Matilda - Bruce Bogtrotter and the Cake

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After reading the 11th chapter in Matilda, class members take on the role of Bruce Bogtrotter and re-enact the cake eating scene. Here's the catch: they must come-up with an impromptu re-enactment of the scene from the story, and use fraction and percentage vocabulary in the dialogue to demonstrate an understanding of the amount of their cake that has been eaten.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class broken into pairs before they arrive to class 
  • Conduct a mini-lesson on script writing and dialogue if the class does not have experience in script writing
  • Hold a competition or have the class vote to see which pair of students has the most creative re-enactment
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a class set of Roald Dahl's Matilda
  • Gather enough round cakes for the class, but take caution and be aware of any food allergies
  • Assumes pupils have studied fractions or percents; tailor the starter portion of the activity to meet the needs of learners in the class
  • To keep the element of improv, set a time limit for crafting the role-play
Pros

  • Brings math skills into a literature study
  • Taps into learners' improvisation skills
Cons

  • None