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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

£14.50
SKU E2CS90400
Key Stage 1 App. 2 – vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Poetry Reading – comprehension Reading – word reading Spoken Language Writing – composition Christmas English

These KS1 'Twas the Night Before Christmas lesson plans and activities for Year 2 contain seven ready-to-teach lessons themed around this classic narrative poem. Explore and discuss the story that the poem tells as well as investigating some of the figurative and poetic devices which are used in the poem.

 
#TheCompleteSeries7lessons

In this Year 2 poetry planning pack, your Year 2 class will be challenged find patterns in the rhymes and syllables of the poem as well as identifying noun phrases and similes throughout the story. Consolidate the children's knowledge by writing a simple list poem using similes to describe St. Nicholas and challenge them to write a poem inspired by C. Moore's classic Christmas poem.

This set of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas lesson plans comes fully prepared and ready for you to deliver to your class. There are plans, slideshows and handy printable resources to support their 'Twas the Night Before Christmas activities.

#Lesson1Comprehension

This 'Twas the Night Before Christmas comprehension lesson introduces your KS1 class to this classic Christmas poem. During the teaching input, your Year 2 class will read through the poem together on the provided illustrated slideshow, discussing and defining any unfamiliar language. They will then discuss the story that this special poem tells.

During their independent learning tasks, your class will undertake a variety of differentiated 'Twas the Night Before Christmas reading comprehension activities.

This Year 2 reading comprehension planning pack comes with a detailed lesson plan, an engaging slideshow, differentiated activity ideas and a range of printable teaching resources to support your teaching of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Stanza cards
  • Picture cards
#Lesson2PerformingPoetry

Use this fully resourced lesson to inspire your Year 2 class poems to perform. Ask your class to give a poetry reader some advice on how to improve their performance of the poem before following the advice themselves.

Challenge your KS1 class to perform the poem ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' together, responding to and giving each other advice as they learn their lines by heart.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Single poem slips
  • Poem slips
  • Illustration cards
#Lesson3RhymingCouplets

Explore and investigate this rhyming couplets poem with your Year 2 class as they remind themselves what a rhyme is and use their knowledge to find matching rhyming words.

This rhyming couplets KS1 lesson plan and included lesson slides aim to guide your class's discussion around the rhyming pattern found in the poem ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'. The differentiated activity ideas are supported by the printable resources which challenge the children to complete rhyming couplets by matching lines from the poem or coming up with their own endings.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Poem sheet
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Poem lines
#Lesson4RhythmandSyllables

Remind your Year 2 class about syllables and play a few simple games to find syllables in words. After using the lesson input slides to practise, the children are challenged to find how many syllables are in a line in the poem ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'.

Coming back together, the children discuss what they notice about the syllables in a stanza and spot a pattern. The slides explain how the rhythm of the poem is created and encourage the children to find this rhythm as they read the lines. The independent task challenges the children to find the total number of syllables in selected lines from the poem, supported by the accompanying printable resources.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Stanza cards
  • Poem slips
  • Group labels
#Lesson5NounPhrases

This Noun Phrases Year 2 lesson pack focuses on the noun phrases in the poem ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'. The lesson input slides challenge the children to identify nouns and adjectives, and describe what they are. They then use the examples they have provided to build Christmas-themed noun phrases, discussing what these are. They then work as a class to find the existing noun phrases in the poem.

The accompanying printable resources challenge the children to independently build and write their own noun phrases and write them into full sentences. This lesson pack includes everything you need to teach your class about Christmas-themed noun phrases.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Poem sheets
  • Noun cards
  • Adjective cards
  • Illustration cards
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson6Similes

This Year 2 Similes lesson introduces your class to using similes as a poetic device as they spot them in the poem ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'.

During the lesson input the slides challenge the children to complete similes using the suggestions on the board. They then work independently to write some Christmas poetry. They will create a list poem using similes to describe St. Nicholas's appearance using the provided writing frames to support their structure.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Illustration cards
#Lesson7WritingRhymingPoetry

In this final lesson the children will take inspiration from the poem they have been studying. They will be challenged to write their own rhyming poem titled ''Twas the Night After Christmas' as either a group, a pair or as a class during a shared write.

Using the included lesson input slides, the children will gather and discuss their ideas for their poem and think carefully about rhyming words which link. They can then use the accompanying printable resources to support them in writing rhyming couplets with a repeating line.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Rhyming word cards
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Curriculum Objectives covered

Reading - Word Reading Objectives:

  • continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent
  • read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemes as above

Reading - Comprehension Objectives:

  • listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
  • recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
  • discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary
  • discussing their favourite words and phrases
  • continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear
  • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher
  • answering and asking questions
  • participate in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves

Writing - Composition Objectives:

  • writing poetry

Writing - Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Objectives:

  • expanded noun phrases to describe and specify [for example, the blue butterfly]

English Appendix Objectives:

  • Expanded noun phrases for description and specification [for example, the blue butterfly, plain flour, the man in the moon]
  • noun, noun phrase
  • adjective, adverb, verb tense (past, present)

Spoken Language Objectives:

  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates
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