Activity Introduction

“Happiness hides in…”

Good poets often use repetition and rhyme to make their poems fun to read and listen to. Think about what makes you happy and use the provided poem structure to become a famous poet yourself!

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 7

Themes:

  • make some noise
  • think and connect

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Drama, English, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Remind your kid/s when they’re doing performative public speaking to: 

  • Slow down. Rushing makes you hard to understand.
  • Breathe deep and relax. This will calm your nerves.
  • Speak loudly and clearly enunciate your words so the audience can hear you. Try to speak to the back of the room.
  • Don’t hold your paper in front of your face. We want to see you!
  • Don’t be monotone. Add some character to your voice, with changes in pitch, tone and speed. Remember to pause between sentences.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

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Resources Required

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

Emotions Poem - Activity Instructions

“Happiness hides in…”

Good poets often use repetition and rhyme to make their poems fun to read and listen to. Think about what makes you happy and use the provided poem structure to become a famous poet yourself!

Poems with repetition are easy to remember, and provide a nice musicality to a poem. Rhyming words also helps the lines of a poem link together and sound interesting, and keep the audience engaged with your poem. It can also be a good idea to have your poem loop around and finish back where it started, to make the audience feel like they have been taken on a journey.

Step 1. Think about things that make you feel really happy. Maybe this is your favourite food, maybe it is a joke that is rude.

Think about things that make you sad, angry and scared.

Make a quick list of all of these things.

Step 2. Using the structure below, write a poem about your emotions. Use the best examples from your list. Try to make the last word of each line

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