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By Roald Dahl

Activities based on the book.

'The BFG' is a highly amusing book and one the children really enjoy reading.

The BFG stands for the Big Friendly Giant, of course. This is an example of an acronymn. There's lots of activities that you can do on acronymns. The children could make up their own acronymns for other giants (for example the USG = Ugly Smelly Giant). They could make collections of acronymns that they come across. Perhaps they'll notice that some acronyms spell out words. Can they make their own acronymns using each letter of a word they're given? Can they make up a good acronym for a fictitious organisation?

Spelling Techniques
The strangely named items and things that are mentioned in the story (e.g. snozzcumber, humplecrimp, wraprascal, crumscoddle) can be used to develop children's spelling techniques. They could be given a 'made up' word spelling test with strange sounding words. After the test would be the time to compare the spellings that they've come up with. You could discuss any similarities in the spellings that they've come up with and why they've occured. Can words that the children already know be used to help them with the spelling of these strange words? Are there more than one possible correct looking spelling for each silly word? Which spellings feel and look right? Why is this so? It's a great starting point from which you can go on and look at the techniques you've discussed by doing a further session using complicated proper words.
The BFG dictionary
A good ongoing project throughout the book is to create a BFG dictionary where the children define the strange words the BFG uses.
Dream Jars by Andrea German
"We are currently reading The BFG and have done some work on dreams. We made "Dream Jars" - created the jars in art and then added a label with our own dreams written on - after a couple of re-writes! Getting the children to talk about their dreams was great. The hard part was putting them into words. Was a really good exercise the children loved and we have a lovely display of a cupboard full of 'Dream Jars'."


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