Casanova Can

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Casanova Can

 

Casanova caterpillar

Had a bold ambition,

He wouldn’t be a butterfly

(Though that was the tradition).

He’d seen the others growing wings

And didn’t fancy that,

Instead he’d shed some letters

And turn into a cat.

Cousin Costa chaffed him.

“It cannot be”, he said,

“Come on Casanova,

You’ve really lost your head.”

“I can! I can! I can!”

Casanova cried.

He could do most anything

If he only tried.

And when it was the moment

To weave his own cocoon,

Casanova said “Farewell,

I’ll be a real cat soon.”

And so with bated breath,

(It really was a thriller),

He wished away the e and r

And the entire pillar.

And then oh joy of joys

The time came to be free,

And life was so much lighter,

As just a C-A-T.

By Kylie Covark

“The Singing Spaniel” with Teacher Notes

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“The Singing Spaniel”

Lee and Jazz

On the grass

Ukulele in hand

Learning fast

Tune in the air

Jazz’s ears prick

She starts to sing

Learning real quick

Songs in the garden

Float down the street

A boy and his dog

Sounding so sweet

A bond forged in music

A love made to last

The sounds of friendship

In music is cast

Jeanie Axton

Our son Lee and our Cocker Spaniel Jazz with Zepp the Jack Russell as an audience, have a sing a long in the garden.

 

Teacher Notes: Heres a fun December activity:

Can you write a “Dog” song. You could choose a popular tune or make one up.

Make a dog mask and perform your song to the class

 

 

This adorable dog craft uses a printable template and a paper plate to make a project suitable for a pets, mammals, or letter D theme or just for fun.

If you cut out holes instead of using the template eyes, you can convert your dog craft to a dog mask.  Attach a paint stir stick or tongue depressor to allow your child to hold it up to their face.

Materials:

  • grey paint and paintbrush (or you can keep his face white if you don’t feel like painting).
  • black marker for freckles
  • paper plate
  • something to color with (or color printer),
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paper
  • printer to print templates from internet

Instructions:

  • Paint the bottom of the paper plate grey or any colour you choose (or you can leave it white if you prefer).
  • Print out the craft template of choice.
  • Colour (if using the black and white version of the craft) and cut out the template pieces.  Most of the pieces are simple enough shapes for young children to cut out, but if needed, an adult can help with some of the harder pieces (the ears and the hair).
  • Glue the pieces to the plate to make a dog face:
    • Glue the ears onto either side of the head.
    • Glue the hair onto the center top of the head.
    • Glue the eyes onto the face under the hair (or cut out holes for eyes in a mask).
    • Glue the eyebrows above the eyes.
    • Glue the nose under the eyes.
    • Glue the mouth under the nose.
    • Use a black marker to add a few freckles on either side of the nose.

Have fun

 

 

 

A Fluffy Thermometer

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A Fluffy Thermometer

 

There’s plenty of ways

to tell if the day is

too hot or cold

without being told.

 

You could try and catch

a fluffy pet cat

then watch and observe

to see how it’s curved.

 

When days are too hot

it’s likely as not

that cat’s all sprawled-out

in some shaded spot.

 

When researchers test

what temperature’s best

for comfort of cats

they find out these facts.

 

Those felines agree

that eighteen degrees

is purr-fectly warm

for cat’s furry form.

 

Then when it’s too cold

those pussycats fold

up cosy and still

to keep out the chill.

 

by Celia Berrell

 

While the weather is warming up in Australia, winter is well on its way in the northern hemisphere.  Does that mean there will be more outside cats curled up when I go to visit?  Living in the tropics, I think even eighteen degrees is decidedly chilly!  What’s your purrfect temperature?

“Progression” with Teacher notes

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Progression

 

She showed it

to her slavedriver

who saw the possibilities

He promoted slave Hannah

to supervise

the sawing team

 

Before,

hundreds pulled the immense stone block

on its log rollers

A team of twenty waited at the back

to grasp the log-load

when it had been run over

The back log had to be

hauled to the front

to be run over yet again

 

If only the stone could stay still

on the logs while they kept rolling

Clearly impossible. Hannah scowled

But a slice of log sawn from one end

would roll the same way

With a hole in the middle

supporting – well we’d call it an axle

and a second round piece from the log

On her model it worked perfectly

Wheels! Wooden wheels!

