The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay
Picture book | 30pp | Years 2–4
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[ A Fair Go | Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion | Doing your best |
A Fair Go
Making sure that everyone has the same opportunities to achieve is very important to Australian culture. We call it 'having a fair go' or being on 'level playing field'.
Fair Go: Solving Conflict
Is there an issue in your class or school that is causing concern? Use this chart to identify:
In small groups, discuss a possible solution that would be fair to everyone. Then share your solution with the rest of the class. Construct a PMI chart to identify the positives and negatives of each suggestion, and then use that to help you decide on a fair solution.
Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion
Everything we learn and do helps makes us an individual. Consider what is special about you. On this chart make a list of all the characteristics that you share with the others in your class, and then list all the things that are unique. Remember to include those things that you know or can do that others cannot.
Think about something that makes (or has made) a big difference to your life. Complete this rhyme...
I've got something to offer
Display your poem and your completed sheet on the wall and then create a challenge like this one for other students to complete by reading the information on the display. (Make sure there is a clue for each person so when it is complete, everyone's name is featured.)
Is there something you have done or somewhere you have been that no one else in the class has? How has this changed your life? Write an account of this experience and reflect on its impact on your life. How do you think it might influence your future?
Doing your best
All the birds in Boonaroo Bay wanted to be the best.
Become a class expert. Be the person that others can consult when they need to know. Identify something that you know a lot about, are really interested in or something you can do really well.
What else would you like to know about that subject so you understand it better? Ask your teacher librarian to help you investigate them so you are really confident and competent about answering questions.
Make an A4 size poster advertising your particular expertise. Study lots of advertisements in newspapers or magazines and identify their key and common factors. List these so you can make sure you include them in your poster.
Make a class display of the posters so everyone knows who is the best person to ask when they need help or information.
Responding to text
Birds and beaks
Choose one or two species and find out more about them. Were your predictions correct?
Sort them into these groups
Identify one of the food chains that exist in the mangroves and complete the food chain chart. Select one of these habitats, identify the creatures and plants that live there and illustrate a food chain. Use the food chain chart. tree, rock pool, coral reef, your backyard, desert, polar region, rainforest, river
Are there any common elements that each creature needs to survive, no matter where they might be on the food chain? How does the food chain contribute to the health of the habitat?
Changes and Changing
The title, The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay uses a technique known as alliteration. Sometimes, it is tricky to get your tongue around words that all start with the same letter and this is called a tongue twister.
Some common tongue twisters are:
Betty Botter had some butter,
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Round the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran.
Find some other examples of tongue twisters or make up some for your friends to try. Challenge them to say each one five times, quickly.