SUNDAY 14TH JULY 2019
Wow! Term 3 is already here! The much awaiting Book Four of the Dragon Defenders series by James Russell, All Is Lost, has landed. We had such a great response to Book One that I thought it was timely to read another! Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, dragons and of course the evil Pitbull is back! James is a master of suspense and knows how to leave a chapter hanging. You could grab the trilogy of picture books to read before which will fill in the back story. You don’t need to have read books 1-3 as there is a sufficient recap in book 4. James will be on board to support us and he is happy to visit schools. His author visit was the best I’ve seen! Engaging and full of gory stories! If you are keen to join in, please fill in the google form. Happy adventuring!
The Dragon Defenders – Book Four: All Is Lost
The Pitbull is furious. His evil plans to capture the dragons on Flynn and Paddy’s paradise island have come to nothing. And now his niece, Briar, has joined forces with the brothers. As he musters his men and machines for a final attempt, a devastating natural disaster strikes which completely changes the game – perhaps forever. This is the fourth junior novel in the best-selling Dragon Defenders series. It incorporates ‘augmented reality’, bring the fictional world to stunning 3D life!
Week 1 (12th Aug) Chapters 1-4
Week 2 (19th Aug) Chapters 5-9
Week 3 (26th Aug) Chapters 10-14
Week 4 (2nd Sep) Chapters 15-19
Week 5 (9th Sep) Chapters 20-25
Week 6 (16th Sep) Chapters 26-31
THURSDAY 18TH APRIL 2019
Welcome to Read Aloud #14! I have chosen this wonderful tale from the Storylines Notable Book List 2019 – The Mapmaker’s Race by Eirlys Hunter.
Four children temporarily lose their parents just as they are about to begin the race that offers their last chance of escaping poverty. Their task is to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness.
They overcome the many obstacles posed by nature—bears, bees, bats, river crossings, cliff falls, impossible weather—but can they survive the treachery of their competitors?
This is a fast-paced and charming novel. Its children are brave and competent but not always right. Its world is magical enough to be intriguing but close enough to our own to keep the reader on firm ground.
Great inquiry links to map making, map reading, explorers, expeditions, nature, teamwork and technology…and whatever else we dream up! I’m looking forward to exploring with you all! Sign up on the google form.
About the Author
Eirlys Hunter – Author Interview
Q&A with the Author
Week 1 (20th May) Chapters 1-5
Week 2 (27th May) Chapters 6-9
Week 3 (3rd Jun) Chapters 10-13
Week 4 (10th Jun) Chapters 14-17
Week 5 (17th Jun) Chapters 18-21
Week 6 (24th Jun) Chapters 22-25
FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY 2019
Welcome to all returning Readalouders and those of you who are taking a leap to join our connected literacy programme! I got very excited while reading this story, not just because of the charming story and fantastical twists, but all the wonderful lines of personal inquiry and links to beginning of year building relationships and knowledge of our tamariki. I can see a flipgrid for the kids to record their own magic tricks or ‘party piece’. I can see a farm visit! I can see some unexpected character writing. I can see STEAM projects such as building a travelling machine. So many ideas! I hope you enjoy the story!
Registrations are open for ReadAloud#13. Please fill in this form.
When Whetu’s mother takes a job organising a magician’s house and farm, Whetū becomes the animal keeper, looking after a golden ram, three lazy pigs, talking horses, a cowardly bull and the magician’s stage assistant – an arrogant white rabbit called Errant. Errant’s been playing around with magic and created a carnivorous lamb, which he can’t change back. Rather than face the magician, Errant disappears and Whetū becomes the magician’s new assistant, just in time for the Royal Performance. It all seems to be going well until Errant reappears to seek his revenge, and Whetū must save the day – and the king.
About the Author:
Christchurch Library Interview with Steph
Week 1 (25th Feb) Chapters 1-4
Week 2 (4th Mar) Chapters 5-8
Week 3 (11th Mar) Chapters 9-12
Week 4 (18th Mar) Chapters 13-16
Week 5 (25th Mar) Chapters 17-20
Week 6 (1st Apr) Chapters 21-23
SATURDAY 14TH JULY 2018
Wow! Term 3 already! I first of all would like to thank the wonderful teachers who joined last term. You were awesome at contributing a wide variety of rich tasks and for regularly connecting in Edmodo. I know we had some newbies who have gained so much from it.