The first cart

 

Wheelbarrows, trains, cars, trucks

cogs, pulleys, clocks,  machines

 

Life on earth would never be the same.

 

Virginia Lowe

Notes:

The Israelites or Jews were kept slaves by the Egyptians, so I’m imagining it was the same time as they built the pyramids – that’s why I called the slave Hannah, originally a Jewish name.

In fact it wasn’t the same time – the pyramids were built about 300 years before the Israelite’s turned up. But it makes a more interesting story. A very very old story.

I couldn’t think of any way to describe the axle apart from our word, but it’s a concept they wouldn’t have had. I’d like to hear if anyone can think of how the rod holding the two wheels together and on the ground, could be described otherwise.

The Jews escaped from Egypt with the help of Moses, who persuaded the king, Pharaoh, to let them go with the help of ten plagues. It is all there told in the Bible in the book Exodus, and is celebrated each year by the Jewish community as Passover.

Ideas:

Maths:           Looking at shape make Pyramids with cardboard

Humanities: Research the logistics of the building of the Pyramids

Learn about Jewish history and culture

Music:          “Let my people go” This includes images that will help in learning about

Jewish history

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkEmS3hWmmU

Art:               Paint: Make a giant class cardboard pyramid and creatively decorate it

Warm and Fluffy

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Warm And Fluffy

 

The animals have hairy fur.

The birds have got their feathers.

These keep their bodies warm enough

throughout the chilly weather.

 

The fibres in those fluffy coats

criss-cross to form some air-holes

that can’t escape or waft away

because of all the hair-folds.

 

Their skin gives off some body-warmth.

Just like a radiator.

Their fluffy coats help keep that heat

as thermal insulators.

 

The warm air’s trapped inside the fur

to shield them from the outside.

The way that blankets on a bed

are cosy on the inside.

 

But if that fluffy coat gets wet

those air-holes fill with water.

Their body’s warmth escapes as that

wet coat’s a heat conductor.

 

The soggy fur clings to their skin.

No longer insulated.

And water makes their body cold

as it’s evaporated.

 

Any fluffy animal will

shake that water well away.

So if your puppy’s had a swim …

Watch-out for all that water spray!

 

 

When it comes to having a fluffy coat, it’s a good idea to shaking off any water, so as not to get cold.  Dogs are the best shakers!  I love the sound of their lips and soggy ears slapping their head as they do it.

 

by Celia Berrell

Poetry Prompt #41 is a continuation of Poetry Prompt #40 Fur, Feather and Fin

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Good Morning,

Firstly re the prompt,

This week we will continue with the Fur, Feather and Fins theme

There has been a great response to this and another week will get more of these poems out.

Please keep sending them in.

Last week’s Thursday poem with teacher notes got 600 plus views which is very encouraging. Please continue to email out the link to this site to your connections with schools and universities etc

If your poem doesn’t get on during a prompt I will keep it in a folder for gaps and quieter times of the year.

Looking forward to your contributions.

Please send to: poemoftheday.jaxton@gmail.com

 

Secondly

Here’s is a plug for a poetry competition “Jackie’s Spring” Rhyming Poetry/Stories in verse competition.

Entries close 30/11/17 at midnight

Check out the link for more details:

https://www.creativekidstales.com.au/whats-new/upcoming-events/2394-jackies-spring-competition

 

 

Thirdly

This week’s quote to ponder on:

Louis wrote a lot of Westerns and a bit of poetry as well.

Have a good day

Jeanie

Poetry Prompt #33

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poetry prompt #33

 

It’s Monday again and poetry prompt time. Don’t the days simply fly by? I’m sure the calendar is on permanent fast forward.

Remember being a kid and insisting what you will or won’t do? I know I do! Last week’s Pickle prompt inspired so many wonderful poems. I hope you are as inspired this week.

