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Creative Thinking

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THINK OF ONE WORD that can form a compound word with “sauce,” “pine,” and “crab.”
Take a moment and think. See if you figure it out.


NOW,TRY to form a compound word with “fence,” “card,” and “master.”


NOW FORM  a compound word with “bump,” “step,” and “egg.” ANSWERS:

Think of one word that can form a compound word with “sauce,” “pine,” and “crab.”


HERE'S THE LAST ONE to take with you.
What is the one word that can form a compound word with: “back” “clip” and “wall?”

Email me your answers.


NOW SEE if you can find some other compound words like this.





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Will the Real Martian Please Stand UP?

22minutes of Amazing StoryTelling

A black and white masterpiece ideal for studying narrative storytelling.


Here are some great questions to get you started:


What are the settings?

Name the characters and provide a brief description.

What is the problem?

What things increase the tension?

What is the climax?

(stop the tape at 17mins in and ask.....)

Who is the Martian?

What do you predict will happen?

What is the resolution?

What did you think of the story?


CHALLENGE: Write a Twilight Zone story.

Use the headings above to make a story map.

You might like to start with the opening narration:


You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only

of sight and sound but of mind.

A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of

imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the

Twilight Zone!


Art and Prepositions

Here's a great InfoGraphic - my latest favourite thing 

Use this to produce artwork on prepositions. Simple and
MondrianEsq..... This would make a fabulous informative display.


Plot Device

Plot Device Video

Great Plot device video - very entertaining and engaging

Plot Device explanation

Straightforward explanation with lots of examples.


Multi-Modal Texts


Inanimate Alice Great webisode story - fabulous teacher resources a multi-modal text. Teacher Resource Introduction for Teachers


Luminaris from Juan Pablo Zaramella Stop frame animation multiaward winning short film.(6mins)


eBOOKS The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - view the video.(15mins) William Joyce's "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", blurs the line between picture books and animated film.

Check out the Books Creators at their Moonbotstudios website, for more titles and



SENTENCE SURGEONS - Sentences to correct



Planet Zoe Edublog Great Prize winning blog from 5/6 student, take a look at the 100 word challenge. And also take a look at her thought s on Inanimate Alice. Her ideas for a thinklink are great,



Narrative Voice

The spider who couldn't hide...... Splendid TEDED Lesson

Narrative voice is another name for a person telling a story. The narrative voice adds clarification and can better explain what is going on in a scene -- it's even an insight into a character's thoughts. Take, for example, this spider who couldn't hide. Fabulous. Use this as inspiration for making a video, use iPads. Write and record POV for the For the Birds | Original Movie from Pixar(3.26m) or for Pigeons (2.5min rest is credits)

Use Padlet for students to ask questions

Suction Cup Ducks - Great to discuss walking in straight lines

Chad Michael Simon Videos



 Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome'

Possible MUTE FROM 4.00 - 4.20

Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe. Watch the TEDED video

Word Cloud from ABCYA

Word list "Awesome Alternatives" as word document


Some ideas, take notes from the Video. Make a list of 5 truly awesome things. Write a sentence about each. Write a list of 5 ways you use the word awesome this week, go on be honest. Replace the word with something more suitable.


More Adventure, use iPad app 'Explain Everything' to docment things that are awesome and things that are not. See if you can go for a comparison by opposites. Show a high level of skill and context in your presentation but add some humour.


Even more adventure - Work in powerpoint and use the exit animations to setup a reveal on click option for things that are truly awesome and things that are just well NOT.



Some visual writing ideas that are alternatives to the standard book report from John Spencer.





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