My Father’s Dragon Activities

Teaching Ideas to Use with the Novel My Father’s Dragon

My Father’s Dragon tells the story of Elmer Elevator. Elmer runs away to a Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon. There, Elmer encounters fierce wild beasts. He must use items from his backpack to get out of difficult situations. These include two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, a fine-toothed comb, and other objects. Students laugh out loud at Elmer’s cleverness. The rescue mission on Wild Island turns into quite an adventure.

Students love reading about Elmer!

My Father’s Dragon Activities

Book Unit Samples

My Father's Dragonteaching ideas. Grab a free vocabulary, comprehension questions, and constructed writing prompts which is great for upper elementary including 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.

Check out this unit with these samples:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 [oblige and furnace] plus Chapter 10 [irate and jackknife]
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapter 1
  • Constructed Response Question – Point of View



Teaching Idea #1 ~ Story Writing

Free Printables to use with My Father's Dragon

Students imagine Elmer has another animal encounter. Elmer must use something from his knapsack to tame the wild beast.

The printable contains

  • A Story Planner – Guiding questions help students plan a story. 
  • Writing paper with animals is provided.
  • Venn Diagram – Students compare My Father’s Dragon to their story.
  • Making Connections with Text – Two organizers are provided to use with the book.
  • Nutrition – Discussion questions guide students to evaluate Elmer’s diet during his trip.



Teaching Idea #2 ~ Claymation –  My Father’s Dragon in 90 Seconds

This YouTube video highlights only part of the book. It is excellent! Have students evaluate the video.


  • Why did the author skip parts of the story?
  • How does the video help students better understand the story?
  • How could the video be improved?
  • What is the best feature of the video?


Teaching Idea #3 ~ On the Web

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing t teaching ideas. Grab a free vocabulary, comprehension questions, and constructed writing prompts which is great for upper elementary including 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.


Storyboard That

Student activities from Storyboard That include:

  • Character Map Graphic Organizer
  • Plot Diagram
  • Summary
  • Making Predictions
  • Themes


Teaching Idea #4 ~ Reading the Book Online 

Online Digital Book ~ My Father's Dragon

My Father’s Dragon is now in the public domain. This means you can easily find both audio and text versions of the story online.

Online Book

If you are lucky enough to have laptops for your class, you may enjoy using an online version of the book. This one includes the images.

Free Audio Book

LibriVox records books that are in Public Domain. This excellent audiobook is read by a child. You can download the entire story or listen to it online chapter by chapter.



Teaching Idea #5 ~ Origami Dragons

I love this video series. It is great to see the projects that can be completed by kids. This episode shows how to make an origami dragon.


See the product that inspired this post.

My Father's Dragon is available at Teachers Pay Teachers.

My Father’s Dragon Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.  



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