1. Life-size Characters. Divide your class into small groups of two or three. You can have as many as eleven groups, so make your calculations based on the needs of your specific classroom. Give each group seven feet of butcher paper, and the name of a character from the story: James, Aunt Spiker, Aunt Sponge, the Old Man, the Centipede, the Earthworm, Miss Spider, the Old Green Grasshopper, the Ladybug, the Glowworm and the Silkworm. (If you have fewer than eleven groups, you can eliminate the Glowworm, the Silkworm, and the Old Man first, and then take more out as you need).
Have each group draw a life-size illustration of their character. Be sure to have them use the details that Dahl provides in his narration, and add elements that show the characters' personalities. If you are going to evaluate this, use a rubric that lists personality, creativity, and attention to detail in the book as criteria.
2. News Reports. Divide your class into five groups. Each group is responsible for filming a news report about one of the following events: the appearance of the huge peach (including the paid showings), the crushing of Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge, the sighting of the peach by a ship, plane or satellite, the early-morning sightings of the peach above Manhattan, and the events after the peach lands and the characters get out.
This will require a digital camera or flip camera. First, though, have students write out scripts for their news reports -- for added fun, have them write some commercials to go in with the news story. For evaluation, provide a rubric that includes such elements as attention to detail in the story, humor, and creativity.