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Teacher Guide

PICTURE BOOKS, INSPIRING


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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS RAIN


BY CORI BROOKE
ISBN: 9781925059717
Published: 1 November 2016
Imprint: New Frontier

This is rhyming picture book about a little girl who lives


on a drought stricken farm. The only thing she wants for
Christmas this year from Santa is rain.
New Frontier. (2017). All I Want For Christmas Is Rain. Retrieved from
https://www.newfrontier.com.au/books/all-i-want-for-christmas-is-rain

DESIGN PROJECT IDEAS


* Students create a rain gauge to accurately measure rainfall
- High Tech - create a 3D Mysensor rain gauge using Arduino
- Low Tech - use recycled materials and construction materials to create a rain gauge

* Students design a windmill using simple engineering knowledge and understanding


- High Tech - create a windmill using Minecraft Education Edition Software
- Low Tech- build a windmill using Lego

* Students develop their digital story telling of the text


- High Tech - create a digital summary of the book in imovie
- Low Tech - draw a storyboard of the summary of the story

POSSIBLE CURRICULUM LINKS


Learning Areas
Mathematics - Measurement & Geometry (ACMMG108)
Science - Chemical Sciences (ACSSUO77)
The Arts - Media Arts (ACAMAM062) Visual Arts - (ACAVAM115)
Design Technologies - Design &Technologies Processes & Production Skills (ACTDEK023)
Design Technologies - Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding (ACTDEK011)
Digital Technologies - Algorithmic Thinking (ACTDIP019)
General Capabilities
Critical and Creative Thinking
ICT Capability

DESIGN PROCESS
THINK: Investigating and Defining -
- What interests/ideas are sparked by reading the book?
- Identify 'problems' to be solved - Choose a problem to work on
MAKE: Generating
- Brainstorm ideas for 'solving' the chosen problem
- Make a plan eg. sketch, list, mindmap, etc.
Producing and Implementing
- Gather appropriate materials
- Build a prototype, make adjustments/iterations during building phase
IMPROVE/ Evaluating
REFLECT: - Does the design solve the chosen problem? Does it work?
- Share prototype and seek feedback from others. Make changes if needed..

RESOURCES/LINKS
- Arduino - https://www.mysensors.org/build/rain

- Minecraft Education Edition - https://education.minecraft.net

- Australian Curriculum (ACARA) - http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

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Student Guide
PICTURE BOOKS, INSPIRING
STEAM Skills
Brought to you by the
STEAM-powered books lab

* Science * Technology * Engineering * The Arts * Mathematics

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS RAIN


BY CORI BROOKE
ISBN: 9781925059717
Published: 1 November 2016
Imprint: New Frontier

This picture book is about little girl wishes for rain when
her family struggles with the drought. She ask Santa for
help.
New Frontier. (2017). All I Want For Christmas Is Rain. Retrieved from
https://www.newfrontier.com.au/books/all-i-want-for-christmas-is-rain

DESIGN PROJECT IDEAS


* Create a rain gauge to accurately measure rainfall
* Design a windmill using the Minecraft Education Edition software
* Use imovie to create a book trailer to display your Summary of the story
* Use the book as inspiration for a project of your own.

Record your progress through the design process

DESIGN PROCESS

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