The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan uses ''The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me'' to teach about adjectives and descriptive language. The lesson plan includes whole class, individual, and group work and a writing presentation project.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • define adjectives.
  • identify the use of adjectives and other descriptive language in literature such as The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.
  • write an advertisement using precise language, including creative adjectives.


  • The first couple of activities will take about 30-60 minutes. The final activity is a group project that could be worked on over a couple of days.

Curriculum Standards


Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.


Choose words and phrases for effect.


Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Adjective
  • Descriptive language
  • Precise language


  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl - multiple copies if possible
  • Materials for writing and illustrating, as well as other multi-media presentation modes as appropriate
  • Phrases on index cards for the Make it Better activity

Lesson and Activities

  • Prior to the activities in this lesson plan, the students should have read the book The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl. This may have taken place over a number of days, using teacher read-aloud times, partner reading, individual reading, or any method of your choice.

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