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Gulliver's Travels project pack – Literacy resources for books with a little and large theme


Literacy

Ideas bank

  • 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.

» Download our full list of ideas as a PDF document.

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?
Sort the describing words for Little Bear and Big Bear from the story 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear?' by Martin Waddell. A lovely cutting and sticking activity!
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F | Narrative | Reading comprehension |  From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Martin Waddell | Reading comprehension: inference and deduction | Gulliver's Travels
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Bear sentences
Re-order the bear sentences so that they make sense! A fun cutting and sticking activity from the story 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear?' by Martin Waddell
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F | Skills | Vocabulary punctuation and grammar |  From the resource collection(s): Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation: simple sentences | Gulliver's Travels
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Write your own mini-story
Children write their own version of Gulliver's meeting with the Lilliputians using key words taken from Chapter One of the book. Interactive activity currently not adaptable.[Forms part of the Big & Small project]
Narrative |  From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift | Gulliver's Travels
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Story openings – dialogue, action or description
A worksheet of examples of story openings and pictures to inspire children to create their own. [Forms part of the Big & Small project]
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Y5 Y6 | Narrative | Writing composition |  From the resource collection(s): Writing composition: structuring plots and planning
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Mr Large is in charge - True or false
Check the children’s recall of events from the story with this interactive True and False activity. A paper version is also available. [Forms part of the Big & Small project]
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Y1 Y2 | Narrative | Reading comprehension |  From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Reading comprehension: information retrieval – narrative | The Large Family by Jill Murphy | Gulliver's Travels
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Meet the Lilliputians
An interactive synonym resource to help the children to explore 'difficult' language in 'Gulliver's Travels'. From Chapter One. Interactive activity currently not adaptable.[Forms part of the Big & Small project]
Y5 Y6 | Narrative |  From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift | Gulliver's Travels
Download Meet the Lilliputians in On-screen activity format
Goodies and baddies - conflicts and resolutions
What will happen in your story? An introductory lesson activity with a story planning sheet based on conflicts and resolutions in traditional tales. [Forms part of the Big & Small project]
Y4 Y5 | Narrative | Writing composition |  From the resource collection(s): Writing composition: structuring plots and planning | Writing composition: traditional stories | Gulliver's Travels
Download Goodies and baddies - conflicts and resolutions in Word formatDownload Goodies and baddies - conflicts and resolutions in PDF format
Exploring speech punctuation - The Borrowers
A Syntex activity which allows you to explore the punctuation of a sentence taken from chapter one of The Borrowers by Mary Norton. Two versions are available. [Forms part of the Big & Small project]
Y5 Y6 | Skills | Vocabulary punctuation and grammar |  From the resource collection(s): Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation: punctuation marks | Gulliver's Travels
Download Exploring speech punctuation - The Borrowers in On-screen activity format
Essential story planning sheet
A portrait version of this popular resource, with an additional problem/resolution. [Forms part of the Big & Small project]
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Y3 Y4 | Narrative | Writing composition |  From the resource collection(s): Writing composition: structuring plots and planning | Gulliver's Travels
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Comparing books with films
A simple worksheet which asks children to compare well-known books with the films based on them. [Forms part of the Big & Small project]
Y5 Y6 | Narrative | Reading comprehension |  From the resource collection(s): Reading comprehension: inference and deduction | Gulliver's Travels
Download Comparing books with films in Word formatDownload Comparing books with films in PDF format
Collecting ideas for a story
A useful worksheet which encourages children to jot down ideas for a story. The resource is from A&C Black's 'Developings' series. [Forms part of the Big & Small project]
Y3 | Narrative | Writing composition |  From the resource collection(s): Writing composition: structuring plots and planning | Gulliver's Travels
Download Collecting ideas for a story in PDF format
Character sequencing – 'Thumbelina'
Click and drag to sequence the character tiles to show the order in which the characters appear in the story. Use the tiles to help orally re-tell the story. A great Talk for Writing resource. A paper based version of this activity is also attached. Interactive activity currently not adaptable.[Forms part of the Big & Small project]
F | Narrative | Writing composition |  From the resource collection(s): Writing composition: traditional stories | Gulliver's Travels
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