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P6 Literacy 8th February

The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster reciprocal reading task

Develop your reciprocal reading skills while learning about the legend of Nessie!

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Starter activity

Let's begin by playing a spelling game!  How quickly can you add the missing double vowels to the falling coconuts? Click here to play the Coconut Vowels game!  


Main activity

Have you heard of the Loch Ness monster?  Lots of people claim to have seen the Loch Ness monster but does it actually exist?  Today's reciprocal reading activity is based around this legend (a story which many people believe to be true but which has not yet been proved).


Before you begin this activity, watch the video below to learn more about the legend of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster.

Nessie The Loch Ness Monster - The Most Famous Tale of Monster Mayhem Ever by Richard Brassey

A children's story called Nessie The Loch Ness Monster - The Most Famous Tale of Monster Mayhem Ever by Richard BrasseySong: Lost Native by Nat Keefe with Th...

For our reciprocal reading activity, we are going to read through a story about one possible sighting of the Loch Ness Monster.  Download the passage below and watch today's video where Mrs Bell reads the story with you and explains what to do next.


Then it's time to begin your written activity.  In P6 we have been looking at the four key skills used in reciprocal reading which are:

  1. Clarifying - making the meaning of the text clearer.  Look for any confusing words or phrases and take steps to figure out their meaning e.g. use a dictionary, look for other clues in the story.
  2. Questioning - writing our own questions about the text.  We try to ask a variety of questions e.g. Why did...?  Who was...?  What happened when...?  Why do you think...?
  3. Summarising - picking out the main ideas and leaving out anything that is not essential.  We can use ACHE to help us - What is this passage about?  Who are the main characters?  What happened?  How did the passage end?
  4. Predicting - what do you think will happen next?  A good prediction will use clues from the story, title, illustrations etc. and make connections to things we already know (background knowledge).


Your "Reciprocal Reading worksheet" has been divided into sections to match these four skills.  If you choose the higher level worksheet, you are going to practise all four skills by:

  1. clarifying the meaning of four words;
  2. writing four questions of your own;
  3. summarising the passage in less than 60 words; and
  4. predictiing what will happen next.

If you choose the lower level worksheet, you are going to practise clarifying and writing your own questions.


When you have finished, please take a photograph of your work and email it to your teacher!

Extension activity

Time for some art!  Download the extension sheet, read through the description of Nessie the Loch Ness monster and then draw your own picture!

And, if you've still got time, there is a short writing challenge too!

Time for some fun!

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