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Oliver and George: Teaching Notes

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Oliver and George
Peter Carnavas

Oliver and George: Question Time!

Before Reading:
What do you know about bears? How do they normally behave?
Look at the cover. Which character do you think is Oliver? Which is George? What can you see them doing? What do you think the boy wants to do?

During Reading:
Have your mum or dad ever told you ‘in a minute’ when you’ve asked for something?
Ask children to join in when reading, ‘George got so mad that he… didn’t do anything. George wasn’t mad at all.’
What do you think George will do? What will Oliver do next? Do you think George will get mad this time? Why did George get mad about Oliver taking his book?

After Reading:
How would you describe George? Why do you think he reacted the way he did?
How would you describe Oliver? Why do you think he behaved like he did? Could he have done something else to get George to play?
What would you do to get someone’s attention? What would you do if someone was pestering you?

Oliver and George: Learning Time!  

Writing.
– Write your own story using the following sentence starters.
Oliver ___________. George got so mad that he… didn’t do anything.
Oliver ___________. George got so mad that he… ______________.
George __________. Oliver got so _____ that he ________________.

Reading.
– Adjectives.
How would you describe Oliver? Cheeky, Funny, Eager…
What about George? Busy, Serious, Polite, Honey-Coloured…
Complete the Oliver and George_adjectives with lots of describing words (adjectives) for each character.
Oliver and George_adjective George Oliver and George_adjective Oliver

– Read other books by Peter Carnavas. Can you spot the differences and similarities between his writing style and illustrations?
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– Read other books about bears. How do these bears compare to George? Are they often polite or scary?
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Mathematics.
– Make your own puzzle.
Aims:
To promote spatial awareness.
To reinforce one-to-one correspondence.
To practise skills in patience and perseverence.
Download puzzle and see instructions here.
Oliver and George Puzzle 4 pieces Oliver and George Puzzle 4 pieces(bw)

– Measurement (Length).
Paper plane races (see Science activity).
Materials: paper, ruler / tape measure.
Directions:
1. After constructing your paper planes, set up a starting line and line up against your competitors.
2. Take turns to throw your paper planes as far as possible.
3. Using a ruler or tape measure, measure the distance (length) from the starting line to where the plane landed. Record.
4. Have a few turns to determine a winner!

– Measurement (Time).
George said, ”In a minute”.
1. Clock face: Identify hour hand, minute hand and second hand. Identify numbers and marks in between. How many marks in between numbers? What do each represent?
Make your own clock including the minute marks.
2. How long is a minute? How many seconds? Watch the clock and count each second until it reaches where you began. Does it feel like a long time to wait for something?
3. How many things can you do in a minute? List some activities, then have a turn to see how many times you can do that activity in one minute. For example, jumping on the spot, writing your name, bounce a ball, fold paper planes, and so on.

Arts / Crafts.
– Peter Carnavas has deliberately left white backgrounds to focus on the dynamics between the characters. Their actions are like a little skit. Notice their props and costumes!
Using old cardboard boxes, make some simple costumes and perform your own little play!
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You can also find some fantastic no-sew costumes at Red Ted Art:
http://redtedart.com/2013/09/04/no-sew-costume-ideas/
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Science.
”Oliver threw a paper plane at George. George got so mad that he… didn’t do anything.”
– Paper Plane Experiments.
1. Try make a variety of paper planes.
http://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Airplane
2. Test out the aerodynamics of your different paper planes. Which ones go furthest?
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/flight/paperairplane.html
https://explorable.com/paper-airplane-experiment
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Watch a video clip of Peter Carnavas drawing George the bear:
http://petercarnavas.com/2014/10/16/drawing-and-painting-george-the-bear/

Read a behind-the-scenes interview with Peter Carnavas:
http://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/ready-to-play-peter-carnavas-bears-all-on-oliver-and-george

Oliver and George
Available for purchase from Boomerang Books ($22.49 + $6.95 shipping per order)

Lessons and worksheets by Romi Sharp 2014
All sourced resources have been credited.
These activities are for personal or classroom use and not permitted for commercial reasons.

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Author: Romi Sharp

Qualified teacher, reviewer, writer and avid picture book fanatic, constantly immersed in the world of children's literature. Founder of My Little Story Corner and Just Write For Kids.

2 thoughts on “Oliver and George: Teaching Notes

  1. Romi, this is fantastic. What incredibly worthy resources you continue to create. Nice work! 🙂

    Renee

    • Dear Renee,
      Thank you, I so appreciate your feedback! That’s lovely of you to say!
      I’m thrilled to be able to provide resources that encourage a continued love for picture books and highlight some of the endless possibilities for great learning experiences!
      Thanks again,
      Romi

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