Comprehension lesson: The Giraffes of Whispering Wood

We have created this comprehension lesson for the first chapter of The Giraffes of Whispering Wood, the first book in our new series of Night Zookeeper books.

In chapter one, we are introduced to our hero, Will Rivers. Will is painting a mural at his local zoo with his classmates, and tries to express his creativity by painting his elephant purple. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by his ‘friend’, Isaac, who thinks that Will should stick to the rules – elephants are grey, right?

Screenshot 2018-03-21 at 4.02.15 PM.pngThis lesson is an ideal accompaniment to the first chapter, and will help to develop comprehension skills with quiz questions. Readers are also encouraged to use their imagination to liven up their own picture of an elephant and to design their own mural for the zoo. The lesson also includes a short writing task that asks students whether they agree with Isaac or not, and an explanation writing task about imagination.

Questions for discussion in class:

1.) Can you think of a time when you had to stand up to someone else? How did you feel?

2.) Riya’s mum thinks she has made a mess with her onions and potatoes. Riya disagrees: ‘It’s not a mess. It’s a sculpture.’ Do you think Riya is right, or her mum? Explain your thinking.

3.) At the end of the chapter, Will sees Grandma Rivers standing in the garden listening to flamingos. What else do you think she might have been up to?

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Stay tuned for more comprehension lessons to complete with your class as they read Night Zookeeeper: The Giraffes of Whispering Wood!

You can buy copies for your classroom on Amazon and in all good UK book shops:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Zookeeper-Giraffes-Whispering-Wood-ebook/dp/B078JZ1XQS/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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