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SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott

Teacher Resources, Week 1

This pdf contains:

- Text Questions: In this section, you will find questions about the chapter. These can be used

orally in guided or shared reading discussions, as an independent comprehension exercise, or

as part of a written homework or reading club activity.

- Making the Choice and Voting: Before choosing how to vote, students could discuss, as a

group or a class, the wider context of the story and the consequences for the characters of each voting option at the end of the chapter. Students should be encouraged to use a variety of resources in their research, including books and the Internet.

- Writing Activities: Fiction Express for Schools provides a brilliant springboard into writing and some ideas and inspiration are provided in this section.

- Templates: This section provides printable templates for one, or some, of the exercises suggested in the ‘Writing Activities’ and/or ‘Art Activities’ sections.

- Other Extension Activities: This section provides ideas for cross-curricular extension activities related to the chapter.

- Key Words and Phrases: This section provides a selection of key words and phrases from the chapter for use in a classroom literacy display or ‘working wall’.

- Worksheets: This section provides printable worksheets for student use. Answers are also provided where appropriate.

- Picture Resources: This section provides images to inspire student discussion. These images can be displayed on a whiteboard or printed.

- Resources: Here you will find a list of relevant websites and books that students might find useful.

Teachers – we’d love to see examples of your pupils’ work so please email them to us at info@fictionexpress.co.uk and we might feature them on our blog!

SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott Text Questions Chapter 1: Teatime Terror!

1. Who is telling/narrating this story? How does he speak to the reader at the beginning of the chapter?

2. How would you describe this story?

3. Which parts of the chapter did you think were funny? Describe them.

4. What colour is Snaffles? Go back to the text to find the evidence to answer this question.

Teacher note: His ginger paw closing around a large peppershaker.

5. Who are the two main characters in the story? Describe them. In what ways are they different? Are there any ways in which they are similar?

6. Did you start to think about food when you read the first few sentences of chapter 1? Did this have any effect on you? Did you begin to feel hungry?

7. What is Snaffles famous for? How do we know he is really good at stealing things?

Go back to the chapter to find out.

8. What is the Mona Lisa? Find out.

9. Describe what the Queen’s diamond-encrusted toilet might look like. Explain the meaning of the word ‘encrusted’.

10. Snaffles, raided the gold reserves of Fort Knox in America. Have you heard the name ‘Fort Knox’ before? Can you think of any sayings that include these two words?

11. What will your teacher tell you about crime? If you cannot remember, go back to the chapter to find out.

Teachers – we’d love to see examples of your pupils’ work so please email them to us at info@fictionexpress.co.uk and we might feature them on our blog!

SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott

12. Why is Bonehead possibly the world’s worst cook?

13. What is wrong with Bonehead’s brain? Go back to the text to find out.

14. The author describes Bonehead as Snaffles’ trusty sidekick. What does this tell us about Snaffles?

15. Why is Snaffles relieved not to be eating custard?

16. Which food smells make your mouth water?

17. Bonehead announces in his grandest manner, “Tea is served, innit”. Why is the word ‘innit’ funny here?

18. What was surprising about the jaws of the trout?

19. How does Bonehead try to rescue Snaffles from the trout? Does it work?

20. How does Snaffles free his head from the trout’s jaws?

21. Eventually he found what he was looking for, his ginger paw closing around a large peppershaker that he had ‘borrowed’ from the Ritz restaurant a few years before.

Why is the word ‘borrowed’ put into inverted commas in this sentence?

22. Find the simile that describes the way the fish comes off Snaffles’ head. How does the simile help the reader to picture this scene?

Teacher note: like a cork from a bottle.

23. The author writes that the trout floundered around for a second. Why might this sentence have a double meaning?

Teacher note: pupils will have to find out what a flounder is to answer this question.

24. The fish fixed his eyes on the recently chewed cat burglar. What does the term cat burglar mean? Why does it have a double meaning in this story?

Teachers – we’d love to see examples of your pupils’ work so please email them to us at info@fictionexpress.co.uk and we might feature them on our blog!





SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott

25. What sound does the television screen make as it comes down from the ceiling?

Do you think it is important for the author to use words that describe sounds?

Why? What other sound words can you find in chapter 1?

26. What does Snaffles see on the television screen?

27. Who is Admiral Theodore Grandchops? Go back to the text to find out. Do you know what the word ‘shenanigans’ means? Find out.

28. What do you think is the most noticeable thing about the admiral’s appearance?

What does the word ‘humongous’ mean?

29. Do Snaffles and the Admiral like each other? Can you think of any reasons for this?

30. Why does Bonehead inspect the inside of his woolly hat? Did you find this funny?

Why?

31. Why does Snaffles head towards the London Aquarium? Do you think it was a good idea to travel by boat? Give reasons for your answer.

Teachers – we’d love to see examples of your pupils’ work so please email them to us at info@fictionexpress.co.uk and we might feature them on our blog!

SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott Making the Choice and Voting What is in the water with Snaffles and Bonehead?

