“Tea and TV” by Penny Szentkuti with Teacher Notes

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Tea and TV

‘Tea and TV’ –
that precious half hour,
the age old song,
its siren power.
Snuggled on the couch,
a snack plate to nibble,
a peep through the windows,
Teds Big and Little.
A spot of craft
and a lively tune,
a welcome diversion
in the long afternoon.
Tea and TV,
whatever the weather,
those faces were friends,
they held us together

Teacher Notes by Jeanie Axton

Play school is an Australian TV icon. Show the students two episodes of Playschool comparing an episode of 30 years ago with today.  Have a discussion about stereotypes and how things have changed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeN_iuHTQ8I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBr0TG6Wg_E

 

They could choose one of the famous Playschool characters and write a poem in the shape of the character.

 

 

“Clues for an egg hunt” by Penny Szentkuti

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Clues for an egg hunt

Go full throttle straight to the wattle.

Say “Hello, dear!” to the aloe vera.

Don’t ignore the kangaroo paw.

Follow your nose all the way to the hose.

Don’t be a stranger to the hydrangea.

Go and smile at the native violets.

Don’t be in a rush near the bottlebrush.

Do one more pass over the grass.

Gather your eggs by the big gum tree.

Share them out (with some for me).

“Four Legs” by Penny Szentkuti

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Four Legs

 

Four legs and a tail 

it could be a dog.

Four legs and a croak?

That’s a frog!

Four legs and a hump –

it must be a camel.

Four legs and fur?

It’s some kind of mammal.

 

But four legs and a mane –

long legs for trotting,

strong galloping legs,

and a tail for fly swatting?

That’s easy now,

I know it of course!

That four legged friend

is a horse.

Penny Szentkuti

 

“Four Legs” by Penny Szentkuti

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Four Legs

 

Four legs and a tail –

it could be a dog.

Four legs and a croak?

That’s a frog!

Four legs and a hump –

it must be a camel.

Four legs and fur?

It’s some kind of mammal.

 

But four legs and a mane –

long legs for trotting,

strong galloping legs,

and a tail for fly swatting?

That’s easy now,

I know it of course!

That four legged friend

is a horse.

 

Penny Szentkuti

“Four Legs” by Penny Szentkuti

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Four Legs

Four legs and a tail –

it could be a dog.

Four legs and a croak?

That’s a frog!

Four legs and a hump –

it must be a camel.

Four legs and fur?

It’s some kind of mammal.

 

But four legs and a mane –

long legs for trotting,

strong galloping legs,

and a tail for fly swatting?

That’s easy now,

I know it of course!

That four legged friend

is a horse.

 

Poem of the Day

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Five

four

three two wonder.

Count down to question, speculate, think.

Imagine and ponder, let your mind wander

down winding pathways right to the brink.

Over the edge is the not knowing dark

but out there you’ll find

the spark!

the spark!

 

Penny Szentkuti

 

Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #17

Penny said: I am teaching a unit on space at the moment and indeed pondering on how much we don’t know and how we have to be brave and imaginative enough to spend time in the ‘not knowing’ to make new discoveries.