Smell? What smell? I don’t smell. YOU smell. The Pigeon needs a bath! Except, well, the Pigeon’s really not so sure about that… Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It looks like it’s going to take some serious convincing to get the Pigeon to take the plunge!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a new story about the Pigeon.
- Write a prequel about the pigeon. Where did he come from?
- Read the other books about the pigeon. Which is your favourite? Why?
- Retell the story in the form of a playscript.
- Rewrite the story in the form of a narrative text.
- Write a persuasive letter to the Pigeon to encourage him to take a bath. Write the Pigeon’s response.
- Make a list of synonyms for ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’.
- Investigate the use of punctuation in the story.
- Make a list of questions to use in an interview with the pigeon. Why didn’t he want to take a bath? How did his thoughts and feelings change throughout the story?
- ‘SPLASH’ is an example of onomatopoeia. Can you think of any others?
- Make a timeline that shows the events of the story.
- Discuss how we can keep ourselves clean and healthy.
- Use art software to create your own images of the Pigeon.
- Could you create an animated version of this story?
- Design an app to accompany this series of books. What features might it have?
- Design a website to promote the ‘Pigeon’ stories.
- Design some new bath toys that the pigeon could play with.
- Design some packaging for a new brand of pigeon soap / shampoo.
- Look at the images of the pigeon on the inside front covers. Can you make your own repeating patterns?
- The pictures on the inside front covers show ‘before’ and ‘after’ images. Can you create some before / after pictures for your favourite children’s story?
- Why is it important to be clean? Make a poster to teach others how to stay clean and healthy.
- The official Pigeon Presents site has lots of other useful resources for schools.