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VCOP Games. Story Openers. Write 5 different sentences that could open a story and grip the reader. eg. “ Stop, or I ’ ll shoot, ” said the guard. Story Endings. Write 5 different sentences that could end any type of story. eg. …and they lived happily ever after. Time Connectives.

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Story openers
Story Openers

Write 5 different sentences that could open a story and grip the reader.

eg. “Stop, or I’ll shoot,” said the guard.


Story endings
Story Endings

Write 5 different sentences that could end any type of story.

eg. …and they lived happily ever after.


Time connectives
Time Connectives

List some time connectives you could use in a story.

eg. Meanwhile….


Connectives
Connectives

Write a sentence that starts with:

Without warning…….

Soon afterwards…..

It wasn’t long before…..

Elsewhere…….

It took several seconds but……

Suddenly……


Settings
Settings

Which words or phrases would you use to describe these settings?


Vocabulary
Vocabulary

Think of at least 5 WOW words to describe a banana. (remember to use your senses)


Vocabulary1
Vocabulary

Write as many adverbs as possible to describe this verb.

eg. walked - quickly, slowly, noisily, shyly, quietly…

‘ate’


Vocabulary2
Vocabulary

Choose 5 WOW words and write sentences using them:

outstandingly

tenderly

biologically

formidable

outspoken

stern

comical

pathetic

yearning

dwell

Container

Furnishings

robe,

sensitively, timidly, aggressively, imaginatively, unfortunate, murderousdine, progress, create, adore, foreboding, speculation, silhouette, terrain, apparel, vision, atmosphere


Vocabulary3
Vocabulary

Improve this sentence by adding words and phrases

eg. The mouse ate the cheese becomes: The greedy mouse carefully ate the stale cheese.

Now try:

The bird flew to the tree.


Vocabulary4
Vocabulary

Find as many words as possible to describe this characters:

Now use your words to write a paragraph about this character.


Settings1
Settings

Write as many words as you can to describe this setting - use your senses.


Settings2
Settings

Write as many words as you can to describe this setting - use your senses.


Vocabulary5
Vocabulary

Find as many words as you can that could be used instead of…

‘Said’

Can you use some of them in sentences?


Vocabulary6
Vocabulary

Random Words

You need a book each.

Open your book to page 3, count down to line 5 and then along to the 3rd word.

You must now quickly write a sentence using the word, underlining the word.

Try again for page 8, line 9, word 6

Try again for page 12, line 2, word 7

Extra challenge: Can you write a sentence using all three words?

Now try different books!


Vocabulary7
Vocabulary

Think of an animal and write a sentence about each one using a simile in each sentence.

eg. as quiet as a mouse


Vocabulary8
Vocabulary

Think of an animal and write an alliterative sentence about each one.

eg. The tiny tiger tickled the terrified terrapins two toes with torn tinsel.


Connectives1
Connectives

Story game

You take turns to say a line in a story which you then hand on to your partner by suggesting a connective,

Partner A: Once there was a woodcutter whoPartner B: spent many hours in the forest becausePartner A: his wife spent so much money at Marks & Spencer, he had no choice to work while…

Here are some connectives for you to play with!Meanwhile, furthermore , however , nonetheless , alternatively , although , because , nevertheless , whereas , whoever , consequently , because , besides , until ,yet , since , henceforward


Openers
Openers

There are different ways to open a sentence one is description:

A lean, grey cat….

How many openers can you think of like this?


Openers1
Openers

There are different ways to open a sentence one is ‘ly’ starters:

Slowly, she ran down the road.

How many openers can you think of like this?


Openers2
Openers

There are different ways to open a sentence one is a ‘where’starter:

At the end of the lane, stood an old house.

How many openers can you think of like this?


Openers3
Openers

There are different ways to open a sentence one is ‘ing’starter:

Running along, Jim fell over.

How many openers can you think of like this?


Openers4
Openers

There are different ways to open a sentence one is ‘Although/as’starter:

Although he was late, he walked slowly.

How many openers can you think of like this?


Openers5
Openers

There are different ways to open a sentence one is ‘ed’ starter:

Exhausted, Jim ran home instead of waiting to catch the bus.

How many openers can you think of like this?


Openers6
Openers

There are different ways to open a sentence one is a question:

“Are you sure that room is tidy?” Mum yelled up the stairs.

How many openers can you think of like this?


VCOP

Up level these sentences keeping the meaning:

1) the cat sat on the mat2) the dog walked down the road3) the fish swam in the bowl 4) the man sat on the bench5) there was a duck on the pond


VCOP

Up level these sentences keeping the meaning:

1) there was a bird in the tree2) there was a rabbit down the hole3) i saw a witch in the garden4) i saw a cat on the fence5) i saw a mouse in the cupboard


Connectives2
Connectives

‘otherwise’ or ‘although’

Which is the best connective?

1) I love drawing …. I’m not very good at it.

2) I’m going to practise and practise … I’ll never get any better.

3) Snow White mustn’t eat the poisoned apple ….she might die.

4) Snow White did collapse … she woke up when the piece of apple came out of her mouth.


Connectives3
Connectives

‘otherwise’ or ‘although’

Which is the best connective?

1) The prince put on his armour …. the dragon might hurt him.

2) The prince went out to might the dragon …. he felt very frightened.

3) You should eat some fruit and vegetables every day …. you won’t stay healthy.

4) You should eat 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables every day … it doesn’t matter what sort of fruit or vegetables you eat


Connectives4
Connectives

‘otherwise’ or ‘although’

Which is the best connective?

1) The snake wasn’t poisonous … it was still very dangerous.

2) The mouse scurried away quickly … the snake would have caught him.

3) The mermaid liked her beautiful tail … sometimes she wished that she had legs.

