Celebrating Diversity

Our theme for the month of January was Celebrating Diversity and our picturebook of the month was Amazing by Steve Antony. If you missed any of our videos, you can find them here. There are also some additional resources that go with our videos – click here.

Sandie: Peritextual Features

Front cover: Predict who the characters are and what might happen
Back cover: Read the blurb and ask the children “How are you amazing?”
Endpapers: Zibbo the dragon in different positions which could be used to talk about when rereading the picturebook
Title page: Presents the main characters

Tatia: Teacher Education

Using the cover to incite interest
Linking the story to personal interests – unusual pets
Brainstorming ideas for language development
Using the endpapers to develop language related to actions, emotions and numbers
Identifying double spreads that lend themselves to language development – actions, emotions, circle shapes


Gail: Multiliteracies

Visual and transport: Identifying wheel devices and different forms of transport
Disability: Identifying adjustments in the environment which support people with disabilities.

CLELE Article 
Stella Young Ted Talk

Annete: Notes from the Classroom

Discussing unusual pets – writing a description of ideal pet.
If I had Zibo as a pet – writing activity – practicing action verbs and first conditional.
Amazing Dragons – describing a dragon,writing a recipe for a dragon, finding out about dragon legends in different cultures.