Let each child take the mascot (and a book in which to write) home for a few days at a time.While they are looking after the mascot, they should write a short story in the book outlining what the mascot has done during its stay with them. When the mascot returns to school, spend some time discussing what it has done and where it has been. A good way of asking children to use their descriptive writing skills is to ask them to invent a new animal.
Find a small soft toy or puppet which will become the class mascot.
With the class, choose a name for the mascot, and discuss its background (where it comes from, its friends and family, its likes and dislikes etc.).
Make a list of these on the board for the children to refer to later.
Now ask the children to make up a new room for the chocolate factory, making sure that they are as descriptive as possible.
Remind the children of the story and read chapter 15 - a description of the Chocolate Room.
Ask the children who have read the story if they can think of any of the other rooms in the factory.Also try to add a little humour where possible, ensuring that the children are aware that it's not real - you're just pretending! "Paul"), making sure that this is not the name of someone in the class.Before the lesson, put a chair in an empty space in the classroom.Argue with them, saying that you have heard differently. Finally, say that as Paul is missing, we will have to make some missing person posters, explaining who Paul is (with a picture so others can identify him!), where he was last seen and who to contact if he is found.For the purposes of the lesson, pretend that this space is where "Paul" normally sits. They will probably look at you as though you are mad, but continually ask them where "Paul" is today.Tell them that he normally sits in his space (point to the empty chair) and that he was there yesterday, but he isn't there today. Hopefully someone will make up a reason why "Paul" isn't in today. Continue like this for a while, with the children explaining where he is.Read "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" (by Jon Scieszka) with the children.This tells the "Three Little Pigs" story from the wolf's point of view.You couldn’t believe your eyes when you opened your birthday present and saw a _____! Prompt 2: You woke up this morning and discovered that you have lost your ability to smell.You can’t smell stinky things, which is good; but you also can’t smell great things like pizza or flowers or your mother’s perfume.