“Are We There Yet” by Alison Lester is the book focus I would use as an impetus for learning. This book has questioning and geography themes. I would use a transparent BeeBot mat over an illustrated map of Australia. Children could program the BeeBot to move to the town beginning with A, move to the town on the coast beginning with S etc. They could have the BeeBot traverse the mat as they retell the roads traveled in “Are We There Yet”. As another activity they could record themselves retelling the story as the BeeBot visits the different locations in Australia.
These activities would build on reading comprehension and decoding skills. Listening and speaking to others are skills that would be focused on.
- Recognise and name all upper and lower case letters (graphemes) and know the most common sound that each letter represents ACELA1440
- Retell familiar literary texts through performance, use of illustrations and images ACELT1580
- Deliver short oral presentations to peers ACELY1647
- Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose ACTDIK001.
- Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems ACTDIP004
- Sequence familiar objects and events ACHASSI004
- Present narratives, information and findings in oral, graphic and written forms using simple terms to denote the passing of time and to describe direction and location ACHASSIO10.
- The representation of the location of places and their features on simple maps and models ACHASSK)14