Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl Teaching Ideas

Matilda by Roald Dahl is a fun book to read. Matilda is a super-genius. She lives with parents who neglect her and are mean. Matilda must take care of herself and even teaches herself to read. She decides that every time her parents are mean, she will get them back with a prank. First, she puts glue in her dad’s hat. Next, she disguises a neighbor’s parrot as a ghost. Then, she dyes her dad’s hair blonde.

When Matilda begins school, her life is both the same and different. Her teacher, Miss Honey, realizes right away how extraordinary Matilda is, but the school’s headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is a tyrant and bully of the worst sort.

Will Matilda pull pranks on Miss Trunchbull as she does her family? You will have to read the book to see how Matilda deals with the school.

Activities for Matilda

Book Unit Samples

Free Samples from Matilda Book Unit

This sample includes 

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructed Response Question – Point of View




Teaching Idea #1 ~ My Favorite Books

Foldable Graphic Organizer to use with Matilda by Roald Dahl

Your students will enjoy putting this booklet together. Each page has a new task.


    • List their favorite books.

    • Write a paragraph explaining why their #1 choice is their favorite.

    • Compare the main character of their favorite book to Matilda.

    • Contrast their favorite character to Matilda.

    • Draw an illustration of their favorite scene.



Teaching Idea #2 ~ Videos

Video #1 – This video contains the full audiobook. Better yet, the text is displayed as the book is read.


Video #2 – Movie Clips 

Teaching Idea #3 ~ Resources on the Web

Free Samples from Matilda Book Unit

Twinkl – This website has a number of Roald Dahl resources. For the book Matilda, you will find character maps, word-find puzzles, and other book-related materials.

Roald Dahl Website – You’ll find six lessons to help your students explore different themes presented in the novel.

Teaching Ideas – This website has a great list of book-related activities broken down by subject areas.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) – Students will enjoy these crossword and word search puzzles.



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Matilda Book Unit

Matilda Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.  




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