Comparing reindeer to boomers

Stage 2 students are still investigating People and their beliefs in HSIE. Today we compared Santa in Australia, a picture book by Maryann Pfeifer & David Van Asten with the song popularised by Rolf Harris, Six white boomers:


Six white boomers – a Rolf Harris tribute

We have read several Australian parody versions of “The twelve days of Christmas”, but here is a Youtube ciip of the original carol:


12 Days of Christmas – Christmas carol

Early Stage 1 students asked me to add this Youtube clip, one of their classroom favourites:


Aussie Jingle Bells – Bucko & Champs – the original

Book Week 2013

Aliens in library
Read across the universe!


Photo Peach slideshow by 5/6E

Here are this year’s displays from classes to help us celebrate Children’s Book Week.

Python by 3-5R
Python by 3-5R

Apollo by KP

Owl by KP
Apollo the powerful owl by KP

It's a miroocool by 1/2RH
It’s a miroocool! mobile by 1/2RH

A forest by 1/2IW
A forest by 1/2IW

Read across the universe by 3/4W
Read across the universe mobile by 3/4W

Coat by 1/2SA
The coat by 1/2Sa

Read across the universe by 1/2ST
Read across the universe by 1/2St

Pros and cons of being a frog by 3/4B
The pros and cons of being a frog by 3/4B

Whale shark song by 1/2B
The whale shark song by 1/2B

Read across the universe Culture Pod by 5/6E
Read across the universe Culture Pod by 5/6E.

Pod
Yes, it’s space culture – in a pod!

With Nan by KF
With Nan by KF

Lyrebird! by 3/4M
Lyrebird!: a true story by 3/4M

Tom the outback mailman by 3/4L
Tom the outback mailman by 3/4L

One very tired wombat by KB
One very tired wombat mobile by KB

We have also had a lot of fun with these hilarious picture books (from New Zealand) this Book Week. By Mark and Rowan Sommerset:

Smarty tablets and lemonade

Whatever you do, don’t accept smarty tablets from a sheep. Nor lemonade from a turkey.


Book Week 2013

Herman and Rosie – onscreen

Gus Gordon’s CBCA-nominated picture book, Herman and Rosie, has been selected by Literacy & Numeracy Week’s Read for Australia event. View the Story Box Library presentation, read by Australian actor, Melissa Bergland.

An Auslan presentation is available HERE.

National Simultaneous Storytime: The wrong book

Penrith Public School students are about to share a fun tale of Nicholas Ickle’s challenge to share his story, in the wonderful picture book, “The wrong book” by Nick Bland, as part of ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime 2013.


The wrong book Auslan version

Wrong book: National Simultaneous Storytime 2013
“My name is Nicholas Ickle and you’re in the wroooooooooong book!”

Reading Picnic 2012

Picnic - PRC poster

Picnic

Today was Penrith Public School’s annual reading picnic, this time celebrating our 97% success rate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) in this, the National Year of Reading. It was also the second anniversary of our occupation of our BER school library. How the time has flown!

Picnic - Christmas tree in the library

Picnic 4

Our special guest was Judith Ridge, of WestWords. Judith is a recognised expert in the field of children’s literature, a former editor of the School Magazine and a member of the PRC selection and reviewing panel.

Picnic - Judith Ridge
Our Guest of Honour, Judith Ridge of WestWords.

Parents, caregivers, toddlers and community members brought with them books, picnic rugs and snacks and joined the 400+ students and teachers for a relaxed afternoon of reading in cosy corners of the playground. Some students sat in class groups, and others sat with family and friends. And Mother Nature turned on some perfect picnic weather after several days of looming thunderclouds.

The school also received a special package from author and illustrator Emma Quay! A beautiful giclée print (Mr McLean had to look up that term on Wikipedia!) and a lovely handwritten letter, explaining that this artwork is a preview of her forthcoming picture book, Not a cloud in the sky (2013).

Picnic - Emma Quay's print
Emma Quay’s letter and giclée print!

Picnic - Judith Ridge with captains
Our school captains present Judith with a school crest keyring.

Judith Ridge, who was very complimentary of our students’ work with digital storywriting, book rapping and our school’s blog and wiki, shared a quote from E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s web and Stuart Little:

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people — people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”

Picnic Plaque
A commemorative plaque has now been mounted on the wall of the school library.

Picnic 6

Picnic 7

Picnic 3

Picnic 1

Picnic 2

Picnic 5

Writing tips from Deb Abela

This week is the last week of formal lessons in the school library. The Stage 2 and Stage 3 students are investigating the websites of Judith Ridge (WestWords, particularly the “Book Club” section), and the writing tips of popular author, Deborah Abela.

At a recent teacher-librarians’ professional learning day, Deb introduced us to the highly motivating Story Starter Scrambler machine, on the Scholastic website.

Deb’s very persuasive Youtube book trailers are at:


Grimsdon


The remarkable secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen


Ghost Club

To finish off we will read Chapter 1 of Deb’s novel, Max Remy, super spy.

A Flood in the library?

6W Flood
Class 6W represented the picture book “Flood” with a tabletop 3D model.

The flood was as quick as Usan Bolt.
The flood was as deadly as a spider.
The flood looked like a massive, roaring sea.
The waters of the flood were as unhygienic and dirty as a rubbish heap.

The flood was as wet as a water bomb exploding on your face.
The flood was like a horrifying nightmare.
The flood was as dangerous as a tornado.
The flood was as cold as an ice block.

The flood was as fast as a cheetah running away.
The flood was as violent as the devil’s anger.
The flood was as dangerous as a wild tiger.
The flood was as loud as a lion’s roar.

by students of 6W, 2012.

1-4P York's universe
Class 1-4P presented the Crichton Award-nominated “York’s universe”.

3M Bilby secrets
Class 3M presented the information book “Bilby secrets”

Exciting new books – and their book trailers

Happy Book Week!


In the lion book trailer
The new picture book by James Foley!


Unforgotten book trailer
The new picture book by Tohby Riddle!

I also bought “Too many elephants in this house” by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner. While there is no trailer, as yet, I still love Andrew’s Youtube clip promoting their previous picture book, “The terrible plop!”: