Which book would you read to the world?

“Everyone needs stories read to them: Mum, Grandpa, the dog, and the monster under the bed.” Source

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The Share a Story theme for May is perfect for an IB and PYP school. Looking through the lens of  Internationalism, PYP and picture books we examine literature that develops the IB Concepts, Learner Profile and Attitudes.

PYP and Fiction

We have many of these books in our library. Which have you read?

A couple of my favourites are  Mirror (because of the uniqueness of the layout and the dual story) and The Island (specifically because of the power of the illustrations).

Another two I recommend are If the World were a Village and We Are All Born Free (although we have these in our Non-Fiction collection).

Q: What is your favourite (picture book) story?

Have a look at these suggestions

 

We will be surveying and voting for our Top 10 Picture Book Read Alouds.

Another fantastic way to celebrate reading is through the national event of simultaneous storytime where students around Australia read the same book, on the same day (… at the same time).

National Simultaneous Storytime 2015

On May 27th we will be celebrating National Simultaneous Storytime. The book this year is The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey.

Resources to help celebrate NSS

In the JS Library we also be promoting this through the Feature Books.

Feature Books

During the term we will be re-reading (and for some introducing) the picture books that have featured over the years.

List from https://www.alia.org.au/nss

So, What story would you share with someone else?  Feel free to share below.

Follow the tweets at  #readtheworldastory and #shareastorycalendar

 

“Calendar concept © Jackie French. Calendar © ACLA”

Thumbnail image reproduced with permission.

See more at
http://www.childrenslaureate.org.au/events/

 

May 2015 Feature Books – LibraryThing

 

SEE- FEEL- HEAR: SHARE A STORY IN JUNE

Explore new worlds through your senses – SEE – HEAR – FEEL

We see stories through movies, theatre and plays; feel the emotions through character development and stories;  specialist materials for visually impaired and through audio books.

The ‘Hear a Story, See a Story, Feel a Story’ challenge

How to you hear, see and feel stories?

FEATURE BOOKS FOR JUNE

 

TAKE THE ‘HEAR A BOOK’ CHALLENGE

We hear stories through patterning, rhymes and rhythm, poetry (often an under used part of the collection) and obviously audio books.

HEAR A BOOK CHALLENGE 1

Locate the POETRY section in the JS Library and borrow a book or share a poem from one of these books.

810               Poetry, Plays, Jokes & Riddles

HEAR A BOOK CHALLENGE 2

Create your own poetry – try the Lark app.

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Poetry app: Lark     Lark, by Storybird. Make and share art-inspired poetry. by Storybird, Inc

 

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See The Book Chook blog post related to poetry resources for the classroom

Tips and Resources for Poem in your Pocket Day

HEAR A BOOK CHALLENGE 3

When did you last listen to an audio book? Come and locate the audio books in the JS Library.

See other JS Library Blog Posts about use of  Audio Books and literacy.

 

**** WE HAVE A BRAILLE PICTURE BOOK IN THE JS LIBRARY COLLECTION ****

LOCATE THIS BOOK AND  BRING IT TO THE CIRCULATION DESK (first ten students to do so receive a prize). 

SHARE A STORY “Calendar concept © Jackie French. Calendar © ACLA” http://www.childrenslaureate.org.au/events/

The Australian Children’s Laureate: enriching the lives of young Australians through the power of story.

Download your Share a Story Calendar 2015 from the Laureate website!

#hearastoryseeastory
#shareastorycalendar

Green Screen: It’s not just for superheroes or movie stars

A group of Year 3 students have been experimenting with the green screen as a means to share their learning  this term. These students have been considering ways to evaluate, reflect and report on reading.

These green screen movie reflections were created using a variety of apps on the iPad (using the video, camera, drawing and green screen apps).

  • Touch Cast
  • Green Screen by Do Ink
  • Doodle Buddy

This is what the students have thought about the process so far…

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See below for two reviews they have created. When the students create their next review (in Term Two) they will direct this (almost) independently, with the aim to become experts for the other students in the class, teaching how to use the green screen and its associated apps.

