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Adelaide’s Secret World: Teaching Notes

Adelaide’s Secret World, Elise Hurst (author, illus.), Allen&Unwin, 2015.  

Review. 

imageShe lives a solitary existence. A life once full of delight and wonders, now, a world confined in glass jars, hidden within a cloak and a red curtain. The town in which Adelaide lives is bustling with movement, but it seems the townsfolk are simply, and privately, just passing through each day. Longing for a connection, a serendipitous moment finds Adelaide at the door that opens her heart and soul to a whole new world full of possibilities. As she finds her inner calm, it is that very red curtain that once blocked her vision that she courageously uses as the missing link. By connecting the torn thread amongst the townsfolk, those who were once lonely and silent, including Adelaide, have now found a voice, and each other.

imageWith her stunning collection of dreamy oil paintings and evocative words, Elise Hurst takes her readers on a soul-searching journey that touches a little piece of all of us. Feeling lost and isolated is not uncommon, particularly in a world of chaos. But Adelaide reminds us that friendship, humanity and self expression can always be celebrated with a little bit of courage and an open heart. The exquisite mixture of colour, movement, emotion, and poetic softness in both text and illustrations work flawlessly together to evoke feelings of angst, peace, turmoil and calm. Pale yellows and greens in the beginning and end shed light on a world that is safe and comfortable, and becomes brighter even more so as Adelaide’s world is suddenly flooded with energy and an inner peace. The mid-section carries deep greens, blues and greys, signifying this spinning, chaotic whirlwind inside her mind. And throughout the book, pops of red burst with visual warmth, power and imagination.

Adelaide’s Secret World’ is undeniably uplifting and visually rousing, a perfect choice for early primary children to revisit over and over again. This book has potential to win awards and would make a gorgeous film. Highly recommended.  

This review appeared first at Boomerang Books.

Discussion.

Before Reading:

Look at the cover. What do you think this story is about? Why do you think Adelaide lives in a ‘secret world’? What is a secret world?
Read the blurb. What does it tell you about Adelaide’s life? How do you think it changes?
Look at the colours of the endpapers. What do you think the red represents? What might the blue represent?  

During Reading:

Do you think she likes the quiet?
What do you notice in the illustrations?
How might she be feeling at this moment? (Ask over several pages).
Why do you think Adelaide couldn’t talk to the Fox at the door?  

After Reading:

What aspects did Adelaide like and dislike about the quiet stillness?
In the beginning, why do you think Adelaide enjoyed watching the still and quiet ones? What thoughts might she have been telling herself?
What discovery did she make when she peered in to Fox’s world? How did this change her view on herself?
What did she use to connect the creatures? How is this item significant?
What did Adelaide learn about herself and the other creatures? Do you ever feel the same way? What ways can you ‘reach out’ to others you don’t know so well?  

Literacy.

Writing.

Creative Writing.
Choose an image from the book and describe what’s happening using carefully chosen verbs and adjectives.
For example, “Every night she listened to the hum of the setting sun and the soft pure song of the evening star.”  

Reading.

Comprehension.
Discuss and write your interpretation of the following sentences.
“…the quiet stillness crept into her heart and stayed.”
“…taking a little bit of the world and making it her own.”
“…though her heart called out she could make no sound.”
“…found their voices.”

Vocabulary: Word Study.
Use a dictionary to find and write the meanings of the following words:
‘brooding’,
‘unravelled’,
‘bustling’,
‘scurried’.

Synonyms.
These are a few carefully chosen verbs from the story. Find words with similar meanings:
‘scattered’,
‘scooped’,
‘restless’,
‘burst’,
‘tumbled’.

Analogies.
“The rain soaked windows glittered like a jewellery box.”
Discuss and write your own analogy of a wet window / the setting sun / a brooding sky and rising buildings, and so on.
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Book Study
Read and discuss the similarities and differences between other books by Elise Hurst.  
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Numeracy.

Number: Subtraction.
“But there was always something missing.”
Play ‘What’s Missing?’ Number Games and Stories.
Depending on your focus number, write equations and stories with a missing addend.
For example, ‘Adelaide once had 20 paintbrushes, but after 8 of them broke, how many did she have left?’

8 and ___ makes 20 / 8 + ___ = 20.

