This lyrical tale tells the love story between a tadpole and a caterpillar. It has strong links to science and life cycles as well as being an allegory for how people and relationships inevitably change over time.
The children will begin by writing their own promises on lily pads and record a simple explanation of a process of change they are familiar with. They will go on to re-enact sections of the story and consider the thoughts of the characters at certain points. This is in preparation for them to plan and write their own version of the narrative using characters of their choice (who also meet a grizzly ending!). Using information from the text children also create an explanation text in leaflet form to outline the stages in the lifecycle of a frog.
This humorous text is a wonderful way to encourage children to think about the differences between fiction and non-fiction. Rabbit takes a book out of the library which explores facts about wolves…meanwhile, a fairy tale wolf is lurking hungrily in the background.
In this unit, children hear that there are all sorts of ‘rumours’ flying around about wolves. Some people are saying they are good, others saying they are bad. The children need to find out what is fact and what is fiction and create a leaflet that will educate the townsfolk in the story about wolves so that they can keep safe.
This beautiful and poignant story has stunning illustrations throughout and explores themes of family, memory and loss. The unit begins by introducing the authors to the children and highlighting the power of bookmaking/storytelling. Children find a mysterious box in the classroom labelled “Grandpa’s Stuff”. Inside they will find clues to who Grandpa was and his relationship with the main character, Finn. Finn misses his Grandfather after he has passed away and longs to travel to the fantastical worlds that his Grandpa would tell him about in his stories. Children are given a variety of meaningful writing opportunities throughout the sequence of learning and gradually build up the skills to write an extended fantasy story of their own.