What does YOUR magic finger do?.mov

Direct Instruction

This lesson shows my Reading class responding to the book 'The Magic Finger' by Roald Dahl, by formulating their own ideas as to what would make THEM angry enough to bring out THEIR own magic finger.

The hope is for these ideas to be incorporated in, and indeed form the bulk of the storyline for my Manaiakalani Film Festival movie this year.

Extended Lesson Plan


This was a quick and easily achievable task for the bulk of the students in my Reading class. I loved the personal voice that came through in their ideas! This was far more important to me than the quantity of writing or talking that they produced. There was evidence of original thought and appropriate responses to the theme of 'teaching someone a lesson' that was evident in 'The Magic Finger'.

Class Site Content

Reading Plan - YOUR Magic Finger slide

Learner Generated Content

Charlotte Gaston

Pt England School,

Auckland, New Zealand



Manaiakalani Research

Manaiakalani Education Trust

PO Box 18 061, Glen Innes

Auckland, New Zealand