Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

This is a popular KS2 book and a super read for your Year 5/ Year 6 class.

Main Focus: Comprehension Chapter 3

This comprehension is linked to Chapter 3 to the book holes.

Your Ks2 class will answer questions linked to retrieval, inference and vocabulary.

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Main Focus: Inference

This literacy resource is linked to inference and Stanley’s letters on pages 46, 75 and 81.

Your Year 5 / Year 6 class will read up to this point and answer the questions provided in the reading resource.

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Main Focus: Non-Fiction - Chapter 8

Yellow-spotted lizards are a highly-dangerous member of the lizard family whose venomous bite is fatal to humans, causing them a slow and painful death. They are relatively rare and can only be found in isolated, arid areas of North America.

This is a resource linked to yellow spotted lizards and comprehension.

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Main Focus: Character Study

Your class will read Chapter 23 and answer the following questions about the characters.

This resource has been differentiated for KS2 and focuses on characters Katherine Barlow and Trout Walker.

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Main Focus: Comprehension Chapter 34

This is another comprehension for the book Holes by Louis Sachar but this time is linked to chapter 34.

We have split the comprehension into sections: vocabulary, retrieval and authorial intent and differentiated for KS2 classes.

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Main Focus: Vocabulary

Write the word class, a synonym and an antonym, and what you think the underlined word means in the context of the sentence.

Example: before the air became hazy. p127

Word class: adjective

Synonym: murky, cloudy, fuzzy

Antonym: clear

Meaning: It will be hard to see the mountain because the air will become fuzzy because of the heat.

Your KS2 class will complete this activity exploring word class, synonyms, antonyms and meanings.

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Main Focus: Punctuation

Your Year 5 / Year 6 class will rewrite the extract from page 161 by inserting all of the required punctuation.

We have differentiated this resource depending on the starting point of your class.

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension - Chapter 32/33

In this activity, your class will complete the sentences by adding in the correct words from chapter 32 and 33 of the story.

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Main Focus: Character Study

This resource cover chapter 45 in the book Holes by Louis Sachar and focuses on characters: The Warden, Zero, Stanley, Mr Pendanski and Councelor.

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Main Focus: Discussion Text - Crime and Punishment

If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.  That was what some people thought. p5

Your Ks2 class’ task is to write a discussion text, giving the reasons for and against Camp Green Lake as a form of punishment for boys who commit crimes.

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