Use materials to solve the equations.
Download What’s Missing in Adelaide’s World. Draw and write the equations on the red string.
Make your own red string with beads to add and subtract number equations.
Adelaide What's Missing 1 Adelaide What's Missing 2

Number: Doubles.
“Ones became twos. Twos became fours.”
Play the Bunny Doubles Spinner Game.
Spin the spinner and find the double. Cover or mark the double with a counter or pencil on the bunny’s jacket. The first player to cover all their doubles wins!
Doubles include two sets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.    
Adelaide's Bunny Doubles 1 Adelaide's Bunny Doubles 2

Science / Technology.

– The townsfolk connected via a piece of string. Make your own String Telephone to talk to your friends.
Activity from Scientific American.
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Art / Craft.
– Adelaide took a little bit of the world and made it her own. Make your own little Terrarium World (Botany).
Materials:
Glass or plastic jar / container, top quality soil, gravel / pebbles, small plant (succulents work well), figurines, water.
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Directions:
1. Make sure your jar is clean. Fill the bottom with gravel about a third of the way up.
2. Add a thin layer of soil, then place your plants in position.
3. Fill in more soil surrounding the plants, holding them in place. Sprinkle water to moisten the soil.
4. Place your figurines in the terrarium to finish off. We also added a few flowers and a ladybird to pretty it up!
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Idea adapted from Babble Dabble Do and Make and Takes.  

Play Dough / Clay Sculptures.
Make your own sculptures to put in your Terrarium World. Use Play Dough or Air Drying Clay.
Clay art ideas from Wonderful DIY.

Design and make other kinds of sculptures.
Terrific ideas at Artful Parent.
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Oil Paintings.
Recreate your favourite scene from the book, experimenting with oil paints or oil pastels. Try different techniques such as blending and bold strokes.
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Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp, BECS, Dip.Ed (Primary).
© My Little Story Corner 2015.
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All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal and classroom use only and are not permitted for commercial use without written consent.
This post contains affiliate links to Boomerang Books.
This review and lesson plans are not paid and are my own educated opinion.  

Purchase Adelaide’s Secret World.

Information about the author illustrator, Elise Hurst can be found here.  


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Two Birds on a Wire: Teaching Notes

two-birds-on-a-wireTwo Birds on a Wire, Coral Vass (author), Heidi Cooper Smith (illus.), Scholastic Australia, 2015.  

Review.  

In an utterly amusing and entertaining tale, two birds; Black and Blue, pick a squabble up high on a wire. When the pair refuse to share, pandemonium strikes and the snapping, snorting, pushing, shoving, hassling and heckling battle breaks loose. Some puffing and panting later, the bickering birds turn tail and decide to rather sit together and enjoy the view.  

The fun rhyming verses, together with the characters’ exuberance and cheekiness brings out plenty of laughable, yet thought-provoking moments. The illustrations are eye-catching to say the least, but I also love the softness of the autumn colours in the background that remind us to enjoy the tranquility that is right in front of us (or below if you were a bird on a wire).  

So, let’s get some perspective here! The story takes place above a country town, overlooking trees, farm houses and animals. The unique angle that Heidi Cooper Smith has so cleverly introduced is highly effective. But from another clever angle is Coral Vass’s underlying theme of valuing cooperation and unity. It’s about ‘seeing’ the bigger picture, and not getting tangled in pettiness.  

‘Two Birds on a Wire’ is a perfect read aloud book for early childhood readers with a vision to learn the importance of sharing and problem solving, and have a giggle at a pair of silly birds at the same time!  

Discussion.  

Before Reading:
Put one chair out for two people. Ask two children to try and sit on it. How did they react when they both wanted to sit on the chair? Did they argue about who was there first, or who was bigger, or louder?
What would be the best solution? What are some kind and friendly ways to solve the problem?
Look at the front cover. Do you think these birds are happy with each other? What does their body language tell you about what they’re thinking? What do you think they’re upset about?  

During Reading:
Do you think Bird Blue should’ve shouted at Little Black to go? Do you think Little Black reacted well? Do you think one of the birds will be the winner?  

After Reading:
When Bird Blue first shouted at Little Black, what are some things that he could’ve said so that they didn’t argue? What might you do if someone was angry at you?
What do you think the birds learned from their squabble? How did they solve the problem in the end? Do you think they will always share from now on?
Do you ever have times when you don’t want to share? What are some things you can share and what are things you can’t share?  

Literacy.  

Writing.

Creative writing. Write a story about a pair (of animals or humans) who fight over an object. How did they argue? How did they resolve the issue?

(Check out Anna Kang’s ‘You are (Not) Small’ and ‘That’s (Not) Mine’ about disagreements).  

Reading.

