Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Gary: Teaching Ideas

In need of activities to go with the book Gary by Leila Rudge?
Look no further!


TEACHING GUIDE

Walker Books provides a free teaching ideas guide. 

LITERACY ACTIVITIES

Title: Gary: HOT Reading Comprehension Resources
Author: Ripper Reading Resources
Cost: $7 (currently on sale for $6)


The resource includes the following activities:- Making Connections- Gary - Character Traits
Questioning – 5W and 1H
de Bono’s thinking hats
Summarising- Word work - vocabulary development and synonyms- 4H reading strategy – posters, bookmarks, question sort
KWL - pigeons
Pigeons – True, Maybe, False- Writing activities – Lost Posters, Postcards from Gary, Newspaper reports, Speech bubbles (first and second-hand accounts)
Interactive Notebook Pages- Facts about pigeons- Persuasive texts- City recounts and descriptions- Companion Texts for Text Sets to support "Gary" by Leila Rudge- Maze - help Gary find his way back to the racing pigeons in the loft.


Title: Sammy Seagull Travels
Author: Brainy Apples  
Cost: Free (but you need a TPT account to download)

I would change it to a pigeon to suit using with Gary. Would be excellent to do this at the beginning of a year but otherwise do it as an ongoing activity from Book Week until the end of the year.

MAPPING ACTIVITIES

Title: Mapping Unit
Author:  Just a Primary Girl
Cost: $4.50 USD

A great little unit for basic maps and mapping focusing on streets - includes some great beginner's activities. Worthwhile to use as the students could create their own map of Gary's journey after doing the activities.

Title: Geometry Activity Project
Author: Upper LMNtary
Cost: $5.00 USD

This is better for upper primary (grade 5-7). Much more challenging and incorporates the needs of specific angles. Would make creating a map for Gary more math focused.

Title: Ma communauté (Mapping Skills)
Author:  Peg Swift French Immersion
Cost: $6 USD

If you teach in France or have French-speaking students then this is the mapping pack to buy. Lots of activities aimed at beginner level that would work well to use with the story.

SCIENCE ACTIVITIES


Title: Pigeon Paper Dissection
Author: Biology Buff
Cost: $2.50 USD

This is one for older students (maybe grade 5 up - depending on your students). A diagram of the anatomy of a pigeon as well as some comprehension questions.

CRAFT ACTIVITIES


Title: Paper Pigeon Craft
Author: Artists Helping Children
Cost: FREE

More suited for the grade 3-5 range due to some tricky folds. You can download the template for free by clicking the picture.

Title: Origami Pigeon
Author: Alf Kids Station
Cost: FREE to view via YouTube

Great for incorporating with procedural/instructional activities. This is a very simple origami pigeon which would look great folded and then put up on display either with a recount, procedure or descriptive writing passage.

I found it quite difficult locating resources to use with this book as most pigeon activities revolve around the Mo Willems' books. 


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