Gulliver's Travels project pack – Literacy resources for books with a little and large theme
- Perhaps begin by putting students into small groups and ask them to make a list of places they expect Gulliver to visit in his travels. Ask students to bring along a map of the world and speculate where Gulliver will go.
Put students into three groups. Each group could consider the problems of living in a particular fantasy land:
- Land 1: a place where all the people are very small and you are the only normal sized person.
- Land 2: a place where all the people are giants and you are the only normal sized person.
- Land 3: a place where you are the only person; all the other creatures are animals. The students could consider where they would live, what they would eat, how they would travel, and the advantages and the dangers of their particular situation.
The main one is, of course, the aforementioned Gulliver's Travels – you could use the classic version by Jonathan Swift, an abbreviated version such as the one by Nick Eliopulos or this animated version.
Other great stories with a 'little and large' theme include The Borrowers by Mary Norton, which offers the additional opportunity to explore the environmental mantra of 'reduce, re-use and recycle' as the family make the most of the things they find to survive.
Younger learners will enjoy the timeless classic story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson, or perhaps the Large Family series by Jill Murphy. And of course don't forget the Oxford Reading Tree favourite The Magic Key where the children shrink to the size of a Lilliputian!
Little Bear or Big Bear?
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F | Reading comprehension | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Martin Waddell | Inference and deduction
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F | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | From the resource collection(s): Simple sentences
Write your own mini-story
Children write their own version of Gulliver's meeting with the … read more
Story openings – dialogue, action or description
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A worksheet of examples of story openings and pictures to inspire … read more
Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | From the resource collection(s): Structuring plots and planning
Mr Large is in charge - True or false
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Check the children’s recall of events from the story with this … read more
Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Information retrieval – narrative | The Large Family by Jill Murphy
Meet the Lilliputians
An interactive synonym resource to help the children to explore … read more
Goodies and baddies - conflicts and resolutions
What will happen in your story? An introductory lesson activity … read more
Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | From the resource collection(s): Structuring plots and planning | Traditional stories
Exploring speech punctuation - The Borrowers
A Syntex activity which allows you to explore the punctuation … read more
Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | From the resource collection(s): Complex punctuation
Essential story planning sheet
A portrait version of this popular resource, with an additional … read more
Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | From the resource collection(s): Structuring plots and planning
Comparing books with films
A simple worksheet which asks children to compare well-known … read more
Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
Collecting ideas for a story
A useful worksheet which encourages children to jot down ideas … read more
Y3 | Writing composition | From the resource collection(s): Structuring plots and planning