Friday, July 19, 2024
Tortoise vs Hare The Rematch

Tortoise Vs Hare: The Rematch

by Mark Warner
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, it’s Race Night Live and that means it’s time for the race you’ve all been waiting for!

Tortoise vs Hare, The Rematch! Commentator Johnny Fox talks you through the big race.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Can you read / retell the original story of the Tortoise and the Hare?
  • Can you think of other words that have the prefix ‘re-‘? (e.g. rematch, rebuild, rearrange)
  • Can you write a sequel / rematch story based on another popular book, e.g. the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood?
  • Look at the facts about Harry Hare and Eddie Tortoise. Can you make your own fact pages about other story / sporting characters?
  • Retell the story from Hare’s point of view. Ask a friend to retell the story from Tortoise’s point of view. How are your stories similar / different?
  • How many different similes / metaphors can you find in the story? Can you think of some more?
  • Rewrite parts of the story in the form of a playscript (with stage directions).
  • Think of captions for some of the illustrations in the book.
  • How many different types of punctuation can you find in the story?
  • Tortoise beat Hare by a hair. Can you think of any more homophones?
  • Can you write your own retelling of the ‘Hare and the Tortoise’… or write an alternative version? (see Resources below)


  • Make a timeline showing the events of the week, as described in the story.
  • Have some races with your friends and measure how long they take. Can you make a graph to show the results?


  • Find out how exercise affects our body. How do different exercises affect different parts of the body?


  • Can you film the story in the style of a TV sports report? Could you add music / transitions while you are editing?

Design Technology

  • Design a new medal / trophy to give to the winner of the race.


  • Can you draw different things that are fast / slow?
  • Look at photos of people taking place in different sporting activities. Can you use these as the starting point for your own pictures?


  • Compose a jingle / theme tune to use at the start of the sports report.
  • Make a tune to accompany Hare’s rhyme when he is interviewed by Cat Freeman.


  • Make a list of the different types of weather mentioned in the story. How are the different types of weather described?


  • Can you find out about the history of different sporting events, e.g. the Olympics, Wimbledon?

Physical education

  • Make a list of the different sporting activities mentioned in the story.
  • Hare trains extremely hard for the race. Can you find out about real athletes and the training that they have to do in order to compete in different sports?


The Hare and the Tortoise

The Hare and the Tortoise Writing Template

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