Into the Forest
By Anthony Browne
I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Jemima at her school and I am most appreciative of her willingness to share her teaching ideas. Jemima introduced me to this engaging story, another book for my bookshelf.
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This story provides the perfect opportunity to …
- Make a prediction using the blurb at the back of the book.
- Label the nouns in an illustration and then ‘crack open the nouns’ by using an adjective.
- What does poorly mean? Share your understanding.
- Make connections with other texts, by finding out which stories the special guest characters appeared in originally
- Ask questions, students can generate questions about the book before, during and after reading
- Practise pausing at commas
- Read the pictures, by searching in the background for interesting items, like beanstalks and bears
- Analyse decisions made by the illustrator, including why some parts of the pictures are grey and some are coloured
- Infer the character’s feelings by writing think bubbles for some illustrations
- Compare texts by finding other books that use known characters in different ways (e.g. Stories about fairy tales told from a different characters’ point of view)
- Retell the story by creating a story map to show the boy’s journey from his home through the forest to Grandma’s.
I have used this as a mentor text for …
- Creating a simple opener to a story, by using the first sentence as a mentor sentence
- Building mystery by looking at the start of the story (both pictures and text) to analyse how the characters feels about Dad not being around
- Exploring punctuation. There is a wide range of punctuation in this text, can you make a tally?
- Labelling because the boy creates notes and puts them around the house, like labels
- Modelling dialogue between two characters
- Innovating on a text and having known characters make special appearances, e.g. Goldilocks appears in a story
This is a great book is ideal to explore …
- Shapes – go on a 2D and 3D shape hunt on each page
- Fractions and measurement in a fruit cake recipe
- The height of living things. Investigate the different heights of tress. Show your findings by representing the height of trees using wool or streamers.
- Investigate the distance to travel to someone special in your family. Is it metres or kilometres?
Beyond the Text:
- Create artworks that have some black and white parts, and some coloured parts to add emphasis to parts of the picture
- Create a diorama setting for a character to walk through
- Explore perspective in drawings, particularly on the page when the boy hugs his grandma
- Bake some treats to share with others in your community
- Select one illustration from the text and role play what happened before and after the illustration
- Shadows were evident in the illustrations. Go outside and explore shadows. Take photographs or draw images.
- Make signs to display as Anthony did in this book.