Christmas, Cannibals and Cats

day 14

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here is Santa Jeffrey with another quick Christmas gift to save time planning for next week!

Don’t resort to a DVD – keep the cherubs busy in the last week by giving them this tricky Blankety Blank reading lesson to do in their trios. Learn about old Icelandic folklore and Jolakotturinn the Christmas Cat that likes to eat people, and his owner Gryla – a gruesome ogress that likes to boil children in her cauldron before devouring them!

This one is quite a challenging text – probably suitable for P5 and up. You can download it here:

Blankety Blank Non-fiction Christmas In Iceland

And if you don’t have it already here is the answer sheet:

TexTplorers Answer Sheet Templates

Don’t forget the rules of play:

* work in mixed ability trios with roles of Reader, Recorder, Manager – it’s a team effort!

* you get two points for every correct answer (the one used in the actual article)

* you get one extra point for every additional answer you come up with that fits and makes sense in the context

*points make prizes! (Have a fantastic festive prize on offer to keep groups working hard!)

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Also, don’t forget that you can use the special secret code GIRAFFE on the website to get an amazing 30% off of any of our Reflective Reading conferences next year! But be quick – the code only works for bookings made during December!

Have a wonderful week!

Your festive friend,

Jeffrey X


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About the author

Anne Glennie is a Primary Teacher, Literacy Consultant, Trainer and the creator of Reflective Reading and founder of The Learning Zoo. Living on the Isle of Lewis she also has her own menagerie comprising: 1 husband, 2 children, 8 alpacas, 10 Hebridean sheep, 1 crested gecko and 1 French bulldog called Moomin.

2 comments on “Christmas, Cannibals and Cats”

  1. lorb73 Reply

    Ooh, Thank you Anne! I love these activities but find them a challenge to make…This is great….more Sunday fun for me tonight now!

    • Anne Glennie Reply

      You are very welcome! Hope you had time for lots of extra fun! Jeffrey and Anne X

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