Australian Backyard Buddies
By: Andy Geppert
A beautifully illustrated somewhat factual introduction to the hoppy, crawly, wriggly, buzzy, fluttery critters that call your backyard home. I have adored sharing this book with many people 😊 I couldn’t resist sharing it with you!
Learning experiences ready to go!
- Measuring and comparing objects with a teaspoon.
- Find out more about the author and illustrator Andy
- Identify and count the common words in the text. – when, to, this, is, a. Make a tally.
- Add interesting words to your classroom word wall.
- Explore back as a base word – backyard and backdown.
- On page 4 – What does camouflage mean?
- Implement a nature walk. Photograph and sketch what you discover.
- The collective noun for ladybugs (ladybirds) is ‘a loveliness’ of ladybugs. Investigate collective nouns.
- Have magnifying glasses and objects to explore your own backyard.
- Create your own pet rock. Check out mine!
- Define living and non-living things and provide examples.
- Continue to read and view to find out how one of the backyard buddies adapts to their environment.
- Workout from the book what buddies can be touched. Make a poster to inform others.
- Make connections:
- Have you seen one of the buddies?
- Where were you?
- What happened?
- How did you feel?
- What did you learn?
- Text Features:
- Explore a double page and identify what you learnt from the visual clues.
- Sort the buddies by different criteria – colour, favourite plant, time of day.
- Explore counting by twos…insect wings.
- Make a model of a habitat for one of the backyard buddies.
- Research and plant plants to attract insects.
- Debate/discuss: Are the buddies dangerous to humans?
- Create an artwork to inform others about the meaning of camouflage.
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