Harry the Poisonous Centipede: Write A Story

This is the second learning activity for the story, "Harry the Poisonous Centipede", written by " Lynne Reid Banks" and illustrated by " Tony Ross".

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You can find out more about our experience of reading Harry the Poisonous Centipede here.

Activity Two: Write a Centipede Story

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Once the boys were happy with their artwork created in Activity No. 1, we wrote stories about the centipedes. Writing stories is something that even young children can participate. The key is to encourage them with open ended questions such as:

  • What did the centipede do?
  • Where did the centipede go?
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  • What would happen if - ?
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  • What happened next?

Questions starting with what, where, how, why and who can be helpful story starters.

For young children who are not at the stage of writing independently, an adult can act as the scribe and recording the child's words for them. When an adult takes on the role of a scribe, children:

  • see that written words have meaning
  • observe words are written from left to write
  • begin to notice how letters and words are formed and
  • experience that writing is a normal part of life.

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It's never too early to start this writing process with young children (i.e., acting as a child's scribe). Even writing one or two word phrases on their early drawings or paintings as the child talks about their work, demonstrates that writing is important.

Children are also introduced to reading skills as they "read" back the words they have said and which have been written on their work. What a great start to literacy!

Other Story Extension Activities for Harry the Poisonous Centipede

There are four other story extension activities based on Harry the Poisonous Centipede:

Making A Centipede Activity One: Draw or paint a centipede while referring to a photograph of a real centipede. This fun activity draws on children's creative abilities while looking at the real aspects and characteristics of a centipede.

Making A CentipedeActivity Three: What Do You Remember About Harry? Draw Harry the Poisonous Centipede and then write down things you know about Harry around the drawing. Memory recall is one of the skills this activity strengthens. You may be amazed by how much your child actually remembers!

Centipede NumbersActivity Four: Harry the Poisonous Centipede Maths Activity - focuses on writing numbers. There is a free downloadable printable available for this story extension activity.

Making A CentipedeActivity Five: Make Harry the Poisonous Centipede. This activity also focuses on maths as children use clips or pegs to count and attached 42 feet! A free downloadable printable is available for this story extension activity.

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