Written by Holly (Teach Starter)
I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book – J.K.Rowling
Every year, teachers and librarians across Australia spend a week celebrating books! Dress up days, parades, activities and books are explored, highlighting the importance of reading.
This year’s theme is one of my favourite – Escape to Everywhere! What a wonderful topic that can be used in a number of different ways within the classroom!
I don’t know about you, but I always had good intentions, to organise an activity to do in the classroom that explored the Book Week theme! But, before I knew it, the week had been and gone and all I’d managed to do is find a suitable costume for dress up day (this was secretly my most favourite day of the year!)
Well, you’ve come to the right spot, we have saved you precious time and have put together some delightful teaching resources relating to the Book Week theme – Escape to Everywhere.
Escape to Everywhere Teaching Resources
Book Week Task Cards
These fun, quick and easy activities are the perfect addition to your book week resources for 2017. Best of all, you can laminate them and use them again and again!
Check out our Book Week Task cards.
- Design a travel poster that encourages people to use books to escape to everywhere.
- Design and create a parachute to help Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk escape from the Giant.
- You have escaped to a deserted island. Which three books would you take to the island and why?
- Pick a fictional story, draw a map of the setting.
- Using one of your favourite story books, write a postcard from the main character. Describe the setting of the story in your postcard.
QR Code – School to Library Scavenger Hunt
Your students will absolutely love this fun activity. They scan QR codes and go on a scavenger hunt around the school, ending up at the library (but don’t tell them that!)
When students scan the QR code, cute little clues are shown.
Here are the clues:
- Finding the first clue will be a treat! Look for it where you get something to eat!
- Congratulations! You’re on your way! Now write directions from where you stand, to where you would go for a play!
- Wow! You’ve worked out the route and escaped to the land of swinging and sliding. Before you go, draw a map of the playground. Then, it’s time to go where balls and hula hoops are found…
- Well done! You got a hole in one! Now, it’s time to escape to the ultimate house in a tree. Find the biggest tree for me!
- Yes! This is the perfect tree to build our ultimate treehouse. Now, design and draw your ultimate hangout. For your next clue, you must convince your Principal what it’s all about!
- Well done, your Principal was convinced that a treehouse was a great treat! Now head to somewhere you would hear a beat…
- Start tapping your feet… the end is near. But first head to the place you will find the oldest children this year.
- You’re so close to completing your adventure. You’ve found the oldest, now where are the youngest?
- You’ve been here, you’ve been there. It’s time to escape to everywhere. Go to a place you can get lost in a book.
- Congratulations! You made it to the end of your challenge. It’s time to go on another adventure! Choose a book and escape to another world!
The Escape Key – Story and Task Cards
An exciting short story about two children escaping a maze using clues! Matching task cards are included for students to explore after the text has been read!
Some of the task card activities include:
- Go outside and collect leaves, twigs, flowers and other items outside to create a collage of the maze.
- Let your creative juices flow. Imagine there is another clue behind the silver door. What could it be? Draw a picture of your clue and describe what it looks like.
- With a partner, write a script for this story. Include dialogue, props and costumes. Rehearse your play and perform it for the class.
- Draw and label a diagram which shows all of the key features of The Escape Key’s setting.
Create a Book Week Display
We have a gorgeous banner and some posters that may be useful.
Book Week Costume Ideas
The beauty of this year’s book week theme is that most of your favourite book characters can be used as your costume for dress up day. Dust off that old witches cape and escape to a magical land, or perhaps that old red and white striped t-shirt could come in handy as you escape with Wally…
Here are some more ideas…
- Escape with Dr. Seuss
- Escape to a Fairy Tale
- Escape to a galaxy far away
- Escape to the wild
- Escape to Alice’s Wonderland
Escape to a Fairy Tale Setting Activity
Fairy Tale stories are always well known by your students and they can easily escape into one of the settings of their favourite Fairy Tale story.