Tomorrow is the first day of term and I am looking forward to reading “Peace at Last” by Jill Murphy to my class.
Here is a brief summary of the story for those of you not familiar with it:
It’s late at night and Mr Bear is desperately trying to sleep–but Mrs Bear snores so he tries Baby Bear’s room, but Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane so there’s no peace there. Room by room Mr Bear goes through the house trying to find somewhere to sleep.
It’s a fantastic story for children in terms of participation opportunities, it is chock full of “night time sounds” that just beg to be shouted out at the top of your lungs not to mention a really cute repetitive line: “Oh NO! said Mr. Bear, I can’t stand THIS!”. One thing is certain, it won’t be a quiet start to my day!!!
The added bonus of all of this soundscaping is that our music lessons for the week can be nicely packaged up/integrated in a fun and meaningful way:
Strand: Music Unit: Listening & Responding, Composing
- discover ways of making sounds using body percussion
- select sounds from a variety of sources to create simple sound ideas, individually and in groups
We will fulfil our science objectives by documenting the differences between night and day. If I can manage it time wise we will explore shadows. Must google how to make some cool shapes!
Strand: Science Unit: Energy & Forces
- discuss differences between day and night, light and shade
- explore how shadows are formed
With out further ado here are my Reader Response sheets for Peace at Last. I hope that you like them!
Peace at Last is a well loved story and is probably available from your local library. If you wish to purchase a large format version for your classroom click here. It costs 16 Euro including postage and packaging. I just love my copy!
Miss Mernagh 🙂