The giraffe, the pelican and the agile monkey set out to prove that they are the best window-cleaning company around.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- The sign on the front of ‘The Grubber’ says ‘FOR SAIL’. ‘Sail’ and ‘Sale’ are examples of homophones. Can you think of any more?
- Look at the songs and rhymes in the story. Can you identify the rhyming words? Can you think of other words that rhyme with these?
- The giraffe, pelican and monkey set up a window cleaning company. Can you think of some other animals? What job might they be able to do? Could you write a story about this?
- Make a persuasive poster / advert to promote the animals’ new window cleaning business.
- The monkey describes walnuts as being ‘scrumptious-galumptious, so flavory-savory, so sweet to eat?’. Can you think of different words / phrases to describe different senses (e.g. taste / touch / smell / hearing / sight).
- The pelican has a magical beak and the giraffe has a magical neck. Can you write a story about another animal that has magical abilities?
- Make a ‘Wanted’ poster to encourage people to look out for ‘The Cobra, the cleverest and most dangerous cat-burglar in the world’.
- Listen to the audiobook version of the story. Could you narrate and record a passage from the book using expression / accents / sound effects / music?
- Draw some windows for the animals to clean and measure the area / perimeter of each.
- The Duke of Hampshire’s house has six hundred and seventy-seven windows. Can you count up to 677? Can you think of some problems that have 677 as the answer?
- Find out about giraffes, pelicans and / or monkeys. Can you write a report about them to teach others about your chosen animal(s)?
- Make an animated trailer for a movie version of the story.
- Draw a picture of what ‘The Grubber’ might have looked like when it was a lovely old sweet-shop.
- Draw some of the sweets that might have been sold in ‘The Grubber’, e.g. Sherbert Suckers, Caramel Fudge, Russion Toffee, Sugar Snorters and Butter Gumballs. Can you design the packets too?
- Look at photos of giraffes / pelicans / monkeys and use these to help with your own drawings / paintings of them?(see Resources below).
- Draw a picture of the jewels that were stolen from Hampshire House.
- Compose a tune to go with the song and rhymes in the story.
- Draw a plan of the inside of Hampshire House. How many different rooms might it have? What special rooms could be inside it?
- Imagine that you could fit inside a pelican’s mouth and fly anywhere in the world. Where would you go to? Why?
- The story explains that a Giraffe’s neck is it’s ‘proudest possession’. What is your proudest possession? Why?