Title: Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind
Author: Mike Fleetham
Publisher: LDA 2006
Format: Paperback, A4 size, 128 Pages
"My Year 6 students are still discussing 'The Best Question' one month after being introduced to it. If you are a teacher who likes to see children actively engaged in their learning this book is for you"
Just 1 of the 20 "5-star" Amazon Reviews
- What is the world's best question?
- How can you defeat the most dangerous beast in the world?
- What would you ask the wish camel for?
- How should you help a disgraced idea angel?
These questions and more are posed in this lively collection of 27 stories.
Children are often given endings: in books, on television and at the cinema. In this book, none of the stories have nice, neat conclusions. If they did, then a golden opportunity would have been missed to develop important skills in thinking.
Each story in this vibrant collection leads listeners to the last scene and then lets them go. This approach means they need to be active in engaging with the story's dilemma. Each story is accompanied by teacher's notes that outline the skills that are being developed, a series of searching questions to develop those skills further and ways to apply all the National Curriculum's thinking skills in all subject areas.
Not only will you and your children enjoy these wonderful stories, you will also be challenged to think and learn in new and exciting ways
Each story comes with:
Resources outlining the thinking being developed;
Questions to activate thinking;
Illustrations to support understanding;
Applications to subject areas
Look Inside & Listen
Ziyad the Ant
Listen to Snow Angels (professional actor .mp3)
Snow Angels Thinking Questions .mp3
Listen to Snow Angels (Welsh accented voice .wma)
Listen to Snow Angels (Scottish accented voice .mp3)
Listen to Snow Angels (Northern English accented voice .wma)
Listen to Snow Angels (??? accented voice - awaiting offers!)
Thanks very much to actor Peter Davison and educators Jo Miles, Andrew Pearce and Veronica Nichol
This book now has 20 5 stars reviews on Amazon.
"Use this with a year 5 class who can't get enough of these stories - one of the best resources I have bought in a long time. Easy to use and provokes huge amount of thinking and discussion. Recommend this to any key stage 2 teacher who wants to extend their pupils thinking skills" Nichola, Amazon Review
"Ready to challenge all learners? A must for anyone who wants to develop children's thinking skills. These witty, fable-like stories flow easily and are entertaining. They are fantastic for speaking and listening, guided reading/writing, PSHE or other cross-curricular links. Each story is engaging, lending itself to numerous endings. The concept of Thinking Stories will be new to most children so it can be hard initially,oh yesssss, all that thinking for yourself! Even as an adult, I found myself challenged. Great then, that a simple teacher's guide with handy 'ending' prompts will provide a stimulus if you're really stuck. Before you know it, the children will be responding with improved ideas and their imagination will be starting to grow. Suddenly stories and reading are fun again! " Joanne Cammish, Teach First Senior Officer, Northern England
"The title claims that these stories wake up your mind. They certainly do. Some with a gentle whisper, others with the impact of a gas explosion. And once your mind has been aroused from its dormancy, the 'big questions' will keep it awake - just like your neighbour's car alarm (and yes..they have gone away for the weekend!). My Year 6 students are still discussing 'The Best Question' one month after being introduced to it.
If you are a teacher who likes to see children actively engaged in their learning this book is for you. Whether an experienced or novice classroom practitioner, it clearly explains concepts and contains a wealth of suggested development activities linked to each story. Moreover, the types of activities can be adapted to engage children in diverse curriculum areas.
However, it maybe best to buy a spare copy. Once your colleagues start borrowing it...you know what I'm saying?!
Finally, if Mike Fleetham was a type of fruit I think he'd be a mango..or a Mercedes-Benz. Why? Read the book and come up with your own answers!! " Primary Teacher, Wales