5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day in the Classroom

Roald Dahl is one of my all-time favourites! His stories are so imaginative and engaging. I am yet to meet a child (or teacher) that doesn’t feel the same.

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Throughout my time in the classroom, I have shared many of his books with the students I’ve taught. From The BFG, to The Magic Finger, to Fantastic Mr Fox. Every year, I manage to sneak at least one into my class schedule just to read for fun and it isn’t long before the kids share my obsession. Afterwards, I look at them borrowing Dahl books from the library or begging me to read them another one of his books and I smile triumphantly on the inside, because that is where readers are born… from a love of reading.

Roald Dahl

So, what better way to introduce or celebrate this wonderful author than with ‘Roald Dahl Day’ (celebrated annually on the 13th of September). I know teachers are busy people and if you are anything like me, fitting another thing into my busy day is hard. So today, I thought I would share 5 simple ways you could celebrate Roald Dahl Day that require minimal prep to hopefully encourage and grow lifelong readers in your classroom:

5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day:

1. Set the stage to engage

Surprise your students and dress up as a character from your favourite Dahl story and greet them at the beginning of the day (you could also invite everyone to dress up, however that is a little more labour intensive).

 

2. Engage with a writing prompt

‘Describe three things you would do if you had a magic finger’ or ‘Explain a trick you could play on Mr and Mrs Twit’.

 

3. Transform students into mini journalists

Ask students to prepare a list of questions they would ask Roald Dahl if he visited their house for dinner. In the past, I’ve also asked students to consider what meal they would serve him and explain why (there is always some pretty interesting and outrageous answers!)

 

4. Spark Creativity with a design task

A few design tasks I have done before include, designing a new chocolate bar for Willy Wonka’s factory and describing its delicious features or designing a model of Miss Trunchbull’s office.

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5. Get imaginative

Create BFG dream jars. You can do this a number of ways; students can record their dreams and put them in a jar or you can create artistic jars with coloured water and glitter.

BFG Dream Jars Rainbow Sky Creations

BFG Dream Jars Rainbow Sky Creations

BFG Dream Jars Rainbow Sky Creations

I could sit here and list fun and engaging activities based on Roald Dahl’s novels for hours (don’t worry, I am going to stop right here). No matter what time of year it is, Roald Dahl Day or not, it is ALWAYS a good time to introduce his literature and a love of dreading to your students!

Click here to get a FREE copy of four activities based on The BFG, Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The Twits by Roald Dahl.

 

Looking for more!

Check out our ready-to-go resource for Roald Dahl Day, a no-prep author research project, or an activity to introduce one of his novels. Don’t miss our engaging ‘All About Roald Dahl’ flipbook.Roald Dahl Flipbook

 

❤️ What Teachers are saying about this resource: ❤️

“The perfect companion to our Roald Dahl unit in reading groups. Thanks!” – Shara

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“This was a wonderful resource! I teach elementary level SDC and my students love it! ” – Breanna

 

 

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