This package includes 45 pages of interactive, creative, high-interest literacy activities and writing prompts created for deeper understanding and most importantly…to foster a love of reading!
WHAT THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES:
But first a word… My first and foremost objective as an educator, when reading a class read-aloud, or sharing novels for group study, is to encourage a love of reading. I aim to make the pages of the stories come alive, and to provoke thoughtful and meaningful discussion. For this reason, you will not find chapter by chapter questions and answers that can at times make reading seem like a chore. I do however include activities that ask students to make connections, think deeper, compare and contrast, imagine, collaborate… and start discussions. There are many activities that have a focus on creative writing to inspire even the most reluctant writers. I hope you enjoy!
1. Inferencing/ Making Connections with Pictures: Before reading, students are asked to work in partners, or small groups to discuss what each of the pictures may represent. Are they familiar with the images? Can they make any connections? Any inferences? Predictions? You may want to return to this page at the end of the novel to revisit these images. Were their predictions correct?
2. Reading is Thinking Graphic Organizer: Use this organizer wherever you might find it useful. I use it several times throughout a reading as a way to stop and reflect on what we are reading. Categories include: “I predict”, “I like/ dislike”, “I wonder”, and “This reminds me of… because”.
3. Sophie- In and Out Character Sketch: Throughout the novel, students write down characteristics that describe Sophie’s personality inside the figure, and words that describe her physical appearance on the outside of the figure.
4. BFG- In and Out Character Sketch: Throughout the novel, students write down characteristics that describe The BFG’s personality inside the figure, and words that describe his physical appearance on the outside of the figure.
5. Genre Study- Fantasy: Before reading the novel, this “minds-on” activity will set the stage for an understanding of fantasy, the genre of the novel. Students discuss what they already know about fantasy. Give your students a chance to walk around the classroom interviewing their peers about fantasy and keeping a tally.
6. “The Witching Hour” Visualizing/ Descriptive Writing Activity: In this chapter, Sophie is staring out the window of her orphanage and seeing the streets below. The description of what she sees is very detailed and full of rich vocabulary. Students are asked to draw what they see outside their window (either at home or school) and write a description full of interesting adjectives and imagery. Have students share their writing.
7. “Who?” Visualize and Draw Activity: This is another chapter full of descriptive language. Students are asked to listen to pages 13 and 14, and draw what they visualize. Have students share their different drawings and interpretations.
8. Stretching Sentences Activity: Highlight some interesting sentences read in the novel so far. This activity gives students some boring sentences. Students need to make these much more interesting by adding details and adjectives. Have students share and compare. Who has made the most exciting sentence?
9. Giant Descriptive Writing Activity: Inspired by the descriptions of the giants thus far, students are asked to imagine and draw their own giant. They then write sentences to thoroughly describe their giants. They must be extremely descriptive because their partner will have to draw the exact giant based on their description without looking at the drawing. Follow up reflection questions included.
10. Mmmmmmm Scrumdiddlyumptious!!: Students complete the chart of their favorite scrummdiddlyumptious foods and their least favorite uckyslush foods.
11. Giants Trading Cards: Throughout the novel, students can create trading cards of the giants. Students draw, write a description, and include cool facts about each giant.
12. Dream Jars: Students write their most exciting and vivid dream inside the jar. Have students cut out their dream jars and put them on display in the classroom. Or have students decorate and fill real jars and write descriptions to go with them.
13. Greatest Gift Appreciations Activity: Sophie gives the BFG a compliment and he says it is the best present he has ever received. With the class discuss the positive power of giving appreciations. Have students cut out the gift outline and write their name inside. Sit with the class in a circle and pass the gifts around. Students write an appreciation for each of their classmates. At the end each student will be returned their gift full of appreciations.
14. The Plan: In the chapter, the “Bloodbottler”, Sophie expresses that she needs a plan to stop the giants from eating all the little children. Use this page to have students brainstorm their own plans to bring down the giants.