It’s so exciting reading all the submissions and fun coming up with a different prompt each week. Don’t forget, if you miss a prompt, you can catch up at any time. Send your poem as a Word or text document attachment to me at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au and add a line or two about your poetry process. Poetry writing tips are always welcome, too.

Happy writing!

Teena

Poem of the Day

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Squirrel Sightings

 

Have you ever seen a squirrel? You may think them rather cute,

But they’re certainly not stupid, for they’re really quite astute.

They take notice of the weather when the winter’s on its way

And store all the food that’s needed for each coming frosty day.

For that is when they snuggle in the hollow of a tree,

Or they hide among the bushes where they’re difficult to see.

 

Every squirrel’s quite a builder when it wants to make a nest

So that as things get much colder there’s a place for warmth and rest.

If you should see a squirrel when you’re at the park to play,

Don’t be too disappointed if the squirrel darts away.

Watch him hurry, scamper, scurry, for you’ll seldom see him walk.

Perhaps he’s just too busy to take time to stop and talk.

 

Monty Edwards
  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #30

Poetry Prompt #30

Monty says: I enjoy writing poetry for the opportunity it gives to inspire, challenge or entertain people I may never meet personally. I also enjoy attempting to conquer such constraints as form, meter and rhyme by my choice and arrangement of words in order to produce my own unique response to a theme or prompt. For me it is like tackling a complex puzzle for which there may be many possible solutions, but few that are completely satisfying as an offering to potential readers.

 

News update

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State of Poetry podcasts

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/podcasts/states-of-poetry
Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry Podcast is part of a major new project States of Poetry<https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/poetry/states-of-poetry>, which is intended to highlight the quality and diversity of contemporary Australian poetry. Funded by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, this is one of the first federally arranged poetry anthologies published in this country. All states and territories will be covered with separate anthologies, each of them edited by a senior poet living in, or closely associated with, that state. The state editors will choose six local poets actively publishing new work (up to five poems per poet). The state anthologies will appear on the website with introductions from the state editor, biographies and remarks from the individual poets, recordings, and other features.

Poem of the Week podcasts

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/podcasts/poem-of-the-week
Each week a different poet will introduce and read his or her poem. This is a lasting record of these poets’ voices.

13th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition

For Australian writers only, this competition is for a non-rhyming poem suitable for a child up to the age of 12 years. Maximum length is 30 lines. Open theme. All entries are to have a separate title page with full contact details including email address for results. There is no entry fee. One entry per person. Prizes are $150 first prize, $100 for second prize and $50 for third prize plus certificates for winners and short-listed entries.  Entries must be received on or before 31 August, 2016. Results will be announced on the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site and in Buzz Words (http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com) on 1 October. Email entries to Teena Raffa-Mulligan at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Poetry pointers

Where do you get ideas? How do you write a poem? Do poems have to rhyme? What makes it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? Who publishes poetry? How do I become a children’s poet? What is your top tip for writers who want to write poetry for children?

These are among the myriad questions asked by writers who want to write poetry. How would you answer them? If you have a poetry pointer to share, email me at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Poems wanted

Please keep submissions of poetry coming in for the Poem of the Day. Your submissions are much appreciated and I’m enjoying them immensely, particularly the responses to the Monday Poetry Prompts. If you’re a poet who is still thinking about whether to submit, please do! Poems are always needed and get posted so long as they are suitable for children (including teenagers). Previously published poems can be submitted provided you still retain copyright. Email traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Articles, events, information and interviews

ACP is also happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, poetry book reviews and relevant articles.

 

Poetry Prompt #22

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Poetry Prompt 22

Whatever happened to Monday? I was so busy finishing a short romance to meet a deadline that Poetry Prompt day slipped by in a blink. See what you can make of this one. Dabbling in art is one of my many enjoyable distractions from writing and I painted it as part of last year’s 52 Week Illustration Challenge on Face Book. The theme was ‘Night’. I hope it inspires some wonderful poems for children. Send your submissions to me at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au as a Word document attachment and add a few lines about your writing process. Poetry writing tips are always welcome.

Happy writing!

Teena