to be important.

If you are writing a user manual for an object remember to focus on how to use the object correctly and how to take care of it.

If you are writing a user guide for an animal or creature focus on keeping it alive and healthy as well as information that explains how to keep it happy and under control if necessary.

 

Dear Diary

Place yourself in the shoes of one of the characters you have just  read about and write a diary entry of a key moment from the  story.

Try to choose a moment in the story in which the character has plenty of interaction and emotion to share in a diary entry.

Your diary entry should be around a page in length and contain information you learnt from the book when the character was in that specific place and time.

Remember when you are writing a diary entry you are writing it from first person perspective. It is usually but not always written in present tense.

Diary writing has been a very popular activity throughout time but social media tools such as Facebook and blogging has in some ways changed this.

 

Mapping it all out

Have a go at drawing a map of one of the places from the text you have just read. See how much detail you can include and be sure to discuss your map with a family member.

Take some time and effort to ensure your map is appealing to the same audience that the book is aimed at.

All good maps should contain the following BOLTS elements.

B - Bolts

O - Orientation

L - Legend

T- Title

S – Scale

 

 

Express Yourself

Using an iPad or a digital camera make faces of the emotions the main characters would have gone through in your book and take photos of them. 

Put them together in a document on your computer or device and explain the emotion below the image and when the character would have felt this way.

This is an excellent opportunity to use some creative direction for this task.

Be sure to play around with the images, filters and graphical styling available to you.

 

You're Hired

Select a character from a book and consider what might be a good job for them. You can choose something completely suitable such as a security guard job for Superman or a more oddball approach such as a pastry chef.

Either way, you will have to write a letter from the perspective of this character and apply for a position.

Be sure to explain why your character would be great employee and what special skills they would possess to make them ideal for the role. Really sell you character explaining all the great attributes they possess.

 

Bubbles and Clouds

Using speech bubbles and pictures of the characters, draw a conversation between two characters from the story you have been reading.

Remember a thought is drawn as a cloud and a spoken statement is drawn as a bubble.

Be sure to look at some comics or graphic novels for some inspiration and insights.

This activity is usually best done on pen and paper but there are numerous digital apps and tools which will allow you make this a reality through technology.

 

Amazing Artifacts

An artefact is an object that has some significance or meaning behind it. In some cases, an artefact might even have a very important story behind it.  I am sure you have got a favourite toy, or your parents have a special item in the house that they would consider an important artefact.

For today’s task you are going to select five artefacts from the text you have been reading and explain what makes them significant or important.

They don’t all have to be super important to the story, but I am sure that at least a couple of them played a major role.

Be sure to draw a picture of the artefact and if necessary, label it.

 

Thinking Differently

Choose 3 important events from the text and explain how you would have handled them differently to the characters in the story.

Explain how it may have changed the outcome of the story in either a small or major way.

Be insightful here and think of the cause and effect.  Sometimes your smallest action can have a major impact on others.

 

You Have Three Wishes

A genie lands in the midpoint of the story you have just read and grants the two main characters three wishes.

What do they wish for and why?

Finally, would their wishes have changed anything about the story?  How so?

Again, think about the cause and effect relationship and how this may have altered the path of the book you have been reading

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