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We have a new book to read together - Charlotte's Web, written by E.B. White (who also wrote 'Stuart Little').
Charlotte's Web is set on a farm in 1950s America. Today's reading activity is to watch this video about farming in America in the 1950s. Here are some new words that you should know about before you press play:
Fall - the American word for Autumn.
pasture - can you remember? Fields where animals can eat grass (pastoral farming).
calf - a baby cow
hay - dried grass that farm animals can eat
Writing L.O: I can use effective standard English to explain my ideas.
Not every farm would have been exactly like the one in the video. Imagine that you were a child on a farm a bit like the one in the video. Use the questions below and your imagination to help you to think about what farm life might have been like in the 1950s. Really focus on explaining your answers and ideas in a way that makes total sense. Make sure you read what you are writing as you go along to check that it does make sense in good standard English.
You can use phrases like 'I think that farming is different now because...', 'I think life would have been...', or 'Jobs that I think the children might have done could have been...'. Think of your own ways of writing your ideas too.
You can also listen to the audiobook below.
Why not play the audiobook, open the online book, and read along?
Write today's date and the Reading L.O: I can consider the context that a book was written in.
Charlotte's Web is a fictional story that is set in 1950s rural America (That's about 70 years ago. Do you know anyone who is over 70 years old? The book is set at the time when they were a child). The word 'context' means 'within the text' or 'within the place and time'. Today's learning objective is to try and understand what life would have been like for the characters in the story.
This is Walt Curlee.
Walt Curlee is a well-known and highly-skilled artist who paints landscape pictures of rural America as it would have been at the time when Charlotte's Web was set, like this one called 'Sunflowers and Cows'. It's really beautiful, isn't it? How has Walt depicted what life was like?
Today's reading activity:
Now read the information from the back cover of Charlotte's Web. Here it is:
Write the Writing L.O: I can use pictures to generate ideas for a story.
Your task is to write a quick story.
Here are the pictures:
Reading and Writing
First, watch this video about persuasive writing.
Write today's date and the Writing L.O: I can try to persuade someone about my opinion.
Follow the activity below. After you have read chapter one of Charlotte's Web (click on the link at the top of the page), choose one of the four 'things to discuss', and write your ideas in your home learning book, taking about half a page. Make sure your work has a heading as well as the learning objective, based on your chosen activity. How persuasive can you make your writing?
Reading and Writing
Have a close look at this word mat about what kind of language can be used to persuade somebody about something.
Follow part 2 below. After you have finished reading, write about one of the four 'things to discuss', a bit like you did yesterday. You should write about half a page, explaining your ideas so that your reader really understands what you are saying. Can you use some of the persuasive words and phrases from above? Underline each one you have used so that you know. How did you do? A photo would be nice.
Here is a fun drawing, making or acting activity for you:
Here are some pictures to help with your ideas (click to enlarge):
Watch some of the film. Choose another of the four subheadings or the 'You could...' activity from part 2. Again, you should write about half a page, explaining your ideas so that your reader really understands what you are saying. Remember to use the persuasive writing techniques that you have been practising.
Hi! Today's activity:
Vocabulary from chapters V to VIII:
1. Read to the end of chapter VIII (use your roman numerals skills to work out the chapter).
2. Think about this: How are the early days of Summer on the farm presented?
3. Jot down some words or phrases FROM THE TEXT that show that your ideas are correct.
4. Send me an email message that uses quotes from the text (that means copy and write words and phrases from the text) to explain why your ideas are correct. If you
Below is an example email message to help you.
If you are truly a bit stuck, you can send a list of words that you like from the text, and explain why you think they are powerful words. But only do this if you really are a bit stuck.
Good morning. Thank you for sending your email message yesterday. Please do send one today if you haven't yet.
Today, we are going to think about a controversial topic.
Write the date and Writing L.O: I can use persuasive words and phrases in a letter.
Choose whether you are FOR the Coronavirus lockdown or AGAINST it.
Choose three or four reasons why you are for or against. For each reason, write a draft paragraph, missing out lines so that you can edit later. Each paragraph should give a reason and an explanation of your ideas. There will be three or four paragraphs.
Use the resources below to help you.
I hope you are enjoying Charlotte's web. By the end of today, please can you make sure you have read up to the end of chapter XI. Use the links above to watch and listen too.
Please use the year 5 skills lists below to help you to proof-read your three paragraphs.
The aim of this activity is to learn some information about how laws are made in the UK, and who our local member of parliament is. This will help us to finish our piece of writing about Coronavirus Lockdown.
1. Click on the Espresso 'What is Parliament' video link below to watch the video about parliament (say par-li-ment).
2. Click on the Naz Shah picture. Explore the website and try to work out what kinds of opinions Naz Shah has. Clue: Explore the Spoken Contributions and Written Questions sections of the website.
Our task for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week is to use our three paragraphs about coronavirus lockdown in a letter to our local MP, Naz Shah, so that she can represent our views in the houses of parliament. We have already written our three paragraphs, so we now need write a short introduction.
Write today's date and the Writing L.O: I can use formal language to write an introduction. Below is a WAGOLL of an introduction written using formal language (Remember, formal language is the kind of language you might use when talking about something important or when you need to talk very respectfully to someone). Use the WAGOLL to help you to write your own introduction. DO NOT include the arguments you have already written in your three paragraphs.
Dear Mrs. Shah,
Tuesday 5th May, 2020
My name is << insert name here>> and I’m writing to you today about <<issue>>. This issue is extremely important to me because <<reasons>>.
I think that we should <<say what you think our country should do about the coronavirus lockdown>>. I have three reasons for believing that this would be the best thing to do, which are as follows:
By the end of today, make sure you have read up to the end of chapter XV (15) of Charlotte's Web.
By the end of today, make sure you have read up to the end of chapter XIX (19) of Charlotte's Web.
Before next Monday 29th June, make sure you have read to the end of the book.
Read the information in the two pages below. Read it carefully. You don't have to write anything, but I want you to have a really good think, or to talk to someone at home, about the ideas in the book.