Years 1 & 2

Thursday 3rd of August – #NZreadaloud9 

hello bitMy name is Belinda Whyte and I am the Resource Teacher of Literacy in the Horowhenua. Along with Ximena, I will be guiding you in this journey for the Year 1&2 #NZreadaloud this term. I’m very excited! 

The book we will be reading is: pepetuna It is a glorious, sophisticated picture book with lots of scope for inquiry and other learning. Here is a description of the book:

From the time a tiny puriri moth’s egg falls onto the forest floor, this book follows the life cycle of that moth – Pepetuna. For five years Pepetuna hides in the puriri tree, eating and sleeping until the time is right. Then one warm spring evening, he pushes a hole through the door of his home. He crawls out with his strong new legs and breathes the fresh air. Then he stretches out his beautiful new wings, ready to fly up into the moonlight . . . for just one night. Through the clever use of illustrations showing the first five years of a young child’s life, the reader can experience the concept of time and how long it takes for Pepetuna to grow and be ready for that single night.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough! We will be working together on it in weeks 5 & 6 of this term, using our NZreadaloud blogger site. In order to make sure that we are sharing and collaborating well, we would like it if classes could post to the blog a minimum of 4 to 6 times during the two weeks. We are putting together some suggestions for activities and posts that you could do and will get this to you closer to the time. 

Please sign up via the blog here: NZreadaloudblog

 

 

TUESDAY 25th of April- #NZreadaloud8 is ready to roll!

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Ximena Aitken and I team-teach with the wonderful Amy Burt in a year 2 ILE hub at Island Bay School. I’m very excited to join the #NZreadaloud team for #NZreadaloud8. Our students have had a wonderful time sharing their learning and connecting with other kiwi kids across Aotearoa last term and last year.

Our text for this term will be “Daniel’s Matariki Feast” by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington. This will link our #NZreadaloud with Matariki. We expect to run from weeks 7-9 as Matariki begins on Sunday, June 25th (so just before the beginning of week 8). The book is available through Fishpond and most public libraries.

Daniels Matariki Feast

Here’s the description: “Daniel is nervous on his first day of school but through the class activities that mark the Matariki Festival he learns that it is a time of sharing and beginning new friendships. He learns the true importance of Maori New Year. Beautifully illustrated by one of our best-known and award-winning artists.

As you can see, the story taps not only into Matariki but also experiences relevant to our age group. We will be sharing ideas for engaging with the text and its themes in a collaborative Teacher Notes Google Slide, including follow-up activities to celebrate Matariki. Once registrations close (week 4), we will email you the link.

We will be sharing our activities in the #NZreadaloud Year 1-2 Blog so children can comment and share our journeys. Hope you can join us and connect with us through this great book.

Register here:

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TUESDAY 24th January – Welcome back to the 2017 school year!

Thank you to those returning and welcome any new NZreadalouders.

Registrations for NZreadaloud are now open. Click here to open the Google form and sign up.

The book selection for Term One is ‘A Summery Saturday Morning’ by Margaret Mahy

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This story will provide loads of opportunity for summer holiday sharing, discussion around  the seasons and as always, plenty of language features to unpack. We will begin our read aloud in Week 6 and run for four weeks to the end of Week 9.

For all participants we recommend you join the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1736839579876455/

Please get in touch if you have any questions. Once you are registered, I will contact you via email. I look forward to working with you all.

Update – Tuesday 26 July 2016

I trust your term has started well everyone… for those who are yet to connect with us on facebook, our text for #NZreadaloud6 (term 3) is ‘A Booming in the Night’ by Ben Brown. Get a copy of the text and we’ll be in touch with you all real soon! Registrations for this terms read aloud will close at the end of next week, Friday 5th August. See below for registration.

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Monday 18 July

Kia ora Koutou

Our text for term 3 is currently being finalised and will be confirmed by the start of term! In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in #NZreadaloud6 please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you.

