Morning 1: L.O: I can answer comprehension questions based on a text I have read.
- Fit a or an in the gap - I bought __ elephant.
- What is the simple past tense of these three verbs: buy catch think
- Which word in this sentence is the noun: The coat was blue.
- Which of these two words is a coordinating conjunction? because and
- Which word in this sentence is missing a capital letter? Mary and joseph are the names of Jesus’ parents.
Grammar activity - Apostrophes for contraction
Look at the sentences below. Why have the apostrophes been used in each example? Are there any other times we use apostrophes? Are there any exceptions to the rules?
The dolphin’s fin was broken.
The girls’ changing room was painted yellow.
It’s a lovely day!
Its spots were black and white.
I couldn’t believe my luck!
Watch the videos on BBC Bitesize which review apostrophes for contraction and possession. Remember - 'its' shows possession without an apostrophe but this is the only case! Plurals on their own do not need apostrophes (unless they are showing plural possession)!
Record an explanation for the apostrophe use in your own words.
Look at the cover. What do you think the book is about? Why has the author chosen this front cover?
Read chapters 1-3 and make a note of any new vocabulary and define these words using a dictionary.
What impression do you get of Stanley? Give at least two impressions, supporting your view with evidence from the text (3 marks).
Reading Task - answer the questions below
What is a camp?
What is a warden?
Find a word on Page 6 that shows the bus was uncomfortable.
What does convicted mean?
Look at the word supposedly on Page 8. What synonyms could you find for this word?
What word on Page 8 means huge?
What is strange about Camp Green Lake?
Why does no one live in the town of Green Lake anymore?
What do you think is meant by ‘the warden owns the shade’?
Why do you think Stanley and his family just pretended he was going to a nice camp?
How did Stanley feel when he got to Camp Green Lake?
Read the first line of Chapter 2. Predict why someone might go to Camp Green Lake.
At the end of Chapter 2, predict what Stanley might have done to be sent to Camp Green Lake.
Explain why Louis Sachar might use short chapters.
Why does Sachar use a question at the start of chapter 2?
Where is the story set?
What creatures can be found in Camp Green Lake?
What is the most dangerous animal out in Camp Green Lake?
Who is the main character?
Why did Stanley end up in Camp Green Lake?
What do you have to do at Camp Green Lake?
What part of his appearance does Stanley not like?
What is Stanley’s father’s job?
How did Stanley get his name?
What impressions do you get of Stanley? Summarise them in 3 words.
Summarise your impressions of Camp Green Lake in one sentence.
L.O: Can I plan a diary entry based on a novel?
1. Can you put the capital letters and full stops in the correct place?
Hamza and maya were going to the shops it was spring so the sun was shining they’d wanted to go to the shops on tuesday but maya’s mum said there wasn’t time after school.
2. Where is the subordinate conjunction in this sentence?
We were having a great time at the beach until a seagull pinched my chips.
3. Can you complete this sentence with the correct homophone.
The bike started to wobble; he applied the break/brake.
4. Choose the correct ‘there/their/they’re’ to complete these gaps.
It was _______ birthday. The twins always went _______to the same place. Some might say that _______creatures of habit.
Y6 only – SATs style author intent/impression Q (3 marks)
Explain why Sachar says ‘if you could call it that’ three times at the start of Chapter 6.
Review WAGOLL 1 and 2 and annotate. Use these to create a list of success criteria for a diary entry (e.g. cohesion (adverbials, pronouns, adverbs, etc); writing in the correct style; punctuation).
Recap the start of the novel Think about what we know about Stanley, what happened to him, how he must have been feeling, etc. What was his journey like? What might he have been thinking about the trip, e.g. feeling positive and excited or nervous? Why?
Plan a diary entry from Stanley’s perspective about an aspect of his time at Camp Green Lake – it can be a series of diaries from the beginning to wherever you are up to in the novel. You should spend some time to begin planning some interesting vocab and/or planning some of the sentence types looked at earlier.
L.O: I can write a diary entry from the perspective of Stanley.
1. Can you identify the subordinate clause?
I went to the park, even though it was raining.
Dinosaurs have sharp teeth, as they eat meat.
Since the Year 6 block is new, we must take extra care to look after it.
2. Identify the 3 prepositions in this sentence.
On our journey we travelled through the forest, around the city and at one point, beside a river.
3. Re-write this sentence with the correct punctuation.
Mike stuttered Why are you wearing your shoes on your head?
4.Locate the 4 determiners in this sentence.
The owl hooted up in the tree. A beautiful sunset lit up the sky behind him.
Y6 only – SATs style author intent/impression Q (3 marks)
Why doesn’t Sachar tell us how the shoes fell out of the sky? What effect does this have?
Grammar teaching – commas in list
What punctuation is missing? Use a purple pen to read through and edit the punctuation and spelling use in the text (see below).
Modelled write - example text:
I am struggling to write today as my hands are so sore; I have blisters upon blisters and I am out of breath for today has been incredibly difficult. This evening, after what felt like an eternity, I arrived at Camp Green Lake. Instantly, I knew this was hell. I was so thirsty from hours sitting on a tin can trudging through the stifling heat of the desert. I’ve come to realise that I made the wrong decision - I should have chosen jail over this hellish nightmare. I remembered the curse; this is why I had chosen Camp Green Lake. There is no point arguing my case now – I will have to just grin and bear it.
All of the kids back home were talking of their vacations at camps or in other countries. They said they did skateboarding, canoeing and water-skiing at their camps, but obviously this isn’t one of those places. With temperatures rising up to 48 degrees celsius in the shade and no water source within 100 miles, this is far from a ‘holiday camp’. Showers in the wild, no buildings (only tents), dry throats and sore hands: this is the worst place on Earth. This camp ends happiness, takes memories and turns them into never-ending nightmares.
Write a diary entry from Stanley’s perspective about an aspect of his time at Camp Green Lake – it can be a series of diaries from the beginning to wherever you are up to in the novel.
Make sure it includes Stanley’s personal thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears, etc. It should be an account of Stanley’s feelings.
Read your work aloud whilst covering your ears to help you to hear your own mistakes. Edit.