Package 4-4: Writing

In these lessons your child will learn to write sentences with greater details based on the book ‘There’s a Sea in my Bedroom’ by Margaret Wild.

Week 5 - Package 4 - Year 1 & 2 English/literacy - Modelled writing

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

Ideal

Back up

  • A copy of the book: There’s a Sea in my Bedroom by Margaret Wild and published by Penguin Australia. You may be able to find a reading of this book on a digital sharing platform, such as YouTube
  • Paper

Before your child starts

These lessons relate to the book ‘There’s a Sea in my Bedroom’ by Margaret Wild.

Make sure your child has everything ready at the start of the lesson. There are two video lessons to work through this week.

Check that the videos are working and that the volume is turned up for each lesson. It will help if your child is in a quiet environment.

Print the activity sheets to support your child as they write this week. They will need activity sheets 1 and 2 for the first lesson, and activity sheet 3 for the second lesson.

What your child needs to do

Your child is learning to write sentences with greater details based on the book ‘There’s a Sea in my Bedroom’ by Margaret Wild. To do this, they will be focusing on a part of speech called adverbials. They will be encouraged to write using images and their own environment as prompts.

It is important your child engages with a range of texts, including imaginative, persuasive and informative. These lessons will help your child to use new vocabulary and to understand how authors make their writing more interesting and descriptive by adding detail.

What your child can do next

Your child will need to watch and listen to each video carefully, just like they do when the teacher at school is writing with them. During the video, you may like to pause it when your child is asked to respond to prompts and questions. Encourage your child to do this aloud so you can hear what they are thinking and check for understanding. Discussion encourages your child to think through the writing process.

In lesson 2, your child will be asked to either look outside or go outside to get ideas for their writing. Before you start the video, tell them that they are not to go outside unless they ask you first.

Day 3 – watch Lesson 1. Follow the teacher on the video with Activity sheet 1. Complete the planning and writing for Activity sheet 2.

Day 5 – watch Lesson 2. Complete the planning and writing for Activity sheet 3.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

You might like to ask your child what words and sentences they would like to write. You could take turns writing, encouraging your child to find the words. Shorter sentences are easier, so you might ask them to write one verb and one adverbial in the second sentence of each lesson rather than three.

Activity too easy?

You might like to encourage your child to write more than two sentences, or to write a complete text with their two sentences in it.

Extension/additional activity

Your child might like to:

  • look at other picture books and identify examples of adverbials in the stories.
  • publish their writing by writing it neatly on a new piece of paper and illustrating it.
  • read other pieces of text that they have written to see if they have used, or could add, some adverbials.

Activity sheet 1: adverbials

Learning intention

We’re learning to add details to our writing.

Success criteria

I can use adverbials to add more details to my writing.

Verbs are words that tell us what is happening or what is.

Adverbials add details to verbs.

They tell us how, when, where or why something is happening.

Your task

With the teacher

  1. Underline the verb and circle the adverbial in this sentence from There’s a Sea in my Bedroom by Margaret Wild:

David jumped into the waves.

  1. Underline the verbs and circle the adverbials in the second sentence from There’s a Sea in my Bedroom by Margaret Wild.

David was frightened of the sea.

It was a huge, wet monster that gobbled him up,

knocked him over, turned him upside down.

Activity sheet 2: adverbials

Your task:

Write two sentences that describe what your character is frightened of, using Margaret Wild’s sentences for ideas. Be sure to add some details by using adverbials.

Images for writing

Planning

Writing

frightened scared afraid monster creature bird tiger tree down out under over

Activity sheet 2: adverbials part 2

Learning intention

We’re learning to add details to our writing.

Success criteria

I can use adverbials to add more details to my writing.

Your task:

Write two sentences that describe how something or someone is moving. Use adverbials.

Example

The sea rushed out of the shell.

It curled around his toes, foamed up his legs and beat gently against the bed.

from ‘There’s a sea in my bedroom’ by Margaret Wild

Ideas for writing

Look outside. What can you see moving? eg, plants moving in the breeze, dust blowing across the fields, snow falling on the ground, cars driving past, a dog chasing a ball.

Planning

Writing

Positional words:

around up against in across on past down out under over

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