Literacy activities using Textease

Textease is a powerful program combining word processing with speech, desktop publishing and multimedia authoring. All Lancashire schools have at least one copy of the program. Further details, licenses and a demo version of the program can be obtained from www.textease.com

To complete the exercises below children will need to be able to double-click and drag words and text. They will also need to know how to scroll up and down the page using the scroll bar.

Even if these examples are not exactly what you are looking for they may give you some ideas on how to use Textease to create your own resources.

Click on one of the Textease links below to download a file to your own disc (or right-click and Save Target As ..)


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KS1
Name of file (.te)

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ellinkadake19.te (NEW!) Drag the letters to make words - ell, ink, ad, ake endings.
opakeenink21.te (NEW!) Drag the letters to make words - op, ake, en, ink endings.
ateideashill25.te (NEW!) Drag the letters to make words - ate, ide, ash, ill endings.
ort.te Match the scenes from ORT to the relevant text.
floppy.te Match the pictures of Floppy with the relevant text.
enallopold20.te Drag the letters to make words - en, all, op, old endings.
iceallayent22.te  Drag the letters to make words - ice, all, ay, ent endings.
ookackiceash23.te  Drag the letters to make words - ook, ack, ice, ash endings.
iceackentate24.te Drag the letters to make words - ice, ack, ent, ate endings.
y1cvc.te Year 1 Term 1 Making CVC words
unit10y2t1.te Unit 10 - Developing Early Writing Year 2: Using connectives to sequence events.
unit11y2t1.te Unit 11 - Developing Early Writing Year 2: Planting beans. Changing recount to instructions.
unit15y2t3one.te Unit 15 - Developing Early Writing Year 2: Non-chronological report.
y1sentences.te Developing Early Writing Year 1: Developing the concept of a sentence
Initial phonemes 1 Hearing and identifying initial sounds in words (4) - Sacred Heart RC, Colne
Initial phonemes 2 Hearing and identifying initial sounds in words (8) - Sacred Heart RC, Colne
Rhyming pics Matching pictures that rhyme - Sacred Heart RC, Colne
wordsort 1 Matching word to picture (4) - Sacred Heart RC, Colne
wordsort 2 Matching word to picture (8) - Sacred Heart RC, Colne
stormynight.te KS1 Stormy Night cloze poem. Find the rhyming words and move them to the right line.
alphabet.te Lower case letter matching
keywords1.te Word recognition.
Matching exercise using the 45 high frequency words from the NLS Appendix List 1.
keywords2.te
keywords3.te
   
KS2
Name of file (.te)

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story.te** Prefix wheel - un -spin the wheel to create new words
report.te** Prefix wheel re -spin the wheel to create new words
recount.te** Recount - example of a writing frame.
Prefix wheel - un.te** Prefix wheel - un -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - re.te** Prefix wheel re -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - pre.te** Prefix wheel - de -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - non.te** Prefix wheel anti -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - mis.te** Prefix wheel - mis -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - ex.te** Prefix wheel - ex -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - dis.te** Prefix wheel dis -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - de.te** Prefix wheel - de -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - anti.te** Prefix wheel anti -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - al.te** Prefix wheel - al -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - af.te** Prefix wheel af -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - ad.te** Prefix wheel - ad -spin the wheel to create new words
Prefix wheel - a.te** Prefix wheel a -spin the wheel to create new words
explanation.te** Persuasion - example of a writing frame.
Newspaper format.te** Newspaper - example of a writing frame.
Alphabetical order.te** Alphabetical Order - drag the words into the correct order
irregular tenses.te** Irregular tenses - find the correct word to match up the irregular tenses
explanation.te** Explanation - example of a writing frame
newspaper_review.te** Irregular tenses - find the correct word to match up the irregular tenses.
newspaper_review.te Template for analysing a newspaper article. (S. Hughes, St Leonards)
nonchron_rep_paris.te Unjumble these sentences in this non-chronological report about Paris. (S. Hughes, St Leonards)
non_chron_rep_comets.te Unjumble these sentences in this non-chronological report on comets. (S. Hughes, St Leonards)
limericks2.te Unjumble these limericks. (S. Hughes, St Leonards)
softc.te Year 5 Spellings with soft and hard 'c' sound
spelly3t3.te Year 3 Term 3 identify short words within longer words as an aid to spelling
roadways.te Rearrange 'Roadways' by John Masefield. Eg Year 5/6 Classic poetry
matthewstory.te Redrafting. Download a story that needs editing.
prefixes.te
prefixes: un, dis, im, re, pre Y3 term 1

lion and mouse sequencing.te

Read and then sequence the story of the Lion
and the Mouse using drag and drop.

Fables: Y3 term 2, Year 5 term 2.

limericks.te
Three limericks by Edward Lear that need reordering.
Year 3 term 3, Year 4 term 3, Year 6 term 2.
preposition classroom.te

Problem solving activity using prepositions.
Year 5, term 3.

lookcover.te Look, cover, write and check activity for days of the week.
months.te Look, cover, write and check activity for months of the year.
synonyms.te Year 3 term 1.
easterjumbled.te Good Friday: Sequence the events of Jesus' last day.
unit_20.te Grammar for Writing Unit 20: Year 4 Term 1, Subject, Verb and Complement.
unit42cloze.te Grammar for Writing Unit 42: Identifying and classifying prepositions
unit_44.te Grammar for Writing Unit 44: Year 6 Term 1, Prepositional Phrases
bookreview.te A book review template to be filled in online or printed off for use in the classroom.
bookreview2.te A basic book review template.
poppy.te Poppy's Bad Day by Charlotte and Rosie, Seven Stars School, Leyland.
bob.te How Bob tried to fly by Michael and Sam, Seven Stars School, Leyland.
** Kindly supplied by Chris Alton from Lea St Mary's Catholic Primary School
   
Teachers
Name of file (.te)

About the activity/NLS reference

easycircle.te
fullcircle2.te
y5prepositions.te
Year 1 (from the DfES 'ICT in the Literacy Hour' CDRom)
Year 1 (from the DfES 'ICT in the Literacy Hour' CDRom)
Year 5 (from the DfES 'ICT in the Literacy Hour' CDRom)
process.te How to use Texts from the Internet to make your own resources - for teachers of all age groups.
spelling template.te A template to create your own spelling lists for the look, cover, write and check method.
index.te
page_one.te
page_two.te
page_three.te
page_four.te
Creating storyboards /cartoon strips.
Carters Charity School create storyboards and record roleplay using Textease.

(This activity has five pages which all link together. To view the full activity, all five pages must be downloaded . Place all five pages into a new folder on your computer. Then click on the file called "index.te")

 
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