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
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!