James and the Giant Peach is a wonderful children’s story by Roald Dahl. There are a number of great educational activities that use this story that would be perfect for lessons in an elementary school classroom.
What To Bring On The Journey Into The Giant Peach
A great exercise would be for students to imagine that they were about to take a journey into the giant peach just as James Henry Trotter did. What items would they take with them? Students could make a list of important items to bring. Would they bring items to help them navigate safely through the peach? Would they bring their most prized possessions from home? This activity would encourage students to think critically and exercise their creativity.
Draw Your Favorite Scene From The Book
Another great activity is for students to draw their favorite scene from James and the Giant Peach. They can use crayons, colored pencils, and construction paper to depict the part of the book they enjoyed the most. This is a great way for students to develop their memories to recall information, as well as express their artistic talents.
Act Out The Story
James went into the giant peach alone, but when he was inside he sure made a lot of friends! A great bonding experience for elementary school students would be for them to act out a scene from the book, or put on the play to impress their parents! With the centipede, silkworm, and plenty of other characters to choose from, there is a role for everyone!
Write A Poem About The Book
Another great way to get students thinking is to let them write a poem that captures the story of James! You can add some fun requirements, such as making the poem rhyme, or it can be completely free form and students can create the poem however they would like! Then students can present their poems to the class. This is a great way for them to develop their public speaking skills in a warm and nurturing environment.
Create Your Own Giant Peach
Another fun classroom activity would be for students to make their own giant peach! Students would first close their eyes and imagine what their ideal giant peach would look like. Would it be just the same as the one James journeyed through, or would they add a few upgrades, like a trampoline or a slip n’ slide through the peach nectar? Once they have developed their own vision of the giant peach, they can build it themselves using construction paper and other fun arts and crafts items.
James and the Giant Peach is a great story for children that can be made into a number of fun classroom activities! Just be careful, because after teaching this lesson you may become addicted to one of the world’s best fruits!