Option 1: A mind-controlled octopus Why might a mind-controlled octopus be difficult for Snaffles and Bonehead to deal with? Have you ever seen an octopus? What did it look like? Can you think of any ways the pair might be able to overcome an octopus?

Option 2: A mind-controlled shark What do you think the shark is going to want to do if it finds itself in the water with Snaffles and Bonehead? Do you think Snaffles and Bonehead would survive a battle with a shark? Can you imagine what the author might write in next week’s chapter to save Snaffles and Bonehead from such a fate?

Option 3: A mind-controlled electric eel Do you know what an electric eel looks like? Do you know what it can do? You might want to find out before deciding whether to choose this option for next week’s chapter!

Unless, of course, you think this will make for a good read next week. What is the saying that describes how difficult eels are to catch? How well do you think Snaffles and Bonehead will be able to grapple with an eel?

Which do you think is the most dangerous option for Snaffles and Bonehead? Which is the safest option?

Who or what might be controlling these sea creatures?

Teachers – we’d love to see examples of your pupils’ work so please email them to us at info@fictionexpress.co.uk and we might feature them on our blog!

SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott Writing Activities Write a character profile for Snaffles and Bonehead. Describe their appearance, their personalities and their strengths and weaknesses. Illustrate each of your profiles with a mugshot of the character.

Template provided Using the Internet, find out about Fort Knox, the Ritz and the Mona Lisa, and then write an interesting fact sentence about each of them. Are there any other famous works of art or places that you think Snaffles might also have broken into or stolen? You could research these as well and make a mini fact file.

Did you notice the author’s use of alliteration in this chapter, for example – ‘A fisherman fighting off a trio of troublesome tuna…’? With a partner or friend, make up some

amusing fish alliterations of your own. Here are a couple of examples to get you started:

The saucy sardine sang to his sweetheart.

The chubby cod chucked the catfish a chunk of cheese.

See how many fun alliteration sentences about fish you can come up with. Choose your best one and write it inside a picture of that fish.

Do you think your teacher could be a criminal mastermind? What makes you think this?

Write an amusing account of your teacher’s secret occupation and how you’ve come to discover all about it.

Describe your favourite teatime foods. Use lots of descriptive words, including smell and taste words, to make your reader feel hungry.

Using the Internet, find out about electric eels. Then write three or four fact sentences about this amazing sea creature.

Teachers – we’d love to see examples of your pupils’ work so please email them to us at info@fictionexpress.co.uk and we might feature them on our blog!

SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott Create a ‘True or False’ quiz based on chapter 1 that you could give to a friend or classmate. Make sure you know the answers yourself before you hand your quiz to someone else.

Write a summary of chapter 1 in less than 150 words.

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Template: Character Profile Character’s name: ________________________________________

Character’s appearance: ________________________________

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Character’s personality ___________________________________

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Character’s strengths and weaknesses ___________________________________________________________________

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Other Extension Activities Art Activities Illustrate your favourite scene in chapter 1 of Snaffles and the Moonfish Mystery. Make sure you write an extended caption to go with your picture to explain what is happening.

Draw a picture of Admiral Theodore Grandchops. Make sure you make his moustache bushy and large. Write a caption to go with your picture.

Make a 3D model or sketch of Snaffles’ top-secret lair. Use your imagination to include a tunnel or exit for the top-secret speedboat into the River Thames.

Drama Activities Imagine that Bonehead appears on a television cookery show. Act out the preparation and cooking of the trout supper described in chapter 1. Use your imagination to think of the interesting ingredients Bonehead might use. You could even turn this into a written script and/or a set of instructions.

In a group, act out TV news reports about fish attacking innocent people, flicking between the different channels. One person is in control of the TV remote and shouts out the channel numbers. Channel 1 could be the news programme, 2 could be the fisherman fighting off the trio of tuna, 3 the fish and chip shop customers getting battered by a crabby cod and 4 the TV chef being poked in the eye by a fish finger. You could add in extra news reports of your own, too. You might like to act out the final scene of the chapter where Snaffles and Bonehead are being attacked by whichever creature you choose.

Teachers – we’d love to see examples of your pupils’ work so please email them to us at info@fictionexpress.co.uk and we might feature them on our blog!

SNAFFLES And the Moonfish Mystery by Cavan Scott Key Words and Phrases Here is a list of challenging or potentially unfamiliar vocabulary used in chapter 1 of Snaffles and the Moonfish: officially, implement, menacingly, begrudgingly, peril, famished, floundered, priceless, fate, sinister.

You may wish to explore this vocabulary with your pupils, to aid their understanding of the chapter and enhance, or ‘up level’, the quality of their own writing.

You might like to use the boxed versions of the words below on your ‘Working Wall’ or literacy display!

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Worksheet: Verb tenses The following verbs were all used in chapter 1: polished, crashed, grilled, raided, explained, snatched, managed, ordered, mashed, cooked.

Notice the ‘ed’ at the end of each word. This ‘ed’ changes the verb from the present tense into the past tense, for example – polish/polished. Look at the sentences below and put the right word in the correct tense into the underlined spaces.

1. Today, I must remember to _______________ the dinner before 7 o’clock.



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