Rhyming Words, Rhyming Birds.
Find the rhyming words in the story. Some may not have the same rime spelling (eg. ‘at’ in cat, hat, sat), but the sounds are the same.
Download, laminate (optional) and cut out the Rhyming Words, Rhyming Birds to play a rhyming game.
Separate each bird so that the matching pair can be re-found by stating the two rhyming words.
(To make it easier for less advanced students, cut a different pattern inbetween each bird so that they will easily be able to match the birds back together. Eg. Wiggly line, wavy line, zigzag, etc.)  
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Angry Bird Verbs.
Write some verbs (doing words) around the angry birds to describe their silly actions. Eg. snapped, snorted, pushed, shoved, hassled, heckled, scowled, etc).
Download the Angry Birds Verbs sheet here.  
Two Birds on a Wire Angry Birds Verbs

Numeracy.

Number. Less Than, Greater Than.
The birds argued that they were bigger, louder, better than one another.
Play this fun game to extend your counting and comparing skills.
Materials: Greater Than, Less Than print outs, bundle of toys / real life materials.
Objectives: Practise skills in counting, comparing, estimating, place value and fractions.
Directions:
1. Count out 2 piles of toys (upto 20 objects depending on level). Ask, which is larger? Smaller? Equal? Use the print outs to show each answer. If student is unsure they can use the numbers on the number line to see how they ascend.
2. Read the sentence. Eg. ’15 is greater than 5′, ’12 is less than 18′, ‘6 is equal to 6’.
3. Extension. Play the same game using fractions – use parts of whole items and/or pictures. Eg. ‘1/2 is greater than 1/4’.  
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Space / Location.
Mapping Coordinates – Bird’s Eye View: Map a Farm.
The birds overlooked a little farm from their wire. Complete the grid as per the key and state the coordinates for each item.
Download Bird’s Eye View Map a Farm.
Extension. On your own grid, use unifix blocks to build a city. Working in pairs, have each person take turns to build a tower and state the coordinates. Eg. ‘The blue tower is in A4.’  
Two Birds on a Wire Map a Farm

Science.  

– Explore flight and propulsion with this fun whirlybird!
See instructions for craft from Minieco.
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Art / Craft.  

Create some gorgeous birdy artwork with these ideas:  

Black Silhouette Birds on a Wire
Materials: watercolour paints, paper, paint brush, black paper, scissors, white crayon, glue.
Directions:
1. Create an abstract painting with your chosen colours and with water, blend together. Tip: once painted, tilt your paper side to side to blend the colours further.
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2. With your white crayon, draw your bird shapes onto black paper. Cut out.
3. Cut a thin black strip for the wire.
4. Paste the wire first, then the black birds onto the paper in position.     
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Paper Plate Birds on a Garland.
From Pysselbolaget.
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Patterned Birds on a Wire.
Found on Flickr.  
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Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp, BECS, Dip.Ed (Primary).
© My Little Story Corner 2015.
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All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal and classroom use only and are not permitted for commercial use without written consent.
This post contains affiliate links to Boomerang Books.
This review and lesson plans are not paid and are my own educated opinion.
 

Purchase Two Birds on a Wire.

Information about the author, Coral Vass can be found here.
Information about the illustrator, Heidi Cooper Smith can be found here.


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Puddles are for Jumping: Teaching Notes

puddles-are-for-jumpingPuddles are for Jumping, Kylie Dunstan (author, illus.), Windy Hollow Books, 2015.  
2015 Speech Pathology Australia Shortlisted Book of the Year (0-3 years)

Review. 

The first thing you’ll notice upon picking up this book are the awesome illustrations. Each spread is entirely created with bright, cut and pasted paper characters and scenes in primary colours, suiting its wet weather theme and straightforward storyline. Kylie Dunstan cleverly takes her early primary-aged audience on this rainy adventure through the park, market, the neighbourhood and back home again to bed, simply by stating the actions in the words and demonstrating them in the pictures. Written in present tense, the short sentences are relatable and encourage readers to focus on how different objects can be utilised in the most enjoyable way possible.

“Bottoms are for wriggling, Sisters are for laughing!”
“Beds are for BOUNCING, Books are for sharing”.

‘Puddles are for Jumping’ is both visually and actively entertaining. This truly playful and joyous book is perfect for promoting experiences in the creative arts and movement areas, as well as supporting themes of friendship and citizenship.  

This review appeared first on the Boomerang Books Blog.  

Discussion.  

