Shark in the Park make a telescope Resource cover. Activity ideas for practising story language. Inspiration for further language practice.

Shark in the Park - Make a telescope

Super simple ideas and instructions for making a telescope and inspiring ideas on using them to practise English.

♦ Easy to make for even your littlest learners.

♦ Includes lots of interactive story retelling and game ideas.

♦ An engaging craft your ESL kids are certain to remember.

♦ Use across multiple lessons for any language revision activity.

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What will my ESL young learners learn?

You can use these telescopes for any language point, but if you’re using them for the Shark in the Park story, here are some of the key vocabulary and phrases you can practise.

Don’t forget the valuable classroom language you’ll be helping them learn too!

Story characters and items

boy, dad/man, crow/bird, cat, shark, duck, pond, telescope, park, tree, flowers

Story phrases

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, looking through his telescope,

He looks at the sky,  (He looks up,)

He looks at the ground,  (He looks down,)

He looks left and right, He looks all around,

And this is what he sees…


Oh no! It’s just a ……






e.g. It’s a (cat). It’s not a shark. It isn’t a shark.

adverbs ‘just’ and ‘only’

e.g. It’s just a dog. It’s only a bird.

I can see…

e.g. I can see a shark! I can see blue!


Game and activity language

What can you see?

Where’s the…? It’s here. It’s there. Is it…? Yes, it is. No, it isn’t. What is it? It’s a.. It’s…Can you find the…?

Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Colours, scissors, cut, paper, card, sticker, glue, paint, tube, toilet roll, crayons, pens, pencils.

What do teachers say about the resources?

Frequently asked questions

All my materials have been tried and tested in the classroom. As well as having almost 20 years of teaching experience, I am also a qualified trainer for the Trinity TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate), so you can rely on the quality.

Yes! They work great for mixed aged groups and different abilities because it’s really easy to adapt the craft materials you make available. Older children will be able to manage more fiddly cutting and sticking, whereas with your youngest learners, stickers are a good idea.

This resource is designed to be used in one stage of your lesson. If you’re using it with Shark in the Park, add in the storytelling with the book or video, and a vocabulary game or two, and you’re ready to go!

You can certainly find some free colouring sheets out there, but it’ll be tough to find ones that exactly match the vocabulary in the story. I can guarantee your young learners will be much more excited to create this. Engaged and motivated children make for a happy lesson (and teacher!)

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