Wednesday, July 24, 2024


by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

Two wildebeest contemplate crossing a river.

Should they or shouldn’t they?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Retell the story from the point of view of one of the wildebeest (or the crocodile).
  • Write some speech bubbles to explain what the wildebeest are saying to each other.
  • Retell the story in the form of a play script.
  • Make a list of for / against arguments to help the wildebeest decide whether to cross.
  • Make a list of other ways that the first wildebeest have proved that there was a crocodile in the river (without getting hurt).


  • The crocodile is camouflaged in the water. What is camouflage? Can you think of any other examples?
  • Can you find out more about the animals in the video? Can you create a report about one of them using the information that you have discovered?


  • Create your own animation to retell this story.

Design Technology

  • Design a bridge to help the wildebeest cross the river safely.


  • Retell the story in the form of a comic strip / storyboard.


  • Can you compose a soundtrack for this animation?


  • Where might this story be set? Where do these animals live?

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