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Lesson 3

The Snail and the Whale 


The outcome for the unit: Write the story from a different animals viewpoint

LO: I can hot seat in character.


Learning – PLAN

Questions to ask

Success Criteria

Spelling and grammar: formulating questions

Use day 3 pdf with plan


  1. Explain to the children the police wants to know what happened with the beaching of the whale.
  2. They will be giving a recount to the local police of what happened on that day, in the role of the whale.
  3. Ask the children to recall the main events to you.
  4. Encourage the children to retell the events in order using sequential language, for example: yesterday, next, then, afterwards, finally. Model this first to the children.
  5. Explain to the children that they need to add interesting details to their recount to ensure that the reader understands how scary and exciting the event was. Then construct the events using the ordering words to structure their recount.
  6. Hot seat in character of the whale and the police asking questions to the whale. 


Activity Go through each scene/ take photos and share with class teacher



Police questions:


What happened yesterday?

At what time did this happen?

How did the speedboats get you on the sand?

Why didn't you just swim away from the shore?

When did you get stuck?

How did your skin feel?

Were there any other witnesses?

I can act in role - use I.


I can say how the whale was beached


I can say what happened after the whale was beached


I can use the past tense - use ed.


I can use language from the story.


I can talk about how the whale felt.



Remember to: 

use different sentence starters.