National Simultaneous Storytime

Today was National Simultaneous Storytime day. This day is used to celebrate how much we LOVE reading and encourage everyone to read even more. It also celebrates Australian authors and publishers. Check out the website on the link above to read more about it.

The story this year was The Cow Who Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson. We thought it was a great story and really enjoyed watching and hearing the story on our IWB.

We were also lucky enough to have Levi from Room 1 read the picture book to us too. We thought Levi did a great job reading to our whole class – he read really fluently, used expression and showed the pictures clearly to the audience.

After listening to the Cow Who Tripped over the Moon we created our own pictures describing different ways to get the cow over the moooooooooooooon! We used Doodle buddy, the Seesaw drawing tool or Book Creator app on our iPads to draw the picture and then wrote sentences to describe our pictures. Then we shared our pictures with our families using the Seesaw app.

We also used air server to beam our items onto the IWB and share them with the class. You can see our iPad screens in these pictures. We had some very creative ideas to get the cow over the mooooooooooooon – trampolines, spring loaded boots, rockets, canons, catapults – just to name a few.


What did you think of the story? How would you get the cow over the moooooooooooooon?


Daily 5 – Listen to Reading

Every Tuesday we use our laptops, desktop computers and iPads to listen to different books online. Our school has subscribed to Sunshine online and Ziptales  and we LOVE them! There are lots of different books to choose from and there’s lots of different levels that suit everyone’s different reading levels and interests. We also do listen to reading on other days – depending on how many devices we can use.

Here’s some photos from today’s listen to reading session:

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Tell us about some of your favourite stories.

What are we reading today?

Today as a part of our Daily 5 reading we did ‘read to self’. It’s one of our favourite reading tasks at the moment as we have lots of people in our class reading longer books or novels and they enjoy having long periods of time to really enjoy the story they’re reading.

Here’s what we were reading today.

What are some books that you like to read and tell us why. We’re always on the look out for new, interesting books to read.

Book Study – Gansta Granny

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Our student teacher Mrs Meinel started reading a novel with us today. The novel is called Gansta Granny by David Williams. Mrs Meinel talked to us about her Granny and all of the special things they do together. She could remember lots of lovely details about activities and things that remind her of her Granny. We were shown a quilt that showed lots of her families history through different memory squares on the quilt. We just loved learning what the quilt meant. Then we shared our memories of our Nannies, Grans, Pas, Grandpas or Poppies – it was a really interesting conversation.



After we talked about our families Mrs Meinel started to read the novel Gansta Granny. She read us the blurb on the back of the book so we got a bit of an idea about the novel.

Here’s a bit about the story:

It’s a  funny and moving story of old age, adventure, stolen jewels and swimming the Thames.

Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma.

1) She was once an international jewel thief.

2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help…


We’ve read a couple of chapters and we really like it so far…. Stay tuned for more novel updates and activities we’re doing that relate to Gansta Granny!


What do you like about the novel Gansta Granny so far?

Can you suggest a novel our class would enjoy reading?

Daily 5 Reading

During the first two weeks of school we’ve started to use the Daily 5 Reading Cafe for our reading programme.

We LOVE it!

We’ve all been using the Daily 5 for our Reading and Word Work over the last few years, so it’s great to continue our learning journey.

We’ve been working on building our stamina during Read to Self and we’ve had lots of fun using EEKK (elbow to elbow, knee to knee) during  Read with Someone. We’ve got  our anchor charts to make sure we all stay on task and keep focussed on developing our reading skills.

Here’s some photos from this weeks sessions.

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50 Best Books For Kids

Our class LOVES to read everyday! Our Daily 5 reading sessions start every school day for us. We love to share different books, authors or series of books with each other – especially in our book sales. Our book sales are a time we recommend books to each other and why others may like them.

Here is a list of 50 of the best books for children to read. I know many of the children in our class would’ve read some of them – how many have you read?

Have a look at the list on the link below, take the survey and see how well you score. If there’s some books you haven’t read you might like to have a look in our Library to see what they’re like.


Favourite Books

As a part of our Sharing Time topic last week, we were asked to bring along our favourite book to share with the class.

We had lots of different books that were all “good fit” books – a good fit books suits your reading level and skills. We’ve learned about good fit books from our Daily 5 Cafe learning.  It was a bit like our book sales – for our sales we bring along books to recommend to other  readers. They might like the sound of the stories/ series of books and we love to share our books – we all love to read!!

Here are some photos of our sharing time sessions last week. Each person who brought a book had a small group of children to share their story / stories with. We had lots of fun sharing and learning about each others books.

Sharing Time – Favourite Books on PhotoPeach

What are some books that you like to read? Can you recommend any great books we might like to read?

National Simultaneous Storytime

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Tomorrow is National Simultaneous Storytime day. This is one way to celebrate reading and show just how much we love reading books. This will be the 13th year of the National Simultaneous Storytime and we are celebrating by reading the book by Nick Bland called The Wrong Book. We might also use this book as an inspiration to try to create our own books.

Our class will be using the app to read the book – it’s an interesting app because we can listen to the book and also record our voices reading the book.

We’ll post some photos of our activities tomorrow.

Here’s today’s photos. We invited Mrs Chick’s Year 2 students in to read with us and loved it so much we read it twice. We used Airserver to show the book on our Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) wirelessly. We chose different students to turn the pages on the iPhone while we read along and listened to the book on the IWB.

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Musical Chairs Reading

Last Friday we finished our wonderful week at school with a game of Reading Musical chairs. We made a circle with our classroom chairs and a mixture of books were placed on them. When the music started we needed to walk around the circle of chairs, when the music stopped we sat on the nearest chair and started reading the books on it.

This is a wonderful chance to read different types of books that we may not usually choose. The books on the chairs were:

  • picture fiction
  • non fiction (facts & information)
  • novels
  • books without words – you have to create your own story in your mind

At the end of our session we reflected upon it. We all agreed that it was a fun way to read books that we wouldn’t usually choose and when we went to the Resource Centre to borrow our Library books for the week many children chose some new types of books.

Here’s some photos of our reading session.


Book Tastings

Today during our Library lesson we worked with Mrs Langham. Today we did some book tastings – we’ve never tried that before! It was a way for us to try new books, experiment with books we normally wouldn’t choose and see if there’s a new book we’d like to try. There were lots of different types of books in our circle – we looked at titles of books, the pictures on the front cover, asked ourselves – does that look like an interesting book, read the blurb and then started reading the book. Then we tried the same process with a different book and then another.

It was a really interesting activity and lots of us chose books we’d never noticed before. Then we browsed and borrowed for the week, setting up our book boxes for the next week. Some of us borrowed the new books from our ‘tastings’ session.

Thanks Mrs Langham for a great Library session. We had lots of fun and were really interested in the different books you showed us.
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What books did you try at our book tastings session?