Here is a delightful classroom display that uses Owl Babies as a starting point for literacy. It is a wonderful story that children really relate to, especially in Year 2 but even Year 3s love to read it. There’s something about the story of those three little owls, especially Percy’s constant longing for his Mummy, that really resonates for this age group.
Here the display has been used to show how a story webs and ladders can be used to map out plots. The display also encourages the children to make longer sentences by using connectives and time words. The display has a well thought out mix of visual imagery taken from the book, explanations, vocabulary words (interesting connectives and time words) and children’s work.
The cuddly owls, ivy and 3d tree add a real ‘wow’ factor to the display making it likely to grab children’s attention. Close inspection of the owls suggests that they are commercially made toys. However it would be possible to make something less elaborate from fun fur to achieve a similar effect. On the tree stump and branch wood grain wall paper has been used to great effect and fake ivy round the tree stump adds another attractive 3d element.
Titles and text have all been laminated and the major elements of this display could be stored and brought out again another year making it fairly quick to re-create.
The children’s work has been well integrated into the display. They have used what they’ve learnt about story webs to weave one for another Year 2 favourite, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Catastrophe.
All in all I think this is a fine classroom display
Up Dated with more details:
Following a request in the comments to this post Michelle has provided us with more details of how the display linked into her literacy activities.
Drama activities based on the Owl Babies book:
Freeze frame owlets at different stages of the story
Hot seating-Babies and Mother
Conscience Alley-child in role of Mummy Owl
Set out as
Retell story of Owl Babies as a story ladder.
Time words on the branches.
Connectives are displayed within the web
Based on Pig in the Pond-could be any sequential story. Each child wrote part of the story/illustrated it, then displayed within the web. FIRST they had done the frame activity which involved passing a ball of wool round as they each told part of the story, in and back to the middle, thereby weaving a story web.
Update – Another lovely Owl Babies display, this one from Classroom Displays Group member SunflowerLily , find the book on Amazon, owl babies puppets to buy, and some free resources
The Owl Babies book is available via Amazon from The Classroom Displays Bookshop. It usually costs £5.99 but they often reduce children’s books so it’s worth checking. The big book version, shown here is perfect for classroom use, starts at around £18 but again they are often reduced.
You can buy puppets of owls and babies. Although these are not officially endorsed by the author they will do perfectly well and would be really useful for language work, story telling and role play. This one is from The Puppet Company and is 23 cms high. The 3 babies are also puppets which gives lots of scope for collaborative use. Hide-Away Puppets Tawny Owl with 3 Babies
Have a look at Owl Babies Teacher Resource (Read & Respond), part of the Read and Respond series. It has some great notes and activities and also shared texts, guided reading notes, reading activities, speaking and listening activities, writing projects and assessment guidace. Over a third of the book is filled with useful photocopiables – all illustrated by the original children’s book illustrators.
There are also some free Owl Babies resourcesto download from Scholastic and for cross curricular work. How about an activity that gets learners working out What can we learn about an owl by looking at its face?