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Mammoth Pie

Mammoth Pie

by Mark Warner
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“On top of a mountain, there lived a fat mammoth. Down in the valley, there lived a thin caveman. The caveman was hungry. Very, very hungry. He saw the mammoth and licked his lips.”

But a mouthwatering Mammoth Pie turns out to be more difficult to come by than the caveman could ever imagine!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a recipe to help others make some mammoth pie.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to look after a pet mammoth.
  • Retell the story in the form of a diary entry from the point of view of the caveman (or the mammoth).
  • Retell the story in the form of a playscript. Could you perform this to an audience too?
  • Choose a page and sort the words into different categories (e.g. noun / adjective / verb / adverb). Which categories have the most words? Why?
  • Can you write your own story about a cave person?


  • Write a report about mammoths. Where do they live? What do they eat? How are they adapted to living in their habitat?
  • Plan a healthy set of meals that a caveman might enjoy.
  • Mammoths are now extinct. Can you find out about other animals that are now extinct?


  • Imagine that a caveman saw a computer for the first time. How would you explain what it is?

Design Technology

  • Design a machine that will help the caveman to catch the mammoth (using materials that a caveman would have access to).


  • Find out about cave paintings. Could you try to create some of your own in a similar style?
  • Create a storyboard that retells the main events of the story.


  • Compose a tune to accompany the song that the cavemen sing on their way to catch the mammoth.


  • Draw a map that shows the mountain, the valley and the other places mentioned in the story. Can you plot where different parts of the story take place?


  • Make a list of similarities and differences between your life and the life of a caveman.
  • Find out about the tools that cavemen used to survive. What tools are used in the story?

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