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Roald Dahl Story Day is the annual, global celebration of the world’s number one storyteller, his beloved stories and unforgettable characters.
The entire month will be filled with so many different activities, taking place all over the world. One of the more interactive and entertaining events is the Dahlicious Dress-up Day. Children go to school dressed up in their favourite Roald Dahl character. It’s a fun day and all in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
You can find lots of brilliant ideas and activities in this year’s stupendous Roald Dahl Day party pack which is free to download from the Roald Dahl website. The 2022 Party Pack is packed full of phenomenal lesson resources, wonderful writing activities and a whole host of other exciting resources. A downloadable party pack is available here. (At of the time of publishing the site is down)
LGfL has a range of resources that can support you and your students during this celebration of gloriumptious stories!
Why not listen to some of Dahl’s Stories via Listening books. This audiobook service supports the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 all the way through to A-Level and has a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Listening to audiobooks allows children and young people to follow the same books that their friends and peers are reading, improve comprehension, and word recognition as well as help to instil a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature.
To listen to a book follow the steps below:
The Dahl books on offer are:
BOY: A memoir of Roald Dahl’s childhood containing some hilariously true stories, such as the great mouse plot of 1924, when an eight-year-old Dahl and his gobstopper-loving friends took just revenge on the disgusting sweetshop owner Mrs Pratchett.
MATILDA: Matilda is a very clever little girl, but her terrible parents don’t like her, and her headteacher, Miss Trunchbull, is very frightening. She isn’t very happy. Then one day Matilda starts moving things with her eyes, and after that, she isn’t afraid of anybody! The official Roald Dahl website offers planning to go with this.
THE GREAT AUTOMATIC GRAMMATIZATOR: Bizarre, amusing and grotesque, these tales enter the unexpected world of Dahl. They illustrate the different lives that people lead: a life of chance, of risk and of plain bad luck. The stories are specially chosen for teenagers to introduce them to Dahl’s work for adults.
*Please note, Listening Books is a charity and these books must only be used with students who have an illness, physical or learning disability or mental health condition which impacts their ability to read or hold a book. They must not be downloaded, modified, copied, reproduced, transferred, distributed, leased, licensed or publicly performed in any way, and are offered for non-commercial use only.
Did you know Roald Dahl wrote many of his best-known children’s stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, in a writing hut in his garden? Why not check ReadingZone lives massive bank of author videos to see how other authors get their inspiration to create their stories.
Why not use the digital tools found within jit5 ( which are part of the Just2Easy Toolsuite range of digital tools) to remix a familiar Dahl story, for example, changing James and the Giant Peach to Bradley and the Big Banana! Children could either write or record their own stories via the microphone feature, find the lesson plan here.
Roald Dahl was famous for a large amount of fun and exciting words he made up, Why not create a phizz-whizzing Dahl-inspired dictionary like this one, using j2e5 and combining it with BBC Sound Effects to create a multimedia presentation? (with some very rude sounds!) find the lesson plan here.
You could also use j2e5 to create a Dahl interactive timeline, find the lesson plan here.
Or why not use jit5 to create a Roald Dahl book review, cover or simple story summary, watch the video below to see how easy it is to upload an image or worksheet and get your students to start using it as a digital template, find the lesson plan and templates here.
There are even more great resources available via the just2easy library, Browse through pages of worksheets, interactive activities, and more. Suitable for children across the primary age range. Continually updated by Just2easy staff and teachers in the j2e community. Choose to search by keyword, age and/or subject. Recommended and popular resources are shown first, making it easy to find the right resource for you and your children. Most resources are also suitable for printing.
Busy Things has a bank of book-based Busy Print and Publisher templates for students to edit, why not use these templates to write about your favourite Dahl book? Or get them to write a summary of one of the books? Or even get them to redesign a front cover?
Minecraft has a number of Roald Dahl-themed immersive worlds for children to access. Minecraft’s open-world environment encourages players to build wondrous things, tell stories and go on adventures in mysterious and amazing worlds. Minecraft: Education Edition brings this creativity into classrooms. Students have new ways to visualize stories and express their ideas, explore plot elements, create their own stories and immerse themselves in the world of James and the Giant Peach,Roald dahl's charlie and the chocolate factory and The Great Mouse Plot from Boy.
Why not get creative with Adobe Express and ask your students to take a quote from their favourite Dahl book or a quote from Dahl himself and use Adobe to Spark to create a poster or social media banner? (Don’t forget to claim your Adobe licences as part of your LGfL subscription here.)
Or why not use this idea from the Adobe Education Exchange: Create an incredible book cover for Roald Dahl Day on 13th September using Adobe Express and a video tutorial from Education Evangelist, Dom Traynor.
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