The Big Hill Chapter 5

Category: The Big Hill

totara treesThey stoppedstopped to enjoy the sunlightsunlight in the clearinging and to rest for a few minutes. AfterwardsAfterwards they found the rest of the climb quite easy. But the top of the hill was coveredcovered with bush, and so they could not see the view they hopedhoped for.

Let usLet’s   climb a tree to see out,” Ricki suggested,suggested, and before anyoneanyone could answer, he and Tim were raceracing to be first up. Tim climbed a rata, and Ricki climbed a totora tree.

“Come on, Mia,” said Mr Gale, and soon all four were in the treetops,treetops, lookinglooking out and down past the bush-coveredcovered hills to the sandysandy beachesbeaches and the shineshining blue sea.

“This does notdoesn’t   seem like a very good place for lunch,” said Tim at last. “There isThere’s nowherenowhere to sit.”

“What about the lizard’slizard’s rock?” askedasked Mia. EveryoneEveryone agreed,d, and they went back to the clearingclearing and beganbegan unpacking.unpacking. Mr Gale’s haversackhaversack held a loaf of bread, a knife, a jar of butterbutter and a jar of peach jam. There were boileded eggs and a tin of sardinessardines in Ricki’s. Mia unpacked a tin of biscuits,biscuits, four mugs and some little cucumberscucumbers from hers. Tim carrycarried all the extraextra pulloverspullovers insteadinstead of food. When everythingeverything was unpacked, they all lookedlooked very unhappy,unhappy, althoughalthough this was the usualusual picnicpicnic food.


Summarise what has happened so far in this narrative.

Clarify these words: clearing, rata, totara, haversack, sardines, cucumbers, pullover.

Retell what happens in this chapter.

Make inferences and give opinions about:

  • Why they might want to stop and rest.
  • Why they were disappointed at the top.
  • Why climbing trees was a good idea.
  • What kind of trees rata and totara must be.
  • Why it was not a good place for lunch.
  • What made the lizard's rock a good place
  • Why they took pullovers.
  • Why they weren't happy when they unpacked their picnic.
  • Whether there is a problem to be solved.
  • What else we have learnt about the characters and the setting. 

What prediction can you make about what might happen next?

What question could you ask about this chapter?

Visualise this use of descriptive language: sandy beaches and shining blue sea.

Make a connection with this chapter.

Word Study

Verb endings: What happens when we add s, ed and ing to: stop, hop, race, shine, carry.

Other affixes: What happens when we add other prefixes and suffixes like un, ys to these words: packhappy, sand, beach.

What other words can you think of that end in -wards like afterwards?

What two words make up these compound words: sunlight, anyone, treetops, nowhere, everyone, everything, pullovers, although.

What two words are contracted here: let's, doesn't, there's.

What job does the apostrophe do in: Mr Gale's, Ricki's.