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Cloud Tea Monkeys

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Narrative Writing to Entertain Key Stage 2 App. 2 – vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Reading – comprehension Spoken Language Writing – composition Writing – vocabulary, grammar and punctuation English Year 4
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This Year 4 English Planning Pack designed to help improve children's use of quality descriptive language, fronted adverbials and conjunctions is inspired by the beautiful book Cloud Tea Monkeys. It will transport your class to the tea planations of India where they will meet Tashi and her mother, Aunt Sonam and the others, the nasty Overseer and of course, his Excellency the Royal Tea Taster himself! Please be aware that, for copyright purposes, we are unable to provide the full text for this scheme of work.

 
#TheCompleteSeries7lessons

The seven-lesson unit begins with your class gathered around a wicker basket containing the book 'Cloud Tea Monkeys' wrapped up in parcel paper and surrounded by objects associated with the story. Children make predictions and use short snippets of the text to start to give them clues about how this magical story begins. They identify facts and start to make inferences. Children then analyse the description of the setting at the start of the story, picking out expanded noun phrases and classifying them according to their senses. In the next lesson, children learn how to use fronted adverbials to describe the position of items in the village setting and write a detailed description in role as Tashi. In the third lesson, Tashi arrives at the tea plantation and the description of the Overseer from the book is used to introduce children to similes. They identify them in the text and then develop their own to retell this part of the story in role as Tashi. In the following lesson, children learn more about fronted adverbials (manner) and they apply their learning to improve base sentences from the story. Then, the Royal Tea Taster arrives at the plantation and children are recruited to be his apprentices! They taste a variety of teas and make descriptive notes on their aroma, appearance and flavour, using conjunctions to extend their sentences. In the final lesson, children find out what happens at the end of the story and write their own ending in role as Tashi.

So, take your class on a journey through this beautiful book set in a tea growing region of India and download this scheme packed with everything you need to develop your children's descriptive writing. Included in the pack are interactive slideshows for each lesson, detailed lesson plans with differentiated activities and all the printable resources needed. Want more India-themed lessons? Then download this Investigating India Geography scheme which will have your class mesmerised by the true essence of this fascinating country.

 
#Lesson1IdentifyingEffectiveDescription

In this Identifying Effective Description Year 4 Lesson Pack, inspired by Cloud Tea Monkeys, children will firstly read short snippets of the start of the story. What do they think the book will be about? Can they name any of the characters? What do we already know about them? What predictions do children have?

Then, children will read the first part of the book and will be asked to visualise the setting described in their heads. They will identify descriptive sentences and phrases within the text and will classify them using the five senses. At the end of the lesson, children will be shown statements about the story so far. They will position themselves on an imaginary line to show how much they either agree or disagree with each one. Children will be asked to justify their reasoning.

Everything you need to teach this lesson is included in the pack. There is an engaging slideshow, a detailed lesson plan with differentiated activities and all the other printable resources you will need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Picture Cards
  • Sentence Cards
  • Worksheets
  • Description Cards
#Lesson2WritingaSettingDescription

In this Writing a Setting Description Year 4 Lesson Pack, inspired by Cloud Tea Monkeys, children will firstly develop expanded noun phrases to describe various items in the village setting at the start of the book.

Children will then analyse a model diary entry in role as Tashi and identify use of expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials (position). They will use this as inspiration to write their own version, describing the village setting and journey to the tea plantation. At the end of the lesson, children will read each other's writing and evaluate it against the agreed success criteria.

This pack contains all you will need to teach this lesson and help your class write a detailed description of the story's village setting. There is an engaging slideshow, a detailed lesson plan with differentiated activities and all the other printable resources you will need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Noun Cards
  • Writing Help Sheet
  • Worksheets
  • Drama Conventions Guide
#Lesson3UsingSimiles

In this Using Similes Year 4 Lesson Pack, inspired by Cloud Tea Monkeys, children will be introduced to the Overseer and will identify similes used within the text to describe him.

They will then read the next part of the story and will look for other effective similes used by the author. Throughout, they will learn to explain why particular similes were chosen by the author and will be encouraged to suggest their own alternatives. They will then, through writing in role as Tashi, use similes of their own to describe this part of the story. At the end of the lesson, your Year 4 class will return to the description in the book of the Overseer and will identify the metahor used. They will then see if they can develop their own metaphors to describe this character.

