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Foreword The purpose of this book is to familiarise 7 to 10 year old pupils with a range of writing styles through a thematic approach. Each writing framework (recount, report, procedure, retell and narrative) is based on the Easter theme and is written in a clear step-by-step format. A collection of support activities follows each framework. The activities range from writing texts in the given framework, to comprehension, cloze, word study, cooking and art and craft. Assessment examples, a writing checklist, curriculum links and answers are provided for teacher use.

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The final section in this book is a learning centre to be used by pupils independently or as directed by the teacher. There are two parts to this learning centre—a writing section and creative activities. Teachers may choose to copy these activities onto work cards or simply enlarge the worksheet and allow the pupils to choose an activity. A pupil response sheet has been provided for use with each activity.

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Curriculum Links ................................................. ii Using the Assessment Proforma...................... iii Assessment Proforma ...................................... iv Assessment Sheet .............................................. v Writing Checklist ................................................ vi Learning Centre (Response Sheet) .................. vii Recount Framework The Treasure Hunt (Recount Framework) .......... 1 The Treasure Hunt (Comprehension) ............... 2 The Treasure Hunt (Cloze) ................................. 3 The Treasure Hunt (Word Study) ....................... 4 My Easter Recount............................................. 5 Secret Messages (Spelling/Word Study) .......... 6 An Easter Gift (Craft) .......................................... 7 Report Framework Rabbits (Report Framework) ............................. 8 Rabbits (Comprehension) ................................. 9 Rabbits (Cloze) ........................................... 10—11 Rabbits (Word Study) ........................................ 12 My Animal Report ............................................ 13 Rabbit Poetry .................................................... 14 Easter Word Explosion ..................................... 15 Procedure Framework Easter Chocolates (Procedure Framework) ..... 16 Easter Chocolates (Comprehension) ............... 17 Prim-Ed Publishing

Easter Chocolates (Word Study) ....................... 18 My Procedure ................................................... 19 An Easter Party ................................................ 20 Concept Map .................................................... 21 Retell The Easter Story (Retell) ................................... 22 The Easter Story (Comprehension) ................. 23 The Easter Story (Cloze) ........................... 24—25 The Easter Story (Text Reconstruction) ............ 26 The Easter Story (My Retell) ............................. 27 A Prayer for Jesus ........................................... 28 Narrative Framework The Missing List (Narrative Framework) ......... 29 The Missing List (Comprehension).................. 30 The Missing List (Cloze) .................................... 31 The Missing List (My Story) .............................. 32 Job Application ................................................ 33 Easter Decorations .......................................... 34 Following Instructions ...................................... 35 Learning Centres Easter Learning Centre (Writing Activities) .........36 Easter Learning Centre (Creative Activities)......... 37

Answers ........................................................... 38

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Irish Curriculum Links

3rd/4th

Strand Unit

Curriculum Objectives

Receptiveness to language

Reading

• develop reading skills through engaging with material appropriate to his/her stage of development

Writing

• experience how a story structure is organised by reading and listening to fiction • write regularly for different audiences • explore different genres

Competence and confidence in using language

Reading

• perform simple information retrieval tasks

Writing

• have regular opportunities to write for himself/herself or for others

Developing cognitive abilities through language

Reading

• develop comprehension strategies • perform alphabetical order tasks

Writing

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Emotional and imaginative development through language

Reading

• engage with a wide variety of text

Receptiveness to language

Reading

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write in a variety of genres write a version of a story told by the teacher write about something that has been learned write the significant details about an event or an activity write an explanation for something

• write about experiences • draw and write stories and poems

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• become an increasingly independent reader

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• use reading as a stimulus to writing • write stories that explore a variety of genres

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• experience different types of text • develop basic information retrieval strategies • use simple dictionaries effectively

Writing

• give sequence to ideas and events in stories

Developing cognitive abilities through language

Reading

• continue to develop a range of comprehension strategies

Writing

• write in a variety of genres with greater sophistication • read a story and write it in his/her own words • write down directions on how to perform a particular process

Emotional and imaginative development through language

Reading

• extend and develop his/her response to increasingly challenging reading material

Writing

• create stories and poems

Competence and confidence in using language

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Using the Assessment Proforma

Fill in the appropriate learning area.

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Complete the continuums to indicate pupil progress.

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List the learning objective(s) assessed from the chosen copymaster.

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Give a brief description of the activities in the chosen copymaster and what was expected of the pupils.

Use this space to comment on aspects of an individual pupil’s performance which can not be indicated in the formal assessment, such as work habits or particular needs or abilities.

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Assessment Proforma

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Assessment Sheet Pupil Name

Recount Developing

Report

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Writing Checklist Colour the face to show how you think you are going with your writing.

I followed the correct framework.

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My writing makes sense.

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I have used capitals and full stops correctly.

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I am using paragraphs in my work.

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My writing is descriptive.

This checklist can be used by both teachers and pupils. The teacher’s role is to explain the criteria to the pupils. The pupils can then assess their work according to this criterion. A teacher–pupil conference may follow the pupil’s assessment to ensure it is appropriate.

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Activity type

Activity no.

Name What did I do?

What I enjoyed the most:

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What I learnt from the activity:

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What I enjoyed the most:

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The Treasure Hunt Opening Statement (When, who, what, where, why?) It was Easter morning and I was so excited. I knew the Easter Bunny had been to my house. I woke up my little sister and we ran to see Mum and Dad. They were waiting in the lounge room. Event 1 (Events in time order) Mum read a letter the Easter Bunny had written. It said, ‘Dear Sophie and Emma, I have hidden your Easter eggs around the garden. There are lots for you to find. Love from the Easter Bunny’.

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Emma and I quickly went outside and began to search. In no time at all, we spotted some brightly coloured paper near a rosebush. We ran to the paper only to find there was nothing in it. Disappointed, we started our treasure hunt again. Event 3

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Soon after, we found some large footprints. They had to belong to the Easter Bunny. We followed the footprints. First we found some eggs that were hidden in a flowerpot. Then we found some more under a tree. The last eggs we found were under a clump of leaves. Conclusion (Ending statement) Happily, we rushed back inside to show our parents the eggs. Mum and Dad let us eat some for breakfast. They tasted delicious.

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Recount Framework 1


The Treasure Hunt Use the story to answer the questions. 1. Who was waiting in the lounge room on Easter morning?

2. Why were Sophie and Emma disappointed?

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4. Where did the girls find their eggs?

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3. How did the girls find out where the eggs were hidden?

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5. How would you feel if the Easter Bunny made a treasure hunt for you?

6. Why do you think the story is called ‘The Treasure Hunt’?

On a piece of paper, draw the Easter Bunny in a garden with a basket of eggs. Write a sentence about your illustration.

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The Treasure Hunt Fill in the words from the story. It was Easter Morning and I was so excited. I knew the

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(1)

Bunny had been to my house. I woke up my

(2)

sister and we ran to see Mum

(3)

Dad. They

waiting in the lounge room.

Mum read us a letter the Easter Bunny had written. It said, ‘Dear (5)

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the Easter Bunny’.

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Sophie and Emma, I have

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there was nothing in it. Disappointed, we started our treasure hunt (13)

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Soon after, we found some large footprints. They had to

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to the Easter Bunny. We followed the

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. First we found some (17)

in a flowerpot. Then we

that were hidden

some more under a tree. The

last eggs we found were under a

(18)

of leaves.

Happily, we rushed back inside to show our parents the eggs. Mum (19)

Dad let us eat some for

(20)

. They tasted

delicious.

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Cloze 3


The Treasure Hunt Choose words from the story to help you find the answers to the following activities. 1. Antonyms are opposites. Find the antonyms of the words below. (a) lost (b) less (c) brother (d) over

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2. Find smaller words in these words.

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(c) started

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3. Synonyms are words that are similar in meaning. Draw a line to the synonym for each word below. disappointed •

• many

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lots

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My Easter Recount What does your family do for Easter? Write a recount to tell your family’s Easter Story. Remember to follow the correct layout.

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Secret Messages 1. (a) Follow the instructions to work out the secret message. Take ‘w’ from wave and add ‘h’. Take ‘r’ from your. Add ‘r’ to the end of eve. Unjumble these letters to make a word–‘eesn’. Add ‘t’ to the beginning of he. Add ‘er’ to the end of east.

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Take ‘ies’ from bunnies and add ‘y’ instead.

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Unjumble these letters to make a word–‘rdeveil’.

Unjumble these letters to make a word–‘lsti?’

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(b) Write the message.

(c) Make your own secret message for a friend to solve.

2. On a piece of paper, draw a picture of your message.

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An Easter Gift What you will need: • jar • glue • paintbrush • clear gloss (optional) • ribbon • wrapping paper • crayons/pencils • paper

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1. Cut out pictures from the wrapping paper or draw and colour some decorations on paper and cut them out.

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2. Brush glue onto each picture and place it carefully onto the jar. Make sure all the edges are stuck down.

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3. Keep cutting and gluing on pictures until you have covered the entire jar. 4. Allow the glue to dry.

5. Spray or paint the jar with clear gloss. 6. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar to decorate it. Evaluation Give the jar to a special person for Easter. It can be used as a vase, pencil holder or trinket box. Can you think of your own use for the jar?

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Rabbits Classification Rabbits are mammals. They are related to hares. Description Rabbits have fur as a body covering. Their fur can be brown, black, grey or white. Female rabbits tend to be larger than male rabbits. Rabbits have two long pointy ears that stick up on top of their head and a short fluffy tail. They have whiskers on their face and two large beady eyes, one on each side of their head. These help them to see what is coming up behind or to the side of them.

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Rabbits are found in North, South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They live in grasslands, swamps and fields where they can hide among the long grasses or in shallow holes and burrows.

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Rabbits run along on all four legs. Their powerful back legs push them forward in a ‘bunny hop’. Rabbits can run very fast, especially when being chased by another animal and needing to find safety. Rabbits spend their time hopping about gnawing on barley, oats, wheat, grasses and other vegetation. Summarising Comment Although wild rabbits can be pests, many children enjoy rabbits as pets. These rabbits are kept in a hutch, which must be cleaned regularly. Rabbits enjoy being fed vegetables such as carrots and turnips. A bowl of water must be kept in the hutch for the rabbits to drink. It is important for pet rabbits to be kept warm and dry, and to have plenty of fresh air. Rabbits are one of the animals seen at Easter. Easter eggs, which represent new life, are given to children at Easter. The rabbit is said to hop around delivering the eggs.

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Report Framework 8


Rabbits Use the story to answer the questions. 1. What are rabbits related to?

2. What do rabbits use their back legs for?

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5. Why do rabbits live in grasslands, swamps and fields?

6. How do rabbits eat their food?

7. What do Easter eggs represent?

On a piece of paper, draw a picture of a rabbit being fed in its hutch.

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Comprehension 9


Rabbits Fill in the words from the story. (1)

Rabbits are mammals. They are related to (2)

Rabbits have fur as a body (3)

. Their fur can be brown,

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, grey or white.

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rabbits tend to be larger

than male rabbits. Rabbits have two long pointy ears that stick up on (5)

of their head and a short fluffy tail. They have whiskers on

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Rabbits run along on all four legs. Their powerful push them forward in a ‘bunny especially when

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legs

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chased by another animal and needing

to find safety. Rabbits spend their

(12)

hopping about gnawing on barley,

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, wheat, grasses and other vegetation.

Although wild rabbits can be pests, many children enjoy rabbits as pets. These rabbits are kept in a hutch, which must be cleaned

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Cloze 10


Rabbits (14)

regularly. Rabbits enjoy being (15)

and turnips. A bowl of

vegetables such as carrots

must be kept in the hutch for

the rabbits to drink. It is important for pet rabbits to be kept (16)

and dry, and to have plenty of fresh air.

Rabbits are one of the animals seen at Easter. Easter eggs, (17)

represent new life, are

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Rabbits 1. Do you know the meaning of the words below? Write your meaning of the following words. Look up the word in the dictionary and write the page number.

Word

Your explanation

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(b) grass, feed, hutch, water, carrots

(c) burrows, barley, brown, black, bowl

Homophones—words that sound the same. 3. Circle the correct word in the brackets below. (a) The children (saw, sore) the rabbits gnawing on a carrot. (b) Do you (know, no) where rabbits live? (c) Rabbits have (to, too, two) pointy ears. (d) Rabbits use all (four, for, fore) legs to move around.

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My Animal Report Choose an animal you would like to learn more about. Research some information about your animal and write a report. My report on Classification (What is it?)

