Monday, 15 October 2012

A Spooky Stew

If you are an Australian kindergarten teacher and looking for a few ways to incorporate some of the wonderful and spoooooky resources around the traps at the moment, for Halloween... you may want to think beyond the ghosts and goolies...

My recent post on wombats and the many comments and emails I received about how utterly fabulous wombats are, got me thinking. There are SO many wonderful wombat stories, and one of my favourites is 'Wombat Stew' by Marcia K. Vaughan.


For those of you living under a rock who are not aware of Wombat Stew, it's the story of a dingo who captures a nice fat wombat, with plans to cook him up in a stew. Various other Australian bush animals happen by and offer Dingo suggestions as to what he should put in his stew before adding the Wombat. Dingo follows their advice, adding all sorts of weird and wonderful bush ingredients. In the end, Dingo is encouraged to give the stew a taste test, and let's just say that our lovely plump Wombat friend is saved! The text has a lovely, captivating rhythm and the illustrations are very entertaining.

The billy that is used to make the stew, looks a lot like a cauldron! It would be great to read to your class in the lead up to Halloween along with, or instead of stories of witches, spells and cauldrons.  Meg's Cauldron is one you find find appropriate for kindergarten.

After reading Wombat Stew, you could possibly follow it up with a writing lesson on procedural texts. Talk with your class about the purpose of procedural texts and the organisational features of them.

My daughter and I jointly constructed PART of a procedure for Wombat Stew. We just did the first half - what you need part. In the classroom, I might have done the what to do part as well.

We cut a simple billy (cauldron) from black paper, and a worried looking wombat from brown paper. I then helped her recall the text and find the ingredients that were needed to make wombat stew and wrote each of a different piece of coloured paper. Making an enlarged version of the procedure will help students to understand the organisational features of the text type. You can have it in your classroom to not only talk about and discuss, but as a decorative display.

Here is a writing worksheet that you may like to use in conjunction with Wombat Stew or another story in the upcoming weeks. Your students can decide what they will make in their cauldron and list the ingredients they will need.. Click HERE to download it from google docs.
We have a cauldron themed write, draw, make math center activity in our TpT store if you would like to check it out HERE!


Deborah said...

My second grader and I were working on a procedure just this morning. :o)

The Paper Maid

Mrs Poultney said...

That is too cute, I love Wombat Stew and getting my Wombat Divine book ready for our Christmas story!
Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

Teacher Kirra said...

Now I am kicking myself that I didn't think ahead and bring a copy of Wombat Stew with me to Mexico! It would have been a great way to Australian-ise Halloween :-)

Teacher Kirra:Maestra Kirra

Stefanie Galvin said...

Great idea - love Wombat Stew! Will definitely be incorporating it into my Halloween activities in the next few weeks.

I've been trying to find a set of good Australian animal clipart to make some resources for those classic Aussie picturebooks. There are so many good ones out there!

Thanks again,

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