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A Book Can Take You a Long Way

Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Books are a brilliant resource and Sophie shares some ideas of using them in your lessons.

A Book Can Take You a Long Way

In my supply bag I always carry a book with me.  I simply went to Waterstones and got myself a few books to carry around as resources. You can get some great deals and they are very useful in your classroom. On supply if you do not have a book even try the school library and I am sure you will find a book with enough detail to work from. When the day comes that you have not got resources, or you simply need a small task to fill some time, it is great to have a book. You can simply just read it to the children or there are many things that can stem from the book and lead the children’s imagination.

A great task to do with children is not let the children see the cover and just tell them the title. It is amazing to get the children’s predictions what they think it may be about. I have been doing this with a class this week called The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. It was great to see their pictures before actually showing them the cover. You can then extend this to show them the cover and compare their work against the cover. They can then guess what the book will be about again once they have seen the cover.  No resources needed and you have quite easily prepared a great lesson.

The other great thing about books is children can use their imagination and you can use them in any subject. You may want to do further research maybe in Science or History into a part of the book. You may choose to use the book in an art form by drawing a picture from the book. You can then progress this by re-creating it by movement in P.E or in stages of Drama. Of course there are so many elements of Literacy which you can link it to. Even simply writing a book review just allows you to have so much freedom with the book.

In my experience Talk for Writing is a great method of teaching. A book can often start this process off with stimulating the children’s ideas and imaginations before they even start. It is great to see how much the children can gain just from having this to build from. It is not only a great way of learning but it is also a brilliant tool to promote reading. Children should be encouraged to read and by basing a project around a book it will bring that book to life.

I would recommend taking a book on supply with you just in-case you have nothing planned one day, it will never leave you stuck. Especially with World Book day it is a great idea to buy some books.

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