Junior School (Years K-6): On Monday morning the Junior School celebrated Book Week with a Grand Parade of Australian Stories. Every class recited a poem they had learned, dressed for the occasion and also decorated the hall with art work to illustrate their recitation.
A ‘Shelfie’ competition is taking place this week in the IRC for the Senior School (Years 7-12). Students and teachers have to guess which teacher belongs to which ‘Shelfie’. Next week all will be revealed with the teachers’ ‘Selfies’ that were taken in front of their bookshelves.
As a Book Week “Connect to Reading” activity for the High School we set up a puzzle board for a jigsaw puzzle based on the ‘L’ page of the Graeme Base book Animalia. This was a great hit and in less than two days the puzzle was complete and, by popular demand, another started. Year 12 claim it affords great stress relief in their last few weeks of school!
DC Green both entertained and enthused our K – Year 6 students on Tuesday when he spoke about his books and gave them tips for writing engaging stories. The students attended in three sessions and each group was equally enthralled with his presentation.
Some classes had read his books and prepared drawings and had completed some related writing activities that were on display in the IRC. DC Green was very excited to see these and gave out some signed posters for budding authors.
The IRC will be awarding book prizes for the three students in each class who have most improved their writing during the next next few weeks after using some of the tips offered by DC Green.
The displays and more images of DC Green will be available shortly in the ‘Events’ section of this blog
Yesterday we held a combined Book Week and National Literacy Day event for the Junior School (Years Prep-6). The day began with The Great Parade of Champions reflecting the theme for Book Week “Champions Read”. This was held in the Sports Centre – appropriately decorated with an Olympic theme. Parents and Grandparents then stayed to read their favourite children’s books to students in the classrooms.
The classes were all rostered in Stage Groups to come to the IRC throughout the day to have a book talk and a story and activity from one of this year’s CBCA Short Listed Books. The books were read and discussed using our new Interactive Whiteboard with web camera attachment.
For the Senior School (Years 7-12) we launched our eBook collection (Wheelers Books) with an invitation to log in on their devices and become Champion Readers!
More photos of Book Week activities and displays here
This website offers links to many different types of literacy and reading activities – check out Limericks, activities for Book Week titles, poetry and more…
Displays, online activities, and an author visit set the scene for a week long focus on books and reading.
Children’s author and humanitarian refugee worker Andrew McDonough visited Broughton for two days. On the first day he spoke to Year 11 about his work with refugees as they come into Australia. He then spoke to Years 7 & 8 about writing and illustrating books for children.
Andrew McDonough returned for another day and spoke group by group to the whole Junior School (K-6) about his writing and illustrating. His story telling was amazing and he demonstrated some of his digital illustrating techniques.
The sun shone and everyone had a great time. A Book Week Events page has been made (above) for slide shows of costumes.
Book Week is next week 23 – 27 August. Don’t forget our Book Character Parade at 8:45 on Tuesday 24 August. Bring in those well designed bridges – awards will be given out on Friday at lunchtime.
Secondary students’ challenge:
Design and build a bridge that will hold a book weighing 500g. (Samples in IRC)
You may only use:
A roll of tape
2 blocks of wood (any size and shape)
glue (including hot glue gun)
Extra points will be awarded for bridges that have a design plan submitted with them.
An example is shown here – but extra note will be taken and points given for original designs or variations based on this design.
All entries must be handed in to the IRC by Friday 20 August 2010
Prizes: House points for entering; Voucher Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.
Activity adapted from 50 Cooperative learning activities by Ralph Pirozzo, Hawer Brownlow Education, 2006