The following teaching resources have been developed to support the use of Tom Tom in educational settings. They may be freely downloaded and used for the implementation of lessons based on the book. However, the copyright of all these resources is held by Rosemary Sullivan, except where otherwise stated, and they may not be used for any other purpose. The copyright of all pictures remains the property of Dee Huxley, except where otherwise stated.
Use of these resources will require access to a quality printer, either colour or black and white. Laminate cards to use for matching games, print worksheets and cut-and-paste tasks
There is a huge amount of work provided here, and it is not envisioned that any class would ever complete all of it. Some of those tasks which there are many of, such as sentence reconstruction, word scrambles and labeling activities, have been provided so that children develop their skills at completing these tasks independently. By working as a whole group and modeling tasks and strategies, teachers enable young and ESL learners to develop sufficient experience to become independent at these tasks.
Rather than be ‘boring worksheets’ they are intended to provide those opportunities for practice which help learners develop formal and independent skills. The following are links to the activities ...
I have provided such a wide range of material in the hope that whatever content is important for your group at this time, there is a fair representation here that will help you in using Tom Tom. Trying to complete all of it would take so long, both you and your students would never want to see the book again. And that is certainly not my intention - I want you to love the book!
There are 15 pages of word scrambles, each focussing on the text on one of the double-page spreads. Read the words as a group as part of unpacking the text on each page, and make sure you explicitly teach strategies for working out what the word is (number of letters, presence of letters) and how to copy it. This sort of activity builds an understanding of words and provides the practice that builds familiarity with the words. For younger learners, enlarge onto A3 paper and complete as a whole class modeled activity.
The pictures can be cut out from their A4 sheet and glued onto an A3 piece and then the labels cut out, glued around the side and linking lines drawn to match words to the picture. Discuss the picture and read the words together before expecting the children to complete this task. You may wish to draw small pictures on the labels to help them with more difficult words, eg. a small flower on water lily.
Print these, preferably in colour but black and white will do. Children could cut and paste to match words to the pictures. You could also print onto thicker card, laminate and use for memory-type matching games. Just use the pictures and have children say the word initially, then introduce the written words as appropriate. Remember Aboriginal students can find plurals difficult and need to be specifically taught how to use them and practice this language regularly.
Sentence Reconstruction one of my favourite activities. When first teaching this, or for children who cannot do these independently, write the sentence on the board or do one yourself, modeling the strategies. This helps children get to know the words and also understand the importance of word order and punctuation. Children can cut out the words and arrange onto their paper, to be checked before they glue them on. They can draw or collage an appropriate scene, or use to illustrate a craft activity.
True or False
With those students unable to read independently, this needs to be done in a small group with an adult, or as a whole class. Read each statement and discuss before selecting True or False.
These have been prepared using passages of text from the book. Read together and explicitly teach strategies before expecting independent completion. A useful extension task for more capable learners.
Match Captions To Pictures
These provide the opportunity for children to read short sentences and match them to a picture from the book. These are cut-and-paste tasks, or can be used for children to write their own captions.