Last term we read The BFG, by request of one of my students. It started out as just a read aloud during silent reading, but it soon took over our reading program for the term. It’s interesting how Roald Dahl still has such an impact on young readers, decades later.
I must admit that I had never read this story until this year and I honestly felt like I’ve missed out over the years! It’s a great story with a great message! I love how the BFG makes us think about our perception of others, especially when we are scared of that we do not understand.
As we read this story we had many discussions and applied many reading skills to it. One we kept up with regularly was making predictions before each chapter based on what has already happened in the story and the chapter title, then we would write a short paragraph of what actually happened after reading the chapter. I found my students improved their skills with predictions, understanding sequencing and writing a summary using sequential vocabulary.
But after the book was finished we worked on some fun class projects since it was the last week of the term when we finished! (And we were fortunate enough to take our students on an excursion/field trip to the cinemas to see the new The BFG live action movie!)
Compare & Contrast the Movie(s) and the Book
This is an easy and obviously project you can do with your students. I started out just comparing the Live Action movie with the book, then we had an extra day and I showed the cartoon movie. Then we made a 3-way comparison with the Venn Diagram, which was a new concept for my students and tapped into their higher order thinking skills.
Tour the Buckingham Palace (Virtual Field Trip)
How to Draw the Buckingham Palace
We were really intrigued with the Buckingham Palace. We decided to see how well we were with following directions and watched “How to Draw Buckingham Palace for Kids.” After they were done they were able to look up images of the Buckingham Palace and could add their own spin with the colouring. Then, to add a nice touch, we added The BFG to our drawings!
Our Class Big Friendly Giants
Finally our last project was a Maths lesson on enlargement. We had mini strips to sketch out our own Big Friendly Giant, then the students were given 4 A3 papers to enlarge the giants to be taller than them. Once they completed this they wrote a small paragraph describing their giant. They REALLY enjoyed finishing up with this project for a few days!