As a teacher of gifted students in a pullout group setting that focuses in literacy I am always trying out new ways to extend and enrich these students. This week, in Year One, we looked at characters. The scene was set – we had just invented a machine that could travel inside books to meet […]Enriching a literacy lesson – character — Gifted Education Musings
The old fish looked at me with his big round eyes. ‘In the shallows there are strange things floating in the water that trap us, wrapping around us so we can’t swim. The creatures that eat these strange things die. And now we’re finding the floating things out in deeper water as well. We’re fearful about what this means for the future of all marine creatures and the Great Coloured Forest’
Song Bird is back – and this time she has ventured to Green Turtle Island with her family for some rest, relaxation and of course learning more about turtles and the Great Barrier Reef.
But somehow Destructo has made his way to the island as well and is causing wide spread destruction on the pristine environment so many creatures call home.
But Song bird aka Rosie Bird is now on her fourth adventure in the Song Bird series as she has grown in strength, self confidence and self belief
She still fights for the environment with her friends but there is something about her in this series where the reader knows she has found her feet and truly believes in her abilities.
Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell is my favourite of the series so far. I feel like not only do I know Song Bird but the story flows with much more ease.
Aspects of children showing that they can save the world without the help of adults is great, and although the adults do give them a helping hand here and there it really shows how important it is for us to allow children to make a difference and for their voices to be heard too.
The world needs more love and forgiveness. It’s easier to be kind than evil.
Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell is a pertinent book for our time as it shows how important friendship is, working together and of course looking after the world we live in.
This book covers all of those big issues in a heart-racing adventure in the present day and back in time that not only teaches the reader facts about the coral reef and the animals that live there but also how to problem solve and think creatively.
If this is the first time you have come across Song Bird, make sure you check her out in the previous three books and over on Karen Tyrrell’s website.
It was up to – all us kids – to care for the reef, to protect our future.
It was up to us.
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Price $24.99 NZ$29.99
As we are overwhelmed with the news that there are more and more endangered animals in the world I wonder if we really know what they look like or how we can help them?
Who Am I? created by Tim Flach is a creative book that allows children to explore the world of endangered animals.
Each animal is described in easy to understand ‘who am I’ style clues alongside peek through pages that reveal parts of the animal.
Something that makes this book unique is the photography. Each animal has been exquisitely photographed either in sanctuaries or the wild and the eyes of each animal are hard to miss.
Some of these animals appear in a human like portrait style, bringing about more feeling to who these animals are and why we need to start to care more about them.
Tim Flach is a master photographer and author, capturing young children’s minds and hearts through curious clues and magical photography. At the end of the book there is also more information about each animal, where they live and how some humans are trying to raise them from the status of endangered.
This book has also been made in collaboration with Blackwell and Ruth, who have contributed over $5 million to non-profit organisations dedicated to social issues.
What can be done at home or in the classroom with this book?
How can pictures tell us more about an animal? Explore the focus on eyes in this picture book and why the animals have been photographed in this way.
How are clues created? Explore how the clues have been written in this book and create some of your own.
Science & Sustainability
Explore the life cycles of these animals and how the destruction of their habitat effects this.
How can we reverse the damage caused to these animals? Explore what is being done now and what can be done.
How do we effect these animals? Are there things we do in our lives that effect how they survive?