The Gruffalo-Identifying and naming animals

A selection of activities and resources linked to The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Teachers can use this story as a starting point to help younger primary  children (age 5 to 7)  identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals as prominent characters include an example of a reptile (snake), a bird (owl) and a mammal (fox).  An amphibian (frog) and various invertebrates are also included in the illustrations.  Children may have fun trying to classify the Gruffalo; what type of animal is he and how do they know?

The snake, owl and fox are all predators who want to eat the mouse so this story also makes an interesting starting point to help children describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and  to identify and name different sources of food.  

This story would also support children to learn more about habitats and  to identify and name a variety of plants and animals in different habitats, including micro-habitats.