Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are continuing to learn about Aesop’s fables.
The man, the boy and the donkey || Short story for kids
Song “A man, a boy and a donkey” – Children’s music video
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students have been investigating the Aesop fable, The man, the boy and the donkey. (Previously, we used the following Youtube links.)
The farmer, his son and his donkey – Aesop’s fables – animated/cartoon tales for kids
The man the boy and the donkey || short story for kids
From there, the students have begun looking at factual information about donkeys, especially as to how they were once used prolifically as a working animal, for transportation, carrying heavy loads. In many places of the world, donkeys have been replaced by technology: shopping trolleys, tractors, cars, trains, etc.
Pets 101- Mini donkeys
Sustainable transport in Ethiopia – The Donkey Sanctuary
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 are studying fables this term. We found this great short video, with accompanying song, on Youtube:
Song: “A Man, a Boy and a Donkey” – Children’s Music Video
And here’s an award-winning music video version, by Derek Sonic Thunders, of Craig Smith’s “Wonky donkey” picture book and song:
Wonkey donkey song unofficial music video
Last term’s Stage 1 book rappers are doing an extension activity with me during our Literacy time: investigating claymation (stop motion) video presentations using a kit from the local post office, “Make your own haunted house movie” by Nancy Hall (Hinkler Books, 2010). We have already storyboarded our Halloween story, but have now checked out a few claymation fable videos on Youtube:
The story of the boy who cried wolf – claymation
Bugs and books 2008
The book rappers in 2G at Caddies Creek PS created a digital story for the Book Week 2011 book rap. Featuring a stuffed donkey toy and other library friends, it was compiled in Photo Peach. They loosely based it upon concepts from CBCA-nominated picture book, “My uncle’s donkey” by Tohby Riddle.
The students at All Hallows created a slideshow, also celebrating “My uncle’s donkey” by Tohby Riddle, on Photo Peach.
To help us celebrate Children’s Book Week, award-winning illustrator Frané Lessac came to talk about her career with students in K-2. We had prepared for her visit by looking at several of her picture books, including “Simpson and his donkey”, which was written by her husband, author Mark Greenwood.
Frané enthralled us with anecdotes about the pet monkey she had as a child in New Jersey, USA, and her time living on a tiny island which was almost totally destroyed when its volcano erupted. She painted a picture of Duffy, Simpson’s donkey, and showed a slideshow of her other picture books, including several about Australian bushrangers.
We had a great time! Thank you, Frané – and Lateral Learning!
Above: Frané’s pet cat usually drinks the contents of her paint-water cup, which is one reason she tries to always use non toxic paints, but her cat lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. (Maybe we could sell this exclusive souvenir on eBay?)