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Summarising Comment (What is interesting about your animal?)

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Rabbit Poetry 1. Complete the poem below. Use as many descriptive words as you can. Choose words in the ‘tail’ or think of your own to use. •

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Easter Word Explosion How many Easter words can you think of? Add them to the chart below and illustrate each one. Use the words to help write an Easter story. Illustrate your story and make it into a book.

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Easter Chocolates Topic: Easter Goal: To make Easter chocolates Ingredients • 375 g cooking chocolate • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut • 1/2 cup of sultanas Utensils • wooden spoon 1

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3. Decorate and flavour the chocolates with shredded coconut or sultanas. 4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 5. Press lightly on the back of the moulds to release the chocolates. Evaluation Taste one of your chocolates. Describe the taste. Wrap the rest in cellophane paper. Give them away as Easter presents.

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Easter Chocolates 1. Draw a line to match the beginning and ending of each sentence about making Easter Chocolates. Melt the chocolate

• into the moulds. • in a double saucepan.

Spoon the melted chocolate

• with the shredded coconut.

Press lightly on the back of the moulds

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Refrigerate for

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2. Sequence the sentences above in the correct order (1 to 5). Write them in spaces provided below.

3. Draw what your chocolates look like.

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Easter Chocolates 1. Unjumble these words from the recipe. (a)poosn

(b)owlb

(c) tledme

(d)lmodsu

(e) oloccathe

(f) nimtsue

2. A Remembering Game

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Study the items below for one minute. Cover them up. How many can you remember? List them below.

3. Check the spelling of the words in Question 1 and write them in alphabetical order.

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My Procedure Find an Easter treat you would like to make. Write the procedure below. My Easter Treat Topic: Goal:

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Draw pictures on the back of this sheet to show how you made your treat.

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An Easter Party Plan an Easter party. Complete the boxes below to organise your party. Menu

Guest List Starter

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Describe how you will decorate your room. You can use some of these words – streamers, crackers, napkins, Easter eggs.

Games and Entertainment

Draw your party on a sheet of paper.

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Concept Map Brainstorm the foods you have at Easter time. Draw and label them in the boxes below.

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Use these foods to design an Easter menu to have at your favourite restaurant. Include starter, main course, dessert and drinks. Starter:

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The Easter Story Many years ago, Jesus lived on the Earth. He healed sick people. He fed hungry people. He taught people to love and care for others.

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But some people didn’t like Jesus. They did not believe He was the Son of God. They took Jesus to the Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. Pilate didn’t hate Jesus, but he had to do what the people wanted. So he sentenced Jesus to death on the following Friday.

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Jesus was forced to carry a huge wooden cross to Calvary, a hill near Jerusalem. Along the way, He was beaten and forced to wear a crown of thorns. Jesus fell three times as He struggled with the heavy cross. Some kind people tried to help Him. A lady wiped His face and a man named Simon helped to carry the cross.

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When He arrived at Calvary, Jesus was nailed to the cross and left to die. When He finally died, His body was taken down and laid in an empty tomb cut out of rock. A large rock was rolled in front of the tomb. Jesus’ followers were very sad that their friend and teacher had died. On the Sunday after His Crucifixion, some women went to the place where Jesus’ body was laid. They could not believe their eyes. The huge stone in front of the tomb had been rolled away, and the body was gone. They left the tomb to tell the others what had happened. Suddenly, Jesus appeared before them. He spoke to them and told them not to be afraid. He also said they had to tell the others they had seen Him. That evening, Jesus appeared before many other people who had gathered together. He continued to appear at different places throughout the land, until it was time for Him to leave the Earth and live with his Father in Heaven.

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The Easter Story Use the story to answer the questions below. 1. Describe three things Jesus did to show He was a very special person.

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2. Why did Pontius Pilate order that Jesus be nailed to the cross?

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3. What happened to Jesus while He was carrying His cross?

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5. Where was Jesus laid after He died?

6. What happened on the Sunday after Jesus died?

7. How do you think the people felt when they saw Jesus alive?

On the back of this page, draw a picture of your favourite part of the story. Write a sentence to explain your picture.

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The Easter Story–Part 1 Fill in the words from the story. (1)

Many years ago, Jesus lived on the Earth. He healed people. He fed hungry people. He taught people to love and (2)

for others.

