Hicketty Picketty: preparing for Chicks R Us

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:


Clifford & Phoebe at Penrith PS

Humpty was pushed?

Humpty on the wooden block wall

Our school has had a Humpty Dumpty mural on a classroom wall for many years now. It’s amazing how fast Humpty falls again when the three-year cyclic plan for K-2 comes around again.

As is traditional, the “Chicks R Us” and their incubator turned up this week. Only one egg to hatch now!

Chicks R Us

Chicks R Us 2

Chicks R Us 3

Meanwhile, the students suggested that a PowerPoint show about the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme, made three years ago, needed one more image to make it more interesting. So, this year, Easter egg Humpty shows some leakage after falling off his wall:

Humpty

Bilbies at Easter

The picture book, “Hunwick’s egg” by Mem Fox and Pamela Lofts, makes a great Easter book for developing some field knowledge about bilbies, eggs and Australian fauna and fauna without necessarily getting into the Easter message and Easter Bunnies.

But there is no shortage of bilby-related Australian picture books these days and many students are now aware of the plight of Australia’s endangered bilbies and why so many are immortalized as fund-raising chocolate confections at the time of year.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is promoting a beautiful bilby story by Nette Hilton, “The smallest bilby solves the biggest problem” on Youtube. It’s part of the K-2 Challenge and this version is illustrated by school students working with Nette Hilton.

Chocolate Easter bilby
A chocolate Easter bilby.