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Book Week

 One World Many Stories song 

This is a simple song, predominantly for younger children, but could be great to adapt and write our own verses for the Campus book character parades and sharing times.

And this is more suitable for older kids! http://www.youtube.com/user/kingcountylibrary

Teacher librarians are a breed apart. The following is an excerpt from recent OZTL posts as people have begun to share their brainstorming about this year’s book week theme. Maybe it will inspire you to try some of the following ideas in your classroom or join us as we use some of these ideas to add to the Campus Library activities. Let’s make it a celebration to remember.

Lyndy Cracknell wrote:

“Disclaimer: Thanks Barbara for the credit – BUT please everyone, don’t blame me if it’s a lot harder to do than you are thinking.  My whole staff laughed when I blithely revealed my intentions, as a few of them have done it at Maths Camp. I plan to get HELP from students who were at Maths Camp and also from the maintenance men to cut dowel the right size and LENGTH – apparently there are 3 different lengths of struts.

I have started saving newspapers – I need to make 200 plus struts in 3 different lengths from rolled up newspaper and then use large split pins to secure them.

I just felt I had to WARN you that it sounds a lot easier than it is and also to ask for any tips from anyone who has done this.” 

Barbara Braxton then posted the following: “Lyndy Cracknell (St Catherine’s Junior School, Waverley, NSW) sent this link to a couple of her mates … http://www.yesmag.bc.ca/projects/geodesic.html, the idea to make two and join them, and the Book Week theme, One World Many Stories. 

So my brain started and this is what I came up with …

 Make it a class challenge to construct one as part of the science and maths curricula.  Or get the older classes to help the younger classes.  Or individual challenges using straws. 

Or cover the finished dome with blue tissue/cellophane paper and, as part of the geography curriculum, have them paste on green continents and white polar areas.

 Read Around the World. Mark a route around the world.  Calculate the kilometres and create a scale.  Assign a kilometre value per book and a class/classes to a continent.  Receptions get the smallest continent or distance; 5/6/7 the largest.

Classes/individuals read books (fiction or non-fiction) from the continent, or set in it, and map their part of the journey colouring in the route as they cover the kilometres. Challenge is to read around the world before the end of book week.

 Identify/ graph the origins of the students in your school. Mark on a map. Locate stories from each country. Have students from each country prepare a poster about that country to be displayed on their national day.

 Ask for people to lend dolls in national costumes for a display.

 Have parents/grandparents come in to tell traditional tales from their native country to all students. 

 Have guests who are fluent in the children’s languages come in and tell stories/ speak to them in their own language.

 Use Jennifer’s Language Page http://users.elite.net/runner/jennifers/ to find out how to say common phrases in hundreds of languages.

 Use http://flags2000.com.au/world.htm or http://www.flags.net/ or https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/flagsoftheworld.html for kids to get flags and country information.  They could draw their own.

 Investigate, compare and contrast the different versions of Cinderella from around the world. 

Investigate the importance of oral storytelling traditions to the sustainability of a culture.

 Investigate the ways stories can be told without using the spoken word – how do those who are deaf or blind enjoy stories?  Can you make a story with just music, dance or pictures? (If you haven’t seen Swan Lake from the Chinese State Circus  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sMc-p19FIk then it’s a must)

 Perhaps enough for now but it is a great theme and so easy. And Sharon McGuinness can add them to her one stop shop at http://www.mrsmacslibrary.com/book-week-2011.html “

 Book Week, August 20th to 26th  (Week 5, Term 3)

 Please start thinking of how we can best promote literature around the theme of One World, Many Stories. To form the basis of our displays, the RC team is planning a focus on migration and the personal histories of our students and their families. If you have any brain waves regarding displays or suggestions for a literacy or research unit, please come and share your ideas with us.

 Our volunteers have already begun to prepare for displays using our general ideas. The classroom will house a backdrop of island (a tad too tropical but that was all we could find) and water. Caroline Secker has already painted a ship and a plane to place on the backdrop, thus depicting ways in which people may have come to Australia. We plan to expand on these ideas this term and next. 

All families will be sent a link to an online survey, in order to establish the countries of origin of our Campus families and discover when they came to Australia. (Parents, Grandparents, Great-Grandparents etc) Families will be asked to volunteer some time to either tell something of their family story (more for upper primary classes) or read a story from their country of origin to some of our younger classes.

 The above information will somehow be pictorially presented on a large world map (probably placed at or near the entrance to the RC on a mobile pin up board) to represent our personal histories. The only children able to claim Australia as their country of origin will be those with indigenous links. 

