World Read Aloud Day
I worked with LitWorld on Wednesday to deliver a series of Skype Classroom lessons spanning the UK, Ireland, Canada and North America. It was an incredibly intense day as I spoke to 14 schools in a 10 hour marathon. However, it really was an amazing experience, as the children and teachers displayed such enthusiasm for the stories based within the Night Zoo!
The children met characters such as Parachuting Lions, Teleporting Territorial Gorillas and of course Purple Octocows, as they made their way through the Night Zoo gates and into a world of endless possibilities.
These children are helping the Night Zookeeper to escape the Jungle of No Return by roaring to power up his Teleporting Torch!
I am already excited to be involved in World Read Aloud Day again next year! A huge thanks must go to all the amazing people at LitWorld and Skype Classroom for organising such a wonderful day.
Please do visit the LitWorld website to find out more about their amazing work!
Night Zookeeper Paul
An afternoon at Elm Park Primary
I spent this afternoon working with Year 4 at Elm Park Primary school. After introducing them to the world of the Night Zoo and the magical animals that reside there, we got straight into the first two lessons on Night Zookeeper Classroom.
The children were challenged to use their imaginations and draw the Night Zoo gates. As it is a magical zoo, they could take any shape or form, as you can see below.
My new recruits then got to test their writing skills. They were challenged to write a descriptive paragraph in role, looking up at the zoo gates for the first time. They then moved on to draw themselves as Night Zookeepers and finally complete an application form to become a guardian of the magical animals.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and I hope to share more of the work from Year 4 in the near future.
Thank you Elm Park!
Night Zookeeper Paul
How to use Night Zookeeper Classroom
We have very exciting news to share! Night Zookeeper is coming to a Classroom near you.
Night Zookeeper Classroom is a new premium resource for schools. Students read, write and draw their way through a series of challenges all linked to Literacy, Art and Computing.
Since Night Zookeeper Classroom is brand new, we have created this “How To” to guide you through the main stages of a typical lesson.
Lesson preparation: Before you begin your first lesson, you should solve the drawing mission yourself to create an example for the students. You must also download the activity and make copies for your entire class.
1. Choosing your lesson: First you must select the lesson you wish to cover. There are a variety of lessons to choose from. You can go through the lessons one by one, following the Night Zookeeper story, or search by topic or tag. This allows you to find a lesson which caters to a range of writing genres, such as ‘adventure stories’, ‘poetry’ and ‘non-chronological reports’.
2. Drawing missions: Next, your students will be able to complete their first mission. The missions are all different, but all involve a task for students to complete creatively. Here is an example of a mission: “Draw the Zoo Gates”. Students are asked to draw the zoo gates as they imagine them.
3. Mission complete: Once they have finished, students can indicate that they have completed the mission by clicking the “Tick-in-Star” box in the top-right. They can then save the drawing they have made, go onto the next mission or download the corresponding activity. In a typical lesson, mission completion would be followed by the activity. You can now hand out the resource you copied ahead of the lesson.
4. Introducing the activities: Each lesson includes a reading, talk and writing activity. Creative thinking and basic computing skills also play a part in every lesson. Lessons are grouped into topics such as “Descriptive Writing”, which are mostly delivered over a series of ten sessions.
5. Reading activities: This involves students reading an extract from the Night Zookeeper story. Delivering the lessons in chronological order will enable students to follow the story progressively and they will answer comprehension questions relating to it along the way.
6. Talk for writing: After students have read the story extract, they can then move on to the talk and writing activities. The talk activity involves questions about the text they have just read as well as questions designed to get students thinking ‘outside of the box’.
The writing activity will differ according to the topic of the lesson. For example, you can see below that the writing activity is asking for a short description, since it is in the “descriptive writing” topic. This section will also include a spelling word for the students to learn.
7. Writing activities: Every lesson includes a resource for your students to use when completing their writing activity. Each resource is unique and has been especially designed to complement the corresponding writing activity.
8. Teacher Notes: You will find teacher notes in each activity pack. These include a brief lesson summary to inform you what the lesson will involve; national curriculum links to show teachers what objectives are being covered in the lesson; suggested follow-up work, which will allow you to extend the lesson and link the lesson across the curriculum.
9. Next lesson: Once the lesson is complete, students may move onto the next mission and lesson in the series.
With Night Zookeeper Classroom, we hope to reach even more young zookeepers inspiring them to read, write and create in a world of endless possibilities.
Visit the Night Zookeeper Classroom About page to learn more
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Mission of the Week - Disguise the dinosaur.
The Time Travelling Elephant must have left a time portal open and a dinosaur has sneaked through! Can you try and disguise the dinosaur so that visitors to the zoo don’t spot him and tell everyone!
To complete the mission simply download Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch for your iPad and then hit the Teleport button. If the mission doesn’t arrive today, don’t worry, it will be with you very soon!
Whilst you are waiting why not create your very own bearded animal for free on NightZookeeper.com
The Himetimers twelve days of Christmas:
The Himetimers are a 3rd grade class from Clinton, OK and they have been busy working on their very special Night Zoo themed 12 Days of Christmas carol. Please have a listen and read through the lyrics below!
Himetimers Twelves Days of Christmas
Five gold torches,
And a Chimpanzee in a pear tree.
12 Nights of Christmas
Please visit their audioboo recording and listen out for the magical animals mentioned in their unique rendition of the traditional Christmas carol.
UKEDCHAT: How can you raise motivation and engagement levels in your classroom?
I have done a quick search and found some interesting articles relating to this evening’s topic. You may like to have a look through the links below, as I have found some great tips and suggestions for raising engagement levels in your class…
I am sure there will be huge amount shared during the session at 8pm so I will follow this post up with a summary in the coming days.
I look forward to seeing you all on #ukedchat this evening!
Story Pairs is No.1 in the Apple App Store
We have just received some great news. Story Pairs has been featured as the No.1 kids app this week! Please do download and share with your friends, family and colleagues.
We hope you enjoy playing and inventing a lots of creative stories!
Have a great weekend,
Night Zookeeper Paul
The Night Zoo is gearing up for Christmas and to celebrate the upcoming holidays we have developed some resources which you can download and use in your class this December. Each resource accompanies our Skype in the Classroom lesson, which you can have a look at here.
Please do also have a read of some of the feedback we received from teachers on our October Halloween themed lesson here. If you are interested in booking a session please do email email@example.com.
All of the work that children produce whilst taking part in these activities can be photographed and entered into our ‘Animals of the Night’ gallery on www.nightzookeeper.com
Night Zookeeper Paul