Some lesson ideas to use with a popular picture book by Anthony Browne. The activities have been tried with pupils in year 3–6 but could be adapted for younger or older pupils.
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A story about how a new dam threatens the way of life, and livelihoods, of villagers downstream. Includes ideas for enquiries.
A open-ended dialogue about sharing and fairness. A group of teenagers are planning a hiking trip. How should they share the load?
A man searches for and finds a way to live forever but is chased by death. Story and ideas for a discussion about morality and fate with KS2 children.
A story about a cynical dragon, unimpressed by the do-gooding antics of the knight in shining armour about to slay it.
A girl's father uses an invention to find a replacement for an old friend - with exactly the same personality. Story and suggestions for exploring the nature of friendship.
A teenager dreams he is discussing his future with versions of himself from the past and the future. Story and ideas for a discussion of personal decision-making.
This year, 2008, is 15 years on from the murder of Stephen Lawrence. This edition of Newswise from 1999 marks the event and still gives us plenty to think about .
A story about a grasshopper who struggles to find a way in the world. Specially written for p4c.com in response to a forum discussion.
A poem by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965), whose most recognised work would be the lyrics to 'Morning Has Broken'. The poem is a stimulus for interesting discussions at all levels on memory.
A lesson plan for the SIP 3rd session, with 3 exercises: community building (turn-taking), enquiry building (keywording), and concept-stretching (belonging).