Divide the children into three or four teams and give each group a marker pen and some sheets of paper.

Let the children in each team choose a “Writer” to hold the pen and write the required words, another child as the “Displayer” to hold the sign up for the Games Leader to see, and the rest of the children to be the “Thinkers”.

Tell the players that you are going to say some sentences, each of which will contain a conjunction.

The Thinkers must think of the conjunction being used and tell the Writer to write it down. The Displayer must then grab the sign and show it clearly to the Games Leader.

The first team with the correct sign displayed scores a point. Keep score to select a winning team.

Examples of sentences could include:

  • Mark ate a sausage and Jenny ate an apple.
  • I should come but it is raining.
  • If you go to the pool, I will be there.
  • Although it was dark, we couldn’t sleep.
  • Do your work until I tell you to stop.
  • Peter jumps higher than Sam does.
  • When you arrive, we will go out.
  • Kate was sick so she went to bed.
  • Unless you have a watch, you will be late.
  • Wendy painted a picture because she likes painting.


Story: The Hyperspace Taxi

Description: The Sound of Heavy Rain on the Roof as I Lie in Bed at Night


General Knowledge Quiz #4

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia or atlas.


  1. What is the only liquid metal?
  2. Put the following electromagnetic waves in order from low energy to high energy: gamma rays, microwaves, red light, blue light, X-rays, infra-red rays, radio waves, ultra-violet waves.


  1. What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?
  2. What is the difference between a homonym, a homophone and a homograph?


  1. Which great artist cut his own ear off?
  2. What is “Impressionist” painting like?

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  1. Mercury
  2. Radio waves, microwaves, infra-red waves, red light, blue light, ultra-violet waves, X-rays, gamma rays
  1. Similes describe something as “like” something else, but metaphors say they “are” something else.
  2. Homonyms have the same spelling and same sound; Homophones have the same sound but different spelling; Homographs have the same spelling but a different sound. e.g.) I rose in the morning and picked a rose from the garden. (Homonym); The building site was a messy sight to see. (Homophone); I will bow to the man with the bow tie. (Homograph)
  1. Vincent van Gogh
  2. It does not look realistic, as in a photograph, but gives a general impression of a scene, often using dots and dabs rather than clear, crisp outlines.