I had a hard job choosing a book this term. Many of the book award list are more suited for 9+. However I was given The Road to Ratenburg and thoroughly enjoyed it and can see lots of interesting personal inquiry links throughout the book. I really wanted a novel with great characters for us to explore after such rich non-fiction text in the last two terms.
A family of rats is forced to leave their home, so sets out to find the fabled city of Ratenburg. Along the way they outwit vicious dogs, tricky rat traps and sharp-beaked hawks, and make some very dangerous crossings. The rat family’s adventures test their character and grow bonds between sisters and brothers, family friends, mum and dad. Narrating the tale is Spinnaker Rat, an Edwardian-style father, full of wisdom about the ways of the world, who finds himself learning more than he expected.
Registrations are open for ReadAloud#12. Please fill in this form.
Week 1 (13th Aug) Chapters 1-2
Week 2 (20th Aug) Chapters 3-5
Week 3 (27th Aug) Chapters 6-7
Week 4 (3rd Sep) Chapters 8-9
Week 5 (10th Sep) Chapters 10-11
Week 6 (17th Sep) Chapters 12-14
THURSDAY 19TH APRIL 2018
Hi Year 3&4 team! Thank you to those who joined last term. It was particularly exciting to have Maria Gill visit our school. I found the mixture of poetry/imaginative and creative non-fiction to work really well and cover a wider variety of interests in my class. I hope it was the same for others.
With that in mind, I finally decided on two picture books again this term (I promise I will hunt down a good novel for next term). The first will be Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands by Maria Gill and this will lead into Wildboy: The boy who walked around New Zealand by Brando Yelavich. Both of these men had a dream! Great inquiry opportunities, variety of text types, new vocabulary, and learning more about our great country.
Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
A creative non-fiction story about Abel Tasman’s journey to Tasmania, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
MORE THAN 300 YEARS AGO, a young Dutch sailor named ABEL TASMAN stood on the prow of a ship that he and his crew had sailed across wild, unchartered waters.
In the distance, through a shroud of mist, the rugged outline of steep hills rose from the ocean waves. COULD THIS BE TERRA AUSTRALIS – THE GREAT SOUTHERN LAND?
Abel Tasman and his crew were most likely the first Europeans the Aboriginal people of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand had ever seen. JOIN THE JOURNEY and DISCOVER THE LEGACY left behind.
Teaching Resources – https://www.mariagill.co.nz/pdf/Abel%20Tasman%20Mapping%20the%20Southern%20Lands.pdf
I know Maria is available for school visits and welcomes being involved in this process.
Wildboy: The boy who walked around New Zealand by Brando Yelavich, illustrated by Donella Yelavich.
I had a really BIG dream.
I wanted to go on a MASSIVE adventure!
This is the true story of Brando Yelavich, also known as Wildboy, who slept in a tent, hunted and fished for his food and came up close to seals and sharks on his 8000 km journey around the coast of New Zealand. His epic story will capture the imagination of any kid who, like Brando, longs for adventure in the great outdoors.
Throughout the book readers will fall in love with the amazing scenery and enjoy spotting the New Zealand wildlife. And they’ll have loads of fun finding the compass hidden on every page!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6f0XjQ61kY – maybe not one for the kids??
During Week 3 14-18th May – Getting to know you activities/Edmodo log ins
Weeks 1 – 3 (Week starting 21st May) – Abel Tasman
Weeks 4 – 6 (Week starting 11th June) – Wildboy
Registrations for NZreadaloud#11 are now open. Fill in this form to participate. Thanks to all who are returning for more connected literacy and welcome to any newcomers!
SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY 2018
Welcome to the new year and an exciting term of literacy! For the NZReadAloud#10 I have selected two picture books to explore; ‘If I Was a Banana’ by Alexandra Tylee and illustrated by Kieran Rynhart and ‘Toroa’s Journey’ by Maria Gill and illustrated by Gavin Mouldey.
If I Was a Banana
This beautiful poem, set to stunning illustrations, explores the ‘what ifs’ of daydreams. Do you want to be someone else or are you content with being yourself? A book that celebrates imagination and possibility, this boy’s-eye-view of the everyday brings alive all the wonder and oddity of the world. I hope this book will connect to your beginning of year themes and allow for some individual poetry!
