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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore the different contribution of words and images to meaning in stories and informative texts (ACELA1786)

Elaborations
  • talking about how a ‘different’ story is told if we read only the words, or only the pictures; and the story that words and pictures make when combined
  • exploring how the combination of print and images in texts creates meaning
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Word meanings,  Illustration,  Writing systems

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Guulaangga, The Green Tree Frog

Listen to author and artist Aunty Gloria Whalan, as she tells the story of Guulaangga, the Green Tree Frog. Gloria is an elder of the Morwell community, though she grew up in Lithgow, NSW. Her people are the Wiradjuri, from around the Blue Mountains in NSW. This story is inspired by Gloria's experiences growing up on a ...

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Meet illustrator Andrew Joyner

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator (and sometimes author) of children’s books. Watch this clip and find out why he loves drawing elephants so much. What techniques does he use to build his drawings? What materials and tools does he use to create his illustrations? Andrew describes the way he works with a designer and publisher ...

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Gubuluk

Listen as Anne Gela tells the story of "Gubuluk". Anne is a Mualgal woman from the St Paul community of Moa Island, which is in the inner-west Torres Strait group of islands. Can you find Moa Island on a map? Anne speaks Big Thap Creole/Yumplatok.

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The Buyungurra who didn't listen

Listen as Bianca McNeair shares the story of "The Buyungurra who didn't listen". This is a traditional story that Bianca's mother told her when she was growing up. Bianca uses words from the Malgana language, which is spoken in the area around Shark Bay in Western Australia.

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The Go family

Have you met the Go family before? Old man Go, his wife Going and their two children, Goes and Gone, all live together with their cousin, Went. Find out what happens when Went goes away. Can the Go family live without Went?

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Alphabet tricks and mysteries

The adventures of the Word Squad detectives, Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon, continue. Ian, the magician, performs a trick with alphabet cards and a singer performs an alphabet song. These clues help the detectives solve the stolen letter mystery. Can they stop the thief in time?

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The case of the stolen letters

Join Word Squad detectives Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon as they try to catch a letter thief. Mr X has been stealing letters from signs around the city. In this clip you'll see which letters have already gone and watch some letters going. Can you guess which letter will go next or work out where Charlie goes?

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Bob Peep's missing sheep

Charlie Syntax, from the Word Squad, is lost in a field. He asks for help from Bob Peep who fell asleep and lost his sheep. See what happens when Charlie and Bob look for clues. Will they find the thief who stole Bob's sheep?

Interactive

My design: talking cat: choose text

Design a talking cat to present at show and tell. Create your cat by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your cat. Decide on a name that suits your talking cat. Select a note about your cat. Watch the animation. Change your design as many times as you ...

Interactive

My design: talking car: create own text

Design a talking car to present at show and tell. Create your car by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your car. Decide on a name that suits your talking car. Add a note about your car. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times ...

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Developing characters with Leigh Hobbs

How can drawings of characters give readers clues about who they are? What are some of the clues Leigh Hobbs gives us about Old Tom's character through his drawings of him? Do you have a character in your head that you've been thinking about for a while? As you draw or write about your character, remember what Leigh says ...

Interactive

My design: talking dinosaur: create own text

Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Add a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. You can change ...

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Alphabet Town

Take a ride through Alphabet Town. Sing along and spot the things that start with the right letter of the alphabet. 'A' for apple, 'b' for bee and 'c' for cat. What letter comes next? What word starts with that letter? What might we find starting with the letter: 'x', 'y' and 'z'?

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It's hip to add to an H

What letters can you add to the letter H to make new words? Listen as a very hip soul singer from Sesame Street makes some very happening H words.

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Big Bird rhymes

Join Big Bird as he thinks of words that rhyme with beep. See who comes to look for her lost sheep. Can you guess who it might be? Her name rhymes with beep!

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Fireflies: Letter W

The word 'wings' starts with the letter 'w'. Fly with the fireflies at night through the forest. Spot some animals with wings. What animals might we find?

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Alphaboy's big adventure

Join Alphaboy as he boards his blue bicycle in search of words beginning with B.

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Play inside the letter G

Join our two friends as they stumble across a gift after galloping in the garden. Guess what might be in the gift box. Is it a goldfish, glasses or something else that starts with the letter 'g'?

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Mmm mouth music!

What sounds can you make with your mouth? View this clip to hear the different sounds four musicians make using their mouth only. It is all about the letter 'm' as they play mouth music!

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Nnnn! Noodles sound nice

The letter N is at the start of some very neat words. Watch and listen as the two characters in this clip from Sesame Street make plans to nibble some noodles.