Investigating kangaroos

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students have been learning factual information about kangaroos, after hearing the Aboriginal Dreaming story, How the kangaroos got their tails.

Newborn baby grey kangaroo – Attenborough – Life of mammals – BBC

Kangaroo boxing – Attenborough – Life of mammals – BBC

Previously, we had used these other useful Youtube clips, featuring a young joey learning to hop, and newborns in the pouch. Click here.

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

New puppets

New puppets

Bargain shop stock tends to arrive in waves, and certain items can disappear without a trace. I thought I’d seen the last of the endangered animals puppets that were so prevalent in the bargain shops a few months ago. This week, several stalls at Paddy’s Market, in Haymarket, had cheap puppets in the same style and I found it hard to pass up the $4 parrot, kookaburra and kangaroo puppets. I even found a $1.50 key ring with a joey, who seems to be in the same scale as the kangaroo.

Video clips on the hop

We are really enjoying the ease of finding short video clips via Encarta for Kids CD-ROM, and online at Youtube.

As a followup to last week’s Aboriginal Dreaming story, How the kangaroos got their tails, Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are investigating facts about kangaroos.

Kangaroo joeys playing:

This amazing footage of newborn joeys in their mothers’ pouches:

A trained(?) boxing kangaroo on TV – not so natural? (Disturbing; perhaps more useful for older students writing persuasive texts?)