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Need a bit of help from all you wonderful folks out there. I'm teaching Year and we've adopted a creative curriculum a our school. The first two termly topics were easy enough - GRAND DESIGNS and RAGING RIVERS, but the summer term topic is causing me a mental block. It's called BOOKWORMS.
Somehow I'm supposed to fill the next seven weeks with History, Geography, DT, Art, ICT, Literacy, Music, etc that links to the topic heading Bookworms. Before we broke up, I got my kids to make an illustrated rhyming book for the Year 1 class, and we did some basic history/geography work about where and how paper is made, and why recycling is becoming more and more important. But that's all I can think of.... I think I must be mentally drained after SATs!!!!
Anyone able to think of anything else I could do?
Just send in a short sentence or two with activity suggestions, mini-topics, lesson ideas, etc. PLEAAAAAASSSSEEEE!!
Thanks in advance.
rainforests and conservation
writing a story on a given theme to be made into a 'book' complete with illustrations, blurb, front cover and author info
Lots of reading, speaking and listening
drama activities linked to a spesific author (Roald Dahl always good...or Janet and alan Ahlberg)
trip to the library (maybe?)
book swap (children bring a book in and they get to read each others favourite books for a day)
Dress up as characters
authors around the world
books in the past...or famous authors from the past (could look at Anne Frank?)
could do a mini project in maths about how much it costs to print books in different quantities and work out how much books should be sold for, and how much profit would be made
...Hope this helps
This sounds like the Chris Quigley units - our chn actually made books including making their own paper! Also made some links with the library and got their books displayed which included advertising them etc.
Unfortunately I have no ideas and can only sympathise. I'm an NQT and also have a year 3 class. Our school is using Chris Quigley for the first time. Last half term I used Roald Dahl texts as the basis for literacy, art and DT. I taught changes to the local environment in geography using a recent controversial housing development close to the school. I attempted to introdce the children to the black and white picture as directed by senior staff but found the children struggled to derive anything meaningful despite prompts. I'm really struggling to understand how to use the scheme and would also be greatful for any help out there. Thank you.
*Also any suggestions as to how to make paper would be immensely appreciated
Tear up lots of old paper into approx. the size of big stamps. You can use things like egg cartons too, but steer away from newspaper, unless you want a grey mulch!
Soak these in water overnight.
You need an old food blender - blend the paper into a smooth pulp, then put the pulp into a big plastic box half filled with water (a big plastic storage box with a lid is best)
The only other equipment you need are some small wooden frames (old picture frames are good) and some netting (bought cheaply, or old net curtains?). The netting needs stretching tightly across each frame with a staple gun.
Make sure the paper pulp is suspended in the water and hasn't sunk to the bottom (so give it a stir)! Submerge the frame, drag through the water and on pulling it up to the surface allow all the water to drain. The pulp should have collected as a sheet over the net's surface.
Turn the frame face down onto a J-cloth on the table. Rub the back of the net with a sponge, removing excess water, but also to transfer the paper pulp sheet onto the J-cloth. Your sheet of paper should stick to the cloth and just allow it to dry. You can hang the cloth up after a while and then peel the paper off when it's dry.
A bit messy, but a lot of fun!
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