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  • A different kind of brilliant

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    These book notes are an A4, two page download and provide some teaching ideas to be used in conjunction with the book, A Different Kind of Brilliant, by Louise Cummins. This book will help children understand what autism is and will also help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings. This book is available online at https://adifferentkindofbrilliant.com

     

  • Advance Australia fair

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    This Poetry Pick looks at the Australian National anthem.You can obtain an official copy of the national anthem by searching Australian National Anthem word sheet. There are a variety of You Tube clips with words and music. TRIO really loves the picture book version published by Angus and Robertson in 2011  because it is illustrated with  a number of Australian paintings –  but it may be available only through a library.

  • Bears in the night

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    Maths matters are book notes but for a book you can use in Maths. They  have been written to support teachers in selecting key teaching points from texts they choose to use in Maths.

  • Chalk Boy

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    Chalk boy was shortlisted for the Children’s book of the year awards in 2019, so your school library will probably have a copy. The words and illustrations combine beautifully to create a thought-provoking book. A great text to explore the author’s message and a useful text for teaching the language of visual literacy. These book notes were written for students in years 5 and 6.

  • Cocoon

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    These book notes for the book, Cocoon by Aura Parker unpack teaching ideas for reading and responding to the text as well as composing. They have been designed for students in years 1 and 2. They address the big idea of patience, perseverance and friendship.

     

  • Emu

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    Emu is a hybrid text which includes both narrative and informative text. As such it provides teachers with a great way to discuss with students how the text has different text structures and language features when an author’s purpose changes. These teaching notes have been written with year three and four students in mind.

  • Girl on wire

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    These book notes for the book, Girl on wire, by Lucy Estella and Elise Hurst unpack teaching ideas for reading and responding to the text as well as composing. They have been designed for students in years 3 and 4.

  • Hello lighthouse

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    These book notes answer the question, ‘What will I teach?’ in English as I use the book, Hello Lighthouse which is written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. The lessons have been written with students in years one and two in mind.

  • Humpty Dumpty

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    Humpty Dumpty is a favourite nursery rhyme and a great poem to explore with beginning readers to remind them that everyone is a reader and reading is fun. These lessons have been designed for kindergarten students.

     

  • I’m just no good at rhyming… St 3

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    Two poems from the book, I’m just no good at rhyming and other nonsense  by Chris Harris, have been selected for this Poetry Picks which provides teaching ideas around the idea of appropriation. The lessons have been designed for students in years 5 and 6. The poems selected are: Two Roads: which is  compared with The road less travelled by Robert Frost and Jack Sprat (Updated): which is compared  with the nursery rhyme Jack Sprat.

  • If I was prime minister

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    These book notes for the book, If I was prime minister, unpack teaching ideas for reading and responding to the text as well as composing. They have been designed for students in years five and six. The teaching notes encourage discussion about big issues facing Australia. This is a great book to make connections to history as well.

     

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  • Knuffle Bunny

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    Knuffle Bunny won the Caldecott honour book award in 2005. These teaching notes have been designed to address teaching outcomes for early stage one (Kindergarten) and deal with big ideas such as families and loosing something special.

  • Lennie the legend

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    Lennie the Legend, written by Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, examines big ideas such as how we learn through the story of our past. Students in years 4, 5 and 6 connect with this story of nine year old Lennie making his way, alone, on horse back from country Victoria to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Maybe something beautiful

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    This Book Note is based on the book, Make something beautiful How art transformed a neighborhood. This book is available as a video on You Tube. It is based on the transformation of a neighbourhood through art in San Diego. It follows Mira and her neighbours as they brighten up the neighbourhood with colourful art. The Book Notes have been written for students in years five and 6. They cover, colour as a symbol, appropriation, onomatopoeia and provide opportunities to discuss community.

  • Millie loves ants

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    Millie loves ants, has a simple storyline and clear illustrations that tell the story of Millie, an echidna, out searching for ants. Jackie French uses rhyming words, repetition, beautiful descriptive language and an interesting font to tell this story.This Book Note has been written for Kindergarten and explores early reading and writing behaviours. The text is read on You Tube so these lessons could be taught using the You Tube reading of the book.

  • My country

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    My country by Dorothea Mackellar is  an iconic and patriotic Australian poem. The most recognised section of the poem is the stanzas which describe the Australian landscape. It is easy to download a copy of this poem. Use this poem to teach students how poets use descriptive language, rhyme, rhythm and
    repetition to convey a message. These lessons have been designed for students in years 3-6.