Package 2-4: Reading

In these lessons your child will be learning to engage with a story and think about the author and illustrator’s message.

Week 3 - Package 4 - Kindergarten English/literacy - Shared reading

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

  • A copy of the book: Let’s Get a Pup!’ written and illustrated by Bob Graham and published by Walker Books.

Before your child starts

Make sure your child has everything ready at the start of the lesson. There are 3 video lessons to work through. Each video can be watched without being dependent on the previous, however this is the recommended sequence.

Check that the videos are working and that the volume is turned up for the video lessons. It will help if your child is in a quiet environment.

What your child needs to do

Your child is learning to think critically when listening to a story. Your child needs to know that people bring different experiences, thoughts and ideas to a story, and this can change how we understand it. They are learning to look at a story and think about the author and illustrator’s message.

It is important your child engages with a range of texts, including imaginative, persuasive and informative. These lessons will help your child to use new vocabulary and the concept of narrative. The structure of a story includes a beginning, complication and an end and students in Early Stage 1 are learning to recognise this. A narrative structure is used in many aspects of our lives, even to retell a true, everyday story of a family experience. Narrative helps us make sense of our lives and world.

What your child can do next

Your child will need to watch and listen to each video carefully, just like they do when the teacher at school is sharing a story with them. During the video, you may like to pause as children are asked to respond to prompts and questions. Encourage your child to do this aloud so you can hear what they are thinking and check for understanding. Discussion encourages understanding of the story and provides an opportunity to ask and answer questions.

Day 1 – watch Let’s Get a Pup! - Listening

Day 2 – watch Let’s Get a Pup! - Think aloud

Day 3 – watch Let’s Get a Pup! - Vocabulary

These video lessons can be completed separately, or they can be completed as part of the suggested weekly sequence.

At the end of each video, talk about aspects of the story discussed in the lesson. Ask questions that will extend your child beyond the basic, obvious facts, for example ‘I wonder how Rosy felt when the family returned to the Rescue Centre the next day?’ A thoughtful question or prompt promotes deeper thinking, opening the way to explore rich vocabulary, ideas and feelings. Examples include:

  • Do you think there is room in our hearts to love more than one pet?
  • Describe the family using the illustrations to support your thoughts.
  • Talk about the feelings created from the image of the family walking away from Rosy after first meeting her.

Tell me about how the family’s ‘wishes’ for a pet changed once they met Rosy.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Talk about how important the structure of narrative is as it helps us make sense of our lives. Listen to the story together and talk about the problem, the problem in a story is often easier to identify than other elements.

Activity too easy?

After the reading, discuss the structure of narrative and ask your child to retell a familiar story, identifying the beginning, end and complication.

Extension/Additional activity

  • Your child might like to write a story, play, poem or draw a picture that describes what happens when a new member is added to the family – a bird or a cat!
  • Use the words from the vocabulary lesson: ‘immediately’, ‘instantly’ and ‘radiated’ in multiple contexts throughout the week.
  • Discuss the base word of immediate, instant and radiate and add suffixes, noting how they change the tense.
  • Read other books throughout the week with your child and compare the structure of each book to ‘Let’s Get a Pup!’. Are there similarities and differences between them?
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