Everything you need to teach this lesson and develop your class's confidence in identifying and writing similes is included in the pack. There is an engaging slideshow, a detailed lesson plan with differentiated activities and all the other printable resources you will need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Simile Starter Sheet
  • Worksheets
#Lesson4UsingFigurativeLanguage

In this Using Figurative Language Year 4 Lesson Pack, inspired by Cloud Tea Monkeys, children will use drama techniques to explore the moment in the story where Tashi's mother becomes too ill to work.

Children will use the drama as inspiration to write a diary entry in role as Tashi. They will include a range of expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and figurative language within their writing. At the end of the lesson, children evaluate their partner’s writing against the success criteria and are encouraged to use sentence starters displayed to feed back what their partner did well and what they could work on to improve further.

Everything you need to teach this lesson is included in the pack. There is an engaging slideshow, a detailed lesson plan with differentiated activities and all the other printable resources you will need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Writing Help Sheet
  • Worksheets
  • Thought Bubble Cards
  • Feelings Hearts
  • Drama Conventions Guide
  • Speech Sheet
#Lesson5ImprovingSentences

In this Improving Sentences Year 4 Lesson Pack, inspired by Cloud Tea Monkeys, children will begin by finding out what an adverbial of manner is. They will read the next part of the story and will pick out examples of these.

Using the engaging slideshow that comes as part of this pack, children will then look at how these adverbials can be put at the start of sentences to create fronted adverbials. They then apply their understanding to improve base sentences using fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and figurative language. At the end of the lesson, drama techniques will be used to explore how Tashi feels at the point in the story children have got to.

Everything you need to teach this lesson is included in the pack. There is an engaging slideshow, a detailed lesson plan with differentiated activities and all the other printable resources you will need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Worksheets
  • Wordbank
  • Sentence Cards
  • Enlarged Sentence Cards
  • Drama Conventions Guide
#Lesson6TeaTasting

In this Tea Tasting Year 4 Lesson Pack, inspired by Cloud Tea Monkeys, children will read a letter from the Royal Tea Taster himself and will be recruited as his apprentice tea tasters!

Using a bank of helpful words, children will taste a range of teas and describe their aromas, appearances and flavours. They will be taught how to use conjunctions to extend their sentences and to use similes to help describe the teas accurately.

Everything you need to help your Year 4 class become expert tea tasters is included in the pack! There is an engaging slideshow, a detailed lesson plan with differentiated activities and all the other printable resources you will need.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Tea Tasting Word Bank
  • Tea Tasting Sheet
  • Worksheet
#Lesson7WritingaStoryEnding

In this Writing a Story Ending Year 4 Lesson Pack, children will find out how the story ends. They will read a model diary entry written by Tashi of this part of the story and will identify the key language features.

Children will then write their own version. They will be supported in including a range of fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, similes, metaphors and conjunctions. At the end of the lesson they will evaluate their writing and set targets for improvement. Included in the pack for this lesson is a Book Review Sheet as an alternative activity.

All you need to teach this lesson is included within the pack. There is an interactive slideshow, a detailed lesson plan with differentiated activities and all the printable resources needed.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Worksheet
  • Self-assessment Card
  • Drama Conventions Guide
  • Book Review Sheet
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Curriculum Objectives covered

Reading - Comprehension Objectives:

    • develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by: listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
    • develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by: discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
    • understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by: drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
    • understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by: predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
    • understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by: identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning
    • participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say.

Writing - Composition Objectives:

      • draft and write by: organising paragraphs around a theme
      • draft and write by: in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
      • evaluate and edit by: assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
      • read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.
      • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by: extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although

Writing - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Objectives:

      • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by: using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause
      • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by: using fronted adverbials
      • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by: learning the grammar for years 3 and 4 in English Appendix 2
      • indicate grammatical and other features by: using commas after fronted adverbials
      • indicate grammatical and other features by: using and punctuating direct speech

English Appendix Objectives:

    • Noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and preposition phrases (e.g. the teacher expanded to: the strict maths teacher with curly hair)
    • Fronted adverbials [for example, Later that day, I heard the bad news.]
    • Use of paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme
    • Use of inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech [for example, a comma after the reporting clause; end punctuation within inverted commas: The conductor shouted, “Sit down!”]
    • Use of commas after fronted adverbials

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