Mini Picturebook Lesson 1: Amazing by Steve Antony

Notes

SynopsisA story about the friendship between a boy and his pet dragon.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linkshistory (dragons in the Middle Ages and mythology)
ValuesBeing yourself, understanding and acceptance, incidental inclusiveness
World Event DayInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

List Which different colours can you can see on the front cover?
DescribeWhich colours and patterns can you see on the children’s helmets?
NoticeDo you see anything unusual on one of the helmets?
CountHow many wheels can you see on the front cover? 
PredictWho do you think the main characters are in this story. Why?
TranslanguageHow many words to do you know in your language that mean ‘amazing’?

Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch


Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to
Who is telling the story?
 What is the name of the boy’s dragon? 
 What do they like doing together?  
 What is his dragon very good at? 
 What happens when they play basketball together? 
What does his dragon love the most?  
 What happens when the dragon gets excited?
 What does the boy think of his dragon?

Step 4: Add your Voice

ReviewWatch again and remember to say Wahooooo. 
ReviewRemember the things the boy and Zibbo like doing together.
RememberHow many different forms of transport do you see in the story? 
Choose & Create How many forms of transport can you see in your street? Create a poster with the facts you find out about your favourite transport.
ResearchWhat do you know about dragons? Find out 5 facts about dragons.
Create Make or draw your own pet dragon. 
PersonaliseWhat fun things will you do with your pet dragon? 
Your OpinionWhich is your favourite part of the story?  Why?
ThinkWhy do you think the title of this picturebook is “Amazing”?

Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work

ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

Want More?

1Learn to draw Zibbo with Steve Antony. Link
2Watch the video. List everything the children do to include the boy who uses the wheelchair.
3Make your own dragon. Check download for instructions & template.

If you enjoyed the read aloud, why not learn some Sign Language. Watch Leanne sign Amazing and learn how to sign: amazing, children, dragon and friend.

THE END

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Amazing by Steve Antony, published by Hachette Children’s 2019

Video ©BookTrust

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