The lead up to Guy Fawkes 2015

So, as some of you may know, I live in the UK.
Here in the UK, every year, we celebrate Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night on the 5th November. Basically, everyone gets together, there's lots of fireworks, bonfires and kids tend to make up models of Guy Fawkes and chuck it on top of the Bonfire!

As kids, everyone is taught the little rhyme "remember, remember, the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!" Most of the Schools get involved and do different activities all based around the Gunpowder plot.

It's also a great time to introduce fire safety etc.

It's basically all about a plot that was attempted to take place back in the 1600s. A man called Guy Fawkes and a group of conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament with barrels of gunpowder placed in the basement underneath. They wanted to kill the King of England and his government. King James had basically turned the country into a Protestant country which had upset the Catholics! 

There are just SO many learning opportunities about this plot.

Here are some great ones;

Flashcard stories are a big hit on my TpT at the moment. I basically simplify the story down small with lots of great, eye-catching graphics with just the main details included, so as not to overload students. You can view it here.

Here is word to pic matching. This is a great resource for introducing vocabulary, working with non verbal students, enhancing student vocabulary, word recognition, vocabulary recap and speech therapy sessions. You can get more info on this resource here.

This is one of my most favourite activities. I have a serious obsession with flip books, so when a teacher friend asked me if I'd design her one for Guy Fawkes, I jumped right in! I wasn't sure how it would go down with the kiddos at first, so I put off sharing it with anyone until it was tested out in the classroom. Well, it turns out, the students loved it! They loved reading the facts from the reading passages included, working out the correct answers, colouring in the pictures, cutting and sticking, and even putting the whole flip book together! For more info, check it out here.

Finally, flashcards. Let's face it, there are just way too many benefits of flash cards for me to even begin to list. They're just amazing, they can be incorporated into so many activities or even put up on display. They're even great for writing prompts or even a quick re-cap of vocabulary. You can check it out here.

Let me know if you'll be celebrating a bit of Guy Fawkes in your classroom this year. Why not include a bit of us Brits in your classrooms! 


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