Four Kindergarten classes visit the Library each week, we share a story and the children have time to browse, borrow and enjoy the books. During Term 3 the classes were introduced to Children’s Book Week and the six Shortlist books.
The Children’s Book Council Shortlist of books provided many possibilities to introduce and explore Thinking Routines. This term I introduced the Harvard Project Zero Visible Thinking Colour, Symbol, Image Routine CSI to Year 3. The CSI routine was introduced and each week after we had read one of the Shortlist books the students were given a sticky note to write or draw a Colour, Symbol and Image related to the story. After a few goes the activity became easier and the students were able to dig a little deeper. The CBCA Shortlist Picture books led to deep thinking as they covered themes and ideas that were real and at times confronting.
Once we had completed the activity for the six books the students selected one book to examine and respond using the CSI routine in greater detail. A selection of work can be found in this post. Overall I was impressed with the students understanding and their response to the CSI routine, it enabled students to share aspects of the book and touched on the theme, mood and at times character emotions.
Over the past five weeks I have read one of the CBCA Early Childhood Shortlist books to classes in K-2. The excitement increased as the weeks moved on and a new story was shared. I loved watching the children’s expressions when I took out the next book from the Story Suitcase that was carried around the Library and down some very long corridors for lessons in classrooms. Early on I explained to the classes that when we have finished all the books everyone will be able to vote for their favourite book and we will learn what book becomes the Book of the Year and which books are special at our school. A student commented that ‘Book Week is like the Olympics for books as the books get a Gold, Silver or Bronze award’ this is true and the children related well to this observation. It quickly became obvious which book was the favourite at school and the children made many comments on the number of stars Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas received.
All classes K-2 will be doing creative activities for the shortlist books. I am sure that the experiences and memories will stay with the children as we have devoted time and attention to an amazing selection of Australian picture books.
Over the past weeks, Year 2 has been exploring the Early Childhood Shortlist Picture Books during their Library lesson.
It has been wonderful reading the six shortlist books to Year 2, in fact I read so many books in one week (23 classes a week K-5) that my voice stopped working. Lucky for me and the children we were able to enjoy Mr Huff by Anna Walker on Story Box Library.
Using the first book Perfect by Danny Parker, the children reflected as a whole class to the following questions and their responses were recorded.
Story Element Questions:
- Who is the main character? Are they human, an animal or an imagined character?
- Are there supporting characters? Are they human, an animal or imagined characters?
- Where is the story set? Is the setting realistic, magical, set in the past, present time or future?
- The message or a lesson from the story is…
- A symbol (object, action, or expression) in the story is…
- The story made me think about…
For the additional shortlist books, once the story had been shared the children worked in small groups, each group being allocated one question. The responses were shared and then complied onto one page for later use. What became evident was that as the children revised the routine and became familiar with the questions they were able to reflect and reposed more thoroughly.
Samples of work for the Early Childhood Shortlist Picture Books:
Once the six books were read each student voted for their favourite book by placing a star on the Years K-2 2016 Book Week voting chart.
In the coming lessons the students will work in small groups to create dioramas of the shortlist books. I am really looking forward to the creative designs and displaying the story dioramas in the Library.
From the start of Term 3, Year 1 has had one of the Early Childhood Picture Books read to them during their Library lesson. As a class group we have been thinking about the main character in each book and doing the Thinking Routine Step Inside – what does the main character see, what does the main character know, what does the main character care about? Once the six books have been read each student will vote for their favourite book by placing a star on the Years K-2 Book Week voting chart.
For the activity, each student will choose a favourite main character from one of the books and illustrate them using a crayon resist art technique. Reflecting on the Step Inside activity students will also write about the character. Art work will be displayed for all to enjoy.
For more about The Step Inside: Perceive, Know about, Care about routine visit Visible Thinking.
Kindergarten – Early Childhood Shortlist
From the start of Term 3, Kindergarten has had one of the Early Childhood Picture Books read to them during their Library visit. Once the six books have been read each student will vote for their favourite book by placing a star on the K-2 2016 Book Week voting chart.
For the activity each student will choose a favourite main character from one of the books and illustrate them. All drawings will be assembled into Book Week Bunting to hang in the Library for all to enjoy.
Looking forward to using this special suitcase to lock away the Early Childhood Shortlist books for K-2 classes. Each time the case opens a new book to read. A big thanks to my partner who sourced the case for me, I only had to say ‘I wish I had an old suitcase to use for Book Week’ and my wish was granted 2 days later – excellent!
Australia! Story Country
I have been busy planning lessons and activities to explore the shortlist books and celebrate Children’s Book Week in the coming weeks of Term 3.
As a starting point a display has been created to engage students as they enter the Library, it was not hard to find stimulating illustrations from picture books that connected with the theme Australia! Story Country. The focus here is about the land and and vast spaces, the collection of books and stories fill the Library – they are tucked away on the Library shelves ready to be discovered.