These reviews are not polished presentations but have been created in a short time frame as a tool to engage and enhance the learning experience.

Book Reviews

The Cats of Venus

Today the students were introduced to the concept of a book hook to ‘sell’ the book to another reader.

See “How to write a book hook” wiki how with pictures.

The Treasure Island: A Fun Map

The students shared why someone should ‘read’ this map.

As the students become more confident and self reflective, the presentations will become more diverse and ‘professional’.

 

Finally, students are presenting for an authentic audience.

 

 

 

 

CREATING A LISTENING POST IN YOUR LIBRARY OR CLASSROOM

How to create a listening and literacy promoting environment.

MHMS Media Orientation Animation 12 - 10

Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones via Compfight

Find a quiet space…. Pull up a cushion or bean bag… settle in. Let’s begin.

The following resources are some ideas about how to create an environment designed to foster the love of reading and literature.

AUDIO BOOKS & INTERACTIVE BOOKS ON THE IPAD

The iPad is a versatile tool. We can use it to consume books and create books.

AUDIO BOOKS ON THE IPAD

See my DIIGO weblinks to Audio Books  resources (not all of these are for children).

Access  audio books through online subscriptions (and some with free access).

WEBSITES

IPAD APPS

See The Book Chook Apps to Help You Raise a Reader

Another great article – classroom practice and listening posts If you give a student an iPad…

IN THE JS LIBRARY

AUDIO BOOKS

Locate the AUDIO BOOK Collection (labelled as ‘Audio Book’).

When you visit the library you will find the AUDIO BOOK Collection with CD’s for you to listen to and if you wish to borrow.

  • Borrow a Portable CD player and headphones (in library use)
  • Select your book on CD and enjoy.

Additionally, last year we purchased the GUIDED CD’s resource. These are also available for teachers to use with classes.

FINAL THOUGHTS

HARDWARE

WANT MORE PRACTICAL IDEAS

April: History is a Story

Number 60 WOODHOUSE, William Henry

State Records of SA via Compfight

When I think of HISTORY and April the first thing that enters my mind is ANZAC Day.

The Share a Story focus for April is “History is a Story”.  The question is posed “What’s your family’s story?” We are challenged to read diaries and letters and books from the past, ‘to hear the whispers from history’.

 

At the JS Library we are going to explore the HISTORY section of the JS Library with a particular focus on the ANZACs.

See below for some ideas for exploring Australian History through quality literature (with reading lists and suggestions).

Australian history books

Aussie Book Lists: Australian History for Young Readers

 

One of the suggested books from the lists are from my early days  of teaching- Five Times Dizzy. Another more recent recommendation is The Dog on the Tuckerbox (see more resources here) and more recent award winning Mirror by Jeannie Baker.

Such books have deepened my appreciation of Australian culture and allowed me to explore the diversity in our stories. Our rich culture of storytelling is also fortunately deepened by the sharing of Indigenous perspectives through the traditional story structure of The Dreaming to more recent publications of Indigenous picture books that provide an opportunity to view life through the eyes of an Indigenous person.

 

Additionally the stories of Australia have become more accessible through picture books such as Banjo Paterson’s verse, Waltzing Matilda.

 

See some resources below from Random House

 

HISTORY RESOURCES

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM, HISTORY & LITERATURE

Primary School Resources to support the Australian History Curriculum – ASLA

– a comprehensive resource

 

ANZAC DAY & HISTORY RESOURCES

Bringing history to Life

‘Belinda Murrell: Bringing Australian History to Life’

MY AUSTRALIAN STORY SERIES – SCHOLASTIC

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY FOR BOOK LOVERS PDF

 

ANZAC DAY RESOURCES

A is for ANZAC

100 Years of ANZAC the Spirit Lives

Gallipoli (YouTube)

Australian War Memorial – Education

This month in Australian Military history

Meet the ANZACs PDF – Random House

 

So, What is your story or a which book would you recommended book to explore history?

Feel free to share below.

 

Follow the tweets at  #historyisastory and #shareastorycalendar