Drawings of Ivan’s domain

5M students recently created some fantastic drawings of Ivan’s domain. Students included lots of details that have been mentioned throughout the novel including Ivan’s physical characteristics and the items that are in his domain.

Here are some of the best in a slideshow.

What do you admire about the drawings of Ivan’s domain?

Do you think the 5M artists have captured the world that Katherine Applegate describes?

Figurative Language in The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan is choc-a-block full of similes and metaphors.

Put on your detective hat to work through some of the figurative language to decide what picture the author is trying to create when she uses similes and metaphors.

Your task and the quotes from the book are in the slideshow below.



Comment on this post by finishing this quote using a simile:

“My pictures are scattered all over the floor like…”

The One and Only Ivan – Character Captain

As we read our 100th page of the text, The One and Only Ivan, let’s reflect upon the main characters, their individual identities, qualities, feelings, features and expressions that make them unique and draw us (the audience) in.

Use the poppet app to create a graphic organiser that allows you to list four main characters and key ideas and adjectives to describe them. Conclude the task by thinking of a minimum of three shared characteristics that they all have in common.


Check out some of the Tagxego word clouds that 5M made from their adjectives.

Adjectives for Ruby

Adjectives for Bob

Adjectives for Ivan

Silverback Gorilla Fact File

We now know that Ivan is a Silverback Gorilla.

To understand the main character Ivan, research the male Western Lowland Gorilla. You are to use your iPad to both gather your information and draw upon your creative technology skills to present the research task. Yes, you can even select an appropriate app of choice to complete the final task to share with your peers. Think about the text type structure you will employ to communicate the following required facts:


  1. Habitat
  2. Diet
  3. Size and features
  4. Geographic range
  5. Behaviour
  6. Lifespan
  7. Status
  8. Threats
  9. Protection

How is Ivan’s life different now that he lives in captivity? Choose one of the dot points above to guide your answer. For example – how is his diet different to the diet of a wild gorilla?

The One and Only Ivan – Predictions

In class 5M looked at the cover of The One and Only Ivan in preparation for the Global Read Aloud and made some predictions about the book on Wallwisher.


In class 5M looked at the cover of The One and Only Ivan in preparation for the Global Read Aloud and made some predictions about the book on Wallwisher.

How might your prediction change now that we have started the book?

Global Read Aloud

This year all the grade 5 classes are participating in the Global Read Aloud. We are reading the text “The One and Only Ivan“.

Check out this video below from the Global Read Aloud website! We’re so excited and can’t wait to share our thoughts with other classes around the world!

How might we communicate with other classes around the world about the book we are all reading?