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Sharing a Shell 


Staying with our Ocean theme, read the book Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson or listen to the story being read on You Tube.

Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson

Did you notice the rhyming words? Could you predict some of the words as they were being read?

Talk to a grown up about the moral of the story. What does the story teach us about friendships?


Challenge 1

Read the book again and as you go through each page look at the punctuation that has been used. Can you find full stops, commas, question marks and exclamation marks? 

How does this help you to read the story? Can you make your voice sound more interesting to listen to?

Model reading the pages aloud and ask your child to copy the way you have read the text.


Challenge 2

Use the ‘Sharing a Shell Puppet’ activity sheet to create your own puppet characters. Can you practise your storytelling skills by using your puppets to retell the ‘Sharing a Shell’ story?

You could make up your own story using the same story characters. Use the ‘Story Boxes Mapping’ worksheet to help you plan and develop ideas for your story. You can use words and pictures to help you remember the important parts.

Sharing a Shell Puppets - Worksheet

Story Mapping Boxes - worksheet

 Can you think of someone in your family who would love to see your puppet show? Maybe you could use Facetime/Skype/Zoom and perform it for them?

Have you ever wondered what the author Julia Donaldson looks like? She has used puppets from the Sharing a Shell story to make up a song. The man playing the guitar is her husband Malcolm. Watch her on You Tube and you could use your puppets to join in with her. 


The Sharing a Shell Song