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Book Week 2014 – Connect to Reading

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Now we have 2 weeks until the end of term, my thought turn to next term’s curriculum. And Book Week, the big focus for term 3 in school libraries in Australia. I will be reading each of the early childhood and most of the picture fiction  books with the year prep-2 and am planning to create another blog to share our reflections on each book with our other campus at Malvern. This will complement the Book Week theme for 2014, which is Connect to Reading.

I have come across a few good websites that have activities and ideas for Book Week and have listed them here.

Book Week activities – Book Chook – http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/05/activities-for-childrens-book-week-2014.html

Book Week – Mrs. Mac’s Library – http://www.mrsmacslibrary.com/book-week-2014.html

Book Week – what you should read – idea for  me to  use as a basis for my Book Week blog…..http://www.sji.edu.sg/snews/2014/03/book-week-2014-what-should-you-read-from-the-school-staff/   – get staff involved as well as students.

title
I’m a Dirty Dinosaur
author/illustrator
Brian, Janeen
Ill. Ann James
publisher
Puffin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
isbn
9780670076154
title
Baby Bedtime
author/illustrator
Fox, Mem
Ill. Emma Quay
publisher
Viking, Penguin Group (Australia)
isbn
9780670075195
title
Banjo and Ruby Red
author/illustrator
Gleeson, Libby
Ill. Freya Blackwood
publisher
Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
isbn
9781921541087
title
Kissed by the Moon
author/illustrator
Lester, Alison
publisher
Viking, Penguin Group (Australia)
isbn
9780670076758
title
The Swap
author/illustrator
Ormerod, Jan
Ill. Andrew Joyner
publisher
Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
isbn
9781921541414
title
Granny Grommet and Me
author/illustrator
Wolfer, Dianne
Ill. Karen Blair
publisher
Walker Books Australia
isbn
9781921720161
title
The Treasure Box
author/illustrator
Blackwood, Freya
Text. Margaret Wild
publisher
Puffin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
isbn
9780670073658
title
King Pig
author/illustrator
Bland, Nick
publisher
Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
isbn
9781742834955
title
Silver Buttons
author/illustrator
Graham, Bob
publisher
Walker Books Australia
isbn
9781406342246
title
Parachute
author/illustrator
Ottley, Matt
Text. Danny Parker
publisher
Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
isbn
9781921894206
title
The Windy Farm
author/illustrator
Smith, Craig
Text. Doug MacLeod
publisher
Working Title Press
isbn
9781921504419
title
Rules of Summer
author/illustrator
Tan, Shaun
publisher
Hachette Australia
isbn
9780734410672
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Re-posting: Using #HatBack to Teach Point of View from Colby Sharp

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I’m not sure how to re-blog a post from email, so when I saw this in my inbox, I wasn’t sure of the etiquette and even method of adding it. So I have copied the URL to share with you.

This particular topic, of encouraging young students to be able to think from different points of view, was a skill that the year 2’s are going to tackle in the coming weeks. I was talking with the year 2 teachers and their idea was to use fractured fairytales, because these stories are often the fairytale, but from another point of view, eg. the wolf in the 3 Little Pigs, the bad fairy in Sleeping Beauty …you get the idea.
This afternoon, I got this email fresh off Colby Sharp’s blog, who is a 3rd grade classroom teacher.
He has used the picture book ‘I Want My Hat back’ and also ‘This is Not my Hat’ (which is quite a funny and quirky story), both by Jon Klassen, to develop his students understanding of point of view and then using this knowledge  to create their own story. Click on the image for the link to his excellent blog post which lays out how he went about this in his classroom.

 

Book trailers – a great way to hook readers into books

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Book trailers – showing and creating your own, or letting your students make them is a succinct way of letting readers know what the featured book is about and why they should read it. There are many great and some not-so great examples of book trailers on YouTube. There are even children’s book publishers that have entire channels on YouTube devoted to book trailers of their books.


A very popular series at school and this trailer gives the flavour of the series. But usually whne I am creating book trailers with students, we work out that about 1 minute is the optimal length. At over 2 minutes, this one is a bit long.


This is one of the best book trailers that I have seen. It captures the atmosphere of tension and horror of this book – really gets you in!!!


This trailer’s narration, image and soundtrack combination makes it just like a movie trailer.


Picture books are ironically quite tricky to make trailers for, as the simpler the storyline, the more difficult it is to distill its essence. In this book trailer, they have played with the plot from the book. In the book, the reader is looking for the green sheep. In the trailer, the green sheep is looking for the books’ author, Mem Fox.

Creating book trailers with students is another thing altogether. When I have got a class involved in this in the past, the first thing you do is watch lots of book trailers and create your own rubric as to what makes a good book trailer – one that ‘hooks’ you in, is the way we explain it. Is it the images, the soundtrack, voices, colours, speed of transition from one image to another, choice of image that makes the biggest impact. Why? is it different for different people? Then students start creating by drawing up a storyboard so they think through their trailer before they start making it. This is particularly important when you are working in a team – there must be a shared vision, otherwise there will be no end product. Then they can begin the process. It is interesting to see all the many ways that a ‘book hook’ can be created – some are fantastic, others pretty ordinary. But the process is an important part and going through the steps leads you closer to making your own book trailer.

National Simultaneous Storytime – May 21, 2014

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Here in Australia, the Australian Library and Information Association organizes NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME, which involves participating school, public, early childhood centres and playgroups all reading the same book at the same time on May 21st. Last year, it was the hilarious book ‘The Wrong Book’ by Nick Bland. This year it is the ‘very funny also’ book ‘Too Many Elephants’ by Ursula Duborsarksy. She is a bit of a crazy lady and I came across this interview with her talking about the book. Gives you an incite into an important Australian author.

The Kid Should See This – an amazing blog!

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I loved the reason this website is put together. Its a Kid-friendly. STEAM-focused. Not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them. Watch the best videos on the internet with your kids, curated by Rion Nakaya with her 3 & 5 year olds. Videos cover an amazing range of topics from SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, SPACE, ANIMALS, FOOD, DIY, MUSIC, ART […]