The Black Cat by Allan Ahlberg is another wonderful story choice for this time of year. If you have not already done so please check out my other “Halloween” suggestion: Room on the Broom.
The Black Cat is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg’s iconic children’s picture book series, Funnybones . There is nothing scary about The Black Cat in spite of being set in a dark dark town. The book is brightly coloured and has lots of repetitive lines for younger readers to join it with.The skeleton friends go sledging – whee! And crashing – bang! They can’t see their bones in the white snow but they can see a black cat …until she slips into their dark, dark cellar.
The Black Cat isn’t just a fantastic story for a classroom. It would make for wonderful reading at home at this time of the year! Click here for a link to purchase it.
The Black Cat provides lot of learning opportunities. It would make a fantastic starting point for Music, Drama, SESE and English.
Music: Composing: Improvising & Creating:
- select sounds from a variety of sources to create simple sound ideas, individually and in groups
- invent and perform short, simple musical pieces with some control of musical elements
There are so many sound effects that could be created to accompany the story-telling- sliding, shouting crashing, barking, banging., bumpety sledge…
- explore the use of “camouflage” in nature. ” A white leg in the snow is hard to find, A black cat in show is easy to find’, ‘A white dog in snow is hard to find”, “A black cat in a cellar is hard to find’.
- body parts -function of our skeleton
English: Reading: Receptiveness to Language:
- listen to, enjoy and respond to stories
- become an active listener through the development of a range of listening activities based on stories read or told (linkage with Music above)
English: Reading: Developing Cognitive Abilities through Language:
- re-read, retell and act out familiar stories, poems or parts of stories
nglish: Reading: Emotional and Imaginative Development through Language:
- record response to text through pictures and captions
English: Writing: Receptiveness to Language:
- write and draw
Check back later this week for more spooky reads 😉
Miss Mernagh 🙂