THE SELFISH GIANT
THE SELFISH GIANT friendship.
AFTER VIEWING ACTIVITIES
by Oscar Wilde, ill. by Gertraud & Walter Supply twigs or tongue depressors,
Reiner BEFORE VIEWING ACTIVITIES sheets of posterboard, crayons and paste
Themes: Fairy Tales, Seasons Share the book, THE SELFISH GIANT, with that children can use to create the giant’s
Grade Level: K-2 children. Then ask: garden. Have children paste the
Running Time: 14 minutes, animated, B&W • Why do you think springtime always came twigs/tongue depressors onto the poster-
to the giant’s garden when the children board to create four separate squares, each
This is the story of a giant who returns to played there? representing the giant’s garden during a dif-
his home after many years to discover that Talk with children about the seasons. Ask: ferent season. Help children label each sec-
children have been using his garden to play • Which season is your favorite? Why? tion of the garden summer, winter, spring and
in. This upsets the giant, who erects a wall • What kinds of weather do you enjoy most? fall. Have children use their crayons to draw
to keep the children out. The cold winter • What kinds of things do you do outdoors in within each square what the garden might
refuses to give in to the brilliance of spring the summer? winter? spring? fall? look like during each season.
without the children. One day, the giant • What colors do you see during each Have children perform a dramatization of
notices sunshine coming in through his win- season? the story, THE SELFISH GIANT. Children can
dow. He discovers that children have • What are some of the signs you see that paint a large garden scene on kraft paper to
crawled through a hole in the wall, entered tell you that spring is on the way? That win- use as a backdrop. Attach cotton balls to a
the garden and climbed into the trees, mak- ter is coming? That summer is almost here? triangular piece of construction paper, attach
ing them blossom. In the farthest corner of That fall is arriving? (Ask children who live in string to the paper and let the “giant” wear it
the garden, the giant notices one little boy areas where seasonal changes are not dra- as a beard. Encourage children representing
who is crying because he cannot climb up matic to describe the subtle changes that the children in the story to describe the many
into a tree. The giant helps the boy up and occur.) different signs of spring they see as they
discovers that his life is much more pleasant Have children describe the kinds of things romp and play in the giant’s garden.
this way. The children once again enjoy the they like to share with their friends and fami- Discuss the ways the children in the story
garden and springtime fills the giant’s yard. ly. Ask: felt about the giant in the beginning and at
The story ends with the passing of the elderly • How do you feel when you share these the end of the story. Ask children what kinds
giant, who lies under a tree in his garden things? of things they think the giant and the children
covered with blossoms. • How do you feel when others share with in the story enjoyed doing together once they
you? got to know one another.
OBJECTIVES • What can you do if a friend wants to use Other videos about seasons available from
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