Esio Trot, written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, is a sweet story about an elderly man who has a secret crush on his neighbor, Mrs. Silver.
Esio Trot is tortoise spelled backwards and Roald Dahl uses many words spelled backwards throughout his classic love story about a man, a woman, and her pet tortoise.
The main character is Mr. Hoppy and he is in love with the woman who lives in the apartment beneath him, but he is too shy to tell her. Mrs. Silver is devoted to her pet tortoise and she is concerned because Alfie is not growing any bigger.
Mr. Hoppy is desperate to make a favorable impression on Mrs. Silver. One day, Mr. Hoppy is struck with a brilliant idea as to how he can win Mrs. Silver's attention and love, but he's going to need a lot of tortoises to pull off his clever plan!
Mr. Hoppy informs Mrs. Silver that, "Tortoises are very backward creatures. Therefore they can only understand words that are written backwards." He concocts a clever scheme to encourage Mrs. Silver to say "magical backwards" words to Alfie each day in hopes that this will help her tortoise to grow bigger.
At a pet store, Mr. Hoppy buys over 140 tortoises of different sizes. Mr. Hoppy finds a way to make it appear that Alfie is slowly growing larger by swapping him for increasingly larger tortoises. Each week he replaces a tortoise with one that is slightly bigger.
When Alfie appears to be growing bigger, Mrs. Silver is convinced that the magical words work, and Mr. Hoppy wins the love of his sweetheart.
At the end of this gentle tale about two elderly people who fall in love, Mr. Hoppy and Mrs. Silver get married and live happily ever after.
I recommend reading this short chapter book aloud to your students. They will laugh with delight as they hear you read the magical backwards tortoise words that Roald Dahl has concocted for this humorous book. Your students will cheer at the end of this cute romantic senior love story when Mrs. Silver agrees to marry Mr. Hoppy.
My students love completing the fun projects that I have created specifically for this book, which you can find below.
Although Esio Trot 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 Esio Trot teaching 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 Esio Trot 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!
My students have enjoyed completing this extra large Esio Trot project with the members of their group.
For this cooperative group project, students work together to describe the two main characters, the problem, and the solution of the story. There is an area on the tortoise templates for students to draw a picture of Alfie.
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 Esio Trot group projects by writing on their final draft tortoise 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 Esio Trot teaching resources contains 2 first draft worksheets. On these first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces on the final draft tortoise templates.
This Esio Trot group project requires students
to write about the following topics:
Below are examples of the two first draft worksheets.
This Esio Trot group project requires a lot of green coloring materials to complete these extra large tortoise projects. A few days before my students begin working on their final draft tortoise 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 Esio Trot group projects.
This set of Esio Trot teaching resources includes step by step directions on how to assemble the 7 project templates into a large tortoise.
Depending on the age of your students, you could assemble these tortoise projects ahead of time for your students. Each tortoise 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 workshees (shown below), and they were able to assemble these large tortoise projects themselves.
Below are examples of the assembling directions worksheets.
Below: There are specific directions written on the actual
tortoise templates that show students where to cut and glue.
Before posting this Roald Dahl teaching resource on my website for the first time in July 2011, I changed and improved the templates from when I had previously used this resource with my own students.
In the new version (shown above), I changed and improved the general oval shape of the shell and the style of the tortoise's legs.
All of the worksheets and the templates that are shown on this page are the updated version of this Esio Trot group project.
All of the pictures on this web page that include students in them or classroom bulletin board displays are examples of my older version of this resource. Both versions are the same size, and the new and improved version is the one that is available for purchase.
Students should proofread and edit their first drafts together before they begin working on their final draft tortoise projects.
This unique and fun Esio Trot group project includes 7 printable worksheets with templates that assemble into a large tortoise.
When the project has been assembled, the finished tortoise measures 37 inches in width and 12 inches in height.
Your students will love working on this large project together and these finished Esio Trot 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 Esio Trot 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 tortoise templates for you to use so that you do not have to color these templates yourself.
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' Esio Trot group projects.
Are you looking for a tortoise shaped writing template that will help you create an eye catching bulletin board display based on Roald Dahl's book?
These cute Esio Trot creative writing templates measure 9 x 5.5 inches. There are 3 templates that are stapled together to form a flip up book.
These tortoise templates would be ideal to use for writing a summary about the book, writing a poem, or completing a science research project about tortoises.
For creative writing assignments, 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 creative writing assignments by writing on their final draft templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.
