Sunday, 31 May 2015

Book Week 2015: Fire

Book Week 2015

Fire by Jackie French is shortlisted by CBCA for the Picture Book of the Year.

This fictional book and a follow-up to her book Flood. This is a powerful story of the very real threat a bushfire poses in Australia. Through rhyming verses she explores the feelings of just how it feels to be confronted by such an imposing force.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Japanese: Family Trees

This is my first post in regards to a language other than English (more commonly referred to as L.O.T.E.).

Teaching English to students (when it is their native tongue) can be tricky enough on its own but then throwing another language at them can be confronting, scary, a little exciting...but normally just daunting.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Book Week 2015: One Minute's Silence

Book Week 2015

One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen is shortlisted by CBCA for the Picture Book of the Year.

This fictional book, based on the events that took place in the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915, looks at the events from two differing points of view - that of the Australian troops and also the Turkish troops. The book is filled with moving text and the stark black and white style illustrations as seen on the cover.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Spelling: Trying Before Helping

I'm Not Afraid of my Words
spelling chart
In my first year of teaching I became a little frustrated with students thinking that I was a walking dictionary. At the time I taught several classes so I wasn't able to implement strategies I had been taught about at university, such as "have-a-go" books (otherwise I would be drowning in books).

In the end I found a novel little idea on Pinterest. A chart in the classroom to get them to have a go first.

I have searched my Pinterest boards for the original pin and also on the Internet but haven't managed to find it again. The idea though may have be based on Lisa Cleaveland's idea which is featured in a book. I believe the book is entitled About the Authors: Writing Workshop and Our Youngest Writers  written by both Lisa Cleaveland and Katie Wood Ray. An excerpt featuring Chapter 4 of the book (which includes the aforementioned chart) is included and available to download for free from Heinemann's website.


Monday, 11 May 2015

Feelings: Being Scared

If you live in South Australia, like I do, and work as a teacher then by now you should have heard of the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC). Every teacher who has this as a subject (usually incorporated into Health lessons) is required to have undertaken training first. In theory this is what DECD state but we all know that in the world of teaching not everything goes to plan.

The training is a one-day workshop. It doesn't tax the brain at all and is straight-forward. If you are a teaching graduate you will find that much of the content was covered at university (or is just common sense). Once you have completed the necessary training you will have access to the documentation available at the RAN website.


Friday, 8 May 2015

Book Week 2015: A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land

Book Week 2015

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land by Simon Barnard is shortlisted by CBCA for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.

This information book focuses on the 73,000 convicts that landed and lived on Van Diemen's Land (now known as Tasmania) after being transported there by the British. It investigates how they lived, what they wore and other experiences.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Book Week 2015: Pig the Pug

Book Week 2015

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey is shortlisted by CBCA for the Early Childhood Book of the Year.

The story is about a selfish pug dog named Pig. He shares an apartment with a sausage dog called Trevor who sadly is always on the receiving end of Pig's bad temper. All Trevor wants is one toy of his own but Pig is determined that they are all his.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Book Week 2015: Snail and Turtle are Friends

Book Week 2015
As August draws near teachers and librarians will have Book Week at the back of their minds. This is the first in a series of posts that will hopefully relieve the idea thinking and stress to have a starting point.

Snail and Turtle are Friends by Stephen Michael King is shortlisted by CBCA for the Early Childhood Book of the Year.

The story is about Snail and Turtle who are friends. They have things in common that they like to do but also like to do things that are different. This book embraces these differences to show that you don't have to be the same in everything in order to be friends.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Grug Meets Literacy and Art

Most Australian children (including myself) grew up reading and loving the Grug series by Australian author, Ted Prior. The lovable top of Burrawang tree his adventures are engaging for all young children.

As these books have simple illustrations and limited text they are not intimidating to struggling readers. The following activity was actually done first by the teacher in the classroom next door to me a few years ago. She had the children first draw Grug and then draw a space background (as it coincided with the Book Week theme for that year) before the children cut out and glued on their Grug.


Saturday, 2 May 2015

A Monster Wrote Me A Letter

Title: A Monster Wrote Me a Letter
Author: Nick Bland
ISBN: 97811741697094

Classification: Fiction with rhyme
Themes: rhyme, friendship, perspective

Friday, 1 May 2015

Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll: Book Review

Title: Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll
Author: Sunny Seki
ISBN: 97811741697094

Classification: Fiction
Themes: Japan, history, legends, courage, perseverance, adversity
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