“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 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?