BFG – Week 5

Welcome to week 5! This week we will explore the wonderful vocabulary that Roald Dahl introduces us to, throughout the BFG.  I have two activities for you to do this week. One of which I have sourced from the slideshow that the wonderful and clever creators – Sean Fahey @SEANJFAHEY) and Michele Waggoner (@michelewagg)- have published. The other is a fun activity that I know my class is going to love, I hope that your classes do as well! 

Activity 1- Google Hyper Doc – “Context Clues” 

This activity Explores the meaning of words develops students writing and knowledge. In this activity a excerpt of text is analysed. What the students need to do is analyse the words surrounding the “vocabulary word” to decide on a potential meaning. This is a great way to lead discussion about words in context. Simply click on this link to explore “Context Clues”  in the chapters that we are looking at this week.

I thank Sean and Michele for allowing us to use their Google Hyper Doc this week!

Activity 2 – Wonderous Wordies ( Gobblefunk)! 

To extend students use of vocabulary and to analyse the structure of words I have created a Padlet that allows students to share  their “gobble funk” words. Instructions for the activity can be found on the Padlet. It is moderated, so please allow some time for publishing to occur. 

Don’t forget to have a syllable that gives the reader a clue about what the word means, and then have fun with the other syllables!

I hope that you enjoy the activities for this week! 

Mrs Helena Tully ( QLD Tech Brekkie Crew )


BFG – Week 4

Character Hot Seating


You have been in the BFG and Sophie’s world for a few weeks now and have learnt more about them and some of the other characters in the book. In a classroom students often have different opinions on why or what motivates a character to do and act a certain way. This activity allows you to form opinions about a character.


1. In pairs choose a character you would like to ask specific questions to.

2. Create a list of 5-10 questions.

3. Have one child at the front of the room sit in a chair.

4. This child assumes the identity of one of the characters from the text.

5. The class then asks the character questions.

6. The child in the seat answers questions in character.

Meeting GRA creator Pernille Ripp!

Pernille Ripp & Jen King NCTE2015

I am attending a big gathering of English teachers* that is held every year in November. This year it is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pernille Ripp, who created the GRA, is here, too! I went to her presentation today and got to talk with her afterwards. It was so fun to meet her in person! She is super nice. I learned that she loves blogging as a way for students to share their thoughts and ideas with others. And she loves to hear about what teachers and students are doing with the GRA. I am sharing a picture of the two of us. In case you have not seen her picture before, she is on the right. 🙂
–Dr. King

*National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference