Week 3, package 4: Poem – The Sea – Part 1
In this package your child will watch a video of a lesson about a poem and will complete a series of activities to develop their vocabulary.
Week 3 - Package 4 - Year 5 & 6 English/literacy - The Sea by Paula Stevenson - Part 1
Things your child will need
Have these things available so your child can complete this task.
- The Sea vocabulary lesson video
- Activity sheet 1, 2, 3 and 4 (attached below)
- Pencil or pen
- Dictionary and thesaurus (paper or online)
- The Sea vocabulary audio
Before your child starts
This lesson focuses on developing vocabulary using Paula Stevenson’s poem The Sea. This may be the first introduction to the poem, so reading aloud together can help to develop rhythm and pronounce words that are unfamiliar.
Your child will need a dictionary and a thesaurus, or can use an online version.
What your child needs to do
Your child will watch a video of a lesson about the poem and will complete a series of activities to develop their vocabulary. The teacher will guide your child as they learn new vocabulary.
Throughout the lesson, your child will be asked to pause the video to complete an activity on the activity sheets.
By the end of the lesson, your child will have activities to support them to be able to:
- identify vocabulary which is unfamiliar
- use a process to define unknown words.
What your child can do next
Your child will be brainstorming vocabulary, defining words and using a graphic organiser to display their understanding of a new word.
Options for your child
Activity too hard?
Work with your child to find a word that is more appropriate from the poem. Your child might just read the first two stanzas rather than the whole poem.
Activity too easy?
Your child might read The Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to find similarities in the vocabulary used.
Your child might enjoy reading the poem aloud as a monologue. This could be recorded and shared with family or friends.
Activity sheet 1: Images of the sea
Listen to the audio version of the poem The Sea by Paula Stevenson. If you do not have access to the audio version, read the poem on Activity sheet 2.
- As you listen, sketch the images that come into your head.
- Add some nouns, adjectives and verbs to describe your sketch.
Activity sheet 2: The sea by Paula Stevenson
- Read the poem The Sea by Paula Stevenson.
- Highlight or underline any unfamiliar words or phrases.
A poem by Paula Stevenson
I can smell it first—
the salty air, feel it
crusting my skin,
stiffening my hair.
Then I can hear it—
the engine of the sea
I race across
the stinging sand
to the cool fringes
of the waves.
My toes disappear—
footless I stand
like a statue
on a strange shore.
The waves unroll
exposing my feet
on corrugated ridges.
Above me gulls shriek
diving like arrows,
piercing the skin
of the sea.
I trace a trail
past glowing bluebottles
and beaded seaweed.
On the sandy floor
of the rock pool
three red starfish
gaze at the sky above.
Text used with permission from The School Magazine
Activity sheet 3: Frayer model
- Complete the Frayer model as you watch the video.
Activity sheet 4: Your Frayer model
- Choose a word from the poem The Sea by Paula Stevenson that you are unfamiliar with or one you would like to further investigate.
- Complete the Frayer model for the word you chose. You might like to use the Collins Dictionary website to help you.