September 24, 2020

ZOG by Julia Donaldson & Alex Scheffler

Here is another book this week, we continue with ZOG, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by her book partner Alex Scheffler! They are the magic duo, aren't they? Enjoy the book with your child and try our learning suggestions for activities!

 Zog is the keenest dragon in school - and the clumsiest. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by to patch up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help Zog with his toughest test yet: capturing a princess? And will Zog ever manage to win a gold star?

Zog is all about achieving success by working hard, going to school and learning about good hearts, good will and best qualities of a friendship.

Here are some teaching ideas for ZOG:

  • Make a list of the rhyming words used in the story. Could you make a list of rhyming words, or write a story that rhymes, too?
  • Write a diary entry from a dragon who goes to dragon school. What did he / she learn today?
  • Imagine that you are the teacher at the dragon school. Plan a lesson to show what you want the pupils to learn.
  • Write a school report for Zog.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach a young dragon how to fly like Zog.
  • Make a shape poem about a dragon, in the shape of a dragon!
  • Retell the story from the little girl's point of view.
  • In Year 2, Madam Dragon 'implores' the dragons to roar louder. What does 'implore' mean? Can you think of any synonyms?
  • The story explains what the dragons learn in each year at school. Could you make a story / poem about the things that you have learned during your time at school?
  • Could you write a similar story showing what different creatures might learn at their own schools (e.g. a unicorn, a mermaid, a goblin)?
  • Retell the story in the form of a playscript.
  • The two human characters become doctors. Can you plan some questions for an interview with a real doctor?

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