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READING IS MY SUPER POWER
To celebrate book week this year, students and teachers from preschool to year 3 enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book character and parading their costume during assembly. After assembly, students met with a teacher to read a book and participate in follow up experiences. It was a fabulous day and we all enjoyed celebrating the wonder and beauty that books bring into our lives.
As part of our book week activities, we read the book ‘Heads and Tails, Insects by John Canty. This extraordinary children’s picture book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the insect is discovered.
After listening to and discussing the story, students were invited to make a concertina insect using the head and tail of the insects from the book. The students folded, in a fan like manner, a piece of card to make and extend the body of the insect. The head and tail were attached to the concertina body. They also had the opportunity to match the heads and tails of the insects. Some students decided to mix and match the heads and tails to create interesting new insects.
The story Rainbow Bear by Stephen Michael King is about breaking free of the norms and it reminds us all that there’s a rainbow of fun to be found! When Bear slides across the ice on his stomach, the colours on his fur smear and spread across the ice, colouring his world.
In response to the story, students created their own rainbow bear making rainbow patterns, shapes and lines with oil pastels on Bears fur. Then hey took Bear for a slide in the snow covering him with coloured ice cubes to create a smeary coloured ice-painting, leaving a crazy colourful trail behind them.
Rainbow Bears were then placed on the background of a collaborative collage to represent the stark whites of the polar environment and the deep blues of the ocean.