Before Reading:

Look at the cover. Ask, Do you like to jump in puddles? What words can you use to describe different puddles? (small, big, shallow, deep, watery, muddy, etc).
Stand up and pretend to jump in puddles. Don’t forget to put your boots on!
What other things do you like to do in rainy weather? What else would you wear and take with you?  

During Reading:

Can you tell where the mum has taken the sisters? What can you see in the pictures?  

After Reading:

What were the places the characters in the story visited? How did they get there? Have you been to any of those places?
Do you remember some of the words used to describe the way they walked? Ate? Greeted people?
What did you notice about the illustrations?  

Literacy.  

Reading.
Identifying nouns and verbs.
Write the nouns (things, places, names) and verbs (doing words) found in the book in two separate columns.
Complete the Puddles are for Jumping Match Up sheet.
Puddles are for jumping match up

Play Puddle Jumping Game.
Use high frequency words, such as ‘are’, ‘for’, or a list of Magic Words.
For extension, make up your own verbs to follow on ‘Puddles are for…’, and have child jump on the word they say (eg. jumping, splashing, kicking, flicking, tapping, etc).
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See the Bridie’s Boots Teaching Notes for these instructions and more weather-themed activities.

Read other books by Kylie Dunstan.
What are the similarities and differences between her writing style and illustrations?
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Writing.

Comprehension: Finish the sentence.
Use your own ‘verbs’ to complete, ‘Puddles are for…’, ‘Shops are for…’, ‘Skirts / Boots are for…’, ‘Beds are for…’, and so on.
Illustrate your sentence/s. (see Art / Craft Paper Collage activity).

Creative Writing.
Write your own story or class book about going on an outing. Using similar language and short sentences, what are the things you see on the way and how can it be used.
For example, going to school might include; “Bikes are for peddling, bags are for unpacking, friends are for giggling, teachers are for admiring ;), pencils are for sharpening, paths are for racing, books are for loving, and beds are for snoozing.”  

Numeracy.

Graphs and Data. Outdoor Tallies.
Make a list of things you will see on your outing, things that can be counted. For example, number of puddles jumped in, number of trees climbed, number of dogs spotted, number of apples bought, etc.
Record the tally as you encounter each item on the list.
Formulate the results by graphing them as a picture graph. Item against number.
Discuss the results. Which had the most, least, same, how many more…, etc.  
Puddles are for Jumping Graph

Science.

Make a Fizzy Puddle.
Watch the puddle react with baking soda for an awesome fizzy effect!
From Simple Fun For Kids
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The Water Cycle.
Choose from a cool selection of water cycle experiments, including evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, condensation!
From E is for Explore  
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Art / Craft.

Rainbow Puddle Splash.
Use sidewalk chalk and puddle water to create a work of art!
From Lemon Lime Adventures
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Winter Rain Watercolour Resist Painting.
Using white crayon and watercolours, create a stunning rainy day piece of art!
From Elementary Art Fun
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Paper Collage Cut and Paste.
Choose different-coloured papers to create your own collage picture. Choose a scene from the book or make your own rainy day fun!  
Puddles are for jumping collage pic

Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp, BECS, Dip. Ed (Primary).
© My Little Story Corner 2015.
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All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal and classroom use only and are not permitted for commercial use without written consent.
This post contains affiliate links to Boomerang Books.
This review and lesson plans are not paid and are my own educated opinion.

Purchase Puddles are for Jumping.
Information about the author / illustrator of ‘Puddles are for Jumping’, Kylie Dunstan can be found here.


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Fearless with Dad: Teaching Notes

Fearless With Dad, Cori Brooke (author), Giuseppe Poli (illus.), New Frontier Publishing, 2015.

Review.

imageWhat a joyous celebration of the relationship between a boy and his Dad. Whether they’re real or imagined, the possibilities for adventure are unlimited. Enthusiastic, optimistic and brave, this little boy doesn’t hold back, as long as his dad is with him. Riding big waves, kicking goals, moon travel and fast cars, discovering how to be a builder, chef, rock star and superhero, through good times and bad, Dad is always there.

I love the heartwarming and positive feel of the text along with the variety and vivacious illustrations that make this book so endearing. The subtle humour and cheekiness, sense of spirit and obvious affection amongst the softly painted spreads allows for a wonderfully sensory experience. I hope Dads are ready for a wild ride this Father’s Day!

Discussion.

Before Reading:

What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with your Dad?

Look at the cover. What does the word ‘fearless’ mean? What does this tell you about the kind of story this might be?

During Reading:

Do you think they really travelled to the moon and back?

What is ‘daggy’? What makes them ‘cool’?

