Reading Games Lesson Plan: Does it make sense?

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- Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan
- Individual Computer Lesson Plan
- Play Zara's 'Does it make sense?' Game
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Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Read both sentences in Zara's 'Does it make sense?' reading game
  • Identify which is the correct sentence and click on it
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Click and drag a rocket part into the rocket puzzle

Context of Lesson

Pupils to read and identify the correct sentence from a pair of sentences

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard and coloured interactive whiteboard pens

Learning Objectives

  • To expect reading to make sense and check if it does not
  • To reinforce and apply pupils' word-level skills through shared and guided reading

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to load Zara's 'Does it make sense?' reading game on to the interactive whiteboard.
  • Teacher to explain that Zara is dreaming of rockets and that they can help her dreams come true by reading and understanding the sentences.
  • Start the reading game and ask pupils to read both sentences. Teacher to ask pupils if both sentences make sense.
  • Teacher to ask an individual pupil to read out the sentence that is correct. Teacher to ask another pupil to use the coloured whiteboard marker to put a ring around the wrong word in the other sentence.
  • Choose another child to click on the sentence and then to click and drag the rocket part up to the puzzle.
  • Repeat this for all 6 pairs of sentences, involving as many pupils as possible.
  • Teaching assistant should be sitting with less able pupils and encouraging them to read as many words as they can.
  • PLENARY: Discuss ways for reading unknown words, e.g. sounding out, leave a gap, read on and re-read.

Literacy Homework

Draw Zara's rocket travelling through space and write one sentence about it.
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Individual Computer / Computer Suite Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Read both sentences in Zara's 'Does it make sense?' reading game
  • Identify which is the correct sentence and click on it
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Click and drag a rocket part into the rocket puzzle

Context of Lesson

Pupils to read and identify the correct sentence from a pair of sentences

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard, individual computers, rocket picture cards (A4 pdf)

Learning Objectives

  • To expect reading to make sense and check if it does not
  • To reinforce and apply pupils' word-level skills through shared and guided reading

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to load Zara's 'Does it make sense?' reading game on to the interactive whiteboard.
  • Teacher to explain that Zara is dreaming of rockets and that they can help her dreams come true by reading and understanding the sentences.
  • Start the reading game and ask pupils to read both sentences.
  • Teacher to choose individual child to identify which one makes sense. Ask another child to point to the incorrect word in the other sentence.
  • Teacher to model clicking on the correct sentence and then dragging the rocket part up to the puzzle.
  • Explain to pupils that they will now complete the game on their individual computers (or in pairs if not enough computers).
    Before starting, remind pupils of ways of decoding unknown words (sounding out, reading on and re-reading).
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to ensure that Zara's 'Does it make sense?' reading game is ready to play on the pupils' computers.
  • As pupils complete the game, they collect a rocket picture card (A4 pdf) from the teacher and can then move on to the next game, e.g. game 2 or 3 etc. Teaching assistant to assist.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to move around computers working with less able pupils, so that the game can be completed and they can receive a rocket picture.
  • PLENARY: Making sure that each child now has a rocket picture card, teacher to load another (un-played) Zara's 'Does it make sense' reading game on to the interactive whiteboard. Teacher to read out both sentences. Pupils to identify correct sentence by holding up their rocket picture card when the correct sentence is read out.

Literacy Homework

Pupils to take home one teacher prepared incorrect sentence and to write it out correctly.
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Does it make sense?
Game 1

Read the sentences. Click on the sentence that makes sense and collect a part of Zara's dream.

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