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

  • Wild Dublin

    Wild Dublin

    Exploring Nature in the City
    Written by Eanna Ní Lamhna, Photographs by Anthony Woods, Illustrated by David Daly

    This lavish, entertaining and uniquely visual nature book is exciting to read, up to date and comprehensive in its information.

    A truly stunning book, full of fascinating facts and beautiful photos, showing a city we thought we knew in a new light.

    pdf-logoDownload Activity 1: We All Live Here ... Interpreting maps of your local area

    pdf-logoDownload Activity 2: Bird's Eye View: what features in your area would a bird be interested in?

    pdf-logoDownload Activity 3: What is a bird's favourite colour?

    pdf-logoDownload Tree Champions

    pdf-logoDownload This is MY tree!

    pdf-logoDownload Activity 5: Don't rub me up the 'wrong' way, OK! Making bark rubbings

    pdf-logoDownload Activity 6: Identifying trees

    pdf-logoDownload Activity 7: Tree poems

    pdf-logoDownload How big is a tree?

    pdf-logoDownload How old is a tree?

    pdf-logoDownload Tree timelines

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