But some people didn’t like Jesus. They did not believe He was the (3)

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help Him. A lady wiped His face and a man named Simon (8)

to carry the cross.

When He arrived at Calvary, Jesus was

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to the cross

and left to die. When He finally died, His body was taken down and (10)

laid in an

tomb cut out of rock. A large

(11)

was rolled in front of the tomb. Jesus’ followers were very sad that (12)

friend and teacher had died.

On the Sunday after His Crucifixion, some women went to the

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The Easter Story–Part 2 (13)

place where Jesus’ (14)

was laid. They could not

their eyes. The huge stone in front of the tomb (15)

had been

away, and the body was gone. (16)

They left the tomb to tell the

what had happened.

Suddenly, Jesus appeared before them. He spoke to them and (17)

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The Easter Story Cut out the paragraphs below. Glue them onto a sheet of paper in the correct order. But some people didn’t like Jesus. They did not believe He was the Son of God. They took Jesus to the Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. Pilate didn’t hate Jesus, but he had to do what the people wanted. So he sentenced Jesus to death on the following Friday.

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On the Sunday after His Crucifixion, some women went to the place where Jesus’ body was laid. They could not believe their eyes. The huge stone in front of the tomb had been rolled away, and the body was gone.

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Jesus was forced to carry a huge wooden cross to Calvary, a hill near Jerusalem. Along the way, He was beaten and forced to wear a crown of thorns. Jesus fell three times as He struggled with the heavy cross. Some kind people tried to help Him. A lady wiped His face and a man named Simon helped to carry the cross.

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That evening, Jesus appeared before many other people who had gathered together. He continued to appear at different places throughout the land, until it was time for Him to leave the Earth and live with his Father in Heaven. They left the tomb to tell the others what had happened. Suddenly, Jesus appeared before them. He spoke to them and told them not to be afraid. He also said they had to tell the others they had seen Him. When He arrived at Calvary, Jesus was nailed to the cross and left to die. When He finally died, His body was taken down and laid in an empty tomb cut out of rock. A large rock was rolled in front of the tomb. Jesus’ followers were very sad that their friend and teacher had died.

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The Easter Story

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Read the Easter story carefully. Retell the story below in your own words.

Draw a border around your story using Easter symbols.

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A Prayer for Jesus 1. You have been given the special job of writing prayers to Jesus. You can write to: (a) thank Jesus (b) ask for forgiveness (c) praise Jesus (d) talk to Jesus about something (e) ask for something 2. Write one of each type of prayer in the boxes provided. Say something special to Jesus in each prayer. Forgiveness Prayer

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Thank You Prayer

Prayer of Praise

Talking to Jesus Prayer

Asking Prayer

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The Missing List Setting (When, who, where?) It was Easter Saturday and the Easter Bunny had just finished collecting all of the Easter eggs. He put them in baskets ready to deliver to the children. Initiating Event (What starts the story?) Just as he finished he realised that his list with the children’s names on it had disappeared. The Easter Bunny couldn’t remember where he had left his list. He searched everywhere for it.

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The Easter Bunny was beginning to get very worried. ‘Where could the list be?’ he thought to himself. The Easter Bunny tried to remember the names of all of the children on his list. His mind boggled and it was just too difficult. Time was running short. He decided he would have to start his journey and just hope that all the children would receive a treat.

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As he was getting ready to go he took his glasses out of his pocket. To his surprise a wad of paper fell out onto the ground. There in front of him were the names of all the girls and boys. Conclusion (How does the story end?) Happily, the Easter Bunny hopped around the world delivering all of the Easter eggs to the children.

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The Missing List Use the story to answer the questions. 1. Why was the Easter Bunny so worried?

2. What was the Easter Bunny going to do without his list?

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4. How does the Easter Bunny move from place to place delivering gifts?

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5. Where did the Easter Bunny have to go to deliver the gifts?

6. Can you think of another place the Easter Bunny could have put his list?

Draw the Easter Bunny wearing his glasses. Draw some Easter eggs in a basket next to him.

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The Missing List Fill in the words from the story. It was Easter Saturday and the Easter Bunny had just finished (1)

collecting all of the (2)

eggs. He put them in

ready to deliver to the children. (3)

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his pocket. To his (16)

a treat.

