One day, Neligan’s pig sits by the pond watching the ducks and geese play on the cool water. The pig gets hotter and hotter; the ducks and the geese get louder and louder. Then Neligan’s pig does something quite unheard of – she jumps in the pond.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Think of other story titles which include alliteration, e.g. The Dog in the Dairy, The Snake in the School. Could you write some of these stories?
- Think about the use of apostrophes in “Neligan’s pig” and “Neligan’s farm”. Why have they been used?
- Make a list of words that mean the same as ‘hot’ and ‘cold’.
- Think of words and phrases that describe how people feel when they are really hot or really cold. Can you think of any similes / metaphors?
- Find out about onomatopoeia and make a list of relevant words. ‘Quack’, ‘honk’ and ‘oink’ can be used to start your list. Can you think of any others?
- Look at the illustrations and think of some speech / thought bubbles for each character.
- Write a newspaper article about the events in the story.
- Can you find any rhyming words in the book?
- Explore the forces that are taking place when the pig jumps into the pond.
- Plan and record a weather forecast for the day that the pig jumps into the pond. Can you use a presentation tool / green screening to display weather images and maps?
- Design a machine that will help the pig to keep cool in hot weather.
- Design a new waistcoat for Neligan.
- Draw a picture of a big splash!
- Work as a class to create a life-sized picture of a pig.
- Make a storyboard that retells the main events of the story. Can you cut up your storyboard, jumble the events and ask a friend to put them together in the right order?
- Draw a map of Neligan’s farm.
- It is hot on the day when Neligan’s pig jumps into the pond. Find out about different types of weather. Can you find the weather forecast for your area?
- The story explains that pigs don’t swim. Can you make a poster to encourage people to learn how to swim?