Diva-Worthy National Simultaneous Storytime Activities 2020 (Upper Years)

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Diva-Worthy National Simultaneous Storytime Activities 2020 (Upper Years)

Written by Emma (Teach Starter)

It’s that wonderful time of year again! On Wednesday, May 27th at 11:00 am it’s National Simultaneous Storytime – when all the lower and upper years students of Australia participate in what constitutes as a warm hug for your ears – they have a story read to them!

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You may be thinking – you can’t have National Simultaneous Storytime for upper years students! Well, we’re here to say – of course you can!

Are you looking for some razzle-dazzle lower years resources? Then make sure you check out Holly’s blog FREE Early Years Activities for National Simultaneous Storytime 2020.

This year, the wonderful storybook chosen for NSS is Whitney and Britney the Chicken Divas, written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford.

National Simultaneous Storytime for Upper Years Students

Register your book read at the National Simultaneous Storytime website.

Whitney and Britney the Chicken Divas

This show-stopping story is a hilarious tale of two very colourful birds. Whitney and Britney live a quiet daytime life with the elegant Dora von Dooze, but during the night time they really stir up the stage!

“And what a performance – the crowd’s in a fever! It’s Whitney and Britney, the great Chicken Divas!”

Dora would love to know where the chicks go every night… and with a few sparkling sequins, tiaras and jewels the jig is up! But what will Dora von Dooze do once she discovers their secret stardom?


National Simultaneous Storytime for Upper Years Students – 5 Fun Activities

We’ve put together some fun and engaging activities to make sure your upper years’ students can still enjoy the storytime fun!

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 for Upper Years Students - Book Cover

Your students will love to complete one or more of the following activities in line with this fabulous book:


Readers’ Response Chatterbox

Try out our NEW resource – the Book Review Chatterbox Template with this delightful tale!

If you’ve never used a chatterbox before, they are perfect for randomising questions and engaging your students. Simply print one for a whole-class discussion pass it around during carpet time.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 for Upper Years Students - Chatterbox

Why not print the chatterbox on A5 paper and give to students as a literacy centre activity to promote vibrant discussion about the book? Your students can take it in turn to ‘chatterbox’ their way to a question, and share their answers with the group.


Social Media Character Profile Sheet

Do your students know social media like the back of their hands? Go with the flow, don’t fight it with our Character Development – Fakebook Page Template!

Your students can use this template to build on the character descriptions found in Whitney and Britney the Chicken Divas. Once they’ve explored their chosen character, why not ask them to add another character to the storyline?

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 for Upper Years Students - Social Media Character Profile Sheet

They can develop a new character complete with background information, likes and dislikes, famous quotes and, of course, recent activity!


Information Report – Favourite Band/Music

Your students may not have heard any of Whitney or Britneys’ music, but I bet they have their own favourite bands and musicians!

Connect to your students’ interests by tasking them with a special assignment – to present all they know about their favourite musical act.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 for Upper Years Students - Favourite Musical Act Information Report

They can prepare an oral presentation, poster or written report – or why not ask them to write their own song with the information as lyrics?

Your students can complete our Musical Act Information Report Planner and then present their information in a medium of their choice.


Create a Concert Poster

The illustrations in this wonderful storybook are so bright and glitzy, we couldn’t help but feel like we needed to include a creative activity in this blog!

In groups or individually, your students can come up with an animal-themed musical act. Pick a date and time for the premier performance and get advertising with a band poster!

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 for Upper Years Students - Create a Concert Band

Here are some fun band names to get your students’ brains whizzing!

  • Daisy and the Moosical Melody Makers
  • Counting Sheep
  • Bat Stevens
  • Toadally Wild
  • The Horse Voices
  • Giraffing Me Crazy

Funky Chicken

You read that heading right!

Teach Starter is famous for many things, but one of our greatest points of pride is our collection of Funky Craft Activities. If you haven’t tried one of these activities with your class, then you must try the Funky Chicken Craft Template!

 

Create your very own Whitney or Britney (or a whole new chicken friend!) by combining patterns and lines on this funky template.

When you’re done, add some embellishments in the form of earrings, tiaras and glasses – oh, and feathers and sequins of course!


So don’t be a goose! Do some chicken diva-worthy National Simultaneous Storytime activities for upper years students!

Register your class at the National Simultaneous Storytime website.

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