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Magazine Issue EXTRA: CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
Christmas 2017

This month: Seasonal resources old and new

A growing collection of thinking skills activities and stories suited to the Christmas / Winter time of year. Keep children focused, engaged and thinking creatively as the year draws to a close:

New 10 Day Winter Story
Snow Angel Thinking Stories
Audio Versions of Snow Angel Stories
Thinking Story Books by Mike
Additional Christmas Resources

New 10 Day Winter Story:

Bite-size story written over 10 days.

The 10-Day Story

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The 10-Day Story A Thinking Skills Tool in PowerPoint providing a way to develop story writing - bite-size.

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Categories: Story, Creative Thinking, English, Junior

Tags: Writing Story Creative Thinking Christmas

Snow Angel Thinking Stories:

Snow Angels 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th stories - Creative thinking snow-angel-based stories with engaging questions. 1st and 2nd taken from my books Thinking Stories and Surprising Stories. If you want more stories (some even set in Summer) add these books to your Christmas list 

Snow Angels

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Snow Angels A Story with activities from "Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind" in which Alfred the Snow Angel finds his style of doing things at odds with the other angels. Addresses bullying and learning styles. 

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Categories: Story, Learning Styles, DT, Infant, Junior

Tags: Bullying Independent Learning Christmas Story

Alfred's Gift

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Alfreds Gift A Thinking Story with activities from "Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity" in which Alfred the Snow Angel finds himself banished to Earth and trying to find a place to stay. Addresses creativity and problem solving.

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Categories: Story, Creativity, Other Subject, Infant, Junior

Tags: Snow Angels Christmas Story

The Return of Alfred the Snow Angel

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The Return of Alfred the Snow Angel A Thinking Story inspired by Alfred in Mike's "Thinking Stories" and "Surprising Stories". Alfred the Snow Angel is still banished to Earth but learns an important message about leadership. Addresses leadership, bullying and success.

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Categories: Story, Leadership, PSHE, Infant, Junior

Tags: Snow Angels Christmas Leadership Bullying Story

Alfred and the Grit Girl

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Alfred and the Grit Girl A fourth Alfred Thinking Story inspired by the Snow Angels tales in Mike's Thinking Stories and Surprising Stories. Alfred the chief Snow Angel is ready to retire, but who should take over responsibility for all the snowflakes? Includes challenging, creative questions.

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Categories: Story, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Infant

Tags: Grit Effort Mindset Story

Audio Versions of Snow Angel Stories:

Here are some of my friends and colleagues reading Snow Angels, with a wonderful variety of regional accents. Always on the look out for more voices and in different languages too! 

Snow Angels - Audio Versions

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Snow Angels - Audio Versions Two audio versions of the Thinking Story, Snow Angels, from Thinking Stories to Wake up your Mind.

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Categories: Story, Audio, Creativity, PSHE, Infant, Junior

Tags: Story Christmas Learning Styles

Alfred's Gift - Audio

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Alfreds Gift - Audio An Audio Version of Alfred's Gift, from "Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity" read by Mike.

Categories: Audio, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, Infant, Junior, Story

Tags: Story Thinking Stories Audio
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Thinking Story Books by Mike:

Like these stories? Find more in these books. Thinking Stories has many 5* reviews on Amazon.

Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind
by Mike Fleetham

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Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind <br>by Mike Fleetham A Book containing 27 original tales with follow-on currciulum-linked activities for Primary and Lower Secondary. Literacy infused with the full range of Thinking Skills inspired by Bloom's Taxonomy. Classroom tasks with photocopiable worksheets that will save you planning time and embed Thinking firmly into everyday lessons. 

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Categories: Book & EBook, Thinking Skills, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assemblies Bloom's Taxonomy Thinking Stories

Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity
by Mike Fleetham

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Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity<br> by Mike Fleetham The follow-on Book to Thinking Stories. 28 original tales with currciulum-linked activities for Primary and Lower Secondary. Literacy, Thinking Skills and Creativity are combined within engaging stories and tasks saving you planning time and ensuring rich curriculum coverage. Ideal for supporting a creative curriculum. Photocopiable worksheets included.  

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Categories: Book & EBook, Creativity, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assemblies Thinking Skills Creativity Creative Curriculum Thinking Stories

Additional Christmas Resources:

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Christmas Think Sheet

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Christmas Think Sheet A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for looking at Christmas & Celebration in interesting and new ways.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Other Subject, RE & Philosophy, Infant, Junior

Tags: Christmas
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Christmas Tree Thinking

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Christmas Tree Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a Christmas Tree graphic to support analytical and creative thinking about a chosen topic. Also makes an effective display!

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, Other Subject, Infant, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Christmas Visual Thinking Hierarchy
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Christmas Tree Thinking Powerpoint

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Christmas Tree Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, that shows an example of Christmas Tree Thinking together with the Christmas Tree graphic in its component parts. Edit, resize etc. - create your own thinking structures.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, Other Subject, Infant, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Christmas Visual Thinking Hierarchy
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Patchwork Thinking

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Patchwork Thinking A very popular Thinking Skills Tool that uses basic subject knowledge to make creative connections. Straightforward to plan and run in class. Makes content memorable and interesting.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Connections

Star Thinking

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Star Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool using a star graphic to prompt thinking inspired by Bloom's Taxonomy.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Enquiry Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, RE & Philosophy, Junior

Tags: Christmas Bloom's Taxonomy
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Journey Stick Thinking

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Journey Stick Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool inspired by ancient story telling and memory techniques. Pupils create a stick that represent key facts, events and ideas. It's use for recall then embeds ideas in sequence. Includes a Christmas example.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Early Years, Infant, Junior, Boys' Learning

Tags: Memory Multiple Intelligences Christmas


Books:

Enchanting Christmas Storyworld Cards - one of the best resources around. I've used these to get some amazing speaking, listening, thinking and writing wins from children of all ages. 

Storyworld: Christmas Tales Cards
by John & Caitlin Matthews

Storyworld: Christmas Tales Cards <br>by John & Caitlin Matthews The perfect Christmas thinking skills resource.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Products, Creativity, Thinking Skills, English

Tags: Activity Christmas Story

 

Grimm's Fairy Tales for Young and Old retold
by Philip Pullman

Grimms Fairy Tales for Young and Old retold <br>by Philip Pullman The Grimms' Fairy Tales for Young and Old retold by Philip Pullman

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, English

Tags: Story