Curious Ferdinand & His Magic Spectacles by Anna Fienberg

'The Magnificent Nose & Other Marvels' by Anna Fienberg is a compilation of stories about five children who each have some sort of remarkable gift. One of my university lecturers introduced me to this book. I loved it so much, I went & bought a copy of it that same week & have used it with a wide range of year levels since. One of the stories is about a little boy named Ferdinand. He comes across a pair of magic spectacles that give him the remarkable ability to see the inner workings of people's bodies & what is ailing or hurting them. Things like broken bones, fevers or even an inflamed appendix. He ends up helping the Prime Minister, who has an itchy ear & brain, when he sees & removes a spider from his ear! After reading the story brainstorm with the class other powers a magical set

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Paper Elephant Craft

"Too Many Elephants in This House" CLEVER CRAFT The Children's Book Council of Australia will be announcing the Books of the Year next month. On the Early Childhood shortlist is the fun picture book "Too Many Elephants in This House" by Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner. You can view the book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR2vOBTWVNw While searching for an elephant craft to go with this book I found this YouTube clip (link below) of a super cute elephant craft. You only need paper, glue, scissors & either googly eyes or a black texta to draw eyes. Love it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rv-IbAZozs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

WANTED: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton

A few weeks ago I posted about borrowing this book from the library. I fell in love with the story of the boy looking for his perfect pet & the little duck who disguises himself as a dog so he can make a friend. Here are some activity ideas to go with the book: -Brainstorm with the class different pets - Create a class graph showing the pets they have - Create an ad for their idea of a perfect pet - Write up a T Chart comparing a dog to a different type of pet - Write a persuasive piece of text, stating why an unusual animal would make a good pet (eg: a crocodile) - Draw & label an animal disguised as another animal - If you have access to craft supplies have students create an imaginary animal that would make an ideal pet - Play 'Dog, dog,

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