Story: Why do rabbits have long ears?
Language: listening, names of animals and introductions: My name is..what's your name? etc.
Preparation: Before you start the children could make masks of the different animals do that they can join in more with the story. If needed you can contact me and I can email templates for the masks.
1. Divide the class into four groups and get each group to sit together (one group for each character).
2. Ask the pupils what a rabbit looks like. Prior to starting the story , tell the pupils that rabbits haven't always had long ears and that you're going to tell them how rabbits got the ears they have now.
3. Tell the story. (With young learners one needs to use lots of mimes and gestures to give some visual reinforcement of words)
4. When the King names the animals point to each group and tell them that in the story they will be this animal.
5. After reading through the story once, read through it again but asking the children to make the animal noises or movements of their given animal. (e.g hop like a rabbit, jump like a frog)
6. There are many activities included in the pack for different ages of pupils. For younger learners there are colouring and letter tracing pages. There are also matching activities which are shown in the sample and writing frames for older learners. There is also all the materials for a dice rolling game. The dice template is avaliable in colour and black and white. The pupils form small groups and roll the dice they've made. They then fill in the chart (crossing/ticking/colouring in) a box for every time they roll each animal and correctly say it's name. The first child to roll five of the same animal wins. If this happens too quickly the first child to roll all of the animals wins. You can of course make variations of this game.