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Teacher Ideas

This page features all the lesson plans and classroom ideas I've collected. They're organized by topic, with general education and Dahl resources first, books next, and shortstories last. If you'd like to contribute, please contact me. Thanks!


Topics

General
 
Books
Boy - Tales of Childhood
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Danny, the Champion of the World
Esio Trot
Fantastic Mr. Fox
George's Marvelous Medicine
Going Solo
James and the Giant Peach
Matilda
My Year
The BFG
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
The Twits
The Witches
Short Stories
"Dip in the Pool"
"Galloping Foxley"
"Lamb to the Slaughter"
"Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat"
"My Lady Love, My Dove"
"Parson's Pleasure"
"Pig"
"Poison"
"Taste"
"The Boy Who Talked with Animals"
"The Butler"
"The Hitchhiker"
"The Landlady"
"The Way Up to Heaven"
"The Wish"
 

General

  • 3rd Grade Says "Hello!"
    • Teach students how to use the Internet for research, and then send e–mail for comments/questions
    • E–mail received from Vicki Hogrefe, a 3rd grade teacher at Sylvania Schools in Ohio.
  • Can Teach
    • Non-commercial site created to assist teachers in finding and using resources online
  • Dahl Day
    • Lots of activity ideas for your classroom!
    • E-mail received from student & parent
  • Grade 2/3 Class Author Study
    • Designed to get students interested in reading and have a good time learning about an author
    • E–mail received from Miss Neal and Miss Mathers and their 2/3 students
  • Houghton Mifflin Education Place
    • Great site with free information for teachers, parents, and students
  • Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake Activities
    • A set of activities comparing the lives of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
  • Roald Dahl: His Life and Work
    • Includes a brief biography of Dahl as well as questions and a timeline to fill in
    • Provided by Frankie Meehan, an ESL Teacher at United World College of SE Asia, Singapore
  • TeacherVision.com
    • An on-line community of teachers that provides resources and lesson plans specifically designed for teachers, by teachers
  • The BFD – Bowen Festival of Dahl
    • Holiday literary festival with many different activities for different age levels (6–16)
    • Provided by Australian librarian Yasmin Greenhalgh

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Boy - Tales of Childhood

  • Vague Pronouns
    • Students read and analyze a mentor text (an excerpt from Boy - Tales of Childhood), write their own narrative vignette, and analyze their use of pronouns in their vignette.
    • From: Dan Johnson at Scribd
  • Book Review & Activity
    • Fun activity to help improve studentsí ability to write with descriptive details that allow the reader to visualize in their head.
    • Created by Deanna LayPort for WritingFix
  • "Goat's Tobacco" Activities
    • Includes a number of story analysis exercises pertaining to the "Goat's Tobacco" incident
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany
  • Unit Lesson Plan
    • Includes unit of instruction for 20 lessons, 5 lesson plans, condensed first lesson, autobiographical scaffold, and comparative question
    • Designed for a "year 8, mixed gender, mixed ability group"
    • Provided by Andrew Ferguson, a final year teaching student at the University of NSW, Sydney, Australia

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Danny, the Champion of the World

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Esio Trot

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Classroom Ideas
    • Mostly language and reading type activities
    • Provided by Karen from Canada
  • Unit Plan
  • Comprehensive Unit Plan
    • Includes various social studies, math, writing, and creative activities
    • Designed for third–grade (gifted) students, but could be modified for any class
    • Provided by Heather Brolick, a student–teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Online Games
    • Online matching, concentration, and flash card games with concepts from the book
    • From: Quia, written by Cindy Pauldine
  • Reading Quiz
    • Online reading quiz with questions from the book
    • Created by KC Chan

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George's Marvelous Medicine

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Going Solo

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James and the Giant Peach

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Matilda

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My Year

  • Classroom Activities
    • Several activities for various sections of the book
    • Provided by Frankie Meehan, an ESL Teacher at United World College of SE Asia, Singapore

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The BFG

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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The Twits

  • More Student Story Examples
    • Builds on ideas provided in Madonna Roderick's lesson plan
    • Provided by Patricia Vargas, an English teacher in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Show, Don't Tell
    • A writing activity where that asks writers to make use of both showing and telling as they create a well-organized paragraph of description.
    • Created by: Kay Henjum and Liesel O'Hagan for WritingFix
  • English Lesson Plan
    • Designed to teach creativity, writing, proofreading, literary analysis, teamwork, and more... Includes the best student work as an example (thanks Jordan and Kate!)
    • Provided by Mrs. Madonna Roderick, a 4th grade teacher at Caningeraba State Primary School, Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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The Witches

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a few activities she came up with for her class
    • Provided by Alisha Dorow
  • Reading Quiz
    • Online reading quiz with questions from the book
    • Created by KC Chan
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
    • Using information from the book, students embark on an effort to save children like themselves from the witches and the effects of Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-Maker. Using population statistics as well as information from the text, students write a pe
    • Grades 5-8
    • Created by: Torrey Palmer for WritingFix

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"Dip in the Pool"

  • Additional Classroom Question
    • Suggested question to tack on the end of Jocelyn Allen's Classroom Activities
    • Provided by Susan Penner, an ESL teacher in Canada
  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"Galloping Foxley"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"Lamb to the Slaughter"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a reading jigsaw, ranking features of the perfect murder, and vocabulary matching task
    • Provided by Frankie Meehan, an ESL Teacher at United World College of SE Asia, Singapore
  • Convince that Jury
    • A R.A.F.T. Writing Prompt involving identification of important quotes from the story and then writing a persuasive essay in the form of a closing argument from a defense attorney
    • Created by Dena Harrison of the Northern Nevada Writing Project

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"Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"My Lady Love, My Dove"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"Parson's Pleasure"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"Pig"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a range of reading tasks, divided into story sections
    • Provided by Frankie Meehan, an ESL Teacher at United World College of SE Asia, Singapore

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"Poison"

  • Online Games
    • Online matching, concentration, and flash card games with concepts from the book
    • From: Quia, written by Laura Arthrell

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"Taste"

  • Classroom Ideas
    • Includes some ideas for teaching grammar
    • Designed for non-native English speakers
    • Provided by Julia Müller, a teacher of foreign adults and children
  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"The Boy Who Talked with Animals"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a crossword, questions, who said what, vocabulary, summary, and writing a letter
    • Provided by Frankie Meehan, an ESL Teacher at United World College of SE Asia, Singapore

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"The Butler"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"The Hitchhiker"

  • Character Comparison
    • Includes a chart for comparing two characters
    • Provided by Frankie Meehan, an ESL Teacher at United World College of SE Asia, Singapore
  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"The Landlady"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a making your own story exercise (using extracts from Dahl's story) and questions
    • Provided by Frankie Meehan, an ESL Teacher at United World College of SE Asia, Singapore
  • Britlit Kit
    • Excellent study kit that includes materials around Pre-reading, Context, and Word Work. Also includes the text of the story and mp3 files for listening to it.
    • From: TeachingEnglish
  • Exploring Foreshadowing Through Letter Writing
    • A letter writing activity exploring foreshadowing based on the story
    • Designed for seventh grade students
    • Provided by Jessica Atkinson, a seventh grade English teacher in Pennsylvania
  • Online Crossword Puzzle
    • Online puzzle focussing on word definitions, synonyms, and antonyms
    • Written by Lilliam Hurst

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"The Way Up to Heaven"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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"The Wish"

  • Classroom Activities
    • Includes a number of questions and exercises pertaining to the story
    • Designed for non native speakers of English
    • Provided by Jocelyn Allen, an Australian teaching English in Germany

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