|Scooped by Anna Wilkinson|
This official document contains invaluable teaching ideas that can contribute to a unit of work using the Magic Beach picture book. Curriculum Support is an excellent website for teachers as it relates a range of syllabus outcomes across KLAs. This is particularly important when using technology as a teacher needs to consider the content of what is taught and appropriate pedagogy (Mishra & Koehler, 2006). I believe using drama before reading the story is a wonderfully engaging activity for children. This resource suggest an improvising activity where students act out beach activities such as jog along the sand, collect shells, build a sand castle, dig for treasure, patrol the beach, fly like seagulls etc. I particularly liked the use of freeze frames as the teacher narrated the story, which could be used in conjunction with the video scooped on this page! This could also provide a springboard into descriptive language. Additionally, I would like to instruct students to mime specific adjectives as the story is read to reinforce their meaning and increase engagement.
Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. (2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. The Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017-1054.