James and the Giant Peach has been a favorite of mine for ever. But it wasn’t until my oldest son’s Kindergarten teacher read it to him, that I knew how much kids really love it. Ever since, I have been reading it aloud to my students year after year.
James and the Giant Peach is the story of James Henry Trotter, an orphan boy who has to live with his two evil aunts. He doesn’t have any friends, but his luck changes the day an old man gives him some magic seeds.
This book is such a great read aloud, not only does it tell a heartwarming friendship story, but it also provides any teacher with an array of reading strategies and skills.
What is included in this James and the Giant Peach Resource?
Like with all of my Let’s celebrate units, you will find a banner to decorate your classroom. In this unit, you will get a peach banner!
You can attach the peaches using fasteners or masking tape. If you don’t have the time to set the classroom up, you may ask a volunteer if you have one!
I have added five awesome quotes from the book as well. You can put them in photo frames or stands from the Dollar Trees.
I have also included these great and simple acrostic craftivities to analyze all of the insect characters. Students complete the acrostic poem for each character using their knowledge and evidence from the text.
For our STEM activity in this celebrate pack, students will have to build a zip line to help James and his friends descend from the flying peach. Students can use any type of thread like yarn or ribbon. Their challenge is to help the insects on the ground in a period of 4 seconds! This is a particularly awesome STEM challenge because students need to know and reflect about the concepts of friction and gravity. They will also need a timer to record descending times!
The comprehension lap book involves vocabulary activities, writing summaries, characters analysis, opinion writing, and more!
Look at the inside of the lap book:
Last but not least… our snack idea to celebrate:
Light worm skewers!
This is a cuasi-healthy snack. You need:
- seedless grapes (preferably green, I only had purple ones in my house)
- mini-marshmallows that will act as the “lights.”
Just puncture through with the toothpick and voila!
I hope you got some great ideas from my post, thank you SO much for reading!