Once Upon a Whoops! — Teaching Ideas – #readilearn

In this post I share some ideas for using Once Upon a Whoops! in the classroom.

Once Upon a Whoops! is a collection of over 40 fractured fairy tales and ridiculous rhymes written and illustrated by Australian authors and illustrators and published by Share Your Story in 2021.

The activities suggested in this post support teaching of the literature strand of the Australian Curriculum F-2. The list not comprehensive as there are too many stories to go into detail for each one. Instead, I provide some general ideas and reference just a few stories for each suggestion.

Of course, in addition to these, the stories can be used as a stimulus in art and technology units if children make props and other objects to support retellings, puppet plays and performances. Many of the stories also provide opportunities for mathematical discussions.

Once Upon a Whoops! is available from Amazon and other online bookstores.

Please note: this book is now also available in Dyslexia font.

Many of the stories have been recorded by the authors. The videos are available on YouTube by following this link.

My stories Silverlocks and the Three Bears and The Three Alpha Pigs are also available on the readilearn YouTube channel. Click on the titles to follow the links.

Once Upon a Whoops! — what’s in the book

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32 thoughts on “Once Upon a Whoops! — Teaching Ideas – #readilearn

  1. calmkate

    watched both yours, you read very clearly, like a teacher 🙂

    The fact that your rainbow wig kept fading and returning was quite distracting. Your Silverlocks video was top production!

    Went on to watch the dropbear one, as they are a fav critter of mine … but not sure if the reader was having major house renovations or just a hubby who wanted to drown her out 😦 She raised her voice and was audible but the banging and crashing was far too distracting … the issue of home made videos 🙂

    thanks for the intro to this annual comp!

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    1. Norah Post author

      Hi Kate, That was so sweet of you to watch both my videos. Thank you.
      You are right about the rainbow wig. I’m not sure what was going on there. I did it exactly the same way as the Silverlocks video. Maybe because the wig was a bit bigger, the effect was more noticeable. I’m not sure. I will remake the video. I haven’t yet for two reasons – 1) I haven’t had time and (more importantly) 2) I didn’t think anyone would watch. 🤣
      There are definitely issues with home made videos. I’d like to get better at them, but there are a lot of other things I want to get better at first. 😉🤣
      Thanks so much for taking the time to watch and to provide valuable feedback. Appreciated.

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      1. calmkate

        ha no need to remake it Norah, your diction is perfect in both, the school teacher experience paid off 🙂 And now I’d recognise you anywhere altho it seems doubtful your border will ever reopen! You have perfect skin 🙂

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        1. Norah Post author

          Great news! The date for border reopening is set!!! At last.
          Perfect skin? Must be the make up and lightning. My skin is very fair and very sun damaged. I spent yesterday at the dermatologist having light treatment on a spot. Lots to deal with every year. My first 20 years in the sun have caused a lot of damage. If only we’d known back then.

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            1. Norah Post author

              Yeah. I didn’t cover up. I spent my life at the beach. Fair skin and sunburned so badly so many times. We used to burn to the colour of beetroot, blister and then peel. We’d peel the skin off each other’s backs. How totally gross. I was sixteen before we’d heard of any form of sunscreen and it was a thick gooey mess called UV cream. It was very expensive and prescribed for my younger brother who was even fairer than I and severely burned. At least I knew before I had children and protected them for as long as it was my responsibility and I was able.

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