Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Tiny Little Fly

Tiny Little Fly

by Mark Warner
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My oh my! Big elephant tramping, big hippo rolling, big tiger snatching, but off flies the fly…

From Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron comes this great read-aloud story for the very young that chalks one up for the little guy.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Can you think of synonyms for ‘tiny’ and ‘little’? Can you make a list of antonyms?
  • The word ‘fly’ can be a noun and a verb. Can you think of other words like this?
  • Make a new set of pages for the story, in which a new animal wants to catch the fly.
  • Can you rewrite the story from the point of view of the fly?
  • Try to find the rhyming words in the story.
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia?
  • Make a sequel to the book. What happens to Tiny Little Fly next?
  • Make a list of words to describe each of the animals in the story.
  • Look at the different types of punctuation used in the book. What types of punctuation have been used? What types of punctuation haven’t been used?


  • Find out the approximate sizes of the animals mentioned in the story. How tall are they? Show this information on a chart / graph?
  • Carry out a survey of your class’ favourite animal.


  • Compare each of the animals mentioned in the story. How are they similar / different?


  • Use painting software to draw a picture of one of the animals featured in the story.

Design Technology

  • Could you make a pop-up page for the book?


  • Look at the use of lines to show the movement of the fly in the illustrations. Find out about ways that artists show movement in their pictures.


  • Can you compose a tune for the words of the book to be sung to?


  • Where in the world might the animals in the story be living?


  • The animals all want to catch Tiny Little Fly. What would have been a nicer way to behave?

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