Posted by Lisa Hill on July 31, 2014
I’m not really convinced that Granny Grommet and Me is among the best books eligible for the 2014 CBCA shortlist, but, well, there it is, and so I’m reading it to my junior students next week.
So I need a purposeful activity to go with this book, but although I usually find the series really useful, this year’s edition of Activities for Early Childhood by Mary O’Toole and Ruth Moodie hasn’t got an activity for Granny Grommet that I particularly want to do.
So instead, my Year 1 & 2 students are going to browse my collection of books about life underwater, and they’re going to use this research to complete a sunshine wheel about what can be seen underwater with a snorkel. They’ll need to differentiate between what can be seen in the shallows and rock pools and what can be seen in the open sea. They’ll then draw and label what they add to the sunshine wheel.
It would be more fun to make a snorkel-eye view with shoeboxes and blue cellophane but alas I don’t have enough time in my library lessons for time intensive activities like that. And I do like my students to use thinking tools as much as I can.
For copyright reasons I can’t include an image of the book cover on this worksheet.
Granny Grommet and Me
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Posted by Lisa Hill on July 15, 2014
This week I’m working with my colleagues to develop our units for Even Years Term 3. Today I worked with the Junior team to develop a history unit, and you can download it from the Goodies to Share menu:
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Posted by Lisa Hill on July 13, 2014
Last term I developed and trialled a new unit of work about Indigenous War Service for years 5 & 6. It’s based on a resource called Indigenous Service, A Resource for Primary Schools, published by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Shrine of Remembrance, but I adapted it quite a bit. You can download the unit, and all the supplementary resources from the Goodies to Share menu, Australian Curriculum Literature & Research units for Years 5 & 6
This unit forms part of our whole school plan for the ANZAC Commemorations for 2014-5 (which you can download from the same page).
As it turned out, although I didn’t know this when I decided to develop this unit, the theme for NAIDOC Week 2014 was Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond:. As it says on the NAIDOC website
This year’s NAIDOC theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.
From our warriors in the Frontier Wars to our warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe.
We proudly highlight and recognise the role they have played in shaping our identity and pause to reflect on their sacrifice. We celebrate and honour their priceless contribution to our nation.
I would be rapt to get some feedback from teachers who download and try out the unit. Please use the comments box below.
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Posted by Lisa Hill on July 9, 2014
“How many Australians know that Matthias Ulungura, a young Tiwi Islander, captured – and disarmed – the first Japanese serviceman taken as a POW on Australian soil in 1942?”
It’s NAIDOC Week: Visit this link to learn more about the contribution of our indigenous people to the defence of Australia
Repaying our debt to Aboriginal soldiers – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
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