National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee
Shared Read Aloud this week:
Enora and the Black Crane by Raymond Meeks
This is a traditional story, based on Arone Raymond Meeks’ knowledge of the bush, the spirits who lived there and their laws as taught to him by his grandfather, a member of the Kokoimudgji group in Queensland.
An important story belonging to the Kimberley people which focuses on one man’s resistance to colonisation.
The Burnt Stick by Anthony Hill
A poignant story from a young boy’s perspective of his removal from his mother and their group. A great insight for students into the trauma caused by the removal of children from their family and traditions.
A great companion read would be The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan.
Hope you get a chance to share some of these stories with your classes during NAIDOC Week.
Feel free to add comments to this blog post in response to your class’s discussion/ ideas.
Looking for something to deepen students levels of reading comprehension? Have a look at this.
Could staff please make sure that the following assessments have been collated and entered into our database.
Early Intervention Program
eg. SPAT, PAA
Test A beginning of Year
Test B End of Year
(DECD – End of Term 1 and 3)
|Writing EALD Language and Literacy Level – Sentence Structure|
|3||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y||Y||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y|
|4||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y||Y||Teacher Judgement||Y|
|5||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y||Y||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y|
|6||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y||Y||Teacher Judgement||Y|
|7||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y||Y||Teacher Judgement||Y||Y|
Download a copy of SA Spelling Tests here:
Also refer to the links on the righthand side bar under the heading Dyslexia Training Reference
Read, share, enjoy the Book Week books with your class.
As you find examples of these, write them as a quote on coloured pieces of paper.
I will set up a display in the library.
Let’s see how many we can collect.
Australian Curriculum Links
Onomatopoeia – Year 3 – introduce as ‘sound’ words prior to this – Many of this year’s picture books have great examples.
Alliteration – Year 1, Year 3
Similes – Year 5
Metaphors – Year 5 – Year 6 (Use)
Personification – Year 5
National Simultaneous Storytime is celebrated each year, during National Library and Information Week.
This year ‘The Brothers Quibble’ written by Aaron Blabey is the selected text. We now have one copy of this book in our library, and other books by this author. In order for everyone to share this book simultaneously I have attached a couple of videos of the book.
Please let students know that there will be some art activities related to this book on offer in the library at first lunch.
There are lots of suggested activities on the website:
Here’s a version read by a Kingston Librarian, with words visible if you would like to explore the text more.
A response to the critics of this book choice:
Here’s the link to the Skoolbo website for you to have a look at. I will email your login details.
- matches questions to the level of the student
- focuses on reading and number fact skills
- will be good for fluency practice (homework)
- very engaging
- motivating – points, avatar and room, ‘superhero suit for a week’, etc.
- builds in complexity as student answers questions correctly
- teachers can monitor progress
- easy login system
- each class has been set up, teachers can use the ‘test’ student that has been set up to explore/ model
Aspects to consider:
- sound is an integral part of the program so each student needs a headset when working at school
- parents will need information about how to support students at home (downloading program)
- Skoolbo has been added to all computers in the computer room and in the early years. If you want to download it on others computers please let me know.
- Click on the Skoolbo icon on the screen
- Students will need to enter their normal login (for the computer) on the first screen to get them through the proxy server
- Click on your class
- Click on your name
- The passwords have all been set to black bee, but can be changed by individual students as needed.
- Students will be directed to choose their avatar and then they click on ‘Play’ to start.
- Have fun!