Mansfield Park

“Mansfield Park” is a tale penned by Jane Austen in the early 1800s. It is the story of a young girl named Fanny who is sent off to live with her wealthy relatives and their property Mansfield Park. The novel recounts the trials and suffering that Fanny must live through during her time at the Park when always compared to her privileged, educated cousins. Her only friend, Edmund (one of her cousins) begins to fall in love with a lady from a newly arrived family. Poor Fanny feels more alone than ever.

It is a classic and an enjoyable read. Austen’s famous humour can be found throughout, clever wit and amusing titbits. I would give this tale a four out of five stars as while it is well written and timeless it does not make the reader giggle or cry half as much as Austen’s other tales. ****

Where the Forest Meets the Sea

  This beautiful picture book was written and illustrated by Jeannie Baker. It is gorgeous – the text is emotive yet easy enough for my students to comprehend. My students enjoyed looking closely at the pictures to find the transparent secrets that are partially hidden. This book could be used for lots of themes and topics. It is a great way to get kids thinking about the environment and the impact that humans have on our natural resources.
After we read the story my class and I went around our school and took photographs of trees, the sky, dirt, plants and anything that was brightly coloured. 

These photos were then used to make a collage based on the cover of the story.  

    
    
    
    
    
   
It turned out well seeing as our school is no where near the water or a rainforest! No one needs to know that our ocean in the picture is actually a photograph of the playground shade cloth!

Chloe’s Farmyard Activities

Last year I did a unit themed around farmyard animals. I have included a link to farm songs and clips from my youtube channel and have also uploaded templates that I drew for the unit. Feel free to use them but please acknowledge where you got them from.

Chloe’s Farmyard Playlist on Youtube

Chloe's The Pear in the Pear Tree Template

Chloe's Farmyard Hullabaloo Template 1Chloe's Farmyard Hullabaloo Template 2We madeChloe's Farmyard Hullabaloo Template 3

We made a fence to go around the classroom. The link below is for the template.

Chloe’s Fence Template

Chloe’s Frog Face Template

Chloe's Let's Go Visiting Template

There are two templates for this activity (the background and Lucy). Cut out Lucy and paste her onto the background.Chloe's Lucy Goosey Template 2

Chloe's Lucy Goosey Template 1Chloe's Old MacDonald Had a Farm Template 1Chloe's Old MacDonald Had a Farm Template 3Chloe's Old MacDonald Had a Farm Template 4

There are two templates for this book that makes it easier to complete the artwork.Chloe's Quacky Quack Quack Template 1Chloe's Quacky Quack Quack Template 2

There are two templates for this story – the hat and the frog get cut out and pasted onto Russell.Chloe's Russel the Sheep Template 1Chloe's Russel the Sheep Template 2

This story has very funny! The song that goes with it is priceless! Make sure you get the book with the audio CD – it is well worth it 🙂Chloe's The Wonky Donkey TemplateChloe's Time for Bed Template

This story is funny and my students particularly enjoyed it!Chloe's Too Many Pears Template 1Chloe's Too Many Pears Template 2Chloe's Too Many Pears Template 3Chloe's Too Many Pears Template 4

Chloe’s Wow Said the Owl Template

Chloe's Five Little Ducks Template

Rumble in the Jungle

“Rumble in the Jungle” by Giles Andrea and David Wojtowycz is a fun and upbeat story that describes various jungle animals and their habitats through amusing rhymes.  The illustrations are high contrasting (great for vision impairment), and brightly coloured. The story is so engaging and funny that every student I have read this to has loved it. I have found that students with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder have particularly enjoyed the works of Giles Andreae. I feel that it may be due to the rhyming pattern. (Note: this is not based on academic research but my own experience and observation).

rumble-in-the-jungle

I have included a link to a youtube version of the story that has musical sound effects. My students really enjoyed it.

Rumble in the Jungle musical/story

I have also included some templates that I have drawn and used during a class lesson. Very Sorry that they are in blue ink – it was all that I had on the day I drew them. If you photocopy or print in black and white they come out okay 🙂

Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 1Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 13Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 9Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 15Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 14Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 16Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 8Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 5Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 12Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 6Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 11Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 10Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 4Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 7Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 3Chloe's Rumble in the Jungle Template 2

Chloe’s Beatrix Potter Activities

So I did a unit themed around the farmyard and could not resist including the works of Beatrix Potter. This unit of work was designed for students who are in infants/lower primary and have severe intellectual and physical disabilities. My students really enjoyed the unit and learning all about the different animals living on the farm, but they also enjoyed listening to stories that were a little bit longer than they were used to. I found some audiobooks/animated series on youtube.com which were quite engaging. I have provided the link below.

Chloe’s Beatrix Potter Youtube List

I have also uploaded the templates I drew for this unit. Feel free to use them but please acknowledge where you got them 🙂

Chloe’s The Tailor of Gloucester Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Benjamin Bunny Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Johnny Town Mouse Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Miss Moppet Template 2

Chloe’s The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle

Chloe’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit Template

Chloe’s Peter Rabbit Photo Frame Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Pig Robinson Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin Template 2

Chloe’s The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin Template

Chloe’s The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

Chloe’s The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan

Chloe’s The Tale of Tom Kitten Template

Chloe’s The Tale of Two Bad Mice Template

 

Chloe’s Stuffed Spaghetti Marrow

   
 Recipe serves 2 (large meal)

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti marrow
  • 1/2 cauliflower, chopped finely in a food processor 
  • 1 red capsicum, diced 
  • Parsley pesto (I made my own)
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Slice the marrow in half (lengthways)  
  3. Scoop out the seeds  
  4. Place on a lined baking tray
  5. Spray with olive oil  
  6. Season with salt and pepper  
  7. Bake for thirty minutes
  8. While the marrow is baking combine  the chopped cauliflower, red capsicum and a large dollop of pesto in a mixing bowl  
  9. Once the marrows have baked for 30 minutes and are starting to soften stuff them with the cauliflower mixture   
  10. Bake for another thirty minutes
  11. Serve!     

Chloe’s Octopus Paper Plate

What you need:

What to do:

  1. Lean against a tough surface and colour the template. My students used an old ‘stable table’ as it has a soft underside and made it easier to lean against wheelchairs.      My students loved the sensory aspect of this activity!
  2. Time to cut out the template 
  3. Paste the template together 
  4. And you’re done!    

My Island Home


This story is adapted from the famous Australian song. It’s been illustrated by children, has a lot of repetitive language and also comes with an audio disc. It is a favourite among students in my class. The illustrations are brightly coloured and simple making them easier for my students with vision impairment. The repetitive language enables students to preempt the coming text. It also offers the opportunity to use voice recording switches which my students love!

After reading the story and listening to the song we did a simple craft activity.

What you need:


What to do:

  1. Colour the background    
  2. Colour the letters following the prompts           
  3. Cut out the letters and paste them on 
  4. And you’re done!