• Pridie Tiernan

STORIES #22+23: THE TURTLE NUTS OF THE VONU TREE & HOW THE WOMEN SAVED GUAM

Updated: Jun 17


Once again, I'm working with the fabulous 'Uh Oh Books' team and today's storytelling is also a workshop for those


keen to get creating their own spoken stories! This session will encourage us to think about IMPLICIT MEANING/SUBTEXT and the MESSAGE that lies beneath the top layer of the tale!



LIVE ON FACEBOOK AT 14.00 ON FRIDAY 12TH JUNE, THEN UPLOADED TO WEBSITE


To start us off, I'll share a couple of stories - FIRST UP, the Fijian legend 'The Turtle Nuts of the Vonu Tree' that warns of what happens when we don't listen to those who are wise about our wildlife! will focus on the positive impact of working together to make things better for everyone, as well as warn about what happens when we don't protect our planet as well as we should!


My SECOND STORY will be 'The Maidens Who Saved Guam' - an inspiring sea-based tale where women work together to rid the ocean of an evil fish - and reminding us that we can all work together in creative and inspiring ways to heal, protect and preserve our very precious planet!




I'm going to run this session more like an interactive workshop, so have your scribbling equipment at the ready because I'll have you mind-mapping, story-boarding, sketching and spinning stories along with me!


ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN - EYFS / KEY STAGE 1 (0-7 years):

1. Read these stories again together - first story https://georgehbalazs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ReedHames_1967_MythsLegendsFijiRotuma_ChapterXIIILegendsTreesPlants.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2XA05fWTzqhFNc5ChGF1fwKrZ_EXVbTGHQNETjIIF4wDn-7CnnhzT1m2I and the second can be found here - https://www.guampedia.com/how-the-young-maidens-saved-guam-folktale/?fbclid=IwAR1as7rcvaq2KtaNt73r6MEyMdD6qHTRWAjzq7T6VfC3eHhBBTkOa1B5_gA

2. Find out a bit more about the ocean using this incredible collection of resources - https://worldoceanday.school/resources-2020/

3. Grab some props - of the general household variety - and check out just how dramatic you can make your own re-working of our tales!

4. Try telling the story from the turtle or fish's perspective - here's a funny little video to help remind you how to organise your story - www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpWHZJZQDSE

5. Using story stones/dice to devise your own adventure for Anansi!

6. Go litter picking/beach combing and craft a sea creature with the rubbish you find (make sure an adult helps and that you use the right equipment and protective clothing!) https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/72620612716229578/

ACTIVITIES FOR OLDER CHILDREN - FOR KEY STAGE 2-4 (8-15 years):

1. Read these stories again together - first story https://georgehbalazs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ReedHames_1967_MythsLegendsFijiRotuma_ChapterXIIILegendsTreesPlants.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2XA05fWTzqhFNc5ChGF1fwKrZ_EXVbTGHQNETjIIF4wDn-7CnnhzT1m2I and the second can be found here - https://www.guampedia.com/how-the-young-maidens-saved-guam-folktale/?fbclid=IwAR1as7rcvaq2KtaNt73r6MEyMdD6qHTRWAjzq7T6VfC3eHhBBTkOa1B5_gA

2. Find out a bit more about the about the ocean using this incredible collection of resources - https://worldoceanday.school/resources-2020/

3. Create an comic strip or animation of the story - https://www.imagineforest.com/blog/how-to-create-a-comic-strip/ , www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator https://www.canva.com/create/comic-strips/

4. Write your own story. Check out this fab resource - https://fabledkids.com/


PLANNING HANDOUT FROM SESSION:



FOR GROWNUPS - STORY-ORIENTATED ESCAPISM:


1. Read some sea themed literature - https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/sea-stories

#story #stories #storytelling #storytellingforkids #storytellingwithkids #thewildofthewords #worldoceanday2020 #fijianmyth #fiji #seaturtles #guam

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