Shortlisted for NZ Childrens & Young Adult Picture Book Awards 2017
Alexandra Tylee is the owner and chef at Pipi restaurant in Hawkes Bay, author of two cookbooks and mother of four sons. If I Was a Banana is her first book for children.
Kieran Rynhart – http://www.kieranrynhart.com/illustration.html
Download the Teacher Notes in PDF here.
Non-fiction picture book (combination of story and information text). Based on the true story of Toroa, the 500th albatross chick to hatch at the breeding colony on Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, this story follows his life as he grows from chick to adult and begins roving out across the vast Pacific Ocean. Will fishing lines snag him? Can he avoid an erupting volcano? Does a plastic island pose a threat and will he make it back to Dunedin years later to start his own family?
Fantastic opportunities to explore personal inquiries and NZ sea themes. This book ties in perfectly with the ‘Aotearoa’ Gavin Bishop, across level project so we can connect across the two groups.
We also have Seaweek 2018 3-11 March – http://seaweek.org.nz/ The theme is: Toiora te Moana, Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People. The National Aquarium of New Zealand (Napier) runs a poetry competition in Term 2 so they can be completed during Term 1. They will put up entry forms closer to Term 2.
Maria Gill – https://www.mariagill.co.nz/
Week 1 (19th Feb) – If I Was a Banana – Interacting with the text
Week 2 (26th Feb) – If I Was a Banana – Interacting with the text – poetry
Week 3 (5th Mar) – If I Was a Banana – Interacting with the illustrations
Week 4 (12th Mar) – Toroa’s Journey – Interacting with the text – Toroa’s Story
Week 5 (19th Mar) – Toroa’s Journey – Interacting with the text – information
Week 6 (26th Mar) – Toroa’s Journey – Inquiry/Finding Out
Registrations for NZreadaloud#10 are now open. Fill in this form to participate. Thanks to all who are returning for more connected literacy and welcome to any newcomers!
FRIDAY 14th JULY
Gosh Term 3 already! Thank you so much to my Term 2 team of teachers. In particular, it was exciting to see how much the children were challenged and engaged by the invention competition!
Our Year 3&4 book for this term is “The Dragon Defenders” by James Russell. This is a fantastic adventure/fantasy story about two young boys who live off the grid on an island. No TV, internet, electricity! They are happy with their dog and horse exploring their island until ‘The Pitbull’ threatens this. When evil boss The Pitbull discovers that dragons exist on Flynn and Paddy’s island, he sends his men to kill one, and to bring him back a dragon’s egg. It will take all of Flynn and Paddy’s skill, bravery and cunning to stop them. The icing on the cake for this book is the free interactive app that brings the book to life!
There are 3 picture books that prequel this first novel if you are interested in reading them before we start. The Dragon Hunters, The Dragon Tamers and The Dragon Riders.
I am in contact with James Russell to see how he can be involved with us over the term!
Week 1 (7th Aug) – Pre reading tasks and Chapters 1-3
Week 2 (14th Aug) – Chapters 4-7
Week 3 (21st Aug) – Chapters 8-11
Week 4 (28th Aug) – Chapters 12-15
Week 5 (4th Sept) – Chapters 16-23
Week 6 (11th Sept) – Chapters 24-29
Registrations for NZreadaloud#9 are now open. Fill in this form to participate. Thanks to all who are returning for more connected literacy and welcome to any newcomers!
THURSDAY 20th April
Kia ora Year 3-4 teachers! I am Crystal Hewett, a teacher at St Patrick’s School in Napier, and I am very excited to be joining the NZReadAloud team. I have been participating with my classes for nearly 2 years and think it has transformed my literacy programme. My class thoroughly enjoyed Mrs Mo and Rona and are excited about a new book this term.
My pick is a Fitzgibbon Award Winner, Barking Mad by Thomas E Moffatt.
An engaging, laugh-out-loud story where Grandad’s invention goes horribly wrong. I am picturing some great opportunities to look into inventors/inventions and create their own inventions. It is also illustrated by Paul Beavis (Mrs Mo).