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the ground. There in front of him were the names of

the girls and boys. (18)

Happily, the Easter Bunny delivering all of the

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around the world (20)

to the children.

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The Missing List–My Story Use the headings to retell this story or make up your own story about the Easter Bunny. Setting (When, who, where?)

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Resolution (How is the problem solved?)

Conclusion (How does the story end?)

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Job Application You are applying to be one of the Easter Bunny’s helpers. Fill in your job application to convince the Easter Bunny that you are the best person for the job. Name Address Town/City Phone

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How would you help the Easter Bunny?

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Easter Decorations How to make a 3-D decoration. 1. Colour two of the eggs in bright colours. 2. Decorate the other egg your own way. 3. Cut out the eggs and fold down the middle of each egg. 4. Glue the inside halves and stick them together.

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5. Attach a piece of string to hang your decoration.

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Following Instructions Follow the instructions below. 1. Draw a pair of glasses on the Easter Bunny’s face. 2. Draw a pocket on his coat. 3. Colour his coat green and blue. 4. Colour the inside of his ears pink. 5. Draw four eggs in his basket. 6. Colour the rest of his body yellow. 7. Draw decorations on his basket. 8. Write four of your friends’ names on his list.

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9. Cut out the Easter Bunny and hang him up.

On another sheet of paper draw your own Easter picture and write instructions for a friend to colour it.

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Easter Learning Centre (Photocopy the activities below. Can be enlarged to A3.)

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Draw a large picture of an Easter egg. Write as many Easter words as you can inside it.

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Write directions to help the Easter Bunny get to your home.

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Write an Easter poem.

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Read an Easter story. Illustrate your favourite part.

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Write a list of questions you would ask the Easter Bunny.

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Tell us how your family celebrates Easter.

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Write a list of things you would buy for Easter Sunday.

12 Design a menu for your Easter breakfast, lunch or dinner. Remember to include drinks.

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Use an Easter word to write an acrostic poem.

18 Write and design an Easter postcard telling the Easter Bunny what you are doing on your holidays.

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Easter Learning Centre (Photocopy the activities below. Make them into activity cards.) The activities require scissors, card, glue and crayons as standard equipment. Other equipment is listed on each activity.

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Use card to make an Easter basket. Place Draw, cut out and Make an Easter card for some special messages decorate an Easter egg. inside your basket. a special person.

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Use Easter paper to collage a jar.

Use graph paper to make an Easter word search.

Cut out leaf shapes from green card. Glue them onto a card to make Jesus’ cross.

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Use card to make an Easter egg to hang on your door.

Make an Easter paper chain.

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Design a cover for an Easter story book.

Draw an Easter picture onto a card and turn it into a jigsaw puzzle.

Make an Easter colouring book.

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Paint an Easter picture. Write about it.

Draw, colour and cut Design an Easter game. out Easter decorations and make them into a Write out the mobile. instructions.

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Easter eggs onto card. Colour and cut Design the napkins your Use collage materials to out. Staple them back family will use on Easter make a model of the to back and stuff with Sunday. newspaper etc. Easter Bunny.

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Answers Page 2 The Treasure Hunt 1. Mum and Dad 2. There were no eggs in the paper. 3. They followed the footprints. 4. In a flowerpot, under a tree, under a clump of leaves 5-6. Teacher check little hidden from coloured belong found breakfast

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and around search paper footprints clump

Page 18 1. (a) spoon (b) bowl (c) melted (e) chocolate (f) minutes 2-3. Teacher check

Pages 24-25 1. sick 2. care 4. death 5. cross 7. heavy 8. helped 10. empty 11. rock 13. body 14. believe 16. others 17. told 19. leave 20. Heaven

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Page 23 The Easter Story 1. He healed sick people; fed hungry people; taught people to love and care for others. 2. He had to do what the people wanted. 3. He fell three times. 4. He was crucified at Calvary. 5. He was laid in a empty tomb cut out of rock. 6–7. Teacher check

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Page 17 1. Melt the chocolate in a double saucepan. 2. Spoon the melted chocolate into the moulds. 3. Decorate the chocolates with the shredded coconut. 4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 5. Press lightly on the back of the moulds to release the chocolates.

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