15. KWL Chart- Giants: Students use this graphic organizer to write down what they already know about the giants so far (K), what they want to know (W) and in the end what they learned about the giants (L).
16. Drama Activity- Do You Speak BFG!?: There are 6 different sets of ridiculous BFG words. Each group is given a different set and must incorporate the words into a silly skit. They don’t need to know the meaning of the words. It is better if they don’t! You could also choose to do this activity before starting the novel as a fun way to get the kids excited about the book.
17. Frobscottle Product Advertisement: Students design an advertisement for Frobscottle (the BFG’s favorite soda). Discuss what to include in an advertisement, who the target audience might be, and how to use exciting language to sell the product. Students are encouraged to come up with a slogan or jingle as well!
18. Am I Right or Am I Left?: True or false questions based on the chapter, “Journey to Dream Country”. In “BFG language” right means right and left means wrong!
19. “Human beans is crazy for sleeping”- Math Activity: Based on the chapter, “A Trogglehumper for the Fleshlumpeater” students work to calculate how much sleep they get in a week, month, and a lifetime.
20. Explore Your Senses- Visualizing Activity: This is a complimentary activity to the chapter, “Dreams”. Play different kinds of music and have students complete the graphic organizer by writing what they hear, see, feel, taste. I tend to use music without words (Eg. Rocky theme song, Titanic, Flight of the Bumblebees, or classical music).
21. Dream Writing Prompts: In this chapter, “Dreams”, we find out that the BFG has labelled all his dreams but didn’t have time to give them all descriptions. Here are a list of the dreams from the book. Have students use these as writing prompts to write what the dreams are about using their own imaginations.
22. Mixing the Dreams Writing Prompts- Students are encouraged to write a creative story by mixing together different story elements. They roll a dice to determine what information they need to include.
23. The Palace- Reflection Question: In the chapter, “The Palace”, the BFG kisses Sophie on the cheek and she says it makes her want to cry. Students are asked why she might feel this way and to give an example.
24. EXTRA EXTRA Read All About It: In the chapter, “The Queen”, the news gets out that children around the world are being snatched from their bedrooms. Students work to complete the news articles with information from the text but also using their own creativity. There is a blank space for an article of their own.
25. The Wonderful Mr. Tibbs- Vocabulary Activity: In the chapter, “The Royal Breakfast”, the Queen’s butler, Mr. Tibbs is described using many positive attributes. The vocabulary is quite challenging. Students are asked to pick one of the words and complete the graphic organizer on the next page.
26. The Royal Breakfast- Visualize and Draw: This is a very interesting chapter where we learn about how the servants at the Royal Palace prepare breakfast for the BFG. They have to be very creative by building furniture that will accommodate his size. Students listen to the chapter and draw a picture of what they visualize this scene to look like.
27. Thank you!: In the chapter, “Author” leaders from around the world are writing to the BFG and Sophie to thank them for putting an end to the giants. Have students choose a country, find their leader, and write a thank you note to the BFG and Sophie.
28. Final Thoughts- Spill It! Activity: Now that the book is completed, students are given a page with 9 boxes and 9 questions. They must walk around the class finding different students to answer each question and give their thoughts. Students sign their initials once they have answered the question.
29. My You’ve Changed: Students work to complete the graphic organizer that asks them to consider how Sophie and the BFG have changed from the beginning of the story to the end.
30. Book vs. Movie Activity: The BFG has been adapted into a film. If you have the chance to watch this movie with your class, use the Venn Diagram to contrast and compare the book to the movie.
31. Two Sides to Every Story: A possible summative activity for students is to consider the story from the giants point of view. Have students write a story or make a comic from their point of view.
32. Summative Activity Ideas: I have included a list of possible summative activities students could complete after reading this novel.
I hope that you enjoy The BFG. This is a novel that the kids really have a fun time with. Be silly, get writing, and be creative. Thanks.