Talking Big Books on CD-ROM

Puppy finds a Friend
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With its themes of friendship and farmyard animals, this story works well in the classroom. Its language is simple, and the story is very accessible to young beginners - with interesting cross-curricular links to get children talking .

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Your children will enjoy reading the book with French and English parallel texts -also in Spanish

Story summary:
It's Saturday and Puppy wants to play.
He tries his farmyard friends but they all have something more important to do.
Will he have to play alone, or can he find a friend after all?

Cross-curricular links

The story is set in a "lost world" of family farms with free-range animals.

The web-links from the CD-ROM suggest ways you could compare this with the reality of modern factory farming.

It can also fit in with any work you do on 'where our food comes from' and about why we keep different animals, e.g. cattle > milk, beef ...

Much of the language in the story is about 'making excuses'.

Some of the varied activities on the CD-ROM
As well as the story - beautifully told in French by a native speaker - you'll find...

show some or all of the story again, looking for nouns, adjectives and verbs in the text ...
as you hear the story and see it written, can you spot whether the highlighted-letter is silent?...
...play 'Simon Says...': when you hear a French word, click on the correct picture...
.. hear a sentence from the story, then sort the jumbled words ...
...a new version of Hangman: guess the word before the old car hits the chicken in the road!...
...and use a sentence from the story as a writing frame, as a step towards writing your own story in French...

Characterful finger puppets set for this story

Your class can act out the story, with one puppet for each character:
Puppy Finds a Friend: finger puppets set
(L to R) Puppy and Mouse...
Puppy Finds a Friend: finger puppets set
(L to R) ...Horse, Cow, Duck, Hen and Cat.
Buy the set: only £14.90 + VAT  

SAVE! - set of 7 for less than the price of 6 puppets bought individually!
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