By Roald Dahl
based on the book.
BFG' is a highly amusing book and one the children really
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
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.
A good ongoing
project throughout the book is to create a BFG dictionary where
the children define the strange words the BFG uses.
by Andrea German
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'."