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Here's our new book - My Dad by Antony Browne.

 

As you listen to the story make a list of all the adjectives used in the story to describe Dad.

How many did you hear?

 

 

 

My Dad - Anthony Browne

Literacy activities for the book.

  • Look at the pages at the start of the book referencing the Big Bad Wolf and the Cow that jumped over the Moon.

      Use these as a model to think of other things that Dad can do.

 

For example, “He can march right up to the top of the hill.

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  • Write the book from Dad’s point of view.

      How would he describe his child? Would he or she be brave like him or scared?

      What is the child good at?

 

How do you think your dad or loved one would describe you?

 

You can write sentences or, if you really want to challenge yourself, try to write a whole story, just like Antony Browne.

 

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  • Listen to the story again and make a list of the adjectives the author used to describe dad.

 

  • Make a list of similes in the book. Check 'Home Learning 27.4.20', 'Literacy'.

 

Can you describe a member of your own family using similes

For example:

My sister loves to talk and is probably is the most chatty person in the world. My sister talks like a fish that opens its mouth every second to breath. She is as loud as a magpie that found shiny, glittery and sparkly things.

 

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  • Anthony Browne’s dad was inspired to write the book when he found his dad’s dressing gown. 

If you were writing a book about a member of your family, which of their possessions would inspire you and why?

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  • The author uses antonyms to explain some opposing ideas.

      For example, dad is both as big as a house and as soft as my teddy.

      Use antonyms to make up your own pairs of opposing images to describe a person, an                animal or an object.

 

For example:

My sister is fast when talking but slow to listen.

 

Small in size but large in cuteness, Phoebe is the best kitten and my favourite pet. She is like a friend to me. 

 

When my mum is not around, my grandad is incredibly funny and loves to get up to mischief but when my mum comes in and tells us off he is awfully serious and blames everything on me.

 

The leather black sofa in the living room felt very soft and comfortable while the brown wooden kitchen chairs were extremely hard, uncomfortable and awkward to sit on.

 

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  • In many ways the book is like a poem in structure.

     Write your own poem about a member of your family, using the style of the book. 

 

 

Fathers' Day Similes Poem

 

Have a go at using all your ideas to write a poem for your dad (or any other person that looks after you, loves you and you love).

 

Below you can find resources that you can use to write your poem.

 

  • an adjectives word mat that you can use for describing ideas,
  • planning sheets to record your ideas to describe all the best things about your dad(you can choose which one is best for you to use),

Think about your dad.

What is he like and when?

What does he like doing and when?

What is his favourite food?

What is he good or bad at?

What is he not so good at?

What makes your dad special, the best in the world?

 

  • resources to help you practise writing similes, 
  • templates, sheets to write your Fathers' Day similes poem on (similarly, you can write your poem on any paper you wish or have). 
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