- There are lots of adjectives and other descriptive words in the story which describe different things. Can you find them all? Could you make a poster to display these different adjectives? Can you think of some synonyms?
- Look at pictures of snails and whales and think of words / sentences / paragraphs to describe them.
- A rock is described as 'as black as soot'. This is a simile. Can you find more in the story? Can you make up your own similes, or find others in different books?
- The snail 'slithered'. Think of other words to describe how different creatures move.
- There is a lot of rhyming in the story. Can you find the rhyming words? Can you find other words which rhyme with them?
- Look at one of the pictures, without the accompanying text. Can you write about that part of the creatures' adventure? Could you think of words / phrases to describe what is happening in the illustration?
- Look at the illustrations and think of speech / thought bubbles for the animals shown.
- Imagine that you had to write a newspaper report about the people (and the snail) who saved the whale. What would it say?
- At the end of the story, the snail tells his friends all about his adventure. Can you write what he might have said to them?
- Read the story of part of the story aloud and record it, use expression for different characters. Think about how each character might talk, look at punctuation to help you change your voice (Is there an exclamation mark? How would you respond to this, will your voice get louder or quieter?)
- Write your own story about two different creatures who go on a big adventure together.
- Writ an acrostic poem using the word “whale” or “snail” example: