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The Little Green Dinosaur


We have been learning a story in our class called, ‘The Little Green Dinosaur’.
We create a story map using the story before we associate actions with each picture. This ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach is said to boost vocabulary and early rhyming skills which contributes in the development of early language development.

Ask your child to tell you the story at home. They can use the images below of our ‘Text Map’ to help them.

Also, there are three fantastic games that the children love to play: 

‘Words we don’t know’
If you are reading a story with your child and they don’t know what one of the words or phrases means, they have to tap your shoulder. You then write down the words to make a list. Explore the meaning of those words with your child so you can enable them to boost their vocabularly.

‘Suddenly’
Encouraging children to think of scenarios by using ‘story language’. You say ‘Suddenly…’ and create a scenario. Your child then has another go. It can be as silly as they like as long as they use ‘Suddenly…’ at the beginning of their sentence.

‘So’
Again, encouraging children to think of problems and solutions in their story. You say ‘So…’ and create a solution to a problem. For example, ‘So… The cow flew over the moon because he was too heavy to fly’. Then encourage your child to do the same.

'The Little Green Dinosaur'

'The Little Green Dinosaur'  1 Some of the children's story maps
'The Little Green Dinosaur'  2 Vocabulary games - please see below
'The Little Green Dinosaur'  3 Our class story map!

Sophie blew us away with her rendition of 'The Little Green Dinosaur'. Well done Sophie - we are so proud of you!!

Sophie blew us away with her rendition of 'The Little Green Dinosaur'. Well done Sophie - we are so proud of you!!  1
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