NZK Classroom Lesson 4: Magical Animals
The fourth lesson resource available to download from NZK Classroom focusses on creative writing and drawing as participants are given the opportunity to develop their Night Zoo by creating animals to live there.
Before they are given the chance to describe their animal they are asked to work in pairs and respond to questions based on the day to day running of their zoo, such as the role of the Zoo Keepers and what duties they would undertake.
Then comes the fun part and the children can then design their own animal to live in the Night Zoo, accompanied with details of all of its characteristics, such as its likes and dislikes, and habitat.
The objective of this lesson is to encourage children to interact and inspire them to use their imagination to create a unique animal complete with its own narrative.
The resource suggests that children follow up the lesson by creating a large piece of artwork on their animal. Links to the National Curriculum are also explained.
For more information on the resource or to download visit https://classroom.nightzookeeper.com
NZK Classroom Lesson 3: The Mysterious Alarm
For the third lesson on NZK Classroom participants are asked to respond to the sound of a mysterious alarm, which may be played in class, and explain why it might be ringing.
They are then asked to answer a number of questions based on the magical animals of the night zoo and what they think the source of the alarm could be.
The next part of the lesson encourages children to put sentences together to describe the sound of the alarm by entering several suitable adjectives into a ‘word whale bank’.
The objective of the lesson plan is to show children how adjectives can be used to interest the reader and how best to utilise them in sentence form.
The final section of the resource details how the lesson links to the National Curriculum and suggests follow up work for children to complete.
For more information on the lesson or to download visit https://classroom.nightzookeeper.com
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NZK Classroom Lesson 2: The Night Zookeeper
The second lesson on NZK Classroom offers students the chance to become a Night Zookeeper, but first they must prove their credentials by completing a number of tasks.
The lesson encourages children to get into character by explaining why they would like to be promoted from a trainee to a fully fledged Night Zookeeper by answering a number of ‘interview’ style questions.
They are then invited to write an application for the role, explaining why they would like to become a Night Zookeeper, what their favourite animal is and what skills they have that may be relevant to the role.
The objective of the lesson is to teach children how to answer questions in role, whilst encouraging them to think about how they see themselves and what they would like to achieve.
The final page of the lesson resource includes suggested follow up work and details links to the National Curriculum.
For more information on the lesson plan and to download visit https://classroom.nightzookeeper.com
Mission of the Week - Draw your teleporting torch.
As a Night Zookeeper you have many responsibilities in the Night Zoo. You have been given your very own Teleporting Torch to help you in that task! Every Teleporting Torch is different, so can you draw what yours looks like?
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!
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NZK Classroom Lesson 1: Zoo Gates
For the first lesson on NZK Classroom what better place to start than the gates to your own zoo. It gives children the chance to decide exactly what the gates look like such as the size, colour, shape and to make the outside of their zoo look as magical as possible.
The objective of this activity is to encourage children to express their imagination and individuality as they are given questions to answer related to their zoo, such as “can you invent an address to the Night Zoo?”
After they have answered the questions the children will then write down the characteristics of their zoo gates and what they see as they approach them, encouraging them to use descriptive writing techniques, and there are suggested words for them to use at the bottom of the page.
On the final page of the teaching resource there is a brief description as to what the lesson activity is aiming to achieve, suggested follow up work, and how it links to the National Curriculum.
For more information on the lesson plan or to download visit https://classroom.nightzookeeper.com
Teleporting Torch app wins Design for Experience award
Our Teleporting Torch app has won a design for experience award for inspiring creativity in children through the use of tablets. Many thanks to UX Magazine for recognising the success of the app in engaging with children across the world.
In revealing the results of the competition Jonathan Anderson, Director of Design for Experience said, “Teleporting Torch outshines more rudimentary apps by giving children missions that fuel creativity and encourage them to develop their storytelling abilities”.
Managing Director of UX Magazine Josh Tyson also had some kind words for the app as he praised Night Zookeeper for its innovation: “The work done by Night Zookeeper provides great insight into a forward thinking approach to experience design for users of all ages”.
You can download the Teleporting Torch from the app store.
You can read the full article on the Design for Experience website.
Night Zookeeper Paul
This weekend, I am attending an event putting teachers at the heart of education. The event has been arranged by @dicktaylor in partnership with OCR and has brought together teachers from around the UK to develop their ideas for new education technology products.
I am currently working with Saeed (a teacher from Manchester), who is developing a product to help teachers reduce their weekly marking load. It would be amazing if you could help us with some research by completing this short survey!
PLEASE NOTE: Thanks for all of your help and support. Saeed was very grateful to receive your answers to this survey and he used the results in his presentation yesterday. I have now removed the survey, as no more responses are required. Thanks once again!
Night Zookeeper Paul
A quick survey
I would like to ask for 2 minutes of your time to help with a quick 3 question survey. We are conducting some research into internet usage at school and home. It would be wonderful if you could submit answers to the following 3 questions. Thanks for your continued help and support!
The Night Zoo Needs You!
Good evening and welcome to the Night Zoo. Did you know, that on this planet there are actually two worlds? It’s true. There is the human world that you see all around you, and the world of the Night which you have just arrived in for the first time.
I have brought you here, to the gates of the Night Zoo, to help me defeat the monsters that are attacking the zoo. These monsters come from the Land of Nilth. A dark land, without any imagination or creativity and the monsters that live there want to destroy the Night Zoo. But we can’t let them! We can’t let them take away this magical world of endless possibilities; of Ice Jungles and Floating Mountains.
I’m the Night Zookeeper and I care for the thousands of magical animals that live here; from Spying Giraffes to Time Travelling Elephants. Together we are all that stands between Nilth and complete domination of the world of the Night.
Write 100 words: Please apply to become a Night Zookeeper and join us in our constant battle against the Monsters of Nilth. Answer this question to prove yourself worthy:
Why would you like to be a Night Zookeeper?
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Teachers Note: Night Zookeeper Classroom is a new website linked to the Literacy National Curriculum. Please do browse the site here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the project.