The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Marinka dreams of a normal life, but her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka’s grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother’s footsteps, but her house has other ideas…

Main Focus: Adverbial Phrases

This resource accompanies chapter 21: The Ceremony of Bonding and focuses on the adverbials phrases used in this chapter.

In this activity, your KS2 children will find examples of adverbial phrases used, identify examples within sentences, sort the adverbial phrases into categories and write their own adverbial phrases.

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Main Focus: Character Development

This guided reading activity explores the descriptions used in chapter 2 when looking at characters: Marinka, Benjamin and The House.

Your children will delve deeper into the descriptions used and sort the describing words to match the characters. They will also look at summarising characters based on the chapter using a word and then give explanations using evidence. Additionally, they explore specific language used by the author to build up a picture of the character and will give explanations as to why these words have been chosen.

There’s all of the above and more…

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Main Focus: Comprehension - Retrieval

This retrieval comprehension focuses on chapter 10 ‘The Beach’.

This pack helps your children develop their retrieval skills by looking carefully for the answers in the chapter.

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Main Focus: Comprehension - Mixed Skills

This guided reading resource is based on chapter 12 of the story and explores questions linked to vocabulary, retrieval, summarising, comparisons and inference. 

This is a brilliant activity as it allows you as a teacher to pinpoint specific areas of weakness for your class within comprehension.

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Main Focus: Hyphenated Prefixes

This resource helps your children focus in on words that use hyphens. 

Some words are written with hyphens so that they aren’t confused with other words.  Hyphens can also be used if the prefix ends with a vowel and the root word starts with a vowel.

Your children will identify and explore the words and their meanings in this activity and then write their own sentences. 

Some words have been taken from chapter 1 and others from the Year 5/6 National Curriculum, with some other from the Year 3/4 Curriculum.

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Main Focus: Word Class

This activity explores different words used in chapter 1 and focuses on word class.

Your class will look at the words or choose words of their own from the story and focus on class, use in the story, synonyms, meanings and then writing the word in a sentence.

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Main Focus: Authorial Technique

This activity packs helps your class look for the deeper meanings and the words chosen by the author for a specific purpose.

Your class will look at specific words choices and phrases, inference, association, find evidence and more.

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Main Focus: Vocabulary Extension

This resource explores some of the vocabulary used in the story to give your class the opportunity to explore: root words, meanings, write other examples and origins.

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