ANZAC Day 2012: PrepD children (5 Year Olds) respond to the famous story Simpson and his Donkey

This wonderful picture story book and these beautiful drawings still inspire me.
Cheers Nina

Nina Davis: Teaching & Learning in Australia

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a…

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5 responses to “ANZAC Day 2012: PrepD children (5 Year Olds) respond to the famous story Simpson and his Donkey

  1. Julie

    Love the idea. Could you tell me the instructions you have students to draw Simpson? I would love to try it.

    • nina davis

      Hi Julie,
      The pictures in the story were what inspired the drawing of Simpson. Basically, you draw one line at a time and the children copy e.g. find the centre of your page. Watch me draw the line for the side of Simpson’s face. Now you copy. Each student’s picture is different. It’s a great opportunity to use directional language. I used pastel and limited the colors which were chosen by the children. Hope this helps. Their pictures are beautiful.
      Cheers Nina

      • Brady, Julie B

        Thanks Nina. I am a bit challenged when it comes to creative things like this but I will give it a go…..thanks for the reply. I am really interested in the work that you are doing. I look forward to following your posts.
        Cheers Julie

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  3. Desiree Finestone

    Thanks Nina. Will share this with my students.

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