Elephants have always been one of my favourite animals. Here’s a few classroom ideas based on elephants.
1. Story: Too Many Elephants In This House
Last year, my class read the story “Too Many Elephants In This House” by Ursula Dubosarsky for National Simultaneous Storytime; where primary school students across Australia read the same book at the same time.
Sourced from Book Depository
I made up some simple writing worksheets which you can download below for free. The elephant clip art is available from mycutegraphics.com.
2. Make Paper Elephants
My class made these wonderful paper elephants which was a lot of fun. The process seemed somewhat complex, so I pre-cut the materials beforehand to make the activity more student friendly.
Here is a video to give you the general gist of how to assemble them.
Materials Required Per Student
- 3 sheets of A4 coloured paper (cut in half to make 6 rectangles)
- 1 sheet of A4 coloured paper (to trace the ears and two long strips for the tail and trunk)
- I set of googly eyes
- PVA glue and a glue stick
- Stickers and textas to decorate
3. Elmer The Elephant
I love this story because I think it is great for teaching children about how to value uniqueness and diversity. It is also a handy story for discussing colours. It is available from the Book Depository.
I love this Elmer colour by numbers worksheet available from Yoand.Biz.
Sparklebox has an Elmer story sack containing a wide variety of printables such as these sequencing sheets.
There are loads of other great Elmer craft ideas on Pinterest. I’ve seen a few exploring the topic “I am one of a kind because…” accompanied by a collage using little squares of coloured paper.
4. Inspiring Video: An Elephant Paints A Self Portrait With It’s Trunk
5. Elephant Printable
I like this “E” is for elephant tracing printable available from Ziggity Zoom. There are lots of similar alphabet worksheets available on that website for other animals too.
I hope you have fun learning about elephants. :)