Did you ever go to Silversands on a sunny summer’s day? Then perhaps you saw the mermaid who sang in the deep blue bay.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- The story starts with a question for the reader to think about. Can you make a set of questions that could be used as interesting story starters?
- Carry out a role-play activity at the point when Sam Sly asks the mermaid to join his circus. Should she go? What are the pros / cons of joining?
- Have a class debate about the use of animals in circuses / zoos.
- Write your own story about a mermaid.
- Make a list of adjectives to describe the singing mermaid. Can you find any in the story?
- Make a list of adjectives to describe Sam Sly.
- Write a letter from the singing mermaid to her friends in the ocean while she was in the circus.
- The story mentions a number of different types of fish. Can you find out the names of any more? How are they similar / different?
- Make a persuasive advert to promote Sam Sly’s circus.
- Design a new luxury tank for the singing mermaid to live in while she worked in the circus.
- Build a model of the circus tent. What materials will you need to use?
- The pages all have glitter on them. Can you make a piece of artwork that uses glitter to make things shine?
- A mermaid is half-human with a fish’s tail. Can you create a creature that is a mixture of two or more animals?
- Can you create a large picture of the singing mermaid using collage?
- How many different patterns can you see in the illustrations. Can you try to recreate some of these… or use them in your own artwork?
- Compose a song that the singing mermaid might sing. You could use a song from The Little Mermaid as inspiration.
- Look on a map and find a place that is similar to Silversands.
- Plan a class trip to the nearest beach. Can you see any cockles / mussels / seagulls and other animals mentioned in the story?
- Plan a gymnastics performance that the acrobats might perform in the circus.