What the Ladybird Heard Activity Pack title and ladybird image

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Dynamic and engaging crafts, worksheets, games and flashcards to complement the popular story What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

What is included?

This 130 page Activity Pack contains 11 different resources. There are 3 game card sets and 8 craft/worksheet resources. Each resource contains several different variations and can be completed in different stages. Every resource helps you include plenty of speaking and listening opportunities for a memorable and fun learning experience.

All worksheets and crafts are available in B&W and colour.

This pack includes the What the Ladybird Heard Game Cards and the Small world play craft which are also available separately.

Each resource is included as a separate file to allow for easy access and printing. You also receive a single file containing all the resources so you can browse easily for what you want.

What will my students learn?

This pack allows you to be flexible according to your context and the age and level of your students. You can use the activities to help your students learn vocabulary for farm animals and places on a farm, but you can also use them to practise prepositions and describing directions. You might also exploit useful phrases from the story to help your learners acquire patterns for reported speech. There are also several opportunities for classroom language and language which goes beyond the individual vocabulary items.

Take a look at the preview, for a better idea of possible target language points.

Apart from learning language, they’ll develop their fine motor skills, literacy skills, social skills, gain confidence, and develop their understanding of the world.

Comprehensive Activity Suggestions provide lots of ideas for activities to do before and after, and also give you ideas for interactive ways to conduct the activities for effective language practice.

What are the resources?

  • Jigsaws –  There are 3 different jigsaws that can help you focus on number recognition or number literacy, as well as key characters from the story. Follow the Activity Suggestions for fun ways to use them in games or as a craft.
  • Line Matching sheets – There are 3 different options available: trace the lines, follow the lines and draw the lines. Your youngest learners will practise gripping and using a pencil as well as making connections between the animals and places.
  • Roleplay masks and puppets These are great for bringing the story to life. The children can choose a character or characters and act out the story for themselves.
  • Mini-books – Choose from four types of mini-book to recreate a simplified version of the What the Ladybird Heard story.  Work on language recognition, production or literacy skills. A great way to consolidate language from the story an provide a useful written record.
  • Graphing dice and sheets – See the suggestions for how to use these 3 graphing dice on their own or in conjuction with the matching graphing sheets. There are so many possibilities for play and useful language practice.
  • Find and stick map – Print and use as colouring sheets or in classroom games and then use one of the two other versions to follow the thieves’ plan to steal the prize cow. Great for practising preposition and direction language, kids can even make up their very own plan.
  • Board games – Either print and play following the activity suggestions or first practise key story language while the kids make their own board games. Great for taking home and playing at home with their families.
  • Small world play craft – One of our favourites, this involves creating a mini theatre set of the places and characters in the story. Practise reading and writing, colours, or story language while making the parts, then use to act out the story or give the kids have some free play and let them experiment with the language they know.
  • Matching cards –  Use in simple jigsaw activities, memory games and matching tasks. Great for opening routines too.
  • Mini-cards – Excellent for a range of games and matching tasks. Sets include the animals and places in What the Ladybird Heard. Print multiple sets for pair and small group work.
  • Flash Cards – Use in a variety of ways to introduce and practice new language, develop literacy skills or as visual prompts for language games.  

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