The Enormous Crocodile, written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, is the story of a large and greedy crocodile who is hungry and "off to find a yummy child for lunch. Keep listening and you'll hear the bones go crunch!"
The crocodile leaves the big brown muddy river and makes his way into town. On his way, he encounters a hippopotamus, a monkey, a bird of paradise, and finally an elephant who are all horrified by the "secret plans and clever tricks" that the crocodile has planned for the children in town.
Even though the Enormous Crocodile may be wicked and cunning, the other animals in the jungle know just how to foil his plans and they save the children from his clever tricks. In the end, the Enormous Crocodile gets exactly what he deserves.
The crocodile's tricks involve various funny disguises, which are delightfully illustrated by Quentin Blake. The Enormous Crocodile, first published in 1978, was Quentin Blake's first collaboration with Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake soon became good friends, thus beginning one of the most eye-catching and distinctive collaborations in children's literature. Many people have said that Quentin Blake's illustrations have softened the nastiness that some critics have said existed in Roald Dahl's stories.
This picture book has everything that children adore: humorous illustrations, funny characters, unique names, animals, children in danger, suspense, and a thoroughly loathsome villain.
Of the shorter picture books by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, this is my students' favorite. It is funny, the illustrations are captivating, and my students love completing the fun projects that I have created specifically for this book, which you can find below.
This is a short book to read to your students. Although The Enormous Crocodile may appear at first to be for younger elementary school students, I have read this story to my Grade 5 students numerous times and used the projects found on this page with upper elementary school students with great success.
If you are completing a Roald Dahl author study with your students, this is a splendiferous choice to use as a book to read to your class.
All of the resources on this page include a second version of each resource that contains British spelling rules (colour instead of color, favourite instead of favorite, etc).
Below you will find some of the Enormous Crocodile lesson plans that I have developed over the years as I have read this book to my students on Roald Dahl's birthday, or during an author study that focuses on this scrumdiddlyumptious writer!
One of my students' favorite projects during the entire school year is this extra large group project for The Enormous Crocodile.
For this cooperative group project, students work together to describe the four clever tricks that the Enormous Crocodile plans in order to eat the children in town. There are also areas on the crocodile templates for students to draw pictures that represent the crocodile's four clever tricks.
I believe that it is important for students to go through the steps of the writing process.
For this reason, my students never begin their Enormous Crocodile group projects by writing on their final draft crocodile templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.
Next, my students edit and revise their work together and I circulate around my classroom and provide assistance as needed.
This set of Enormous Crocodile teaching resources contains three worksheets for students to write their first drafts on. On my first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces on the final draft crocodile templates.
This Enormous Crocodile group project requires students
to describe each of the crocodile's 4 clever tricks:
Below are examples of the three first draft worksheets.
This Enormous Crocodile group project requires a lot of green coloring materials to complete these extra large crocodile projects. A few days before my students begin working on their final draft crocodile templates, I assign a homework assignment, or an extra credit task, of bringing in green coloring pencils and markers.
By having my students bring in some of these materials from home, it helps to not dwindle down all of the green coloring materials that I have in my classroom. Students also enjoy bringing in green glitter to help them put some sparkly touches on their Enormous Crocodile group projects.
This set of The Enormous Crocodile teaching resources includes step by step directions on how to assemble the 10 project templates into a large crocodile.
Depending on the age of your students, you could assemble these crocodile projects ahead of time for your students. Each crocodile takes me around 10 minutes to assemble myself.
Older students are able to assemble this large group project on their own. I have given my Grade 5 students the assembling directions worksheet (shown below), and they were able to assemble these large crocodile projects themselves.
Below is an example of the assembling directions worksheet.
Below: There are specific directions written on the actual
crocodile templates that show students where to cut and glue.
Students should proofread and edit their first drafts together before they begin working on their final draft crocodile projects.