What do you notice about the illustrations (colours, interpretations, media)?

After Reading:

What words can you use to describe the boy? Words to describe Dad? Are there any activities in the book that you have done with your Dad / special person?

What was your favourite part? Why?

What have you realised about the role of Dads? Are they always fun? Do they also teach important lessons? Do you think the boy could be brave without his Dad? Why or why not?

Educational Activities.

Science.

“Build a sturdy, wide bridge.”

Get your engineering hats on! It’s time to build!

Check out these awesome bridge ideas on pinterest and learn the physics of force and different kinds of structures.

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Technology.

“Travel to the moon and back.”

Get imaginative with a cardboard box! The possibilites are endless!

Check out these amazing box inventions from Tip Junkie.

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Numeracy.

“I can be a farmer.”

1. Get your beans out! Play an addition game of ‘Magic Beans’.

Outcomes: Know and count numbers up to 10. Add numbers to make 10.

Directions:

  1. Paint / texta any colour on one side of each of the 10 beans (dried lima beans or butter beans).
  2. Take turns to toss the beans in the air.
  3. Count and record the number of beans fallen on the plain side, and the number of beans fallen on the painted side. Example, 4 and 6 is 10, 7 and 3 is 10, and so on.
  4. Ask, what is the equation when they are all the same?
  5. Extension: Make equations for subtraction, by taking away the smaller amount of colour beans. Example, 10 take away 2 is 8, and so on.

Find a sorting and counting bean activity at The Imagination Tree.

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2. Get your rulers out! Measure your growing plant.

Outcomes: Observe growth by marking the heights of a plant over time.

Directions:

  1. In your garden bed or a jar, plant a seed or bulb.
  2. Place a measuring stick (strip of wood) next to your plant with the starting height and date.
  3. Continue to mark the growth at chosen intervals (every few days).
  4. Extension: Look for patterns in growth, race your plants against each other.

Check out this great article from Parents that explains these concepts.

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Literacy.

“A mighty and fearless superhero.”

Phonological Awareness: Ss words.

Find and write words and pictures in the text beginning with Ss on a Superhero Dad chart. Eg. Superhero, sunflowers, scarecrow, sturdy, star, serious, silly, sunglasses, sad.

Illustrate each word.

Write each word in a sentence.

Art.

“With my Dad… I can do anything. I can be anything.”

Colour in these awesome Fearless with Dad Activity Sheets from the story with your Dad. Experiment with different media including pencil, watercolour, crayons, etc.
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Thank you to Katie and Giuseppe Poli for providing these activity sheets to My Little Story Corner!

 

 

More Father’s Day book reviews can be found here.

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Lessons by Romi Sharp.

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Alfie’s Lost Sharkie: Teaching Notes

alfie-s-lost-sharkieAlfie’s Lost Sharkie, Anna Walker (author, illus.), Scholastic Press, 2015.  

Review

We just loved Alfie as he dawdled his way out of the house in ‘Hurry Up Alfie!’ (see review). Now we are excited to see him return, and this time he’s dawdling on his way to bed. But who can sleep when their favourite bedtime toy has gone missing?

Like in ‘Hurry Up Alfie!’, the story is once again relayed through the gentle, humorous, and all-too-familiar conversation between mum and child. Mum has to subtly coerce Alfie into following the night time routine as he searches for his toy, Sharkie.
”Let’s see if he’s in the bath.”
”He might be hiding in your pyjama drawer.”
”Have a look on the bookshelf, Alfie. It’s time for a story.”

Alfie finds himself in the oddest of situations, and whilst we might think that falling into the clothes drawer and mis-placed pyjamas on Steve McQueen the cat is hilarious, Alfie does not and is still determined to find his toy. But will Alfie’s strong-headed, independent mind see him succeed in his attempts to uncover Sharkie’s whereabouts, and perhaps put off bedtime for just a little longer?

Strong, loveable and totally relatable characters both for parents and children, and adorably warm, familiar and creative illustrations by Anna Walker make ‘Alfie’s Lost Sharkie’ yet another enchanting classic that preschoolers will want to read again and again.  

Discussion  

Before Reading:
Read (or re-read) ‘Hurry Up Alfie!’ to familiarise with the main characters; Alfie and his mum. What kind of words can you use to describe Alfie? (appearance, personality, likes, dislikes, etc).
Play a game of Hide ‘n Seek with a toy, placing it in a difficult location. Once found, ask the child how they felt when they couldn’t find the toy, and how they felt when they found it.
Look at the cover of ‘Alfie’s Lost Sharkie’. What can you tell about Alfie in the picture? Why do you think he might be looking for Sharkie? What is Sharkie? Have you ever lost your favourite toy? What did you do?  

