Friday 26th February
Encourage your child to learn about elephants using non-fiction books or the Internet.
Watch: The features of elephants (Click on the link below).
Observe elephants eating, drinking, playing, wallowing in mud, trumpeting together and pushing over trees.
What is the biggest walking animal on Earth?
What do elephants use their long trunks for?
Why do they flap their ears?
How do elephants protect themselves from the sun?
How do elephants travel?
Why do elephants swim in water?
Watch what’s going on in the elephant habitat at Elephant Yard Cam (Click on the link below).
Thursday 25th February
Go on an 'Elmer Walk' colour hunt around your house and garden.
Wednesday 24th February
The story ends with the elephants decorating themselves in celebration of Elmer Day. Talk to your child about the decoration they like most, as well as the patterns and colours that are used.
Draw a picture of an elephant with lots of colours and patterns. Can you label your elephant. Encourage your child to sound out the words and represent some sounds in sequence, these do not need to be spelt correctly. Your child needs to write the sounds that they can hear in the words.(orinj -orange).
Extension: to write a short, simple sentence. For example It is _____.
Tuesday 23rd February
Listen to the story: Elmer.
During the story, Elmer realised that he likes being unique and special. What make you special? Are you very good at doing something? Are you kind, funny or helpful? Draw a picture of something that makes you special and unique.
Monday 22nd February
Hook: Elmer Day. Send a photograph of your child dressed up in lots of different colours to show we are all special and unique.
Share the front cover of the text. What do you already know about Elmer? Ask your child to predict from the front cover what the story might be about or what might happen.
Discuss the character of Elmer. What does he look like? Why does he want to be a grey colour? How might he be feeling? Discuss being different and special.
Write some words to describe Elmer.
Extension -Write a simple sentence to describe the character Elmer. For example: He is big. He is red. He is orinj. Remember to sound out the words, these do not need to be spelt correctly. Your child needs to write the sounds that they can hear in the words.s (orinj -orange, blue -bloo).