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A fun literacy lesson for F-6 in response to this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime text, Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh’s wonderful book, “Family Tree”. Students reflect on their ‘roots’ (people or things of importance) and ‘growing leaves’ (their dreams for the future). This lesson produces a gorgeous display for students to showcase their work, in the creation of a class family tree.
ComprehensionConnecting
Grade:K-6
Lesson from Cleverbean

NSS 2022 Family Tree - Image Of My Life

Learning Intention: Make connections to the book ‘Family Tree’, by creating a visual image that summarises celebration of family and community in my life.

A fun literacy lesson for F-6 in response to this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime text, Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh’s wonderful book, “Family Tree”. Students reflect on their ‘roots’ (people or things of importance) and ‘growing leaves’ (their dreams for the future). This lesson produces a gorgeous display for students to showcase their work, in the creation of a class family tree.
ComprehensionConnecting
Lesson from Cleverbean
Grade: K-6

NSS 2022 Family Tree - Image Of My Life

Learning Intention: Make connections to the book ‘Family Tree’, by creating a visual image that summarises celebration of family and community in my life.

What you'll need

  • Markers
  • Coloured pencils and textas, water colours
  • Black paper
  • Leaf/ gumnut/ tree template
  • ‘Family Tree’ by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh
Curriculum

Grade K - ACELT1575

Grade 1 - ACELT1582

Grade 3 - ACELT1596

Grade 5 - ACELT1610

Success criteria

  • I can share a place/ people/ things that make me feel safe and happy.
  • I can create a visual image that summarises the celebration of family and community in my life.
Lesson

Modelled

  1. Prior to lesson: Wrap the ‘National Simultaneous Storytime’ book, ‘Family Tree’ by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh, in a photocopy of the front and end pages with the illustrations of the gumnut, leaves and wattle. This will create mystery and wonder and spark excitement about what's been wrapped.

  2. Introduce the wrapped book. Tell students that they will be reading a new book that is very special. Explain the concept of ‘National Simultaneous Storytime.’ Discuss how the book that you are about to reveal is going to be read by almost 2 million children to celebrate how wonderful picture books are. Create and build excitement around the wrapped book.

  3. Tell students where the wrapping paper came from and how it's an important part of the book. Ask students to create some predictions of how the gum nuts, leaves and flowers could be part of the story.

  4. Give students five minutes to quickly draw an image of how they think the gum nuts and leaves fit within the story. Using a whiteboard is a wonderful way to keep this activity short. Share predictions with a partner.

  5. Slowly unwrap the book, ‘Family Tree’ by Josh Pyke, and introduce the story, showing students the front and end pages which were the wrapping paper. Read the story to students.

  6. Reflect on previous predictions. Discuss the theme and journeys that are taking place. Ask students: Who are the characters? What is the story about? Where does the story take place? When is the story happening? How does the story change over time? Is it like any other books you’ve read? How is it different? Introduce the concept of analogy, and how there are two stories happening simultaneously which share the same theme: ‘change and growth’.

Guided

  1. Return to the last page of the story, ‘It started with a seed, and that seed was me.’ Look at the illustration and discuss how the last page summarises the theme of the book, which is the main character's heartfelt celebration of change and growth. Discuss how it perfectly wraps up the book by illustrating happiness.

  2. As a class, brainstorm places and events that make students feel happy, safe and part of family and community. This could be the local park, their backyard, somewhere at school, a favourite walk, family gatherings, sharing meals, special celebrations etc.

  3. Discuss a place or celebration that makes you, the teacher, feel safe and happy. Draw this place on one of the blank leaf/ gumnut templates provided. Focus students’ attention on the image on the last page of the book (gumnut image). Ask students: What do you notice about the image?

  4. Tell students that they will be painting or drawing their favourite place or celebration, on a template, that makes them feel safe and happy. This artwork should capture the parts of themselves that are important to students.

Independent

  1. Hand out the templates for students to draw their images. Students can draw, paint, sketch or use crayons.

  2. Cut out the template and mount the artwork onto black paper.

  3. Finish with a discussion, highlighting similarities and differences in artworks and how their images will continue to grow and change over time.

Differentiation

  • Support Students: Students may need support to choose something or someone to draw. Connect back to school and a favourite spot in the playground or classroom, or a family gathering.
  • Extension Students: Ask students to add some words to their final page that captures a sentence about their life.
Books
Family Tree
Family Tree
Josh Pyke
Grade: K-6
Assessment

  • Formative assessment:
  • Have students successfully captured a visual summary of a happy place that is personal to themselves?