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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles Activities

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles' is a children's novel by Julie Andrews Edwards about an eccentric professor and three children who travel to Whangdoodleland in search of a Whangdoodle. This asset provides activities to help students understand this novel.

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

It's no surprise that when the great actress and musician Julie Andrews Edwards puts pen to paper, the results are magical. In The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, the three Potter children meet Professor Savant who tells them all about an enchanted place called Whangdoodleland that requires imagination to enter. Savant teaches the Potters to concentrate so they can travel with him. The Prime Minister of Whangdoodleland, Oily Prock, tries to prevent the travelers from finding the final Whangdoodle, but the Potters use creativity and critical thinking to make it through. The following activities accompany this novel to enhance comprehension.

Grade level: 6th-8th

Whangdoodleland Mural

The setting of Whangdoodleland is central to this novel. This activity helps students visualize the setting.

Key Terms:

  • setting
  • adjectives

Guiding Questions:

  • What are some adjectives in the book that are used to describe Whangdoodleland?
  • What do you visualize when you imagine Whangdoodleland?

Materials:

  • butcher paper
  • markers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • construction paper
  • art tissue

Procedure:

  • Divide students into pairs. Have pairs of students search through the text to find descriptions of Whangdoodle.
  • Have students brainstorm some adjectives and describing phrases that are used by the author to describe Whangdoodle.
  • Discuss students' visualizations and why the appearance of this setting is important.
  • Have students plan and create a mural on butcher paper of the Whangdoodle setting.

Imaginative Creatures

Key Terms:

  • characterization

Guiding Questions:

  • What are some tools of characterization that are used by the author?
  • What does the creature say, do, or think that reveals character traits?
  • What words would you use to describe the creature's physical appearance and personality?

Materials:

  • drawing paper
  • colored pencils/markers

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