The Magic Finger

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

In The Magic Finger, prepare to be whisked away into a world where the extraordinary becomes possible.

Written by the legendary author Roald Dahl, this enchanting tale follows the adventures of a young girl who possesses a magical ability: her finger has the power to unleash incredible and unexpected transformations. With a delightful blend of imagination, humor, and heart, this captivating story reminds us of the importance of empathy, understanding, and finding peaceful resolutions.

We have crafted a range of differentiated resources specifically designed to support children in Year 3 and Year 4 as they explore ‘The Magic Finger’ and enhance their reading, language and literacy skills.

We have also created a comprehensive range of materials linked to comprehension, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, contractions, tenses, and more.

Our carefully crafted resources cater to different abilities, ensuring that every child can engage with the text in a way that deepens understanding, and challenging them.

Through our activities, engaging worksheets, and thought-provoking questioning, we help children strengthen their reading comprehension, expand their vocabulary, refine their grammar skills, and develop a deeper understanding of the story’s themes.

Main Focus: Homophones - Pages 2-56

This whole class reading activity focuses on recognising homophones, focusing specifically on there, their and they’re and where, were and wear.

We have differentiated this resource 5 ways to challenge a wide range of abilities.

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Main Focus: Comprehension – Pages 1-23

We have created this comprehension exercise based on pages 1-23 of ‘The Magic Finger’.

We have provided a variety of questions based on the pages to challenge your childrens’ understanding of the story so far.

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Main Focus: Punctuation – Pages 4-6

Your LKS2 class will have to rewrite the passage adding in the correct capital letters, full stops, commas, exclamation marks and question marks in this punctuation activity.

This reading resource has been differentiated 9 ways with an answer sheet included.

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Main Focus: Spelling – Pages 10-19

In this activity, your class will be asked to identify and correct the incorrect spelling of words found in sentences from pages 10 to 19. They will then need to arrange these words in alphabetical order.

There is a dictionary exercise provided as an extension. This resource has been differentiated  6 ways.

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Main Focus: Apostrophes – Pages 16-22

We have created this resource to help your Year 3 / Year 4 class identify the difference between using apostrophes for contractions or possessions.

It is important for your class to be able to identify where apostrophes should be used and why.

This whole class reading resource has been differentiated 5 ways to cater for different abilities within your class.

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Main Focus: Contractions – Pages 19-31

This resource focuses on contractions within ‘The Magic Finger’. Your class will read the sentences extracted from the story and create their own contractions where appropriate.

This resource has been differentiated 4 ways.

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Main Focus: Word Class- Pages 20-24

This resource is to help your class learn to identify the different word classes. Your class will have to highlight the appropriate words with the correct corresponding colour to that particular word type. This resource focuses on nouns, verbs, adjective, adverb, determiners and prepositions.

This resource has been differentiated 5 ways.

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Main Focus: Comprehension – Pages 24-57

This comprehension resource focuses on pages 24-57 of ‘The Magic Finger.’ We have used a variety of question types to help your class gain a better understanding of the story so far and encourage them to reflect on key events, themes and information.

This resource is differentiated 3 ways.

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Main Focus: Past/Present Tenses – pages 24-26

This LKS2 resource focuses on verb tenses. In this activity, your class will read the passage provided, highlight the verbs, and sort them as past or present tense.

This resource has been differentiated 4 ways.

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Main Focus: Inverted Commas – Pgs 38-40

We have taken a passage from pages 38-40 of ‘The Magic Finger’ and for the activity, your class will have to read the passage and insert inverted commas in to the appropriate places to identify speech.

Bonus extension exercise: Your class will create a list of synonyms for the word ‘said’.

This resource has been differentiated 6 ways, with answers provided.

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension – P48-57

This activity has been created to improve the vocabulary of your class by introducing new words in the context of the story.

Your class must read the passage and insert the words in to the correct spaces.

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