11c. The Enormous Turnip


2013-10-08 09.38.37I really like revisiting this story with older pupils, preparing them to read the story to younger pupils. I did this with my lovely class of 1STMG this year as part of our project with a CE2-CM1 class. You can see in these pictures what we did. In class, prior to our visit to the primary class, my students worked on the story, paying particular attention to the pronunciation of key words. We had identified the key words together as part of this lesson. They had a set of flashcards per pair and they had to prepare their flashcards for the visit. Some chose to write their text on the back of each card, others learned their text by heart and a few more confident ones, chose to improvise. To help them to prepare, I had made a recording of myself reading the story available on-line. You can find it HERE.

When we arrived at the primary school for our visit, one of the activites we did was Story-time and the older pupils read the story to the younger ones. As you can see from these photos here of Ismet and Morgan reading to their group, there is total concentration, both on the part of the readers and the listeners.

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Resources for The Enormous Turnip are available here ;

The Enormous Turnip (ppt of the images from the book)


The Enormous Turnip text (word doc)


Colouring activites can be found if you click HERE.

Here you can find a colouring activity which could be used to have the pupils acting out the story using their pictures, and secondly, some puppets to make on lolly sticks for dramatisation of the story. I am convinced of the value of asking older students to read to / play for younger pupils. Not only does it focus the attention, it also gives a true task to the activity and the readers have a real reason for reading. An audience is a great motivator for anyone.The-Great-Big-Enormous-Turnip GiganticTurnip-PopsicleStickPuppets-1