Weekly Break Down
Week 1 (15th May) – Pre reading tasks and Chapters 1-2
Week 2 (22nd May) – Chapters 3-5
Week 3 (29th May) – Chapters 6-7
Week 4 (5th June) – Chapters 8-9
Week 5 (12th June) – Chapters 10-12
Week 6 (19th June) – Chapters 13-15
Registrations for NZreadaloud#8 are now open. Fill in this form to participate. I look forward to working with you.
FRIDAY 10th February
Registration for Term 1 has now closed.
THURSDAY 26th January – weekly break down
Week 1 (20th Feb): Mrs. Mo’s Monster – Interacting with the text
Week 2 (27th Feb): Mrs. Mo’s Monster – Interacting with the illustrations – could involve looking at how the illustrator uses pictures to tell a story and possible art related activities.
Week 3 (6th March): Rona: Chapter 1-Chapter 5
Week 4 (13th March): Rona: Chapter 6-Chapter 9
Week 5 (20th March): Rona: Chapter 10- Chapter 14
Week 6 (27th March): Rona: Chapter 15-Chapter 18
Challenge your students to discuss these fabulous texts with others at least once a week.
SATURDAY 21st January – book selection.
Our picture book is Mrs Mo’s Monster by Paul Beavis.
The short novel that we will read is Rona by Chris Szekely
FRIDAY 13th of 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 goggle form and sign up. Books and weekly break downs will be up soon.
MONDAY 1st of August
NZreadaloud starts next Monday! Here is the weekly breakdown.
Week 1 (8th August): Fuzzy Doodle – Interacting with the text.
Week 2 (15th August): Fuzzy Doodle – Interacting with illustrations – could involve looking at how the illustrator uses pictures to tell a story and possible art related activities.
Week 3 (22nd August): Diary of a frog p.5 – p.17
Week 4 (29th August): Diary of a frog p.18 – p.29
Week 5 (5th September): Diary of a frog p.30 – p.44 (up to 25th Oct, midnight)
Week 6 (12th September): Diary of a frog p.44 – p.55
Can’t wait to get our kids connected through these text – enjoy the experience!
FRIDAY 29th of July
Registrations for Term 3 have now closed. A warm welcome to those teachers and Y3/4 students joining us. Leonie and I look forward to working with you all.
SUNDAY 17th of July
Welcome Year 3/4 teachers,
The picture and chapter book combo seemed to work quite well for this level last term, so are you ready to do it again??
Fuzzy doodle is a sophisticated picture book about a doodle that becomes a story. The illustrations by Donovan Bixley are to die for and based on Chinese ink drawings. You can find further information here
The chapter book that has been selected is Diary of a Frog by Sally Sutton. This book is part of a series and will be sure to encourage your students to read other books from the series.
Thank you to Leonie Agnew for some excellent book selections! Looking forward to the exciting learning that can be found in both of these books 🙂
We will start Week 3 of Term – Monday 8th August – and run for 6 weeks until – Friday 16th September. Click here to open the google form and register. The deadline to register is Friday 29th of July. REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
SUNDAY 8th of May
Registrations for NZreadaloud5 have now closed. Welcome to all of the teachers joining us for the first time, and welcome back to those who have returned.
We hope your class enjoys the NZreadaloud experience.
MONDAY 2nd May
Hello Year 3-4 teachers,
We hope your first day of Term 2 went well. If you have not done so already, remember to register using the google form below.
Here is the book and chapter break down, check it out!
The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett
Week 1 (16th May) – Interacting with the text
Week 2 (23rd May) – Interacting with illustrations – could involve looking at how the illustrator uses pictures to tell a story and possible art related activities.
Dragon Knight – Fire by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley
(Please be aware that Donovan Bixley is the illustrator but he not listed as such – he is a co-creator and may have written some of the text, so this should be pointed out to the kids. Could lead to some interesting discussions/activities on collaboration.)
These are very short chapters and they are not numbered, so we have listed them by pages. Remember, even if they look long there are lots of pictures and inserted ‘information pages’ – which could also make some interesting activities. We suggest you look at the use of maps etc and this is a must – check out this PDF which has breakdowns in questions for pages (if you want them) but also possible activities. Might come in handy – http://www.scholastic.co.nz/Resources/Notes/Dragon%20Knight1.pdf
Week 3 (30th May)
A Spot of Bother P9-13
Earlier that Morning p 14 -27
Week 4 (6th June)
An Unpleasant Encounter p 28 -43
Lost battles and Bad New p 44 – 64
Week 5 (13th June)
A Hairy Escape and a Surprise p 65 -85
Week 6 (20th June)
A Puzzle solved and a Rescue p 86-96
SUNDAY 1st May
My name is Kerry-Anne Absalom and I am a Year 3/4 teacher at Otorohanga South School. I participated in #NZreadaloud last term, and am very excited to be joining Kerri’s #NZreadaloud team this term. We are also very lucky to have Leonie Agnew, a teacher and New Zealand author, on board with us in Year 3/4.