The tree in the Picture fiction area will change by term 3 to become a ‘Campus Family Tree’ with each student and teacher creating and adding a leaf. Caroline has agreed to add to the tree to make a forest, if needs be! Each campus member will then add a leaf including their name, their family’s country of origin and the name of a favourite story, hopefully related to their homeland.

 Apparently, the Migration Museum runs an educational program called ‘Unpacking Histories’. Based on their ideas, we would encourage each class to put together their own ‘suitcase’ of artefacts or drawings. These will depict items which may have been brought to Australia by either a campus family or a fictional family. We would love to see them displayed in the Library as a cross campus display. Scootle has some wonderful activities which show houses in various locations around Australia over the past 150 years. In each, a house is shown in 4 different eras. The surroundings, families and possessions differ to represent the changes over time. The text describes pictured artefacts which can then be placed in the house in the appropriate era. I would happily share these links with you if you decide to follow this path.

 Don’t forget, this is a major Book Week focus year again. In addition to all students attending a performance, we will run book character parades, a literary Quiz for the Upper Primary students and organise some cross Campus buddy sessions. We’d be pleased to hear from any teachers or students who would like to assist with planning events, lunch time activities and displays or simply have you share your ideas. Shortly, we shall be seeking volunteers from each school to join a committee to help organised these activities.

 I intend to organise another Staff versus students “Spicks and Specks” style cross campus literacy quiz for the upper primary students and their teachers. If you’d like to help organise, score or set up, please let me know. I’d love some help. For those who are new to Campus, I have organised these events twice before. There are 2 teams, one of students (a year 6 and a year 7 from each school) and a team of 3 staff, one teacher from each of the schools. The questions all revolve around literature but the competition is light hearted and fun. The shortlisted titles may be included but the questions could be about any children’s books, old or new. 

There will be book character parades for the 3 different levels, junior, middle and upper primary. As in previous years, choosing a book, a country or genre to use as your class theme is highly recommended. Staff, we’d love to see you dressed up as well to attend a staff morning tea (perhaps with slightly extended times again?) Stay tuned for dates!

Lauren Hood’s drama group is planning to put together some pieces based on shortlisted titles and I hope these will be shared across campus also. 

The hope is to see some time spent with buddy activities across campus. Please let me know if these suggestions are all still acceptable or any other thoughts you may have about book week.

 At the end of last term, I spoke to Carole Carroll and she has suggested the names of several authors and illustrators that she has on her books. She and given me some approximate costs for each student attending one of the performances to be held on Campus based on ALL classes attending. Generally, the costs would be around $5-$5.50 per student.

 Likely illustrators are Tanya Batt for years R-2, Dan McGuiness (graphic novel illustrator) years 3/4 and Dave DeVries, years 5-7. I’ve tentatively booked a few dates but need to confirm with Carole. If you wish to see some further information, I have added some links.

Dan McGuiness     http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/curriculum/pdf/Pilot_and_Huxley.pdf

Tanya Batt             http://www.imagined-worlds.net/

Dave DeVries        http://www.davedevries.com/menu.html

 Information on the shortlist can be found by following the link to the CBC website: http://cbca.org.au/Shortlist_2011.htm


Book Week 2010

Monet's Bridge

Monet's Bridge

The Library is again overflowing with student work and new pieces are being added every day.  Many classes are looking at the short listed titles during RBL. They are then creating some fabulous pieces of art using the techniques and styles of the various illustrators. Three Thiele classes are focusing on what makes a good picture book and aiming to create a rubric by which to judge the selections of texts they are reading in class. Their opinions will be added to their class wikis and they will complete an electronic questionnaire via Survey Monkey.

If you’ve not had a look at the shortlisted titles, use the link on this page to read The Terrible Plop in one of many different languages. See the Little Big Book Club link. For those of you who have read Fearless,  if your students want to send a note to Fearless then here is the place to go: http://www.sarahdavisillustration.com/friends-of-fearless/
Our displays are starting to be assembled in the Resource Centre so come in and see our bridge, the banner and the Nativity students’ mini-Monets.

Across the Story Bridge
Across the Story Bridge
Preparation for displays starts early!
Preparation for displays starts early!

This year’s theme for Book Week is Across the Story Bridge. Already, Di has begun creating a bridge to use in our display for  next term. Stay tuned on how you and your class can help in transforming our Library.  Don’t forget, if your class is booked for RBL in Term 3, we would be happy to provide a focus on the short listed books and perhaps organise either an art or literature unit around them. The Children’s Book Council dinner will be held at the end of Book Week on Friday August 20th. Watch the CBC website for further details.  http://www.cbcsa.org.au/event

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