This unique and fun group project for The Enormous Crocodile includes 10 printable worksheets with templates that assemble into a large crocodile.
When the project has been assembled, the finished crocodile measures 37 inches in width and 12 inches in height.
After your students have written their descriptions for each clever trick, there are four areas on the crocodile templates for students to draw pictures that represent the crocodile's clever tricks.
Your students will love working on this large project together and these finished Enormous Crocodile group projects will make a dynamic and eye catching classroom or hallway display.
After your students have completed their group projects, they can evaluate their projects using the group project grading rubric that is provided in this set of The Enormous Crocodile teaching resources.
After the group has graded their project, there is also an area on the grading rubric for the teacher to evaluate the project.
When I am first introducing my students to a new project, I believe that it is important for them to have a visual example of what their final draft projects will look like. I always assemble the project myself beforehand and display it at the front of my classroom.
To save you time in coloring the project that you show to your students at the beginning of this assignment, I have included color crocodile templates for you to use so that you do not have to color these templates yourself.
You can also choose to print these color templates and give them to your students to use for their projects. This will save your students time in having to color the crocodile templates themselves.
I have provided 3 different shades of green templates for you to select from. If you choose to print out the color templates to use with your students, you will have crocodile templates in 3 shades of green to distribute to your students.
Below are examples of the 3 different shades of green templates that
you will find in this set of The Enormous Crocodile lesson plans.
(To save space, the crocodile's feet are not shown in these examples.)
I know that it takes teachers a lot of valuable time to assemble their bulletin board displays. Many teachers spend hours of time cutting out large display letters or making a banner on their own at home on their computers.
This time is valuable and better spent on developing your classroom curriculum and grading papers, so I have designed a matching 5 page banner for your bulletin board display.
If you have access to a laminating machine, you can laminate your banner so that it is durable and you can use it year after year for bulletin board displays of your students' Enormous Crocodile group projects.
Students love creating wanted posters for the main characters of the books that they have read.
The Enormous Crocodile is an ideal character for a wanted poster because of the nasty tricks that he plans in order to eat some of the children in the town.
For this creative writing assignment, students describe the crocodile's appearance, what he is wanted for, where he was last seen, and the reward amount. Then, they have to write a detailed narrative describing the actions that happened, and what made the Enormous Crocodile commit this crime.
For students who are often reluctant about writing, I have found that my students gobble up this writing task with great enthusiasm and creativity!
This fun project contains two templates that assemble into a wanted poster. The wanted poster measures 13 inches in height and 10 inches in width.
This set of The Enormous Crocodile lesson plans includes:
Below is an example of the assembling directions worksheet.
I believe that it is important for students to go through the steps of the writing process. For this reason, my students never begin their Enormous Crocodile wanted posters by writing on their final draft templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.
Next, my students edit and revise their written work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.
This set of Enormous Crocodile teaching resources contains two worksheets for students to write their first drafts on. On my first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces on the final draft wanted poster.
This Enormous Crocodile wanted poster contains the following creative writing topics:
Below are examples of the first draft creative writing worksheets.
A grading rubric is included in this set of teaching resources.
I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so my wanted poster rubric contains an assessment section for both students and teachers.
When students evaluate their book report projects, they color in the faces on their grading rubric worksheets. When a teacher evaluates the projects, the teacher circles the small numbers inside each box on the printable worksheets.
Below is an example of the wanted poster grading rubric that is included in this set of teaching resources.
Assembling these wanted posters is easy:
Below are examples of the final draft black and white wanted poster templates.
As you are introducing this creative writing assignment to your students, it is a good idea to have a visual example of a finished wanted poster for your students to see. I have provided color templates of this project to save you time in having to color these templates yourself.
Below is an example of the final draft Enormous Crocodile
color templates that are included in this set of teaching resources.
One of my students' favorite creative writing assignments during the entire school year is creating an idea for a 5th Clever Trick that the Enormous Crocodile plans.
