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Book Chook Bag of Tricks. Every teacher, parent or anyone who deals with kids has a bag of tricks.

Book Chook Bag of Tricks

My bag of tricks is ever-expanding. It has grown over my years as a teacher, parent, aunt and friend. In it I put language games, reading, writing and thinking activities I think kids will enjoy, and even some tips for doing things the Book Chook way. It's my pleasure to share my bag of tricks with you. I'll add to it as time permits. Now let's take a look at some tricks. The Word Game My husband and I both love word games. One person, A, thinks of a five-letter word. Here’s an example: A – My five letter word starts with D. B – Is it drive?

A - It’s not drive. B - Is it donut? Popular Posts. By Susan Stephenson, Wondering what The Book Chook is all about?

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Word and Image Puzzles for Kids. Rebus and other word and image puzzles can be lots of fun for kids.

Word and Image Puzzles for Kids

Puzzles help kids think creatively and analytically. Because they are often a little cryptic, it can be very satisfying when they are solved! Add an extra layer of complexity and challenge kids to create their own puzzles for others to try. How Do Kids Write a Book Review? A book review is just one person's reaction to a book they have read.

How Do Kids Write a Book Review?

Book reviewers try to give honest feedback about a book they've read, and they do it in different ways. Here's one plan that might work for your kids if they're not sure how to get started. 1. Creating Digital Stories with iPad. Creating Digital Stories with iPad by Susan Stephenson, I love to find ways for children to create digital stories.

Creating Digital Stories with iPad

Apart from the fact that I applaud kids creating ANY stories, digital storytelling has the added benefit of including technology. Much to do with tech is inherently motivating for kids, and digital tools provide many different formats for them to explore. So here’s my beginning list of iPad apps that can be used in some way to tell a digital story, either oral, in picture form, written or a combination. I’ll start with, and link to, the apps I’ve managed to review so far. This post will be a work in progress and I will update it over time. 1. In many of these apps, the writing is minimal, making them useful to reluctant writers or younger children with technical knowhow. Resources for Maker Ed. Maker Ed is a wonderful new way of thinking about something that’s been around for a while: practical projects or “making”.

Resources for Maker Ed

I love this idea because of my passionate belief in the importance of creating, and of encouraging kids to create at home and at school. Making can be incorporated into different curricula, and maker spaces set up in classroom corners, libraries or be pop-up spaces that enable more fluidity. Materials for making can be as varied as paper, buttons, LEGO, fabric, or clay and as technologically advanced as photopolymer for 3D printing, special kits or books about coding.

Many of my librarian friends are embracing, or considering the maker movement, as a logical extension of their emphasis on inquiry-based learning, so I set out to research and find some resources to recommend to them. There are thousands more resources out there, but I have limited my list so it won’t become overwhelming. Useful Articles and Websites Websites Concerning Materials for Making Video. Activities for Maker Ed. Students will have ideas for projects they want to undertake in a Makerspace, and as they get more involved in making, more and more ideas will flow.

Activities for Maker Ed

But it’s a good idea to have some resources built around making specific projects, especially in the preparing stage. Working out a plan, involving staff and school community, finding spaces, flexible seating and storage ideas are all important ideas covered in the articles listed in Resources for Maker Ed. Today I want to share a short list of ideas and activities that focus more on practical making activities. But first, a quote to light the way. “The aim of this site is to inspire and support teachers to go beyond the basics in bringing LEGO-based engineering to all students. TINKER and PLAY ARTS and CRAFTS WEBSITES with Projects, Activities and Challenges Instructables - DIY instructions shared by makers. Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Cardboard Tube. Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Cardboard Tube.

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Cardboard Tube

Using Comic Editors with Kids. All My Children’s Book Week Posts. All My Children’s Book Week Posts by Susan Stephenson, There are only a few weeks now until the official dates for celebrating Children’s Book Week in Australia in 2015.

All My Children’s Book Week Posts

How exciting! This year I’ve split my customary long posts up into more manageable suggestions of ideas to help you and the children in your lives celebrate. The theme this year is “Books light up our world.” In 2015 we had: In 2014 we had: In 2013 we had: In 2012 we had: Bonus: May books continue to light up our world so very brightly!