* Make a story map/board for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
* Character study of Jack/Giant/Giant’s wife/Jack’s mother (resources to support in English page).
* Hot seat – Jack/The mother/The giant (this means that one of you will pretend to be the character and the other will ask this character questions).
* Design a book cover and new title for the story.
* Think of a different ending for the story and write your own version.
* If you had a magic bean what would you do with it?
* Imagine Jack climbed the beanstalk and found a completely different setting and characters at the top – what could these be, describe them.
* Write your own version of the story using this activity to help you.
* Write a modern-day newspaper report about the adventures of Jack and the Beanstalk.
* Poetry – Acrostic poem using the word BEANSTALK.
* Use pictures of giant’s face and provide speech bubbles – children write a new rhyme in the style of Fee Fi Fo Fum.
* Write a description about the sort of place a giant would need to live in – what would it look like, what sort of furniture would it need?
* Write an imaginary story about the adventures of another giant.
* Write a persuasive letter to Jack telling him why he should or should not climb the beanstalk.
* Jack and the Beanstalk is an interesting tale because he has lots of problems to solve along the way. His cow stops giving milk, Jack and his mother are poor, Jack gets in trouble with his mum, Jack discovers a boy-eating giant, Jack wakes up the giant. Can you recognise each problem and solution in the story? Do some of the solutions solve more than one problem?
* Write a simple book review.