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Wonderful words, creative stories: pets

TLF ID L8740

Add descriptive words to two simple sentences about a cat and a fish to make the sentences more interesting. Substitute different descriptive words in each sentence. Notice how your choice of words affects the animations for the sentences. Use your two lively sentences as the start and ending of an imaginative story. Check your word choices to see if the story could flow better. Then complete the following extension activities: describe a pet-related image; use a new set of words to create another vivid sentence; extend your story about pets.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students create descriptive texts using appropriate language and grammatical features to enhance vividness.
Educational value
  • Demonstrates how visual language enriches meaning and enhances reader engagement.
  • Provides lists of adjectives and adverbs for students to use to enhance two simple sentences.
  • Allows students to substitute adjectives and adverbs in sentences and see the impact of the changes.
  • Provides immediate visual feedback on students' word choices.
  • Provides hint pop-ups to assist students when creating new text.
  • Includes an option for students to print their imaginative story.
  • Includes three optional extension activities on powerful words, each with a free text-entry field and a print feature.
Year level

3; 4; 5

Learning area
  • english
  • English/Language
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling;
    • Communication activity

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2016-10-18
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Educational validator
    • Organisation: Dr Eileen Honan; University of Queensland
    • Address: St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia
    • URL:
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Jenni Connor
    • Address: New Town TAS 7008 Australia
    • Script writer
    • Name: Emily Chen
    • Address: Camberwell VIC 3124 Australia
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2016-10-18
    • Name:
    • Organisation:
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 11.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7.0 (MacOS) - maximum version: 7.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: 7 - maximum version: 10
    • macos - minimum version: v7.1 - maximum version: OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. This material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) licence