There are footprints all over the Cornershop yard. And something has been nibbling Rollo’s little red ball. Could the stinky little creature fast asleep in the Little Fluffy Bird’s nest have something to do with it? A story of friendship between very different animals, made even stronger with a trail of sweeties from the Cornershop…
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Can you find any prepositions in the text (e.g. on, behind, into)?
- Plink, Squeak and Plop are examples of onomatopoeia. Can you think of any more?
- In the story, LFB is an acronym meaning ‘Little Fluffy Bird’. Can you find out any more acronyms? Could you make up some of your own?
- Ruff is ‘thin and scruffy and twitches in his sleep’. Can you think of other ways of describing a rat? Could you make up some descriptions of an animal and challenge a friend to guess which animal they are describing?
- When Ruff is first discovered, he ‘scampers’ across the yard. Can you think of other words to describe how different animals move?
- Ellipses are used a number of times in the story. Can you explain why?
- Ruff uses lots of different words to describe the horrible things that the other rats eat. Can you make a list of words to describe nice / disgusting food?
- Can you count the number of exclamation marks / speech marks / question marks in the story?
- Measure different lengths of string and wool. What length would be best for the LFB to use in her nest?
- Can you design a symmetrical mat for Rollo?
- Find out about the footprints of different creatures. Why do different animals have different footprints?
- Use the footprint guide to make your own pictures of animal footprints?(see Resources below).
- Use drawing software to create your own picture of Rollo, Ruff and the Little Fluffy Bird.
- Could you try weaving a new mat for Rollo?
- Design a new mat for Rollo to sit on.
- Draw the footprints of different animals?(see Resources below).
- Draw your own illustrations of cats, birds and rats using photos as a starting point?(see Resources below).
- Can you find out the names for different animals in other languages?
- Rollo and the Little Fluffy Bird make a new home for Ruff. If you could make a gift for a friend, what would you give them?
- Cats, birds and rats are not normally friends. How does their behaviour in the story help to build their friendship?