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The Explorer - Book Group

The Explorer - Year Four Book Group

 

For the rest of term, in our smaller, morning Zoom groups, we will be running our 'Year Four Book Club' during which we will be exploring the book 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. We will be posting videos of us reading each chapter. You will need to have watched the right clips before 'Book Club' each week. We'll discuss the chapter(s) and then the children can continue listening to a chapter each day (or binge listening, if they prefer) before the next week's session. If you would like to read along, the book is available from Amazon here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1408882191/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_R994EbHDXCEGY 

 

You do not need to buy the book - just watch us read it - but we know that some will want to.

 

Week One - w/c 15th June

 

Before Book Group this week, read and/or listen to Chapter One - Flight.

 

1 - Flight

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I you like you can complete some of these tasks/activities as well as or instead of your English tasks for the week.

Week Two - 22-26 June

 

Please don't watch/listen to/read chapters 2 (The Green Dark) -13 (Smoke) until you have had your first Book Group.

 

Please have read/listened to/watched them by you second Book Group.

 

2 - The Green Dark

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3 - The Den

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Writing ideas...

  • Write a balanced argument about whether the children should stay in the den. Use evidence from the chapter
  • Summarise Con and Max’s thoughts on the den in three words for each character

4 - River

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Writing ideas...

  • Summarise your impressions of Fred’s dad in two words
  • Write a fact file about piranhas or caiman

5 - Food (Almost)

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Writing idea...

Write the segment where Lila goes off and finds the cocoa pods, from her perspective

6 - Fire

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Writing idea...

Summarise the meal time in twenty words or less

7 - The Raft

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Writing idea...

Summarise Con’s actions and emotions in this chapter with a five-word journey

8 - Maiden Voyage

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Writing idea...

Summarise the maiden voyage in thirty words or less

9 - Sardines

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Writing ideas...

Summarise Fred’s feelings when he found the pineapples, in three words

 

10 - Abacaxi

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Writing idea...

Summarise the finding of the sloth in thirty words or less

11 - The Monkeys and the Bees

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Writing ideas...

  • Rewrite the finding of the map, from the perspective of Con
  • Summarise how Fred and Con found the map, in twenty-five words or less

 

12 - Con

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Writing ideas...

Summarise your impressions of Con from this chapter

13 - Smoke

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Writing ideas...

Write a diary entry about the day’s events, from the perspective of Lila

Week Three - 29 June - 3 July

 

Please read/listen to the next 4 chapters: One the River- The Explorer.

 

14 - On the River

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Writing idea...

Summarise each child’s emotions on the journey

15 - At the Top of the Cliff

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Writing idea...

Summarise your thoughts at the end of the chapter

16 - The Ruined City

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Writing idea...

Summarise your feelings about the man

17 The Explorer

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Writing idea...

Rewrite the end of the chapter, from the perspective of the explorer

Rewrite the end of the chapter, but the explorer doesn’t wake up and the children see what is behind the vines

Week Four - 6-10 July

 

Please read/listen to the next 8 chapters: The Trap - Max

18 - The Trap

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Writing idea...

Summarise why the explorer doesn’t want people to know about his village.

19 - Tarantulas

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Writing ideas...

Summarise your thoughts on eating spiders.

Write your own Rainforest recipe/menu based on the food they’ve found so far.

20 - Twice-Fried Oiseau Spectacle

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Writing ideas...

Draw an outline of the Explorer. Summarise your impression of him,

21 - Fishing in The Dark

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Writing ideas...

Write out the messages that the explorer gave Fred.

22 - The Vow

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Writing ideas...

Write this chapter from Lila’s point of view

23 - Explorer School

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Writing ideas...

Write your own explorer school leaflet.

Summarise how the explorer has changed over the course of the book.

24 - Stuck in the Mud

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Writing ideas...

Write about the game of stick in the mud as if it were a real sporting event in a newspaper.

25 - Max

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Writing ideas...

Write this chapter from the point of view of Max

26 - Behind the Vines

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27 - The Green Sky

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28 - Waiting for Dawn

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29 - Flight Home

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30 - Another Kind of Exploring

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