Activity Introduction

Did you know the very first movies didn’t have sound or colour like the movies we watch today? You had to watch the pictures closely to figure out what was going on! Use your imagination to make the boy and girl in the book, Where Happiness Hidesinto more complete characters by making up their conversations based on the pictures.

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 -7

Themes:

  • think and connect

Time required: 30 minutes

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

Tips for Parents and Carers

Two sentences, one from each character, is probably enough for each image.

If kids are struggling to imagine a conversation, role-play with them. Ask a question as the girl, and have them respond as the boy. Then for the next image, have them ask the question.

Encourage kids to stay away from the obvious, such as “‘I like raspberries,’ said the girl.” Instead, add an opinion and description: “‘Raspberries are so sweet and delicious!’ said the girl.”

To extend kids, ask them to include some description of the actions of the kids.

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. 

Thanks to the publisher, Dirt Lane Press, you can now receive free shipping (normally $12) by ordering the book directly through the Dirt Lane Press book shop by clicking here and entering the coupon code 8BQF7MD during the checkout process.

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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

Silent Movies - Activity Instructions

Did you know the very first movies didn’t have sound or colour like the movies we watch today? You had to watch the pictures closely to figure out what was going on! Use your imagination to make the boy and girl in the book, Where Happiness Hides, into more complete characters by making up their conversations based on the pictures.

Step 1. Read Where Happiness Hides.

Step 2. Think about what the characters are thinking and feeling in these pictures. Think about why the author has chosen these things as examples of happiness. How do they bring the children happiness? 

Write two sentences about what they might be saying to one another. 

Taking It Further

Search your bookshelf or library for another picture book and practise writing conversations between some of the characters.

If you’re inspired, one of these conversations might be a great beginning for a narrative piece of your own. Go ahead and write your own book!

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