Activity Introduction

Usually we follow the main character/s through a story, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. But what if we followed a different character? Would they see and feel different things? Change the point of view of the story, Where Happiness Hides and see how that changes the author’s original message.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9

Themes:

  • think and connect

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Lesson & Curriculum Details

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

About the book.

Where Happiness Hides, a picture book by Anthony Bertini, with illustrations by Jennifer Goldsmith. This is a story that shows there is a silver lining in every dark cloud. Anthony Bertini himself explains the project beautifully:

“This book will offer hope. It will be free to everyone in the world to read and enjoy as many times as they want. Yes, it is a children’s picture-book, and the story reflects what we tell our children every day: happiness can be found in simple things. But it is more than that. It is something we tell ourselves in times of hardship and worry. It is a story that helps all of us remember what is important.

“Right now, COVID-19 is forcing us to look for joy and happiness in the least obvious places. We know in our hearts that it is found in the small things. It is always there, hidden in plain sight.”

Where Happiness Hides offers us, through simple and succinct storytelling, a reminder of how these moments of happiness can be found. 

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

A Dog's Point Of View - Activity Instructions

Usually we follow the main character/s through a story, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. But what if we followed a different character? Would they see and feel different things? Change the point of view of the story in Where Happiness Hides and see how that changes the author’s original message.

The main character of a story is called the protagonist. Often the type of person they are has an effect on how we read the book. We see things through their eyes, and sometimes we make up our own opinion based on how the protagonist thinks or feels.

Changing the protagonist can change how we view the events of a story. It might turn out that the bad guys aren’t all that bad if we hear their side of the story, or it may be that the protagonist misinterpreted everything.

Always think about what the author of the book is trying to make you feel when you’re reading. Is it the truth? Look for clues in the words and pictures that migh

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