Friday, December 8, 2023
Beegu

Beegu

by Mark Warner
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She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth People don’t seem very welcoming at all. However, so far, she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter…

English:

  • Look at the front cover of the book. Who (or what) is Beegu? What might happen in the story? Make some predictions and write these down before you read the book
  • Write a prequel to the story that explains how Beegu found herself on Earth.
  • Create a character profile for Beegu.
  • Write Beegu’s diary for one of the days that she is on Earth.
  • Write a diary entry for Beegu when she is on her home planet (or travelling in her spaceship).
  • Write your own story about a person, animal or alien who becomes lost.
  • Write a newspaper report about the sighting of a strange alien on a school playground.
  • Write a persuasive letter to the teacher of the school asking her not to remove Beegu from the playground.
  • Write a letter from one of the children on the playground to Beegu.
  • Make a story map that shows the main events in the book.
  • Rewrite the ending of the story. Think of a different way that Beegu could find her parents again.
  • Write a sequel to the book. What might happen to Beegu when she returns to her home planet? What would she say to her friends about her experiences?
  • Record a ‘read aloud’ video. Here is one example:

Maths:

  • Measure and record the heights of children in your class on a chart: How tall is Beegu? How does this compare with the average height of your friends?

Science:

  • Design a new alien and think about how they might be adapted to living in a particular environment.
  • Investigate planets in the solar system and design a new planet for Beegu to live on.

Computing:

  • Design a game in which Beegu has to travel through space to reach her mother.
  • Use publishing software to create a poster to advertise a ‘Beegu’ animated movie.
  • Create your own animated version of the story. Here are some examples:

Design Technology:

  • Build a spaceship or an alien planet from recyclable materials.
  • Make a puppet of Beegu and use it to retell the story.
  • Design a device that will help Beegu communicate with her mother.
  • Make some clothes to keep Beegu warm on a cold night.

Art:

  • Draw or paint your own pictures of Beegu.
  • Design a new alien friend for Beegu.
  • Design a new cover for the book.
  • Create a comic strip that retells the story.
  • Create some pictures that show Beegu showing different emotions. What are her facial expressions and body language like?
  • Design a card that the children could give to Beegu to say goodbye to her.
  • Follow this ‘draw along’ video with Alexis Deacon:

Music:

  • Compose a theme tune for an animated TV series about Beegu.

Geography:

  • Create a map that shows the different places Beegu visits in the story.

Languages:

  • Beegu speaks in an unusual language that is written using shapes and symbols. Can you write a guide to help others understand this language?
  • Create a guide that will help Beegu to understand your language.

PSHE:

  • Use role play to explore how Beegu might be feeling.
  • Look at the illustrations and discuss how Beegu is feeling at different points. How can you tell? Think of synonyms for each emotion.

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