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Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities - "E"


8 O'Cluck

by Jill Creighton

Mr. Wolf is being friendly by inviting his neighbors over for a lovely dinner,...or is he? The neighbors are chickens and it is hard to believe that Mr. Wolf isn't preparing a meal of them rather than for them. But , when the time comes for dinner, the chickens have thought ahead and trap Mr. Wolf in a humorous situation of their own.. A cunning and imaginative story with the bold photomontages of Pierre-Paul Pariseau.

Photomontage is a cut and paste artistic technique with images/text/backgrounds that are collected from magazines, catalogues, flyers, etc.


  1. Choose your favourite scene from 8 O'Cluck and make a visual representation of it with your own photomontage. Before doing this activity, though, try to collect a variety of things with texts and pictures on them and use these items as your material for your photomontage.


Ella the Bad Speller

by Robert Kraus

Ella is a horrible speller, but the Spelling Bee is coming up and Ella really would like to win. So, with the help of her classmates, teacher, and parents, Ella studies and practices spelling words every chance that she can get. Anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it! An easy to read little story of perseverance and friendship.

After reading this story, come up with a class list of spelling strategies that kids use when they have trouble spelling. Copy these strategies on a chart and display so that others can adopt some of these strategies.


Esio Trot

by Roald Dahl

read aloud to any age, readability grade 2

Esio Trot is a really funny story about a man who falls in love with a widow. He ends up winning her love by teaching her spells that make turtles grow and shrink. Quentin Blake's illustrations also are quite humorous. Kids would especially enjoy this book for all of the backward word play.


  1. After reading aloud each chapter in the book, write out the backward phrases on the chalk board or on chart paper.
  2. Have your students decode all of the messages.
  3. As a challenge you can also your students to guess what the phrases actually say without writing it out.