In Term 3, our Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 students will be investigating the topic of Winter, and then moving on the Aboriginal Dreaming Stories.
I had promised to share a childhood favourite winter book from my own collection, Snow by Roy McKie & PD Eastman, which is a hard title to find, Down Under, in Dr Suess’s classic Cat in the Hat Beginner Books series. I bought this particular copy during my White Christmas 2012 trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, where, way back in 1984, my penpal had taught me how to make snowmen and snow angels, just like in the book I’d read in 1966!
Next week, we will be comparing this book to the more recent, There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow! by Lucille Colandro & Jared Lee. The school library’s resident artifical snowman is actually a stage prop from my 2006 Stage 1’s assembly item performance of this book. This was also when I learned, via Wikipedia, about the inate and significant differences between British and American snowmen. (Count the bodyparts!)
Snowman built by Mr McLean and his penpal, Ann Arbor MI, USA, January 1984 (Three body parts)
Snowman built by Mr McLean and his class, November 1996 (Two body parts)
The artificial snowman finally experience a real hailstorm, Penrith NSW, December 2010
Penrith PS in December: a white Christmas?
Please click HERE if the music track doesn’t play.
Miniature snowman in Ann Arbor MI, USA, December 2012 (Three body parts)
Even artificial snowmen must do their research! Penrith NSW, December 2010
Our first Aboriginal Dreaming Story, in Week 3, will be about the Rainbow Serpent. Past Kindergarten students, now in Year 3, made some great artwork last cycle and it is preserved in a FlickrSLIDESHOW. We also made good use of a Youtube animation, located HERE.
The final five groups of students have completed their persuasive slideshows from storyboards created during Term 2: Guided Inquiry Endangered animals (Stage 3 science & technology).
by Caitlyn & Arona
by Jazmin, Seth, Matt A., Rachael & Jared
by Tom, Matt J. & John Compare the above slideshow with the students’ original storyboard.
by Skye, Emma T., Mitch, Kyle & Natalee
Vijay, Talita, Toni & Lachlan
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As mentioned previously, just a few points to consider with Photo Peach: Use it as judiciously as you would a series of Youtube clips. Don’t permit students to do open browsing; Photo Peach is a Web 2.0 facility that is open to anyone, and the slideshows are “unrated”. Also, if you notice that new comments have been added to a slideshow you’ve made, please preview the slideshow again before using it with students so you can monitor (and moderate/remove) unwanted comments. (Or close off comments altogether.) Consider a subscription to Photo Peach, which enables you to add your own or Creative Commons music, a wider range of transitions, and the capacity to download slideshows to your hard drive, web space or a CD.