Mini Picturebook Lesson 18: Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon

LET’S START

  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials to make music: pens, water glasses, your own instruments
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

Look & ThinkWhat do you see on the front cover? Do you think the eggs are the
same or different? Where do you think the eggs are? How do you think
they got there?
ResearchFind five creatures that hatch from eggs?
Read & NoticeRead the title. What do you notice about the letters?
Which creature is Croc an abbreviation for?
PredictWhich creatures do you think are going to hatch from these eggs?
PredictWhat sounds do you think you will hear as the eggs hatch?
ResearchHow do baby birds feed?  How do baby crocodiles feed?
Check Look up the meaning of these verbs: to wait, to look for, to chew, to grow,
to bask, to fluff out, to swim/fly off, to perch

Step 2: Listen and Watch

Listen & Watch (A)Which creatures hatch from the eggs? Were you surprised?
 What sounds do you hear as they hatch?
 What is the first thing bird says? What is the first thing crocodile says?
 What did they do when the sun rose?
 What did bird and crocodile practise together?  
What were they both good at?
Listen & Watch (B)What happened when they were out hunting? Where did the river take them?
 What did bird and crocodile realise when they saw other birds and crocodiles?
 What did crocodile do the next day? What did the other crocodiles say?
 What did bird do at lunch time? What did the other birds say?
 What did crocodile do in the evening?
 What did bird do when it got dark? Is that what the other birds do? 
 Where did bird find crocodile?
 Why couldn’t bird and crocodile sleep?

Step 3: Add your Voice

ThinkHow do you think the two eggs arrived in the sand? Where do you think the parents are?
ReviewRemember the different things bird and crocodile practised together.
Review & Join inWatch the story again and join in with Alexis Deacon when he makes the sound effects and actions. Make your own sound effects and actions.
ResearchHow do birds keep warm?
CreateCreate your own song for crocodile to greet the sun. Use water glasses, pens or your own instruments to make a tune.
Observe Look out of your window. Do you see any birds? What type of birds are they?
Personal response Do you have a family member or friend who is different to you?
Describe him or her.
MoveCrocodile likes to shimmy. Dance the Shimmy with crocodile. (video link below)
Act outAct out the last part of the story.
ThinkWhat do you think is the message of this story?
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story?  Why?
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
Want more? Watch how baby birds and baby crocodiles feed. (video links below)

THE END

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

Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon published by Red Fox 2013

Video ©CLPE