Below is an example of the first draft writing worksheet that is included in this set of Esio Trot lesson plans. The writing lines and spaces on the first draft worksheet match the lines and spaces on the final draft tortoise templates.
If you want to make this a longer writing assignment, give your students two copies of this worksheet. When students are completing their final drafts, you would also give your students the additional middle writing template that is shown later on this page.
After students have edited and revised their first drafts, you should give them their final draft tortoise templates.
This set of teaching resources includes final draft tortoises templates that face both left and right.
I suggest that you give half of your students tortoises facing left and the other half of your students right templates.
By having tortoises that are facing in both directions, you will be able to add more variety to your bulletin board display of your students' Esio Trot creative writing assignments.
There are 3 final draft tortoise templates:
These tortoise templates contain thick black borders, which makes it easy for students to cut out and assemble their flip up books themselves.
Below are examples of the 3 final draft tortoise templates:
Esio Trot Lesson Plans: 3 Tortoise Writing Templates (Left)
Staple pages together at the top to form a flip up book.
(The middle page is optional.)
Example of right tortoise template.
When I am introducing this writing assigment to my students, I like to begin by sharing my own example with my students. At the front of my classroom, I display an example of what the final draft tortoise flip book looks like.
I have included color tortoise templates for you to use as visual examples to show your students so that you don't have to spend time coloring these Esio Trot templates yourself.
The cover page has not been colored green because a picture needs to be drawn and colored in this area.
A grading rubric is included in this set of Esio Trot teaching resources.
I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so my grading rubric contains an assessment section for both students and teachers.
When students evaluate their assignments, they color in the faces on their grading rubric worksheets.
When the teacher evaluates the assignments, the teacher circles the small numbers inside each box on the printable worksheets.
Below is an example of the grading rubric.
The above five page banner is included for free in this set of Esio Trot lesson plans. This banner says SUPER WORK, which has been spelled backwards in "tortoise language."To help you decorate your bulletin board display with a tortoise theme, I have included tortoise accent pieces in this set of Esio Trot teaching resources.
These accent pieces include 3 different shades of green tortoises, in a variety of different sizes, facing both left and right.
There are three phrases written on these tortoises (SUPER WORK, GOOD JOB, and WELL DONE) and there is a second copy of each tortoise with these phrases written backwards. Below are examples of some of these tortoise accent pieces.
How often do you find a unique sticker chart set of teaching resources that is based on a Roald Dahl book that you just read to your students?
These fun Esio Trot sticker charts will motivate your students to come out of their shells and make steady progress towards a goal that you set for them.
Although these tortoise shaped sticker charts can be used for a variety of different purposes, I like to use them to encourage my students to read books on their own.
After I read this Roald Dahl book aloud to my students, I give each of my students an Esio Trot sticker chart. Students place stickers on their charts each time that they finish reading a book and I use these incentive charts to help encourage and promote reading in my classroom.
Besides reading, you can also use these tortoise shaped sticker chart templates to record homework, behavior, classwork, good citizenship, math, spelling, or any other goal that you want your students to achieve.
There are 20 sticker boxes on these tortoise templates. I have designed the boxes inside the sticker charts to fit the standard small stickers that many teachers use. If you do not have these small stickers, you can draw a smiley face or place a check mark inside each box.
These turtle sticker charts measure 10 inches in width and 6 inches in height. I have designed tortoises facing both left and right, so that there will be more variety in your classroom bulletin board display of your students' Esio Trot sticker charts.
These Esio Trot sticker charts are a wonderful way to positively reinforce your students for making progress towards their goals.
I have designed a matching student award certificate that you can present to your students when they have reached their goal. This set of teaching resources includes color and black and white copies of the award certificate for you to choose from.
Your students will be excited to take their completed Esio Trot sticker charts home with them, along with their matching award certificate.
Parents will be impressed with the extra effort that you have put forth in positively reinforcing and encouraging your students to reach a goal that you have set for them.
To help you decorate your bulletin board with a tortoise theme, I have included turtle accent pieces for you to use in preparing your classroom bulletin board display.
There are 6 turtles with related quotes on them for you to use as additional accent pieces:
This set of teaching resources also includes 18 different sizes of tortoises for you to use as additional accent pieces to help you decorate your Esio Trot bulletin board display.
Below are some ideas for materials that you can use to make an Esio Trot book cover. I staple my students' Esio Trot stories inside these fun oval shaped book covers that they enjoy designing.
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