Integrating 'The Toymaker and the Bird' by Pamela Allen (Science,…
Integrating 'The Toymaker and the Bird'
by Pamela Allen
Compare the treatment of the bird by the Toymaker with the treatment of the Indigenous Australians by the Europeans.(ACHASSK086)
Read and explore Indigenous Australian stories about birds. Why are birds and other wildlife important to them?
Explore the importance of and protecting the environment and wildlife.
What is the bird's natural environment?
Why is it important that the bird remain in its environment?
How can we protect that environment?
Living things depend on each other to survive. Explore the birds natural habitat and what it needs to survive. (ACSSU073)
Draw a diagram showing the life cycle of a bird (ACSSU072)
Explore natural and processed materials.
What materials does the Toymaker use?
Are they natural or processed?
What are their properties?
Earth and Space Science
Explore different ways humans impact on the Earth's surface. Specifically, look at logging to get wood. (ACSSU075)
Explore sustainable materials, specifically wood, which could be used when building toys.
Design, produce and evaluate a toy based on specific criteria. (WATPPS23), (WATPPS24), (WATPPS25)
Students explore the relationship of the Bird and the Toymaker.
Was it a healthy relationship?
How should the man have treated the bird?
Can we relate this to our own relationships?
Measure and compare the various attributes of the toys the Toymaker was building.Include length, area and volume.(ACMMG084), (ACMMG290)
Identify shapes or patterns in the designs that the Toymaker used within his toys.
Create a simple composition which you might play to the bird. (ACAMUM085)
The Toymaker plays the violin. Listen and respond to music played on the violin.(ACAMUR087)
Reading & Viewing
Identify new words found while reading the text. Define the word and add to spelling list. (ACELA1498)
Use predictions while reading the book (ACELY1692)
Use comprehension questions to explore the main ideas of the text (ACELY1692)
Explore the illustrations.
What do they tell us?
Do they add more information?
What techniques does the illustrator use?
Compare with other texts by Pamela Allen (ACELT1602)
Analyse the elements of the narrative. Plan and write own narrative using these elements. (ACELT1794)(ACELY1690(ACELY1694)
Use the theme of the book as the key argument in a persuasive writing task. 'Should animals be kept in captivity' (ACELY1690) (ACELY1694)
Write blurb for the book to entice people to read it. (ACELY1694)
Speaking & Listening
Formally debate the issues of animals in captivity
Interview peers about their opinion on the book. (ACELY1688)
Engage in discussion while reading the text (ACELY1687)