Kai and the Monkey King

Kai and the Monkey King by Joe Todd Stanton

When Kai grows tired of her bookish mum not being adventurous enough for a Brownstone, she decides to seek out the mischievous and rebellious Monkey King – who she’s always been told to stay away from. Will he bring her the adventure she craves, or will he cause her more trouble than he’s worth? Read the latest story from the mythical Brownstone’s family vault where we venture to China and learn about the story of the Monkey King, meet magical gods, taste powerful peaches and see that maybe our heroes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.

Main Focus: Punctuation Pages 18-48

Your class will read the passages and punctuate the sentences by adding in capital letters, commas, exclamation marks, apostrophes and full stops.

Again, we have differentiated this resource a number of ways and have included answers for where the punctation should be.

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Main Focus: Past and Present Tenses Page 22

This resource focuses on past and present tense and is based on page 22 of the book.

Your class will read the sentences and identify the verbs in the sentences  in the past tense. They will then copy them into the table  and then write each verb in the present tense.

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Main Focus: Adverbs

An adverb is a word that describes a verb. In the following sentences taken from the story, your Year 3 / Year 4 class will underline the adverb and then write their own sentences underneath, using the same adverb.

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Main Focus: Apostrophes

In this resource linked to the popular book Kai and the Monkey King, your KS2 class will read the sentences and identify where the apostrophes should be.

Once they have identified where the apostrophes should be, they are going to explain why an apostrophe has been used. Was it used for a contraction or to show possession?

We have differentiated this resource that focuses on apostrophes for contractions and possessions to cater for Year 3 and Year 4 classes.

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Main Focus: Comprehension

This is a comprehension linked to the whole story. Your class will read the full story and then answer the questions based on their knowledge of the text and understanding of what has been read.

We have included a range of question types and differentiated it a number of ways too.

Within this resource, we have added a page of answers so your class can self mark.

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Main Focus: Inference

This is a lovely resource to show if you class understand the inferred aspects of the story.

Your LKS2 class will show their understanding of a range of inference sentences by writing their own explanation or choose from the multiple choice answers.

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Main Focus: Sentence Openers

In this book, the author uses a range of openers for effect. Complete the table by identifying the type of opener used in each sentence.

This is a great reading resource to help your class recognise that sentences can start in a range of ways. It will give them ideas for their independent writing too.

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Main Focus: Suffixes

This resource focuses on suffixes and is aimed at LKS2 classes.

A suffix is a group of letters which are added to the end of a word to make a new word. The words in the table all end in the suffix -ing but some of them have been spelt incorrectly. Your class will tick those that are correct and then correct the mistakes.

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension

Vocabulary resources are crucial to complete with your LKS2 class and this book doesn’t disappoint with some lovely descriptions.

Some lovely vocabulary used by the author and your class will look at the sentences, the word bank and decide where the words best fit.

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Main Focus: Adjectives

We kept some of the lovely adjectives used in the book for this activity, but we could have very well filled our vocabulary resource with them too.

Your class will identify the adjectives and then write their own sentences using it in a new context. We have also included a resource that encourages your class to add the adjectives to complete the sentences.

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Main Focus: Alphabetical Order P41-48

In this resource your class will read the passage and place the chosen words into alphabetical order.

We have differentiated this resource to cater for all LKS2.

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Main Focus: Creative Writing

The story ends with this paragraph:

‘And that is the tale of Kai, the Monkey King and this humble peach – well, what’s left of it anyway. And what happened to the Monkey King, I hear you ask? Did he return to battle the Jade Emperor? Did he manage to become immortal? Well, I guess that’s another story for another time…’

What do you think happened to the Monkey King? What do you think he did next? Your class will use the lines to write the next part of the story. They may wish to use some of the words provided in the word bank.

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Main Focus: Word Challenge

In this activity, your class are given a series of clues to find particular words.

This is a fun activity to end the whole class reading module on Kai and the Monkey King.

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