Activity Sheets

ActivitySheets.gif We offer a range of free activity sheets for use in the junior and middle school. The authors themselves have designed and written many of these puzzle pages and have contributed some suggestions for art and crafts activities. We also include some language development sheets from teachers who have used our novels with their pupils.

This section of our website will be added to from month to month, offering fresh resource material on an ongoing basis. Look here for good ideas and useful worksheets, organised on an age-related basis.

Included here are comprehensive teaching ideas for books for all reading ages, all available to download. They were originally produced as part of the O'Brien Reading Programme.

To view and print these resources, you will need a PDF file reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe.


Please select the age level that you are interested in to get a list of available activity sheets and teaching ideas.

black_flag.pngBlack Flag: Picture books and storytelling to read aloud

bridges.pngBridges: Multi-cultural books for a diverse world

purple_flag.pngPurple Flag; For readers aged 5+ (includes Pandas)

yellow_flag.pngYellow Flag: For readers aged 6+ (includes Flyers)

red_flag.pngRed Flag: For readers aged 8+

blue_flag.pngBlue Flag: For readers aged 10+

Flag-Obrien-BlackGeneral Books: Books not written specifically for children, but with real value in the classroom

  • The Dreaming Tree

    The Dreaming Tree

    Written by Eithne Massey, Illustrated by Marie Thorhauge

    Back home in Brazil, Roberto loved playing football. Now he lives in Ireland, and he’d really like to have a game with the boys in the park, but he’s too shy.

    pdf-logoDownload A very quick introduction to Brazil: history, economy, nature

    pdf-logoDownload All about chocolate in Brazil.

    pdf-logoDownload Recipe for Chocolate Fridge Cake

  • I Won't Go To China

    I Won't Go To China

    Written by Enda Wyley, Illustrated by Marie Thorhauge

    Chang-ming has been picked for the school team but his family will be in China, visiting his grandma when the big match is being played.

    pdf-logoDownload Real Chinese food: an simple introduction to chinese food, with recipes!

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