How To Catch A Star
Together with your child, read the How to Catch a Star story by Oliver Jeffers (PowerPoint below). Discuss what happens in the story and its features. Think particularly about the star that the boy finds. How do you think the star got into the water? Is it the same star that washed up on the beach? Do you think that it is a star from the sky?
Just imagine you are going to catch your very own star. Today you are going to design a star-catching contraption to get one of your own. What will you need to make your own machine? What material will it be made of? Now draw a picture of your machine and write some sentences to describe what it is, how it is made and how it works. Remember to use capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and to write neatly. Also, try to work independently and use Fred fingers to write words you are not sure of.
Adjectives are such wonderful words – they describe things! Adjectives can describe how something looks, what is sounds like, how it tastes or even how it feels or smells!!!
Take a look at the picture of the boy and his best friend, Star (attached below). Now you are going to write some sentences using adjectives to describe how they both look. Try to think of some exciting adjectives. We get bored of hearing the same old ones all the time. Today these adjectives are banned: nice, good, pretty, cute.
What is he thinking?
The boy was so happy to find his star at the end of the story but his adventure wasn’t always so wonderful. Take a look at the two pictures of him below and write down some adjectives (describing words) to explain how he might have been feeling. Now choose an adjective to use in your own sentence to describe how he is feeling. Please try to extend your sentence using a ‘because’.
i.e. The boy looks content and relaxed because he is smiling and strolling on the beach with his star.
Boy is heading for the stars in his bright red, shiny rocket! It’s so beautiful up there in the twinkling night sky but he can’t see anything below him! Today you are going to imagine what he would see below him from his rocket. Maybe investigate by looking on the internet at what can be seen in space from the windows of space stations or other space shuttles? Or even through telescopes on Earth? Now you are going to draw what you think he would be able to see from his rocket. He might even be hovering above towns, cities or even the seaside. Think about giving him something wonderful to look at and write about it in clear sentences in your book or on paper.
You could always start with:
From his window the boy can see…
The boy can see….
There ……….. for the boy to see from his rocket.
We love poems! This is a brilliant way to use amazing verbs (action words) and adjectives (describing words) to describe things in a beautiful way. Using the word STAR (written down the side of the page of the poem worksheet below) try and create an acrostic poem about the boy and his adventures. You write a sentence or a word starting with the letter at the start of the line about the boy and his adventure.
Stares at stars from his window.
The boy climbed a tree but still couldn't reach the star.
At last the boy found a star on the beach and they became best friends.
Really bored as he waits for a star.