For those that are new to #NZreadaloud, the junior team runs a little differently to the other year levels and we will begin our text in week five and run for four weeks to the end of week eight. Those dates are Monday 22nd August – Friday 16th September.

Please get in touch if you have any queries. I look forward to hearing from you.

Please fill in the Google form in order to Register

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Thursday 28 April

Welcome back! I hope you have returned feeling refreshed after a well deserved holiday break. As you all know the Yr1&2 #NZreadaloud4 was going to be a journey of discovery. Thank you to all those who participated and made it happen. A special mention and thank you to Ellie and Tina for being our trail blazers!

From feedback received, there has been a suggestion made that rather than having 3 books over the six week time frame, that the Yr1&2 group could perhaps do just 1 book over 2 weeks instead. This will be confirmed as people register but I’m keen to hear your thoughts. The #NZreadaloud5 will begin Monday the 16th of May and finish Friday the 24th of June (Wk 3 – Wk 8).

Please fill in the Google form in order to Register

For all participants we recommend you join the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1736839579876455/
For all the information you need about #NZreadaloud go to the blog: https://newzealandreadaloud.wordpress.com/
For crowd-sourced examples of tasks which have been used during #NZreadaloud: http://bit.ly/1Wp8xdK

If you haven’t yet provided the Team with feedback about your #NZreadaloud4 experiences please take the time to do so now as we would love to find out how we could assist and improve things for you.

Friday the 5th of February

Thank you to all of you who are giving something new a go in your Literacy programme. Registrations have now closed for #NZreadaloud4. If you missed out, please check back here near the end of Term 1 to register early for next term’s texts.

We are still short of Team Leaders so please let me know if you are able to help out as it would make the load easier on all involved.

Team Leaders will have their lists shortly and will be in touch soon after. Please keep in touch with any questions or clarifications required.

Monday 11th January

Wow! The more I’ve looked, the more I’ve read. We have some wonderful children’s literature being written right here in NZ!

It has been super hard choosing a book from those that were suggested, to time spent in the library and on the internet but here they are…

I AM NOT A WORM!  by Scott Tulloch

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MELU by Kyle Mewburn

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KEYS by Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan

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All three books have something different to offer and provide some awesome learning opportunities for our kids to discuss, imagine and create. Topics/themes range from growth mindset, communication, relationships, and the extraordinary from the ordinary, all captured by some wonderful language features which also provide great learning .

If you are wanting to participate in the #NZreadaloud4 please complete the Google Form below and I will be in touch with you all. Depending on the numbers, we will connect our classes via Edmodo groups.

Deadlines to register your class is the 5th of February (end of Week 1) and we will start on the 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.

Please note on the Google Form, the question regarding the choice of either 2 or 3 books over the 6 weeks, will be confirmed with you once your preference becomes clear.

Kiaora Koutou

My name is Kaehlah Dawson and I am a Year 8 teacher at St Patrick’s School in Napier.

I first became involved with #NZreadaloud in term one 2015 and what a fantastic ride it has been! I asked my students today if I should offer the NZreadaloud to my students next year and there was a loud and resounding YES!

Here are some words/phrases that come to mind when I think of the #NZreadaloud:

collaboration, student voice, student choice, discovery, critical thinking, challenge, ‘wall-less’ classroom, fun, connecting… all pretty good stuff I reckon and something I recommend you be a part of!

As you may have already read, we are wanting to cover all year levels in 2016 and we would love to have you on board! I am looking for fantastic picture books by NZ authors for Years 1-2 and would love your suggestions (see form below).

I will be going through your suggestions and selecting a number of books by the 11th of January 2016 – this will allow plenty of time for teachers to source the books, arrange Edmodo group(s), our on-line platform, ask any questions, and have our reading schedule sorted. Remember I will be here to support and guide you along the way! (I was new to Edmodo this year and have found it really user-friendly!)

Deadlines to register your class is the 12th of February (Week 2, Term 1) and we are aiming to start on 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.

I look forward to collaborating with you and your classes in the first #NZreadaloud for Year 1-2 students!

Suggest a book!

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