Tops and tails

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By Bev Long and Judith Mason — Educational Consultants

This pet-themed on-screen resource allows children to improve sentences, focusing on different elements within the sentence (nouns, verbs, adjectives, openings, endings), gradually making them longer and more interesting.

They begin by selecting a cat or a dog, then work through the screens, changing their sentence as they add more information. Depending on the children’s skills, they can use some or all of the screens. Each activity increases the complexity of the sentence.


Before using the resource

As a class, collect interesting words related to cats and dogs, including precise nouns (types of dogs, cats they know) and different verbs for movement (running, walking, leaping, etc). You could extend this to other kinds of pets or other objects, such as flowers.

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