For the Senior School students this year we offered a virtual experience for this Australia-wide event. The book chosen to share was The Cow Tripped Over The Moon. The version shared by ALIA was created by the author, Tony Wilson. He introduced us to the book, the illustrator (Laura Wood – a person who lives in Bristol U.K and whom he has never met!) and his son, jack who has cerebral palsy. Jack was the inspiration for this version of the story as it takes someone like him lots of attempts to achieve physical actions that most of us find really easy. There is a great lesson in this book for all of us about grit and persistence.
There is also a blog post on our Junior School Library blog here.
This term students are studying The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville and the nature of the task lends itself to some imagination and creativity.
To foster this process, a collaborative activity has been set up in the Winifred Berry Information Centre and it is interesting to see staff and students working in such a different manner.
Book club this week saw the presentation of our first Book Crossings book ready to be released into the wild!
Now that other members have seen a package ready to go we have more volunteers. My job this week will be to prepare another 4 books for release by tagging them at the Book Crossing site. Plans are for College, Hamilton, Penshurst and Willaura!
Hooray – we finally had a Tuesday that was uninterrupted by other events, much to our leader Lachlan’s pleasure. Members got to see new arrivals from Lamont Books, and they had the opportunity to choose one title to read first. Another enthusiastic meeting of a mainly male crew.
We have our first book ready to be set free as part of the Book Crossing program. The book will be launched “into the wild” in a zip-lock page (for waterproofing) with a notice saying what Book Crossing is and a unique code number. The person who adopts the book will be asked to log its journey on the website using the unique code. If you live near Heywood, keep an eye open for a small package left lying in a shop!
Another wonderful meeting today with our younger set as the only attendees. Charlie had rustled up a few mates and Ashley bravely participated in the discussions as the lone female other than Mrs. Smith and myself.
Some good reads were shared, (and some biscuits, this time with a contribution from Lachlan), and as we have come to expect this term, everyone listened to each speaker with a high level of interest.
We also discussed participating in BookCrossing as written about in The Age Good Weekend on Saturday 25th March. Next term we are going to have a go at leaving some titles in different locations and tracking what happens to them. It should be exciting.
This is a real advantage of having year 6 on the Senior Campus with access to resources recognised by tertiary institutions and teachers realistically preparing them for Years 7 – 12.
Students were introduced to the resource first with a guided walk-through, then given a model of how to take notes from the resource. The next stage will be teaching them how to reference the source, and how to create a written response using their notes and their own words.
EBSCO is available at home through the SIMON homepage and the Cornell note paper can be downloaded from the link on this blog post.
This is the sample note page – it is deliberately messy – notes are something you take quickly and which only need to be legible to the author:
These images indicate the location of the resources and what the students have to complete next:
Members of the Book Club meet each Tuesday at recess, share some food and talk about enjoyable books. This week there was a special task – selecting titles from two big tubs delivered to our library by the wonderful staff at Warrnambool Books. Lots of impromptu reading (Mopoke by Philip Bunting) – and just like Leo, aged 3, whose comment appears on the landing page at the end of the web link, Lachlan laughed and said: “rude word”. Jarrod gave us a mellifluous rendition of That’s NOT a Hippopotamus! – a very funny book from a New Zealand publisher. Zoe was critical of Mem Fox’s latest title: I’m Australian Too as she felt that the people in the story were stereotyped too much. What do other readers think?
Liam was delighted to have chosen the newest of the Star Wars books – a beautifully illustrated guide based on the latest movie, released in mid December last year. He was delighted to have it processed and delivered to him in class this afternoon.
This club is taking on a life of its own and developing a group personality which is delightful. Members should be congratulated on their inclusive approach to meetings and their shared leadership model.