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

Little finishing touches

Bonsai tree

Some friends were recently dispensing with an artificial bonsai tree, and I realised it was perfect for an often-dark corner of the library still in need of a touch of green.

It’s attracting a lot of attention from the students and has been an excellent conversation starter. The K-2 students are actually studying “Autumn” at the moment; I think they are expecting the artificial bonsai tree’s tiny leaves to turn red, orange and yellow before dropping to the desk.

Real Autumn leaves, Bright, Victoria.