[minecraft story mode]Lockdown with kids: Four school holiday activities that play with language and writing

2021-07-08

  Lockdowns, winter weather, school holidays and working from home — it’s a recipe for cabin fever that’s at home among plots for the scariest horror movies.?

  Join the ABC News website each day as we bring you some of the best school holiday activities from our archives and across the internet.

  Today we’ll look at some of the resources provided by our friends over at?ABC Education?with a focus on language

  A screen shot from the ABC Education game?Spell Block AcademyA screen shot from the ABC Education game?Spell Block Academy A screen shot from the ABC Education game?Spell Block Academy.(

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  The ABC Education site has about 120 games, targeted at kids from kindergarten to year 10.

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  Try?Spell Block Academy?— a puzzle game designed to help kindergarten to year 3?with their spelling — and a good one for young fans of a certain boy wizard.

  Here kids will learn that command of language is key to shaping the world around them, using building blocks to construct words.

  There’s an “Advanced Wizardry” mode for older children, using a fantasy-themed dictionary.

  a screen shot of the How to Build stories coursea screen shot of the How to Build stories course How to Build Stories on the ABC Education website.(

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  If words are the basic building blocks, once you move into sentences and paragraphs your creations are only limited by your imagination.

  How to build stories?teaches those in year 3 to year 8 about the different structures and techniques that go into bringing stories to life.

  In this digibook, Matt from the Sydney Story Factory shows kids how to build their own stories, starting with the simple question “what is a story?”, going through how to build a plot and characters and give your narrative heart.

  A screen shot of the Gambay map showing some of the Aboriginal wordsA screen shot of the Gambay map showing some of the Aboriginal words Discover the languages of your area with the?Gambay Indigenous language map.

  Of course, English is only one of many languages spoken across Australia, including hundreds of Indigenous languages.

  The ABC Education site features?Gambay, a map of Australia’s first languages, created by First Languages Australia in partnership with local language centres.

  You can browse the map to find the languages in your area?and hear how they are pronounced.

  a colourful dot painting with the word Alyawarn painted in the centrea colourful dot painting with the word Alyawarn painted in the centre Enter this year’s Indigenous Language Art Competition on ABC Education.

  Armed with this local knowledge, it’s time to get out the paints and watercolours.

  ABC Education is?running a competition?in partnership with First Languages Australia?for kids to create an artwork featuring the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language of their local areas.

  Create an artwork inspired by the landscape, plants or animals of the land where the language is spoken, and include the name of the language in the artwork.

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