Julia Donaldson teaching resources
Julia Donaldson’s stories are consistent favourites among children, parents and teachers. Her delightful rhymes and repetition engage and entertain readers of many ages. Our contributors have certainly been inspired by her books and have shared some truly great resources and creative planning ideas.
Players move around the board collecting jigsaw pieces to make their own Gruffalo.
Pupils click on their names and watch the butterflies flutter around the Gruffalo scene.
Letters and numbers for display, writing practice sheets and a number activity.
Turn the wheel to reveal each character and retell the story.
Put the images in the correct story order.
Cut out the Gruffalo characters and re-enact the story.
Print off, colour and get ready to scare other creatures!
Play a matching game with images from the Gruffalo.
Gruffalo letters and numbers for display and games to print off and play.
Three weeks’ planning for the literacy unit ‘Stories by the Same Author’, for Year 2.
A 3 week literacy scheme based on Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and The Smartest Giant in Town.
Phase one of the ‘Stories by the Same Author’ unit for Year 2, based on Julia Donaldson.
A visual and simple worksheet for comparing books by the same author.
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child
Find half of the things that the Gruffalo sees.
The Gruffalo only wants the larger numbers but the Mouse would like the smaller numbers.
Gruffalo word mat to support writing.
2 weeks of Literacy planning based on the Julia Donaldson books, for mixed Reception/Year 1 class.
A Smart notebook file focusing on description, questions and question marks, speech bubbles and speech marks.
A worksheet for KS1 children to fill in the missing words.
Worksheets looking at grammar and punctuation, leading to children creating their own description of the Gruffalo.
Recipe and instructions to make and decorate an individual Gruffalo cake.
Illustrated activity aimed at Y2, for pupils to think of adjectives and write explanation sentences about each character’s behaviour.
A story sequencing book, where symbols are used to represent the characters and main events.
Pictures (and labels) of animals with the same features as the Gruffalo.
Create your own maps, using grid references for characters and natural features.
Differentiated literacy worksheets for year 1. Write simple sentences using familiar, predictable language.
All the clues and resources needed to conduct a fun Gruffalo treasure hunt.
Flashcards/posters of what the Gruffalo looks like, to use for character description.
Other Texts by Julia Donaldson
Resources for word level work, guided reading and display.
Simple writing frame for pupils to add their own verses.
Look at how the characters are feeling at particular points in the story and write a character profile of the witch.
A Smart notebook file looking at extending sentences to include more interesting verbs and nouns and the use of -ly words.
Language activities based on the book.
Narrative planning and resources based on ‘The Snail and the Whale’, looking at character, setting and plot.