During Reading:
Where do you think Sharkie is? What do you think Alfie has to do next to get ready for bed?  

After Reading:
Do you think Alfie’s mum was happy with him? Why or why not? Do you think Alfie really needed Sharkie for bedtime? Why? How do you think Sharkie ended up in Alfie’s bed?

Literacy  

Alfie’s Lost Sharkie Letter Matching Activity
Objective:
Recognise and match letters and sounds.

1. Complete the cut and paste activity sheet. Download Alfie’s Lost Sharkie Letter Match Sheet
2. Find and list other words that begin with ‘A’ for Alfie, or ‘Sh’ for Sharkie.
3. Hide a range of toys or objects around the house. Once found, ask the child to say the beginning sound, letter and the name of the toy. Any that begin with the same sounds can be grouped together.  
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Bedtime Routine Chart
Objectives:
Match pictures with corresponding word.
Sequence events in order.

1. Cut and paste picture to match the correct bedtime routine task. Eg. Toothbrush picture matches ‘brush teeth’ text.
2. Place each set in order of events from first to last. Eg. Bath first, lights out last.
3. Add your own night time task to the list. Follow the routine every night!
Download Bedtime routine chart.
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Sift and Spell Literacy Game
Objective: Recognise sounds in words in correct order.

1. See the link for instruction details. http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2009/12/sift-n-spell.html
2. Adapt the words to suit those related to ‘Alfie’s Lost Sharkie’.
3. For younger children write the whole word next to the picture (eg. shark), then ask the child to find each letter and match them with your word.
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Numeracy

‘Find Sharkie’ Number Recognition Game

Objectives:
Number recognition 1-10 (or 1-12, or 1-20).
Recognise and name colours.

Materials:
Dozen egg carton (alternatively use paper cups),
scissors,
paint,
paintbrush,
plasticine (or playdough / bluetac),
pencil.

Directions:
1. Make a small shark sculpture using playdough, plasticine or blue tac. Use the pencil to poke eyes and teeth. The shark must fit under an egg cup.
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2. Cut out egg cups individually. Decide on the number of egg cups depending on the level of the child.
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3. Paint each egg cup a different colour. Once dry, paint on the numbers 1 to 10 (or 12), one number per egg cup.
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4. Set them out ready to play!
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‘Find Sharkie’ Number Recognition Game – How to Play:
1. One person hides ‘Sharkie’ underneath one of the egg cups.
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2. The seeker must say a number and lift that corresponding number to see if ‘Sharkie’ is there. Continue until found. If there are multiple players, take turns.
3. Play more rounds by hiding ‘Sharkie’ in higher numbers, and add more numbered egg cups (up to 20) to increase difficulty.
4. Further increase difficulty by mixing up the numbers so that they are not in ascending order.
5. Alternate Games:
– Colour Recognition –
Play the game as above, but child must now say the number and the colour. Eg. ”Five, green”.
– One to one correspondence –
Make different sculptures (or balls) to match the number on the egg cup. Eg. Make three sculptures to match the ‘3’ egg cup, etc. Count them to reinforce number skills.
– Letter Recognition –
Play the ‘Find Sharkie’ game with letters written on the egg cups to play a Literacy game.

Science
Could Sharkie be in the bath?
Explore sinking and floating experiments with different objects found in nature.
Http://mynearestanddearest.com/sink-float-sensory-sink
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Digging for Sharkie.
Melt ice blocks with salt, and dig out your treasures! These have been made for Halloween, but you can freeze any small objects you wish.
http://happyhooligans.ca/salt-and-ice-experiment/  
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Art / Craft
Search for Sharkie with these great shark binoculars!
Http://www.pinkstripeysocks.com/2015/02/toilet-roll-shark-binoculars-kids-craft.html?m=1
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Make some cool shark tubes (or alternate with paper cups).
Http://www.thejoysofboys.com/valentine-boxes-for-boys  
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Free animal mask printables, including a crocodile and a shark!
Http://masketeers.com/media/masketeers-free-masks.pdf
Http://www.masketeers.com/printable-crocodile-mask.htm  
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Bridie’s Boots: Teaching Notes

Bridie’s Boots, Phil Cummings (author), Sara Acton (illus.), Working Title Press, 2014.  

