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Ideas For Teachers

Zorgamazoo Machine

Zorgamazoo is an excellent way to stimulate young readers� interest in rhyme, rhythm and poetry. But there�s more to Zorgamazoo than just language and literacy. Listed below are ideas for activities contributed by elementary and middle school teachers, incorporating the novel into a variety of subject areas:


- Write an account of one of Bortlebee�s youthful adventures

- Write the official rules to Zorgally Ball�or make up your own rules!

- Pretend you�re one of the characters and write a diary entry: What has just happened to you, and how are you feeling? What do you think of the other characters and what do you think will happen next?

- Pretend you�re one of the creatures trapped on the moon. Tell a story of what your life was like before you were captured by the Octamabots.

- Write your own rhyming couplet, quatrain or poem about yourself, your friends, a character from Zorgamazoo, or fantastical creatures of your own creation.

- Write about what happens next to one of the main characters, after the story ends.


- Draw a map from Underwood Bluff to Zorgamazoo.

- Listen to the description of one of the main characters and draw what you think he or she may look like. How is it similar/different to what the illustrator drew?

- There are many mythical creatures in the novel which are described as a combination of several different animals. Combine parts of your choice of animals to create and name your own mythical creature. (Writing/Science link): Write about or discuss where your creature would live, what it would eat, and what its� life might be like.

- (Writing link): Write a description of the creature in rhyme.

- Illustrate your favorite scene from the novel.


- Create a costume for one of the characters.

- Practice reading part of the story aloud � how can you use your voice to make it more interesting to listen to?

- Write and perform a scene from the novel.


- Relate the disappearance of the world�s most magical creatures to the potential disappearance of real ones�such as sea otters, polar bears or the giant panda. What can we do to ensure that real animals won�t disappear?

- Working in groups�or as an entire class�build a marble machine like the Hero Selection Divining Device. (For how many seconds can you make the marble travel? What makes the marble move faster or slower? Can you combine several machines to make a larger one?)

- Dullbert is sent to collect resources from the planet Earth. Do you think that going to other planets (or countries or cities) is a good way to get things that we need, like fuel and food? Why or why not? Are there times when it is okay and times when it isn�t?


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Here's what educators and librarians are saying:

�Captivating and Informative! Rob�s presentation had great motivational techniques for parents to use while reading with their children. His reading from Zorgamazoo captured our imaginations. A wonderful presentation!�
- Jane McCarter, Vice-Principal, Joseph Gibbons PS (Halton Hills)

�My students still talk about your many voices for chapter 3 and a few of them are so engrossed in Zorgamazoo I have to pull the story from their hands for a lesson!�
- Ms. Berends, Grenoble PS (Toronto)

�The students were very excited after meeting Rob and enjoyed the humorous presentation along with their teachers. Whenever we have a few minutes, we try to read a little bit of the book. The students never get tired of Katrina!�
- Amena Khan, Yorkwoods PS (Toronto)

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Photos courtesy of Yorkville Library and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers
at Harbourfront Centre: Photographer Tom Bilenkey; (c) www.readings.org