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The Great Kapok Tree Planning Pack (Download)

The Great Kapok Tree Planning Pack (Download)

Downloadable planning pack based on the book 'The Great Kapok Tree'.


The Great Kapok Tree Planning Pack contains a two-week English unit of work for Year 3/4, based on the book 'The Great Kapok Tree'.



> 10 x lesson plans, forming a 2-week literacy unit

> Teacher guide including curriculum coverage

> Pupil resource sheets to go alongside the unit


NB: This planning pack does not include a copy of The Great Kapok Tree book, which must be purchased separately.


This is a two-week unit of English work, based on the book 'The Great Kapok Tree'. The Mayans believed that the Kapok tree was sacred. Although this story does not directly mention the Mayans, it centres around the fate of a Kapok tree in the Amazon rainforest and for this reason many teachers use this popular text alongside their Mayan topic or topics about the rainforest. It can also be used as a standalone English unit.


The ten lessons in this unit use drama, discussion and creative activities to help pupils to engage imaginatively with the text. Pupils will become familiar with the structure of dilemma stories and then write and edit their own dilemma stories based on 'The Great Kapok Tree'. There is also a grammar focus on using direct speech and plenty of activities designed to develop vocabulary.


The English objectives covered in this unit are: 

  • To retrieve information from non-fiction

  • To design a ‘great tree’ setting 

  • To explore the structure of dilemma stories

  • To punctuate direct speech correctly

  • To use a range of speech verbs

  • To use adverbs in dialogue (higher group)

  • To identify persuasive devices

  • To use a dictionary to find definitions

  • To write a persuasive letter

  • To prepare a group performance

  • To plan a dilemma story

  • To write my own dilemma story

  • To edit and evaluate my writing

  • To use a thesaurus


Buyers will receive links to download their digital products in the Thank You page after the checkout process, along with a download link sent to the email address used in the transaction. This resource is a PDF file.

  • File Formats

    1 x PDF file including all lesson plans and pupil resource sheets.

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