Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile was our most recent Roald Dahl read and even though shorter than the rest, it was no less entertaining and clever!  Maggie loved it!
Here she is, showing off "the Enormous Crocodile" that her Aunt Linda gave her!
The first thing we did after we read The Enormous Crocodile was to learn more about them, and how they are different from alligators, by reading Gator or Croc? by Allan Fowler ...
... Alligators and Crocodiles by Gail Gibbons ...
 ... and Crocodiles by Sophie Lockwood.
I found the best printable resources for this book at http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/Enormous-Crocodile-Lesson-Plans.html.  First, we completed the Comprehension Quiz from that site.
Here is her completed quiz with "a Trunky sticker," the name of the elephant in the book!
After the quiz, we assembled the enormous crocodile writing project featured on the site.  (This was my favorite part!)
 Before we assembled our Enormous Crocodile, we completed the writing prompts, about each of the crocodile's clever tricks.  (I love her picture in this one, of the Enormous Crocodile standing on his tail, pretending to be a palm tree!)
(I loved this picture she drew, too, of the Enormous Crocodile posing as a picnic bench.)
Once she completed the writing, we pieced our crocodile together!  That's one ENORMOUS CROCODILE!!!  (She was very proud.) 
Then, we completed this secret message worksheet from the site.
Here is her work, approved with a "Muggle-Wump the Monkey sticker!"
For some down time later, I found a cute crocodile coloring page at http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/animals/crocodile.gif.
And one of Maggie's favorite activities that we did with this book study was growing this alligator we got from Steve Spangler Science (http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/).
Here he is in his package, ready to come out and grow!
Before we placed him in his water bath (AKA: "pond"), we measured him.  He measured in at 4.25 inches.
 Placing him in his pond ...
 On Day 2, he was up to 6 inches!
And after two more days, he grew to 10 inches, more than double what he started at!
That's one ENORMOUS gator!
Next, we got to work making a "Concertina Croc" as seen at http://education.scholastic.co.uk/resources/53566.  (Here are the instructions from that site.)
A regular-sized croc ...
... and an ENORMOUS-sized croc!
Finally, we set out to make the "Roly-Poly Bird" as seen at http://education.scholastic.co.uk/resources/53567.  (Click on the photo below to see the detailed instructions from that site.)
Here is Maggie, putting her bird together.
 Cute!
 Here he is, in flight in our kitchen!  (Maggie told me he was flying higher to escape the croc's jaws!)
We love that Roald Dahl!
 
See you again soon!

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