For this fun writing assignment, students pretend that they are Roald Dahl and write a new idea for a clever trick.
For this creative writing assignment, students:
Students are often reluctant about completing writing assignments. I have found that my students chomp with enthusiasm as they begin this assignment because they enjoy pretending that they are Roald Dahl and writing a new chapter for his story.
One of the main reasons that I continue to read The Enormous Crocodile to my students year after year is because my students love creating their own idea for a 5th Clever Trick!
This set of Enormous Crocodile lesson plans includes:
Below are examples of the teacher directions worksheet
and the grading rubric.
Below are examples of the idea web and the first draft worksheet.
Below are examples of the final draft worksheets.
Students draw a picture in the top left corner.
Below are examples of the black and white and the color cover sheets.
You can use this cover sheet to staple together a booklet of all of the writing
worksheets that your students have completed for this creative writing assignment.
Your students will enjoy pretending that they are newspaper editors and creating a Crocodile Times newspaper based on Roald Dahl's book The Enormous Crocodile.
For this fun creative writing assignment, students write three newspaper articles and draw a comic strip for their Crocodile Times newspapers.
Students are often reluctant about creative writing assignments, but I have found that my students eagerly put on their newspaper editor's hats in order to create a newspaper based on the characters from The Enormous Crocodile.
This set of Enormous Crocodile lesson plans includes the following:
This newspaper project is easy to cut out and assemble together. There are two final draft newspaper templates that are glued together to form a large newspaper project that measures 10 inches in width and 13 inches in height.
Below is an example of the assembly directions worksheet.
My students have enjoyed using their imaginations to create such sporting events as:
My students have gobbled up the task of creating restaurants and menu items for the animals in the story such as:
Below is an example of the Crocodile Times grading rubric that is included in this set of teaching resources.
There are two newspaper templates that are cut out and easily assembled together. When the newspaper project has been assembled it measures 10 inches in width and 13 inches in height.
This quiz contains 16 questions: 8 matching, 6 multiple choice, and 2 essay.
You can choose the topic for this general creative writing worksheet, or let your students choose their own topics. There are black and white and color versions of this worksheet in this set of teaching resources.
For this worksheet, students write a character description about the Enormous Crocodile.
For this worksheet, students review adjectives by using example sentences from the story.
After students have finished the word search puzzle, they use the remaining letters to solve the secret message at the bottom of the puzzle. An answer key is also included in this set of teaching resources.
Students unscramble letters to form words used in this story. An answer key is also included in this set of teaching resources.
For this Secret Message worksheet, students have to decode the secret message to find out what the Enormous Crocodile is saying to Trunky. An answer key is also included in this set of teaching resources.
For this Letter Tiles worksheet, students have to cut out the letter boxes and arrange them in the proper order to find out what the Roly Poly Bird said to the Enormous Crocodile. An answer key is also included in this set of teaching resources.
For this last worksheet, students review similes using Roald Dahl's examples from The Enormous Crocodile. Then, students have to write 3 sentences containing similes in them about characters from the story.
Roald Dahl has two cookbooks based on food found in his different stories that are available for purchase through Amazon.com (see the box found below).
I have purchased copies of both of these cookbooks myself and I use them to help me plan a fun Roald Dahl Day for my students.
These cookbooks contain scrumdiddlyumptious recipes for food items that are found in many different Roald Dahl books. Both cookbooks are filled with color photographs, as well as illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes contains a recipe for how to make an Enormous Crocodile sandwich and a photograph of a finished sandwich.
You can purchase these Roald Dahl Cookbooks
easily from Amazon by clicking in the box below.
Below are some ideas for ingredients that you can use to make an Enormous Crocodile sandwich. Feel free to use your imagination and substitute ingredients.
Below are some ideas for materials that you can use to make an Enormous Crocodile book cover. I staple my students' Enormous Crocodile stories inside these fun book covers that they enjoy designing.
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