28/05/2017

National Reconciliation Week

It was wonderful to create the new library displays to commemorate National Reconciliation Week. This year we have two displays – one focusing on animals and the beautiful colourful artworks in a selection of children’s picture books, a wooden lizard from Uluru and a turtle painted on stone. The other display represents family highlighting children and traditional artworks on bark from my personal collection.

Australian animals

Children, family and culture

To commemorate Reconciliation Week all classes will be involved in activities and there are special visitors to share stories and knowledge with the children. In addition to the outstanding collection of picture books featuring Australian Indigenous peoples and culture some of the resources that class teachers have been particularly interested in for teaching and learning include:

Say Yes: A story of friendship, fairness and a vote for hope by Jennifer Castles, and illustrations by Paul Seden. This picture book sensitively captures the 1967 Referendum in way that enables historical issues and perspectives to be shared with children. The Allen & Unwin site provide teaching notes and Reading Time has a superb review, the suggested reading age is 7-12.

Stories for Simon by Lisa Sarzin and Lauren Briggs, a moving and beautifully illustrated picture book that helps explain the Stolen Generations to younger students. The Stories for Simon website provides background material about the story and links to Teachers’ Resource notes. The illustrator Lauren Briggs has visited our school on sharing the story with primary students and art workshops with high school students.

Welcome to Country written by Joy Murphy and illustrated by Lisa Kennedy is an outstanding picture book portraying personal traditions of Aboriginal people allowing for teaching and learning of understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture. Walker Books have provided extensive Teacher Notes for this book and a reference to a wide range of resources including picture books with Aboriginal themes, nonfiction books for younger and older readers, websites and video links.

The Message Stick book series published by Nelson Cengage are a wonderful series of books offering Dreaming stories with short plays such as How the Murray River was made and informative books on fishing, hunting and gathering, and bush tucker. The illustrations and photos are highly appealing and informative and text at a level suitable for lower grades. The series also includes a Teacher Resource book.

A special book I enjoy reading to Kindergarten classes is No Way Yirrikipayi! by the children from Milikapiti School, Merville Island and Alison Lester. This is a story of a hungry crocodile that wonders through the natural environment seeking food. Written in English and Tiwi it offers a rich resource to read aloud and encourages children to join in with the repeated phrase “No way Yirrikipayi your not eating me today.”

Books featured in the displays:

Kangaroo and crocodile : my big book of Australian animals by Bronwyn Bancroft

Where is Galah by Sally Morgan

ABC Dreaming by Warren Brim

Children of the Lake by Percy Trezise

Going for Oysters by Jeanie Adams

Welcome to Country by Joy Murphy (two images)

Torres Strait Islander girl and Aboriginal boy from Scholastic School Essentials 

Lizard, stone and bark artworks from my personal collection.

26/05/2017

Matlida – 29 years young!

Matilda by Roald Dahl will turn 30 next year, a fact I accidentally discovered as I was organising the items for the book display in our school library. We had several versions of the book with differing styles of covers and some very well read Matilda editions. I think a celebration next year with tea and cake will be superb to honour the enjoyment this book has provided to readers for many years.

22/04/2017

ANZAC Day library display

“Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.”

(Australian War Memorial, 2017)

Information about the Commemoration and Educational resources and activities  are provided by the Australian War Memorial. The Primary English Teaching Association Australia also provides Lest We Forget which comprises six literature-based units of work for PETAA members.

A collection picture books, some with teaching notes are available via my Pinterest collection of ANZAC Day commemoration picture books.

18/04/2017

Where’s Wally turns 30!

It was great fun setting up the Where’s Wally display for the books 30 year anniversary. Young children have stood eyes wide closely looking at the items in the display case. It was noted in the ABC News article that drawing each scene takes “months to draw…as I work my way through a picture, I add Wally when I come to what I feel is a good place to hide him” (Martin Handford as cited in ABC News, Where’s Wally fans still search for elusive character 30 years

18/02/2017

I Read!

Reading was the focus for Year 2’s first Library lesson. I read Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book 
by Julia Donaldson which inspired great discussion. The students were then invited to write about themselves as readers starting with ‘I read…’ ideas were shared and I was able to get a quick snapshot of what the students were currently reading, where they read, when they read, who they read to or with and other interesting going on’s about reading. It also made for a quick display of readers.

 

17/09/2016

New Library Display featuring OLIVIA by Ian Falconer

It was so much fun putting the OLIVIA Library display together! Lucky to have had two OLIVIA dolls so one could rest with ears flat. All the Library OLIVIA books are ready for loan. Looking forward to watching children enjoying the display and listening to their comments. The Olivia the Pig webpage has information about the books, fun activities, and an interview with Ian Falconer.  Additional display ideas can be found in previous Posts Book and Theme Promotion Displays and The BFG Display.

olivia

OLIVIA book display

16/07/2016

The BFG book promotion

Looking forward to the start of Term 3, ready to go with the new BFG display. Amazing to find a type writer hidden in a beautiful old box in a Library cupboard. So glad for my book shop visit and finding The BFG soft toy. Good to get out the B, F and G volume of the World Book Encyclopedia that has been sitting in a box for too long. Had fun with glitter and sparkle pom poms! BFG books ready for loan.

BFG Display

 

 

 

16/07/2016

Book and Themed Promotion Displays

In my School Library we have two display cases to have fun with, below are some of the past displays.

Book Characters

Book Characters

 

 

 

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week 2016

Diary of a Wombat

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French picture books

Gumnut Babies

May Gibbs 100 Years of Gumnut Babies 2016

Alice in Wonderland

100 Years of Alice in Wonderland 2015

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08/07/2014

Celebrating the International Year of Crystallography

In conjunction with the Senior School Science Department, the Junior School Library hosted an exhibition of crystals to help celebrate the International Year of Crystallography. Students observed live crystal gardens, discovered the crystalline structure of ice, viewed fluorescent minerals and diamond structures. The experience provided an amazing opportunity to discover and learn about the power of crystallography.Learning about Crystallography

To get the exhibition up and running it took a good deal of planning and setting up by Tom the Science Lab Assistant who spent several weeks growing crystal gardens and sourcing crystal related materials and specimens.

To make the exhibition as ‘hands-on’ as possible microscopes were set-up and information relating to each of the exhibits was linked via QR Codes. Students were keen to scan the QR Codes with iPads and find out more via video clips and website links. Students also enjoyed taking photos of the crystals and exhibit items and creating posters using Pic Collage.

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