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Miss Nelson Is Missing

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Who else remembers this book when they were at school? Perfect book for your Relief Teaching Bag!

The lovely teacher of the unruly Room 207, Miss Nelson, goes missing & is replaced by the meanest substitute teacher ever, Miss Swamp! What will the class do? How will they get their teacher back?

Activities to go with ‘Miss Nelson is Missing’:
– Venn Diagram comparing Miss Nelson & Miss Swamp
– Missing person poster for Miss Nelson
– Students write own version about where THEIR teacher is that day
– Write classroom rules for Room 207 & create a poster displaying these rules


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Wombat Stew

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Yesterday I read Wombat Stew to a group of Receptions (Pre-Primary). The kids loved joining in with the chant ‘Wombat stew, wombat stew, gooey, brewy, yummy chewy wombat stew’.

We only read the book for enjoyment but there are many great literacy activities that you could do with this book.

Here’s just a few:
1. As a class search for & list all the words that end in ‘y’ (gooey, brewy, chewy, yummy, crunchy, munchy, etc)
-Brainstorm more ‘y’ ending words
– Create their own verses by following this outline:
Wombat Stew,
Wombat Stew,
_____, _____
_____, _____
Wombat Stew!
OR
Create a verse for a different concoction like Kangaroo Cake, Platypus Pudding or Emu Soup.
2. Students write up a recipe for an unusual soup, stew or pudding. Create a class example first so students know how to set out a recipe.
3. As you read it out loud again, have a group of students act it out.

For the overseas readers, if you can get a hold of a copy, it’s a great book to introduce your students to some Australian animals!


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Giraffes Can’t Dance

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A picture book that highlights how everyone is different, with their own strengths & weaknesses, and the importance of being true to yourself & respecting other’s rights to be different.

Activity Ideas:
– Make giraffe hats https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1jdmGTSQN0IVHhPNFVrRWNFMUU/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1
– Use the dancing giraffe template to make a giraffe with moving limbs. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/_files/dancinggiraffe.pdf
– In small groups come up with an animal dance to show the rest of the class (eg – giraffe dance, elephant dance, lion dance, monkey dance).
– Warthogs waltzing is an example of alliteration. Can they come up with other animal alliterations?
– Reread the story & write a list of the rhyming words. Brainstorm other rhyming words to add to the list.
– Retell the story from Gerald the giraffe’s point of view.
– Design a poster advertising the Jungle Dance.