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  • Fantastical Creatures

    Chatterbooks activity pack

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    About this pack

    Top Tips for a Successful Session

    Book List

    Warm Up Activities

    How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell (YouTube link & pdf attachment)

    Septimus Heap by Angie Sage Activity Sheets (pdf attachment)

    Wizards Apprentice Activity

    Dragon Activity

    Spells & Potions Activity

    Wizards Apprentice Diary

    About this pack Beware this pack comes with a warning it is full of dragons, goblins, ogres, shapeshifters, trolls, giants, and many more fantasy and magical creatures. There is plenty of material to fire imagination and inspire creativity. The booklist is full of adventure and excitement and is guaranteed to suit all tastes and reading abilities. The activities will engage members into lively discussion. Start your session with some fun warm up ice-breakers which aim to get members thinking about books and magical creatures. Then, progress to the longer activities taking Chatterbooks members on an exciting fantasy journey. Have a go at speaking dragonese with Cressida Cowell from the award winning How to Train your Dragon series, courtesy of Scholastic. Try out the Septimus Heap activity sheets from Bloomsbury. Let the magic begin...

    Top Tips for a Successful Session Look at the pack and use the material to suit your group

    Remember that some Chatterbooks children will whizz through all the activities while some Chatterbooks groups will only need a couple of activities to keep them busy throughout the session.

    Be flexible and have fun

    Photocopy sheets to use as handouts

    Use the Chatterbooks Bookbites post-its to make simple reviews about the book

    Talk to parents and carers at the end of the session to let them know what your group has been doing

    Organise activities as individuals, in pairs or as a whole group

    Make a display of Fantasy books use our booklist to help you do this

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    Fantasy Creatures Book List

    Author Title Publisher ISBN Diterlizzi, Tony The Search for Wondla Simon& Schuster 9780857073006

    Funke, Cornelia Reckless Chicken House 9781906427658

    Reeve, Philip. Goblins Marion Lloyd Books 9781407115276

    Ibbotson, Eva The Ogre of Oglefort Macmillan 9780330513050

    Golding, Julia Secret of the Sirens OUP 9780192754608

    Golding, Julia The chimera's curse OUP 9780192754639

    Golding, Julia Mines of the Minotaur OUP 9780192754622

    Golding, Julia The Gorgon's gaze OUP 9780192754615

    D'Lacey, Chris The fire within Orchard 9781841215334

    Lake, A J The coming of dragons Bloomsbury 9780747570622

    Grahame, Kenneth The reluctant dragon Egmont 9781405237291

    Melling, David Stone goblins Hodder 9780340930489

    Robson, Mark Firestorm Simon & Schuster 9781847380685

    Steer, Dugald The dragon's eye Templar 9781840117929

    Williams, Tad; Beale, Deborah

    The dragons of Ordinary Farm

    Quercus 9781847248213

    Cowell, Cressida A hero's guide to deadly dragons : by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

    Hodder 9780340999134

    Reeve, Philip No such thing as dragons Marion Lloyd 9781407102443

    Umansky, Kaye The dreadful dragon Bloomsbiry 9781408827642

    Forward, Toby Dragonborn Walker 9781406320435

    Mould, Chris Fangs 'n' fire : ten dramatic dragon tales

    Hodder 9780340944769

    Hare, Lucinda The dragon whisperer Corgi 9780552560221

    Bateson-Hill, Margaret

    Dragon racer Catnip 9781846470462

    Abnett, Dan Dragon frontier Puffin 9780141342962

    Kay, Elizabeth The divide Chicken House 9781903434963

    Blade, Adam The complete book of beasts

    Orchard 9781408318669

    Gates, S P Zilombo Tamarind 9781848530515

    Our grateful thanks to Coventry Schools Library Service for selecting the titles for this Fantasy Creatures booklist.

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    Warm Up Activities These short and simple activities aim to wake up brains and get your group thinking about words and ideas around the topic. Use big sheets of paper to write and draw on and keep these on hand for the whole session to inspire and motivate.

    Real or Imaginary Have a discussion about real and imaginary/fantasy creatures. Show the group a flashcard of a real or fantasy creature (see next page) and ask them to decide if it is

    a real creature or a fantasy creature. What other strange real creatures do they know about? And how many other fantasy creatures?

    The Power of Five ... Can you think of ... Five books about magical creatures Five authors who write about magical creatures Five magical creatures Five words to describe a dragon Five skills a wizards apprentice needs Five magic spells Five magical creature you like Five magical creatures you dont like Five types of dragons Five names you would call a dragon

    Quick Draw Dragons In 60 secs, looking at the paper, draw a dragon with your right hand In 60 secs, looking at the paper, draw a dragon with your left hand In 60 secs, looking at the paper, draw a dragon but not taking your pencil of the paper In 60 secs, not looking at your paper, draw a dragon

    How to Speak Dragonese Would you like to speak to dragons? Can you translate the following dragon sentences

    Nee-ah crappa inna di hoosus pishyou

    Mi mamo mo likeit yum-yum on di bum Watch the video of Cressida Cowell , the expert on anything to do with dragons and author of the award winning How to Train Your Dragon series, teaching the ancient language of Dragonese . Here is the link Consult Cressida Cowells Dragonese dictionary which you can find here to expand your Dragonese vocabulary. And try out your Dragonese skills using the activity sheets, too.

    Septimus Heap Activity Sheets from Bloomsbury Enter the world of Septimus Heap wizard apprentice through these four exciting activity sheets (sent as a pdf with this Chatterpack) . Try out the Magyk - anagram, wordsearch, draw a dragon and storywriting activity.

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    Wizards Apprentice You have been selected to become a famous Wizards Apprentice. Tell us all about it...

    Name of your wizard What type of magical pet would you like? What will you call it? Draw your apprentice wizards robes What spells do you want to learn? What is your magical mode of transport?

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    Wizards Apprentice Dragon Draw your Dragon Whats its name? Whats its favourite food? What are its special powers?

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    Spell Name:_________________ ____________________________ What it does:_________________ ____________________________ _________________________ _____________________

    Potion Name:______________ ___________________________ What it does:________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ __________________________ ________________________

    Ingredients List: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Magical Spells & Potions

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    Apprentice Wizards Diary

    Date Time I woke up What I ate today The jobs I did for the wizard What magical creatures did I see? What did I learn today? Time I went to bed

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