How To Train Your Dragon

Age Range: 8 - 11

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet- It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.


Book Author: Cressida Cowell

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Could you make your own instruction guide teaching people how to train a dragon?
  • Create some character profiles about the various people in the story... What are their personalities like? What are their strengths / weaknesses? How do they change throughout the course of the story?
  • Use the map outlines?(see Resources below)?to design a location for a new part of the story. Write a description of this location using a range of vocabulary and then write the story which is based there.
  • Watch this video in which the author talks about what inspired her to write her books:

  • Listen to the audiobook version of the story, read by David Tennant. Could your class present / their own audio version, using expression to make it interesting for the listener?

Maths

  • Make an imaginary report about dragons... What do they eat? Do they have any predators? What abilities / special features do they have??Where do they live? How are they adapted to living in that location? What is the environmental impact of having dragons living there?

Science

  • Make an imaginary report about dragons... What do they eat? Do they have any predators? What abilities / special features do they have??Where do they live? How are they adapted to living in that location? What is the environmental impact of having dragons living there?

Computing

  • Ask your class to plan, storyboard and film a trailer for the book. You could watch the trailer for the film as inspiration:

Art

  • Look at existing images of dragons (see Draconika for some great examples) and use these as inspiration for designing your own.

Music

  • Ask your class to compose a soundtrack for the book. What instruments could be used? What tempo would the soundtrack be? You could listen to the film soundtrack for inspiration.

Geography

  • Use the map outlines?(see Resources below)?to make some Viking maps, adding a range of geographical features (mountains, lakes, islands, caves, rivers etc).

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