As a school we have decided to end this year, in the same way it began: The Power of Reading. Listen to the story: Leaf, which Mrs Godbold will read to you via the school facebook page). Then try some of these activities linked to the book. There are more ideas here than you will fit into two days, but I’ve provided a selection across different subjects to for you to pick from.
Questions to talk about while listening to the story:
- Why were the animals of the wild wood scared of the creature?
- Do you think they were right to be scared?
- Why did the polar bear collect the leaves?
- How can you tell that the polar bear is sad and lonely?
- Pause & study the page where all the animals discuss what they think about the creature. Why do they have different opinions? What do their responses tell you about each animal’s own feelings and personality? Are the animals being fair? If not, why not?
- Can you retell the story from the polar bear’s point of view? Think about how he would be feeling. You could act out the story pretending to be polar bear, write it in a diary form, draw it as a comic strip, write your own version or even make your own book.
- Imagine the crows were not brave enough to talk to Leaf but instead wrote him a letter. What do you think they would say? Can you write Leaf’s reply?
P4C: Should we always be fearful of strangers?
Art: Can you collect leaves and other natural objects from outside and use them to produce a piece of artwork? You could try looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration.
DT: Can you design a flying machine to take Polar Bear home?
– Research the causes and effects of the ice melting in the Arctic. Can anything be done to help?
– Find out how the brown bear evolved into the polar bear. How is the polar bear adapted to the artic environment? A useful video clip can be found here.
Geography: Can you use an atlas or world map to locate the Artic regions that would be the polar bear’s natural habitat. What are the natural features of these areas? What is the climate?
– Write some directions to help polar bear find his way home, including use of the eight compass points. Can you draw a map with co-ordinates to help him?
– Try this Polar Bears puzzle (tips & a solution can be found in the download section below).