Descriptosaurus: Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8–14
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This word mat is a fantastic way to encourage your pupils to use science-fiction vocabulary in KS2. Focusing on how to describe a spaceship, it features a whole host of out-of-this-world vocabulary that your pupils can learn and use in their own writing.
Encourage your pupils to expand and experiment with descriptive language using the Descriptosaurus books as inspiration. Pupils are motivated to create their own piece of descriptive writing set in a particular period of time – past, present or future. The resources Descriptosaurus Time Machine - Ideas and activities to help you run competitions in school A warm up for pupils to familiarise themselves with descriptive writing before writing their competition entries, including gamesNow available with a CD-ROM for classroom use, Descriptosaurus is the first book for creative writing that is a thematic expansion of a dictionary and a thesaurus. It provides children with a comprehensive resource with which to expand their descriptive vocabulary, experiment with language and sentence structure and build up narratives based around the following areas: Settings – landscapes, settlements and atmosphere, Characters – appearance, emotions and personality, and Creatures – appearance, abilities and habitats. Or, why not create a brilliant display all about the science-fiction genre? The word mat would look fantastic on display on your classroom wall and will help to create a positive and welcoming learning environment.
You might like this Journey into Space Word Mat too. It's full of even more science-fiction vocabulary for KS2! This handbook is suitable for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils and features lots of ideas for incorporating the task into class time including: Now in a fully updated third edition, Descriptosaurus is the first book for creative writing that is a thematic expansion of a dictionary and a thesaurus; it provides children with a comprehensive resource with which to expand their descriptive vocabulary, experiment with language and sentence structure and build up narratives based around settings, characters and creatures.
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Examples of different ways that descriptive writing can be used in traditional stories, films and travel brochures, and activities surrounding this