The Elephant’s Child

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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it gave the elephant a very useful nose! Listen to a retelling of Rudyard Kipling's "The Elephant's Child" that explains how the elephant's long nose came to be—and what a hungry crocodile had to do with it.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show some fun videos of baby elephants playing with their trunks before beginning the story
  • Use the story as an introduction to The Jungle Book to acquaint readers with Kipling's writing style
Classroom Considerations

  • Language is elevated; provide vocabulary assistance to younger learners
  • Includes several scenes of spanking
  • Story duration is 25 minutes

  • Narrator reads the humorous parts of the story in a fun and engaging way
  • Resource provides both a streamable and downloadable version of the story

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