4) The mermaid had to stay in the sea …. something terrible might happen.


Connectives5
Connectives

‘otherwise’ or ‘although’

Which is the best connective?

1) The boy didn’t have to have a plaster … his knee was bleeding.

2) He must be more careful … he’ll hurt himself again.

3) You have to wear sun cream on very sunny days … your skin could get burned.

4) You don’t have to wear sunglass on a sunny day … they will help to protect your eyes.


Connectives6
Connectives

‘however’ or ‘or’

Which is the best connective?

1) The prince had to choose whether to marry the older princess … the younger princess.

2) The prince chose the younger princess …. she didn’t want to marry him.

3) I might use felt tips or pencil crayons … I’m not allowed to use paints.

4) I might colour my picture red … I might colour my picture blue.

5) I couldn’t decide whether to wear my trainers … my sandals.

6) I was going to wear my sandals … Mum said it was too cold.

7) The mouse wondered whether to try and steal some cheese … some bread.

8) The mouse didn’t see the cat … the cat did see the mouse.


Openers7
Openers

What is the most interesting way to finish the sentence?

Hurriedly ….

Sadly …..

Exitedly…

Last Night ….


Openers8
Openers

What is the most interesting way to finish the sentence?

A long time ago ….

Quietly …

One dark and stormy night ….

Cautiously ….


Openers9
Openers

What is the most interesting way to finish the sentence?

Bravely ….

To my great surprise ….

Much later ….

Only last week …


Openers10
Openers

What is the most interesting way to finish the sentence?

Heroically …

To my utter amazement …

Earlier ….

If only I ….

Merrily ….

Reluctantly….

Angrily …

I turned around and ….


Vocabulary9
Vocabulary

Don’t say ‘said’!

Who might speak in this way? When? Why?

grumble

whisper

shout

sigh

exclaim

neigh


Vocabulary10
Vocabulary

Replace “said” with a better word.

“Oh no, not more homework,” said the children.

“Wow, a new bike” said George.

“I’m going to turn you into a frog,” said the witch.

“I’ve lost my mummy,” said the little girl.


Vocabulary11
Vocabulary

  • Don’t say “went” say ……

  • Who might move in this way?

  • hop leap stumble

  • stagger waddle stride


Vocabulary12
Vocabulary

  • Don’t say “went” say ……

  • Who might move in this way?

  • march stamp crawl

  • slither dawdle skip


Vocabulary13
Vocabulary

  • Don’t say “went” say ……

  • Who might move in this way?

  • prance dodge wander

  • amble scamper toddle


Vocabulary14
Vocabulary

  • Don’t say “went” say ……

  • Replace “went” with a better word:

  • The old man went down the road.

  • The soldiers went up the hill.

  • The baby went towards her mum.

  • The frog went into the pond.

  • The horse went round the field.

  • The angry teacher went into the classroom.

  • The tired children went home.

  • The excited girl went to a party.


Vocabulary15
Vocabulary

  • Don’t say “went” say ……

  • Replace “went” with a better word:

  • The huge giant went around the village.

  • The slug went down the path.

  • The proud lady went into the shop.

  • The fairy went around the fairy ring.

  • VCOP – Vocabulary – quick activity 21

  • Don’t say “went” say ……

  • Replace “went” with a better word:

  • The squirrel went up a tree.

  • The daydreaming girl went around the playground.

  • The burglar went up the stairs.

  • The boy went over the slippery rocks at the beach.


Vocabulary16
Vocabulary

  • Don’t say “went” say ……

  • Replace “went” with a better word:

  • The worm went over the mud.

  • The wizard went into a cave.

  • The excited boy went after his friend.

  • The tired mum went home with all her heavy shopping.


Vocabulary17
Vocabulary

  • An adjective is a word that describes a person, animal, place or object.

  • What could these adjectives be describing?

  • wizened enchanted tiny

  • hideous gentle peaceful


Vocabulary18
Vocabulary

  • An adjective is a word that describes a person, animal, place or object.

  • What could these adjectives be describing?

  • magical brave slithery

  • furry bendy unique


Vocabulary19
Vocabulary

  • An adjective is a word that describes a person, animal, place or object.

  • What could these adjectives be describing?

  • precious wonderful spiky

  • terrifying faraway gloomy


Vocabulary20
Vocabulary

  • An adjective is a word that describes a person, animal, place or object.

  • What could these adjectives be describing?

  • amazing fierce ancient

  • enormous fluttery smooth


Vocabulary21
Vocabulary

  • An adjective is a word that describes a person, animal, place or object.

  • Can you think of a powerful adjective to describe these things?

  • baby snake king

  • jewel owl castle


Vocabulary22
Vocabulary

  • An verb is an action word like run, play or build.

  • An adverb describes the action. Which word is the adverb? What action could it be describing?

  • What other actions could the adverb describe?

  • The prince bravely…

  • The exhausted man wearily …

  • The baby happily ….

  • The snake smoothly ….

  • The boy happily …

  • The baby eagerly …

  • The old lady nervously …

  • The tiger fiercely ….


Vocabulary23
Vocabulary

A verb is an action word like run, play, sing or build.

An adverb describes the action. Which word is the adverb? What action could it be describing?

What other actions could the adverb describe?

The soldier calmly …..

The teacher carefully ….

The giant angrily ….

The princess tearfully ….

The mouse quickly ….

The king royally ….

The fireman heroically …

The girl selfishly …


Vocabulary24
Vocabulary

A verb is an action word like run, play or build.

An adverb describes the action. Which word is the adverb? What action could it be describing?

What other actions could the adverb describe?

The kitten playfully …

The burglar sneakily ….

The shark hungrily …

The fairy delicately ….


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