4Realbooks in the Primary ClassroomA Cheese and Tomato Spiderby Nick SharrattScholastic Children’s BooksISBN 0-590-19159-4Category: SteadyAge group: seven to nine years(also suitable for use with youngerchildren after a year of English)This REALBOOK is part of a collection of funbooks by Nick Sharratt. Others include:Buzz, Buzz, Bumble Jelly ISBN 0-439-99865-4Ketchup on your Cornflakes? ISBN 0-590-54151-XSpells and Smells ISBN 0-439-99931-6.They are brightly coloured and interactive books.Each page is cut in half and can be mixed andmatched with all the other pages. Each of NickSharratt's books tends to use a wide variety oflanguage, but in the one I have chosen, he hasfocused on sounds and exclamations andassociated them with the items in question. It’sgreat for acting out as well as inventing newcombinations and making your own book.LANGUAGENouns: spider, ice cream, pizza, volcano, granny,fish, car, house, policeman, lemon, cakeExclamations: Eek!! Yummy! Delicious! Cor!!Goodness! Wow! Cool! Spooky! ’Ello ’ello ’ello!Ooh! Hooray!Can you work out which sounds go with whichobject? Here’s a guide:Eek!! A wriggly spiderYummy! A strawberry flavoured ice creamDelicious! A cheese and tomato pizzaCor!! An exploding volcanoGoodness! A grey-haired grannyWow! A deep-sea fishCool! A two-seater carSpooky! A haunted house’Ello ’ello ’ello! A policemanOoh! A sour lemonHooray! A birthday cakePRE REALBOOK ACTIVITIESMake flashcards using the images on page 34.(See page 7 for how to make flashcards.) Use theflashcards to revise or introduce the objects in theREALBOOK. You don't have to use all the images;try six or seven, extending what the childrenalready know and mixing new words with oldones. (See flashcard activities on pages 8–9 forfurther ideas.)Show the children the spider flashcard and askthem what they would say if they saw a spider.Would any of them say, ‘Eek!!’? Probably. Tellthem that when you show them the spiderflashcard, they have to say, ‘Eek!!’ Show the ghostand say, Spooky! Use a mysterious kind of voice,extending the ‘ooooo’ sound. Can the children sayit like you do? Show them the cheese and tomatopizza, the grey-haired granny and the sour lemon.You can elicit the word ‘sour’ by making a face asthough you are eating lemons as you play withthe word ‘Ooh!’ Get the children to say theexclamations like you do. Show them thepoliceman and tell them that, in Britain, we saythat policemen say, ‘Hello, hello, hello!’ which,when said quickly, sounds like ‘’Ello ’ello ’ello!’Can the children say this too? Now you say theitems and see if the children can remember theexclamations:Teacher: ‘A deep-sea fish’Children: ‘Wow!’Teacher: ‘A grey-haired granny’Children: ‘Goodness!’Try some sound and movement games too. e.g.‘Yummy!’ (rub your tummy); ‘Goodness!’ (put yourhair in place like a granny might); ‘Spooky!’ (putyour hands in the air and look surprised); ‘’Ello’ello ’ello!’ (put your hands behind your back andbend your knees like a stereotypical policemanmight). These are just some ideas; I'm sure youcan think of some of your own. When possible,try to use your voice expressively, and make lotsREALBOOKS IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM © MARY GLASGOW MAGAZINES, AN IMPRINT OF SCHOLASTIC INC.29
Realbooks in the Primary Classroom4of funny faces.As the children begin to associate theexclamations with the objects, they will help youto say the whole sentence.Teacher: ‘Spooky!’Children: ‘A haunted house.’Teacher: ‘Eek!!’Children: ‘A wriggly spider.’You can ask them individually to choose theirfavourite exclamation, challenging their friends tocomplete the sentence.TELLING THE REALBOOK STORYShow the children the volcano flashcard. What dothey think they could say as an exclamation? Thendo the same with the two-seater car.Now show them the book. Look carefully at thecover, read out the title and make a funny facewhen you read, ‘A Cheese and Tomato Spider.’Oh, dear! Tell the children you are going to readthem a book using some of the words they havebeen playing with.Show them the first page and read the caption,allowing the children to help you say it if theyhave been using it. Now turn over the top sectionof the page and read, ‘Yummy! A strawberryflavoured spider’. Ask the children, Is that right?They should chorus, ‘No!’, and complete thesentence properly. Turn the bottom sectionover showing the ice-cream cone and read thecaption properly.Go through the book, showing the pages, turningtop bits, then bottom bits, and mixing up thepictures. The children will think they are veryfunny and laugh loudly. I have found