IMG_7839Review:  

Bridie’s five year old boots are the best. She can go anywhere and do anything in her boots, especially in her wildest dreams! But as the seasons change over the year, an almost six year old Bridie discovers that her boots no longer fit. In a gesture of goodwill, Bridie’s boots are packed and shipped to a new owner across the other side of the world. She, too, can go anywhere and do anything in her new boots. And Bridie smiles and continues of her charitable mission.
Illustrations by Sara Acton portray Bridie expressively and enthusiastically, as the little girl that she is. The fluid watercolour, ink and pastel paintings beautifully compliment Phil Cumming’s story with the movement of Bridie’s actions, the passing seasons and the journey of the boots.
‘Bridie’s Boots’ is a gorgeous, endearing book about maturing as a person, and thinking of the environment and others globally. It is also the perfect story for reinforcing the enjoyment and appreciation for the simple pleasures in life.

Discussion:

Australian Curriculum Standards:
Literacy

Respond to texts drawn from a range of cultures and experiences (ACELY1655)    

Before Reading:
Do you own something that you would like to keep forever? How is it special to you?
Look at the cover. Do you think Bridie’s boots are special to her? Why, and what might she do with them? Do you think she can keep them forever?  

During Reading:
What is the dog looking at in the cupboard? Do you think Bridie will wear her boots again after the year has passed? What is a shipping container? What do you put in there? Where does it go? What does the new girl like about the boots?  

After Reading:
Why did Bridie decide to send her boots away? Why not throw them in the bin? How did Bridie feel about giving up her boots in the beginning? How did she feel at the end? How was the new girl’s world and dreams different to Bridie’s? Why is Bridie giving away some of her toys?

Literacy Activity:
Jumping in Muddy Word Puddles

Australian Curriculum Standards:
Language
Know that regular one-syllable words are made up of letters and common letter clusters that correspond to the sounds heard, and how to use visual memory to write high-frequency words (ACELA1778)

IMG_7816Materials:
coloured paper,
scissors,
texta or pencils,
copy of ‘Bridie’s Boots’,
pair of boots (optional).

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Directions:
1. On coloured paper, draw and cut out ten puddle shapes (or as many as you see appropriate for level of child).
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2. Using either of the word lists given (or select your own words from the book), write one word per puddle shape.
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3. Spread them out across the floor.
4. Have the child put on their boots (optional) and listen to the instructions. Say, ”jump on the word ‘the’. If the child can correctly read the word they can keep the puddle. Carry on until all the words have finished.
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5. Extension: Once a word has been identified, ask the child to put the word into a sentence. Eg. for ‘boots’, ”Bridie wore red boots with little sailboats on them.”
6. Extension 2: Once a word has been identified, turn it over and ask the child to spell it out. Eg. for ‘boots’, ”b-o-o-t-s”.

Words from book: boots, best, feet, dry, sun, puddles, lands, winter, wet, days, weeks, months, year, rain.
Sight words: was, she, they, were, in, and, the, it, her, as, when, on, of, to, do, all, but.

Mathematics Activity:
Make a Seasonal Wheel

Australian Curriculum Standards:
Using units of measurement

Describe duration using months, weeks, days and hours (ACMMG021)

IMG_7831Materials:
2 x A4 sheets paper,
textas or pencils,
grey lead pencil,
ruler,
scissors,
plate,
split pin

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Directions:
1. Trace two circles around the outer edge of the plate by turning it upside down. Cut out each circle.
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2. On each circle, trace around the inner edge of the plate by turning it right side up.
3. Find the centre point of each circle with your ruler. On one circle, draw four equal quarters by ruling a horizontal line and a vertical line through the centre point, stopping at the inner circle.
4. Above each quarter in the outer section, write the months of the year. There should be three months per quarter, as per the following for the Australian seasons.

Summer = December, January, February
Autumn = March, April, May
Winter = June, July, August
Spring = September, October, November

5. In each quarter, write the corresponding season and draw an appropriate picture.
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6. On the second circle, cut out the outer circle and one quarter of the circle. Write a title and decorate.
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7. Place the top circle above the bottom one and insert the split pin through the centre of each.
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8. Your Seasonal Wheel is ready to spin!
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Extension: Discuss the months of the year and their corresponding seasons. Discuss appropriate activities, clothing, food, and so on for each season. What did Bridie do in each season? Mark the seasons on a calendar. What special events occur in what season?

