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  • 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.

  • Australian painter: Arthur Streeton

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    In this lesson the work of Arthur Streeton is viewed and discussed. Students then create a frame and use this frame to create a drawing.

  • 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.

  • The tale of two beasts

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    This book notes address the big idea, ‘Different points of view can be expressed through words and illustrations.’ The teaching sequence could be used with students in years1-4.

  • Multiplication Bingo

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    A multiplication game with a baseboard and instruction on how to play.

  • The Sea

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    The poem, ‘The Sea’ by English poet, James Reeves is an extended metaphor where the sea is described as a dog. This three stanza poem is a great way to teach metaphor with students in stages 2 and 3.

  • Poetry Stage 1

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    This two week English unit looks at five poems: Hop a little jump a little (Author unknown), Jiggle, wiggle and giggle by Pamela Chanko (In Pick a poem by Helen H Moore and friends, My sister by Margaret Mahy and Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy, Eating Blueberries by Sandra Olson Liatsos (in Read a rhyme, write a rhyme by Jack Prelutsky) and Row, row, row your boat (Nursery rhyme) with Row, row, row your boat by Matt Shanks. It can be used to teach features of poetry such as short lines, white spaces, repetition, rhyme, rhythm and introduce alliteration.

  • The day war came

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    These book notes answer the question, ‘What will I teach?’ in English as I use the book, The day war came which addresses big ideas such as resilience, hope and kindness. The lessons have been written with students in years five and six in mind. This book addresses questions about refugees in a sensitive and hopeful light.

  • 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.

  • Starting the year – Stage 3

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    This unit is designed for the start of a new school year. Its focus is to create a community of learners by establishing clear routines for the literacy session, introducing reflective practice and embedding formative assessment into daily lessons. The central purpose of this unit is to build a sense of reading for enjoyment. As wide a range of texts as possible should be read and discussed.
    The unit should incorporate introductions to each other, sharing routines, classroom organisation, expectations for behaviour and learning and English syllabus content that supports classroom routines and organisation.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • Piggy bank

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    This is a game which students play in pairs. One student chooses an amount  on the piggy bank using a post-it note. The partner has to find the coins to match the amount.

  • Speech bubbles and punctuation

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    A lot of information can be gleaned about a student’s understanding of a text using this worksheet. Students draw and record a conversation between characters in a story they have read. They use speech bubbles to record the conversation and use a variety of punctuation to enhance readers understanding of the conversation. Suitable for all grades.

  • Writing reflection

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    This template for a writing reflection has been left as a word document. This way teachers can add the title and criteria before students complete the reflection. This sheet could be used with students in years 3-6.