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A Year of Jewish Stories

A Year of Jewish Stories | Traditional and religious stories about significant people and entities of major world religions | Scoop.it

A year of Jewish stories by authors Grace Ragues Maisel, Samantha Shubert, Tammy L. Keiser is quite comprehensive in regards to the amount of Jewish traditional subject matter on offer for children. It features 52 stories from the old testament as well as other Jewish folklore tales. Characters such as Moses are featured and others help to explain Jewish holidays and customs.

 

 For the most part the stories are relatively short and easy for children at stage 2 level to follow. The large colorful illustrations would certainly help in assisting children to comprehend the subject matter. The stories are written in a fairytale style, which I also thought to be appropriate given the age range that I would be aiming at reading them too.

 

 With this book I would consider reading it to the children instead of getting them to read it themselves, giving that some character and place names are a little difficult to pronounce. I think that as a comprehension exercise it might be a good idea to discuss with the children as a class what they thought the moral or the message of a particular story was. Overall, a very comprehensive and useful resource in teaching about one of the world’s major religions and it’s major figures.          

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Jesus and Kidz - The World's number One Children's Bible Story site

Jesus and Kidz - The World's number One Children's Bible Story site | Traditional and religious stories about significant people and entities of major world religions | Scoop.it

I found the Jesus and Kidz website to be similar to the BBC primary history site on Greek Gods and Heroes. They both feature a variety of content and lesson ideas.

The Jesus and Kidz website features many bible story slides. They contain a minimum of text and feature illustrations which make them easy to follow for stage 2 learners also. Despite the obligatory Christian tale of creation key Christian figures and their stories are featured including the story of Abraham, the story of Moses and, of course, the story of Jesus. Colouring pages are also available, as well as word searches and mazes and songs.

I also noticed that the site had a link to a comic book story that could be downloaded and read on iPads, which might be an ideal way to engage the students with the lesson content.

It should be noted however, that while the site is rich in content and lesson ideas, I suspect that the original intended purpose of the site is to be used as a resource for teachers of the Christian faith rather than as a resource for a more objective, reflective classroom setting exploring a variety of religions.

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Dreamtime Stories (by Red Pixels Animation)

 

 

The animation team Red Pixels Animation have created a series of traditional Australian aboriginal dreamtime stories and posted them on the web. Most are only a few minutes in length. Some of the stories were immediately familiar to me from my own school experience learning about Dreamtime stories.

I would say that they are a great teaching tool given the fact that they are original aboriginal myths, they often feature animals as part of main myth and they relate the aboriginal religious perspective.  

I could imagine showing one or two of the videos on the interactive whiteboard, discussing the story/stories as a class and then doing an extended activity. An extended activity could have the students working in groups to create their own dreamtime stories. Each group could be given an Australian animal whereupon the group must come up with their own myth of it is the way it is. For example, why the echidna has spikes, or how the kookaburra got it’s laugh, why the kangaroo jumps etc. The story could be written, illustrated and presented to the rest of the class.

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BBC - Primary History - Ancient Greeks - Gods and heroes

BBC - Primary History - Ancient Greeks - Gods and heroes | Traditional and religious stories about significant people and entities of major world religions | Scoop.it

Despite the fact that the ancient Greek myths are perhaps not relevant today as modern religion, I thought it a good idea to include a resource on a very prominent religion from times past. The Greek myths are so rich in content and children will undoubtedly go on to encounter them in their later schooling. Thus I have featured the BBC primary history Greek Gods and Heroes on my Scoop it.

The site features a lot of great informative content along with some practical lesson ideas also. I could imagine bringing the site up on the interactive whiteboard and exploring it as a class would work well. Pictures of the gods and characters such as Hercules as featured in the pictures section could be brought up and discussed. The fun facts section could be read by kids or by the teacher. Then there is the activity section which features quizzes based on the short readings and an interactive slideshow on the Olympics.

Viewing the site got my creative juices flowing. I could imagine pursuing the idea of the ancient Greek Gods further by discussing their relation to the planets or perhaps even dressing up and staging a mini Olympic games with the class (time permitting). Or perhaps even just relating the original Greek Olympic games to the modern day tradition in a class discussion.

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How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head

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How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head by Harish Johari is a book that tells the story of the Hindu Deity Ganesh. It is relatively easy to follow and would not pose much of a challenge for stage 2 children in my opinion. It is relatively short in length also and is a fun read all in all. I think the great thing about exploring Hindu deities with a class is that many of them feature animalistic features which I think children will find engaging.

 

 

What I found most impressive about the book were the beautiful illustrations. They are incredibly colourful and beautiful to look at. I would imagine that the illustrations alone would be enough to captivate a classroom full of children. However, I believe that How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head is a book probably best read to the class as opposed to a resource that most stage 2 children would read alone. Some of the words featured as a little complex to pronounce.

 

I could imagine that if the class were to find the book enjoyable that one could explore other similar books about the other Hindu deities and Hindu stories. A brief search and I was able to find many children’s books on Krishna and other popular Hindu figures.

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