that thisbook causes much hilarity. Be prepared for this,and use it to your advantage, but also beprepared to control their excitement. You can mixand match the pictures in many different ways,but you may discover that children prefer certainimages mixed.When you get to the end: ‘Hooray! A birthday …lemon?’, ask the children what they think it couldbe. Then say, Of course. It’s a birthday cake. Turnover the bottom half, read the caption and singHappy birthday … to the spider. Hooray!POST REALBOOK ACTIVITIES1 Mini-flashcard gamesa) Photocopy the set of mini-flashcard images onpage 34. Give the sheet to your children. Askthem to colour the cards carefully. Play somegames with the mini-flashcards. (See pages 9–10for how to make them and for gamessuggestions.)b) Photocopy the set of mini-flashcard words onpage 33 and the set of mini-flashcard images onpage 34. In pairs, one child has a set of miniflashcardpictures, and the other has a set ofmini-flashcard words. They try to match thecards together.c) For this version of the activity you need to do adouble-sided photocopy of the pages just as theyare: images and text back to back on both sides ofthe page. If you cannot make double-sided copies,it is best to photocopy each page once and stickthe pages in position back to back. Cut along thewavy dotted lines which appear on the wordcards, so that each mini-flashcard is cut in half.That will mean that the sentence will be cut inhalf and so will the picture. Place the cards on thetable or on the board, word side up, and mixthem about a bit. Explain to the children, bydemonstrating, that they should now try to matchthe two half-sentences. By turning the cards overand checking with the picture, they will discover ifthey were successful or not. It will also providemuch hilarity as they start mixing the sentences.This activity is excellent preparation for the classbook activity.2 InventingOnce the children are confident, why notencourage them to make up their ownexclamations for objects? Give some examples ofyour own based on language that the childrenalready know:Original:‘Eek!! A wriggly beetle’‘Cor!! An explodingrocket’A Cheese and Tomato SpiderCombination:‘Eek!! An explodingbeetle’‘Cor!! A wriggly rocket’The children can copy some of the exclamationsfrom the book; they don't have to think of newones, but encourage them to think of their ownassociations: ‘Cool! A two-seater plane.’‘Goodness! A red-haired mummy.’ ‘Spooky! Ahaunted castle.’30REALBOOKS IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM © MARY GLASGOW MAGAZINES, AN IMPRINT OF SCHOLASTIC INC.
A Cheese and Tomato Spider4Realbooks in the Primary Classroom3 Making a class bookPhotocopy page 32 for each child. Before givingthem the copy it is important to show them howthey must use their sheet of paper to make abook of their own.2On the template, you can see two marks on thedotted line, approximately one quarter and threequarters of the way across the line. These marksindicate the paramaters of the pictures thechildren can draw and are there to ensure thatthe images will join when the paper is cut in half.Show the children what you mean by drawing apicture that fills the page according to the marksand then cut it down the middle. (See stages 1and 2, below and right.)If you have done the previous writing activity, thechildren can illustrate the sentences they invented.If not, you may need to help them think of anexclamation and a caption before they startdrawing.3Once each child has finished their drawing, andcut it in half, you can make a new book for theclass. Staple the sheets inside an A3 cover to holdthe pages together. (See stages 3 and 4, right.)Now each child can write their sentence on theback of the previous drawing, or you could getthem to write it on a piece of lined paper, cut itout and stick it in place. The children will be veryproud of their class book; put it on show.14REALBOOKS IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM © MARY GLASGOW MAGAZINES, AN IMPRINT OF SCHOLASTIC INC.31
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A Cheese and Tomato Spider4Realbooks in the Primary ClassroomDelicious!A cheeseand tomatopizzaWow!A deep-seafish’Ello ’ello’ello!A policemanYummy!A strawberryflavouredice creamGoodness!A grey-hairedgrannySpooky!A hauntedhouseHooray!A birthdaycakeEek!!A wrigglyspiderCor!!An explodingvolcanoCool!A two-seatercarOoh!A sourlemonREALBOOKS REAL BOOKS IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM © MARY GLASGOW MAGAZINES, AN IMPRINT OF SCHOLASTIC INC.33
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