National Simultaneous Storytime

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:

Reconciliation Week Resources

Website with significant events ordered on a timeline. Famous paintings to focus discussion on Aboriginal lifestyles prior to European settlement.
Teacher Resource to go with this:

Reconciliation SA Education Packs – ideas for Early Years, Primary and Middle Years.

Citizenship_Lets_Talk_Recognition (1)


Song: The Journey

Refer to The Dreaming – A teacher reference resource with a DVD of Dreaming Stories from different parts of Australia, several from SA.

Splash/ ABC – Lots of different content appropriate for different year levels

Dreaming Stories:

Country/ Place

Teacher Resource:

Indigenous Language Map

Teaching Resources:

There are also many resources on Scootle. Get there directly from the Learnlink homepage now!
Other resources:
The Burnt Stick, Anthony Hill – A story about a child removed from his mother. Very powerful. A copy is in our library.

Idjhil, Helen Bell – A story about a child removed from his people/ country. We have a copy in our library.

Archie Roach – Took the Children Away – Song related to Stolen Generation

The Rabbits, Shaun Tan – A metaphorical story related to colonisation.

Noel Pearson’s Eulogy at Gough Whitlam’s funeral would be a great literary challenge for year 6/7 students. Although lots of complex language is used, it is very powerful and gives a good summary of more recent Aboriginal history through one man’s perspective.

Mabo Website – Lots of resources – Middle Years

Vincent Lingiari

Aboriginal History in Pictures, a PowerPoint

Aboriginal History Pictures

Model of a Descriptive Report (basic Information Report)

Here is a model of a descriptive report which I will be using with students from R-2 to examine the structure and language features of this type of text. If you have some good models you would like to share, let me know and I can add them here to share.


Title Red-bellied piranha

General statement

Entity classification

The red-bellied piranha is a type of fish that lives in the Amazon River.



It has an orange belly, grey back, and very sharp teeth set in strong jaws. It grows up to 33 centimetres in length.



The red-bellied piranha hunts in shoals of 20-30 fish. They feed on a diet of fish, insects, snails, plants, and river animals. They hide in vegetation in order to ambush prey, and they also chase prey and scavenge for food. The younger, smaller fish hunt by day, and the older, bigger fish hunt at dawn and dusk.
Reproduction The female lays a clutch of up to 1 000 eggs.
Life expectancy Piranhas can live for about 100 years.



Attached is a copy of a Teaching and Learning Cycle model.
Macro-Invertebrates Unit R-2

Feel free to add/ delete/ change to suit. Let me know which aspects you would like me to focus on in RBL/ICT sessions.

The Curator’s Table – History Units related specifically to South Australia

Curator's table
The Curator’s table is another quality DECD Outreach Education digital program to be offered to South Australian schools. It is a web-based and iPad compatible resource, aligned with Years 6 and 9 Australian Curriculum: History and Geography (and SACE). It has the potential to support the teaching of the General capabilities, Ethical and Intercultural understanding as well as Literacy. Selected sources (documents/media/objects and personal letters) have been brought together to support teachers’ discussions with students about the significant contribution of German people in the settlement of South Australia. The first chapter centres around the treatment of German South Australians at the time of World War I. This resource is made possible through a partnership between DECD and History SA.
Check out the site at:

The Curator’s table will be the basis for a Lunchtime Bytes session – coming soon on Level 4.

The popular website and teacher resource Changing Worlds: A South Australian story can now be accessed via Scootle.
This is a web-based resource aligned with Years 4, 5 and 9 Australian Curriculum (AC): History and Arts. Selected artefacts, images and works of art from the South Australian Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia have been chosen to support teachers’ discussions with students about the colonisation/invasion of South Australia.


Dr Kerrie Mackey-Smith

Outreach Education Project Officer,

Department for Education and Child Development


Pearson Places

You might like to check out the link on the sidebar titled ‘Pearson Places’. Lindsey thinks it will be a great resource.