Science Activity:
Rain Cloud in a Jar

Australian Curriculum Standards:
Earth and space sciences

Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape(ACSSU019)
Questioning and predicting
Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events(ACSIS024)
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Find instructions here: http://www.tobyandroo.com/diy-rain-clouds-one-best-science-activities-for-kids/

Find a great selection of relevant teaching ideas and craft activities at:
Http://www.pinterest.com/mylilstorycrner/bridies-boots-teaching-notes

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Santa’s Outback Secret: Teaching Notes

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Santa’s Outback Secret
Mike Dumbleton
Illustrated by Tom Jellett

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Santa’s Outback Secret: Question Time!  

Before Reading:
Have a bag full of disguises, like funny glasses, wigs, hats, moustache, etc. Ask a child to pull out an item and put it on themselves or a toy. This is a disguise. Why might people wear disguises? .  
Look at the cover and title. What do you know about Santa? Does this man look like Santa? What do you think Santa’s secret might be? Where is the outback? What might Santa do there? What would be your wish for Christmas?  
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During Reading:
Why do you think Santa needs to disguise himself and hide his reindeer? Ask if children know the meanings of the words ‘jackaroo’, ‘tucker’, ‘crook’. What does it mean for the horse to be ”trickier than a thoroughbred”?  

After Reading:
Do you think the boy knew that the man was really Santa? Why do you think Santa chose to help Ben after reading his letter? What was the boy’s wish? What does this tell you about the boy’s nature? How do you think the trail bike will help the boy and his dad when Santa’s gone?  

Santa’s Outback Secret: Learning Time!  

Writing.

– Write your own letter to Santa about a very important Christmas wish to help someone else in need.
– Write a story about a time when Santa came to visit your house for a day. What would he do there? Did he solve a problem or help you in any way? What gift did he leave at the end of the day?
– S is for Santa. Write all the words in the book that start with ‘Ss’. (Santa, secret, special, skies, stained, snake-skin, shirt, stockman, swag, spray, smile, skill, speed, and so on).
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– Using the ‘s’ nouns listed above, draw and cut out, place blue tac on the back of each picture, then use to ‘dress up’ your Santa. Optional: Laminate for durability.
(Draw Santa (or download a Santa picture), stained jeans, snake-skin belt, shirt, shoes (boots), sun hat, sling water bag, stockman’s whip, canvas swag, spray). Make sure everything is labeled.
(See Mathematics Ordering activity for follow up).  

Reading.

– Comprehension Activity. Match the Aussie slang words to their meanings.
Download Santa’s Outback Secret Aussie Slang Match Up worksheet.
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– Rhyming words. Find the rhyming words in the story. Think of other words that rhyme with: jackaroo, speed, bike, etc.  
– Read other Christmas books. What messages do they offer? What are the similarities and differences?
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Mathematics.

– Space / Location. Prepositions:
List the prepositional language in the book. Match word with a drawn picture. Eg. beside a dusty homestead track. Santa leaped onto his back… The horse jumped up. The horse jumped over the stockyard fence!
Make a model Santa and a horse and demonstrate these actions (Make a model from anything like blocks, playdough, paper or pipe cleaners).
– Number. Santa’s Ordering Activity:
Order the items of clothing and accessories as Santa put them on. You can use your cut-outs from the writing activity and place them in order from 1st to 9th. Add your own item to make it the 10th piece.  
Science.
– Investigate Transport / Force.
What modes of transport can be found in the story? (Reindeer pulling a sleigh, horse, trail bike). How are each powered? Investigate by making models.
Find some terrific science, maths, art and games activities for the transportation theme here:
http://www.123child.com/lessonplans/other/transportation.php

– Santa Science Kids Activities.
http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/12/more-santa-science-kids-activities.html
Cool activities from Magic Milk, Ice and Salt, and Holiday GOOP!     
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Art / Craft.
– Santa in Disguise. Make yourself a pair of Christmas glasses
http://picklebums.com/2014/11/14/christmas-glasses  
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– Homemade Button Christmas Cards. Write a special message for a loved one.
http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/12/homemade-button-christmas-cards.html
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– Gorgeous Christmas Crafts
http://mumsgrapevine.com.au/2011/12/25-fabulous-christmas-crafts/  
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– Fantastic Santa Crafts. Why not try making an Aussie Santa wearing a flannelette shirt!
http://onetimethrough.com/everything-santa-claus-45-kids-ideas-christmas/  
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Purchase Santa’s Outback Secret from Boomerang Books for $17.99.

Lessons devised and adapted by Romi Sharp 2014.
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These lessons are for personal or classroom use only and not permitted for commercial use.  

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