The students in my class really enjoyed their learning through #NZreadaloud, and asked that we do it again this term. As a teacher it was very exciting to see students with different reading abilities have valuable discussions about the book. My students were engaged as they were able to share their ideas with students in their class, as well as others from around New Zealand.
Leonie is a Year 3 teacher and NZ children’s author – her book was actually the Year 5-6 choice for Term 1. Anyway she had great fun on Edmodo with the kids and when Kerri and Jemma asked her to join the team – the only answer was yes, thanks! Obviously this is our first time, so we look forward to lots of feedback at the end.
Okay, for Year 3-4 we think it’s important to have age appropriate books so this term we’re doing a (gentle) ANZAC picture book called The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millet. This should only take a week or two and will be followed by the popular Dragon Knight#1 – Fire by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley. Both books were finalists last year for the NZ Children’s Book Awards. I think the key term with this selection is ‘reading engagement’, and there’s a lot that can be pulled out on discussions around war, mythology, Middle Ages and lots more.
If you ordering your book online, check out http://www.bookish.co.nz.
Leonie and I are looking forward to working with you.
FRIDAY 29th April
Kia ora lovely Year 3/4 teachers,
I hope you have all had some relaxation time over the holidays. This blog will be updated very soon with information about the read aloud book and the new team members, as Stacey is on maternity leave.
The Term 2 readaloud will run from Monday May 16th – Friday 24th June.
In the meantime you are able to register for the #NZreadaloud5 below.
MONDAY 11TH January
It has been a great few weeks of reading but one book has engaged, excited and hooked me more than others.
We are blessed in Aotearoa to have so many wonderful authors sharing wonderful stories for our our kids.
After many discussions with teachers, parents and my own family and friends, I have selected
A HANDFUL OF BLUE by Vince Ford
After discussions and reading the twitter feed, it became clear to me that teachers wanted a book that would extend thinking and provide opportunity for deep discussion. I loved that this story is set at Makorori Station, Gisborne (a favourite holiday destination for our family), and links into beach and farm life in New Zealand. Themes include the idea that ultimately nature is more powerful than man, following your dreams, loyalty and family relationships.
If you are keen to participate in #NZreadaloud4AHOB 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 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.
The break down of Chapters is as follows:
Week 1 (29 Feb. – 4 March) Chapters 1-2
Week 2 (7 – 11 March) Chapters 3-5
Week 3 (14 – 18 March) Chapters 6-7
Week 4 (21 – 25 March) Chapters 8-10
Week 5 (28 March – 1 April) Chapters 11-12
Week 6 (4 – 8 April) Chapters 13-14
Kia ora and welcome!
My name is Stacey Kale (@staceymmcarter) and I am a Year 7-8 teacher in the sunny Hawkes Bay. A few of you may be scratching your heads wondering if you have clicked the right tab and yes you definitely have!
I have been part of the #NZreadaloud which has previously only been offered to Year 7-8 students for the past 3 terms. The first time under the leadership/guidance of Kerri, the following two terms leading groups of my own. In my classroom I have a range of reading abilities and have found this is a way to engage and excite all of my students while developing their comprehension skills. I am thrilled to be on the #NZreadaloud waka with Kerri and a few other dedicated passionate teachers and have been allocated the Year 3-4 age group. It is really exciting knowing we can expand, igniting a love of books and collaboration among other year groups throughout our beautiful country.
I would love a range of book suggestions written by amazing kiwi authors with a really interesting story line – books need to appeal to boys and girls and provide opportunities for other learning areas. I will be going through your suggestions and selecting a book by the 11th of January 2016 – this will give us plenty of time for teachers to source the book, arrange our Edmodo group(s) and set up ready for our classes, 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 3-4 students!
Suggest a book!