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.

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  • Fiacla Mhamó

    Fiacla Mhamó

    Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Translated by Daire MacPháidín

    Cá bhfuil fiacla Mhamó? Tá siad i mála scoile ag Danny! Agus tá siad ar scoil leis, freisin. Tá Danny i dtrioblóid arís.
    Sos 6

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog saothair 1

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog saothair 2

  • Take the Lead

    Take the Lead

    How to Care for Your Dog – A Fun & Practical Guide
    Written by Elena Browne, Illustrated by Jennifer Farley

    A fun and practical guide to caring for dogs and puppies. From exercise and play to comfort and care this book is an ideal guide for children who already have a dog, would like a dog or love learning about dogs.

    pdf-logoDownload A 'Dog's Best Friend' Licence - to be downloaded and filled in after completing the Take the Lead quiz! Instructions: You can print out your licence, then fold it in half and in half again.

    pdf-logoDownload Take this quiz after reading Take the Lead to earn your 'Dog's Best Friend' Licence!

  • Cáitín sa Chistin

    Cáitín sa Chistin

    Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Stephen Hall, Translated by Daire MacPháidín

    'Ná bain don cáca sin!' arsa Mam le Cáitín. Ach bhí sé go hálainn! Bhlais Cáitín píosa beag den reoán: go dtí nach raibh fágtha ach cáca lom.
    Sos 3

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  • Sinéad ag Damhsa

    Sinéad ag Damhsa

    Written by Anna Donovan, Illustrated by Susan Cooper, Translated by Daire MacPháidín

    Is breá le Sinéad an damhsa. Ach cén saghas damhsa? Damhsa Gaelach? Bailé? Ní hea! Tá Sinéad difriúil -- tá a stíl féin ag an gcailín seo.
    Sos 2

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  • Sailí na Spotaí

    Sailí na Spotaí

    Written by Anne Marie Herron, Illustrated by Stephen Hall, Translated by Daire MacPháidín

    Is breá le Sailí spotaí. Spotaí ar a cuid eadaigh, spotaí ar a breagáin, spotaí ar gach rud! Ni bheidh Sailí tuirseach de na spotaí sin go deo -- nó an mbeidh?
    Sos 5

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  • Bróga Thomáis

    Bróga Thomáis

    Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Margaret Suggs, Translated by Daire MacPháidín

    Is fuath le Thomáis bróga a chaitheamh. Is maith leis a bharraicíní beaga. Is breá leis siúl ar an bhféar agus ar na duilleoga. Ach, cad faoin sneachta?
    Sos 7

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog saothair 1

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  • Deirdre agus an Fear Bréige

    Deirdre agus an Fear Bréige

    Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Maeve Kelly

    Ba mhaith le Deirdre bheith ina bhanríon sa dráma ar scoil. Is iontach an choróin atá aici. Ach tá an choróin imithe ar maidin. Cad a dhéanfaidh Deirdre?
    Sos 1

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    pdf-logoDownload Billeog saothair 2

  • The Great Pig Escape

    The Great Pig Escape

    By Linda Moller

    Runtling the pig and his siblings narrowly escape the terrible fate of being sold at the market. While making their way across country, they learn all sorts of new things about themselves, about humans and about the world outside the farmyard.

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 1: based on pages 9-17.

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 2: based on pages 18-35

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 3: based on pages 36-50

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 4: based on pages 51-63

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 5: based on pages 64-90

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 6: based on pages 91-119

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 7: based on pages 120-143

  • Charlie Harte and his Two-Wheeled Tiger

    Charlie Harte and his Two-Wheeled Tiger

    Written by Frank Murphy, Illustrated by Celine Kiernan

    Charlie assembles a strange-looking bike from old bits and pieces - not exactly cool, but full of character - which changes his life!

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 1: based on pages 7-14

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 2: questions on pages 15-23

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 3: word puzzle based on pages 15-23

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 4: based on pages 24-32

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 5: paint your own bicycle

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 6: based on pages 33-45

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 7: safe cycling, based on pages 40-45

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 8: based on pages 46-49

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 9: based on pages 50-45

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 10: based on pages 55-66

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 11: based on pages 67-75

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 12: based on pages 76-80

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 13: based on pages 81-92

  • Daifní Dineasár

    Daifní Dineasár

    Written by Aine Ní Ghlinn, Illustrated by Michael Connor

    Is breá le Niall agus Conall cleasanna a imirt -- go háirithe ar Mhamaí! Ach céard a tharlaíonn nuair a thugann Daifní Dineasár cuairt orthu?
    Sos 4

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog saothair 1

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  • Moncaí Dána

    Moncaí Dána

    Written by Aine Ní Ghlinn, Illustrated by Aileen Caffrey

    Is moncaí dána é Colm. Féach cad a tharlaíonn do Cholm agus dá chairde!
    Sos 8

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog saothair 1

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  • Adam's Starling

    Adam's Starling

    Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds

    Winner of the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award. Adam's Starling tells the story of nine-year-old Adam who is finding life very diffficult. At home no-one has any time for him and at school bullies pick on him.

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 1: looking after birds

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 2: identifying birds

    pdf-logoDownload Activity sheet 3: feelings and emotions

  • An tUan Beag Dubh

    An tUan Beag Dubh

    Written by and Illustrated by Elizabeth Shaw, Translated by Daire MacPháidín

    Bíonn an t-uan beag dubh i dtrioblóid i gcónaí, go speisialta le Póló, an madra caorach.
    Sos 10

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog Saothair 1: Cad atá ar Phóló?

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog Saothair 2: Cad atá ar an uan beag dubh?

    pdf-logoDownload Billeog Saothair 3: Cad atá ar an aoire?


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