Barry and his fishy friends are playing Hide and Seek. Puffy finds a great hiding place in an old wreck, but he gets scared out of his wits when he sees a hairy monster lurking in the shadows. Luckily Barry the fish with fingers comes to the rescue – and discovers that the ‘monster’ is a friendly seahorse who just needs a haircut!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a set of instructions to teach others how to play hide-and-seek.
- Look at the use of punctuation within the story. Can you find any speech marks / commas / exclamation marks?
- Ellipses are used a lot in the story. Can you explain why they have been used? Can you write your own sentence / paragraph that uses one?
- The author has used lots of different words for ‘said’ in the story. Can you find them all?
- Write a story that explains how the ship came to rest on the bottom of the ocean.
- ‘Bravely’ and ‘definitely’ are adverbs that are used in the story.
- Create character profiles for each of Barry’s fishy friends.
- Write a new story about one of Barry’s friends.
- Think of some more words to describe the inside of the shipwreck.
- Plan your own pirate party. What items will you need? How much might they cost?
- Practice counting like Barry and his friends. How far can you count?
- Find out about fish and other creatures that live underwater. Can you create a report about one of these?
- Use a paint program to create an underwater scene.
- Create a picture of a new fishy friend for Barry.
- Design and build your own treasure chest.
- Draw or paint a picture of a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.
- Look at the different shades of orange / purple within the book. Can you mix some of these shades and use them to create your own pictures?
- Draw or paint pictures of fish / seahorses with different haircuts!
- Draw a map that shows the places where the fish tried to hide.
- Create your own treasure hunt and draw a map that shows someone where to find the hidden ‘treasure’.
- Think about how Colin is feeling at different points in the story.