Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Wombat Went Walking

Tammy over at 123 Teach With Me is having a linky party to see what people are reading this month!  My daughter and I are book CRAZY, so it is very hard to choose. I picked a couple to share with you that we are loving this week, and that I would usually teach in the classroom.
My daughter is LOVING 'I Went Walking' at the moment. It is a great read, but she loves it even more now she can read it TO me! I have read this to her since she was a baby, and it has a very similar pattern and rhythm as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, by Bill Martin, which we also love. I Went Walking is a modern Australian classic written by Sue Machin. If you have not got this in your home library, you should!  The beautiful illustrations are done by Julie Vivas, and my US friends may be familiar with her work in Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.
I have purchased a set of felt board characters from Felt Fun HERE for this book. They make retelling the story lots of fun for my students. We can also work with ordinal numbers in maths, by talking about which animal came first, second etc 
I found this little beauty yesterday! It is another Australian book called Wombat Went A' Walking, with beyond-superb illustrations by Lachlan Creagh. The story follows a familiar pattern of animals going on a journey, and collecting a new animal with each page.
Wombat begins walking and stops to cool his feet in the creek. He meets turtle... and the adventure begins. This book features SO MANY action words it would be perfect for starting a lesson or unit of work on verbs with your students. Lachlan's illustrations are PERFECT for bringing the action words on each page to life. Your students will gain a sense of the meaning of a verb, just by looking at these illustrations.
I always introduce verbs to my kindergarten students by challenging them to get up and move around the classroom. I tell them that 'jump' is a verb, because we can DO it, and 'clap' is a verb, because we can DO it...
'Chair' I tell them... "Computer" I tell them...... and we all laugh as they realise that they cannot 'chair' or 'computer" like we can 'run', 'skip', 'talk' and so on. We play a fun game of calling out words, and if they are action verbs they perform the action. If the are 'things' or nouns, we pretend to take a photo of them.
This book will now be my staple for introducing verbs and action words in the classroom, and playing this game.
Here are just some of the verbs I found in the book today with my daughter:
We also did a retell of the story with my collection of puppets. I have been collecting hand puppets for a long time, and buy them whenever I see them. The wombat and platypus are my favourites and I picked them up at Toronga Zoo last time we were there. The koala puppet was a dollar bargain at the dollar shop. Tim the Emu was named by my students on a school excursion I had with a kindergarten class back in 2006. He is very special!
Puppets are a wonderful tool for helping students to retell stories and think about the structure of the text.
Here is a close  up of my wombat puppet... isn't he just too cute!
If you visit Australia,  you simply must take the time to try to see some wombats, they are adorable... very sleepy, so you may have to wait around to see one come out of its burrow.
I made these writing worksheets to use with my daughter this week, and you are welcome to download them to use if you get the chance to share this wonderful story with your class. For my Australian friends, stop by your local Big W if you can and get it, I got mine yesterday for around $10. Awesome value!
Click on the image below to get the worksheets from google docs. Thanks to scrappindoodles for the lovely clipart.
A NSW font version is included in the file too!
Please consider joining Tammy's linky and sharing what you are reading with your class this month!


Miss Stefanie Galvin said...

I love 'Wombat Went A' Walking'! I bought it as soon as I saw it and read it to my class the next day. I have developed a love of wombats and seem to be collecting their stories. (Including my fav: Diary of a Wombat!)

Thanks for the resources!


TammySF. said...

Thanks for linking up Mel! I love your puppets and thanks for posting your freebies!!

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Jennifer Tilton said...

Love all the ideas! By chance, are you selling the dotted font? I love it!

Blessed Beyond said...

too cute. Thank you for the resources.

Mrs Poultney said...

Thanks Mel, I haven't seen that book before, will be heading to BigW today to find it. I have a special needs student who would benefit greatly from these, we use alot of books when we are creating lessons for her. BTW you are right wombats are just the funniest things, we have some that live on our block in Tassie, we also have a colony of echidnas- hysterical to watch them snuffling around.
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Melanie - From the Pond said...

Can you post some pictures Tania, that sounds amazing! All the bush around my home has been slowly cut down over the years :( We still get quite a lot of birdlife - a few regualr visiting kookaburras wake me every morning :)

4th Grade Racers said...

I will definitely look into Wombat Went Walking! It sounds like a great book with so many teaching opportunities.

Melissa said...

How cute! I had no idea this book existed!

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Indiana said...

Loved the post. Am a fan of wombats too. Thanks for sharing where we Aussies can buy the book. That was the question that was in my mind as I was reading your post,
Have you read Baby Wombat's Week by Jackie French. She visited our local library a couple of years ago and gave the most wonderful talk about the book and her real life experiences with wombats that inspired the story. She is passionate about wombats.

Miss Danielle said...

I purchased 'Wombat went a walking' over the weekend and cannot wait to use it in my class.
I have been busily creating resources so that when I read it I am all ready.
I hadn't thought of introducing verbs so that's on my 'to do' list. Thanks for the great idea.

Indiana said...

I'm still stalking Big W stores trying to find it!
Did find an Easter book I had been looking for though.

lach said...

Wow these resources are great! Nice!

Thanks for using the book too!