UK department store Sainsbury’s features Judith Kerr’s famous book character, Mog the cat, in an advertisement for the Christmas season. These ads are also excellent examples of persuasive visual texts.
Sainsbury’s official Christmas advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas calamity
Sainsbury’s official Christmas 2014 ad – 1914
And the current ad is:
Sainsbury’s official Christmas advert 2016 – The greatest gift
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are investigating transport. This week we are looking at the wheel, which researchers now believe may be an invention from about 5000 years ago. Some texts state the wheel was an invention of prehistoric peoples, but the evidence has not supported that assumption.
Before Book Week, Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students were investigating the Aboriginal Dreaming story, Why the emu cannot fly. We found many versions of this story, including the picture book, Winin: why the emu cannot fly by Mary Charles & Francine Ngardarb Riches, and translated by Bill McGregor from the original Nyulnyul language. In this version, Emu is in dispute with a brolga.
This first Youtube version involves a crocodile and some Aboriginal hunters:
Talking Country: Worla [Why the emu cannot fly]
The following variation of the tale involves a brush turkey, and was created in claymation by young students at another school (some spelling errors):
Dinewan the emu and Goomble gubbon the brush turkey [Why the emu cannot fly]
This week, the students are studying factual information about emus, using books such as Emus by Caleb Whitehorn, in the Springboardseries, Feathered giants: the way of the emu by Henry G Lamond, and Emu by Claire Saxby & Graham Byrne.
Our research will be enhanced by the following Youtube clips:
Emu hatching from an egg – beautiful HD footage from start to finish
And, just for a bit of fun:
Rod Hull and Emu – How to groom an emu [Hudson Brothers’ Razzle Dazzle Show]
Last week, Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 investigated versions of the fairy tale, The gingerbread man. This week, we will explore some Youtube clips of gingerbread recipes, attributes of foxes, and read Kel Richards’ The lamington man, an Australian version of the classic tale.
Ginger bread man – Fairy tales in English – animated / cartoon stories for kids
Fairytale: The gingerbread man read by John Krasinski by Speakaboos
2 adopted foxes and the ‘stepmom’ dog
Ylvis – The fox (What does the fox say?) [Official music video HD]
How to make a gingerbread man: gingerbread man recipe from Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio
Play Doh gingerbread man gingerbread recipe: how to make gingerbread man
Gingerbread man cookie recipe – Laura Vitale – Laura in the kitchen, Episode 253
Coinciding with today’s National Simultaneous Storytime 2014, here’s a box of elephants from the picture book, “Too many elephants in this house” by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner. It was created with masking tape, red acrylic paint with sponged shading, blue corrugated cardboard, black ink permanent marker and pink and silver waterbomb balloons. Trunks were cut from matching pink and silver plastic partyware bowls.
This back panel was left unpainted deliberately. Note the yellow plastic ladder emerging from the chimney hole.
One more elephant squeezes in!
Here’s a great book trailer for the picture book:
Too many elephants in this house by Ursula Dubosarsky
& Andrew Joyner
And an elephant story we once retold as a digital slideshow on PhotoPeach:
The elephant’s child
Just before 11.00 this morning, the school library at Penrith Public School was invaded by a herd of tiny elephants, to help celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime 2014:
This week, students in Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 will be learning the nursery rhyme Hicketty Picketty. We will also be reading Out of the egg, by Tina Matthews, which is a variation of The little red hen fairy tale.
The inclement weather last Friday gave Class 1HB another chance to brainstorm a digital story. This time they ended up with an Easter theme, which will prove useful with other classes as the term progresses:
An Easter tale
The subsequent week consolidates the learning with this digital quiz on PhotoPeach, which draws upon images and information gathered in 2011 after a unit of work based upon the annual Chicks R Us experience:
What’s in the egg?
Another picture book favourite is Clifford’s happy Easter by Norman Bridwell, which features a North American (spring season!) Easter egg hunt and the dyeing of boiled eggs.
And our PhotoPeach digital story about Clifford the Big Red Dog’s last visit to our school library: