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The Crow's Tale 4th May onwards

Dear Parents,

 The Indonesia topic seems to have gone well with lots of families choosing what they preferred to do from the menu of activities. For the next two weeks we are basing our topic around a book called the Crow’s Tale by Naomi Howarth. We hope you have as much fun as you seem to have had with the last topic.


Mrs Browning has uploaded reading the book onto the Dojo school story.


Always phonics or grammar set by teacher.


Always encourage reading maybe you can  recommend a good book you have read to your classmates.


The Crow’s Tale is based on another story-The story of the Rainbow Crow which is a Lenape(Native American) legend, symbolizing the value of selflessness and service.  After a long period of cold weather, the animals of the community become worried. They decide to send a messenger to the Great Sky Spirit to ask for relief. The Rainbow Crow, the most beautifully feathered bird, offers to make the arduous journey. He travels safely, and is rewarded by the Great Spirit with the gift of fire. He carries the gift in his beak back to his people, but upon his return, he does not appear to be the same bird that he once was. The fire has scorched his plumage black, with only hints of his previous colour, and his voice has been made rough and hoarse by the smoke. In this way, his sacrifice is commemorated. 

Another name for Rainbow Crow is Many Coloured Crow. This is in reference to the iridescent feathers created from the fire that scorched his plumage black, with only hints of his previous colour that reflect when sunlight strikes them.

Listen to the Crows Tale Mrs Browning is reading it on school story on Dojo. 


Draw a backwards S for the story then turn it into a playscript to act out with puppets?You could try shadow puppets like last time or maybe make some different puppets or maybe you want to get the whole family to act it out!  Have a look at this puppet play.


The Crow’s tale is written in rhyme. Try to re write another story you know in rhyme.  Maybe Little Red Riding Hood? look at this example. This rhyming dictionary might help




The Rainbow crow version has many animations here is one animation to watch or watch this 15 minute animation of the Crow’s story featuring John Legend and Oprah.  How is this the same and how is this different to the Crow’s Tale?


Have a look at this website and learn about the myths around crows. Write a report about what you find out.


If you want to find out more about crows in folklore have a look at another culture and compare with the crow in our tale.Crows in aboriginal folklore. What are similarities and differences in how Crows are seen in different cultures?


If you enjoyed the Crow’s tale have a look here for more Native American stories other native American folklore

Illustrate one of these stories or draw a comic strip?


Write a play script of the story?



Can you write speech bubbles or think bubbles next to the animals’ heads. What are they saying? What are they thinking?

You could print these couple of pages to add these bubbles or draw your own if you have no printer.


Choose one of the creatures and tell the story from their point of view. 

You may want to write it in the first person as if you are the crow.


Use the shadow puppet theatre you made during the Indonesian topic to retell The Crow’s Tale - make moving shadow puppets to tell the tale. Or if you didn’t make shadow puppets you could make any kind of puppets, they can just be drawings taped to sticks which you find outside.


Choose your favourite page and write a descriptive passage - describing in detail what you can see. Use adjectives, alliteration, similes, metaphors. Use what you have worked on in class.

This might be  a good choice

Write a newspaper report as if this is a real event. Illustrate your report.  What would your headline be?


Can you list all of the colours in the rainbow crow’s feathers?


You could do some dictionary work. Find out the meaning of the following words:

perilous   famished     brave    bold       radiant      kaleidoscope      battle    

blurred     vision       blizzard      dazzling       wizened     slumber     racket

grasping    scorched     slumber     keenness        selfless    deed    




Have a go at making a model wigwam using sticks.


This isn’t accurate as they didn’t live in tepees but I thought you might like it - Make a model tepee

Today, Native Americans only build a wigwam for fun or to connect with their heritage, not for shelter. Most Lenapes live in modern houses and apartment buildings, just like you.


What was Lenni Lenape transportation like in the days before cars? Did they paddle canoes?
Yes, the Lenni Lenape tribe used bark and dugout canoes. Over land, the Lenapes used dogs as pack animals. (There were no horses in North America until Europeans brought them here.) Lenape Indians used sleds and snowshoes to help them travel in the winter. Today, of course, Lenape people also use cars.


You could have a go at making a model canoe, will it float? What did you make it from? Look here  or try an origami one.


 More science floating and sinking ideas here

What was Lenni Lenape food like in the days before supermarkets?

The Delaware Indians were farming people. Lenape women did most of the farming, harvesting corn, squash and beans. Lenape men went hunting for deer, elk, turkeys, and small game, and caught fish in the rivers and inlets. Delaware Indian foods included soup, cornbread, dumplings and salads.   For those of you that like cooking heres a cornbread recipe. 

What were Lenni Lenape tools and weapons like?
Lenape hunters used bows and arrows. Lenape warriors wielded heavy wooden war clubs, and also carried body-length shields of moosehide and wood. Some of these things might remind Y3/4 of their learning about Stone Age tools and how they developed. Make a bow and arrow here.




The illustrations in the book start with an aerial view (this is when you look down from above) from the Crow flying over the snow-covered ground.





 Look at aerial views of earth using Google Earth, particularly where the school grounds are. This is a really exciting thing to do you can visit all sorts of famous landmarks all over the world.

Make a map of the events that take place in the story rather than writing it in words. You might want to use larger sheets of paper or long sheets taped together.


In this section we have just shared with you where the Native American Lenape tribes originated from for your information

A map of the area where the Lenape lived.

The Lenape,  (meaning "the people" or "true people") are a group of several bands of Native American people. They are also known as the Delaware Indians. The Lenape lived in the area called Lenapehoking, roughly the area around and between the Delaware and lower Hudson Rivers. These areas are known today as the U.S. states of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania around the Delaware and Lehigh valleys. It is also the north shore of Delaware and much of southeastern New York, mostly the lower Hudson Valley and Upper New York Bay. 

The Lenape were pushed out of their homeland by expanding European colonies and conflicts with other tribes. In the 1860s, the United States government sent most Lenape remaining in the eastern United States to the Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma and surrounding territory) under the Indian removal policy. In the 21st century, most Lenape now reside in Oklahoma, with some communities living also in Wisconsin and Ontario in Canada.



Make feathers: Collect lots of different textures, colours and finishes of papers and practice some cutting skills using scissors to cut out simple feather shapes. Use a cardboard template for your feather shape to draw around to get the shape each time - and prevent those skinny shapes! Try folding your paper several times, draw around the template once and then cut through to make several identical cut-outs at once. You could use old magazines for these feathers if you have nothing else.  You can use your feathers to decorate a crow below or you could try a collage like these




Make a crow: Cut out the central body shape of the crow from card -a cereal box would work here. Have a look here you don't need a printer you could draw your own   glue the multi-coloured feathers on - start at the bottom edge of the wing and work up towards the body. The bird is ready to use for a display or as part of a drama production.




You could use potatoes to print feathers  (have a look here) cut  into slim feather shapes and print the feathers onto the outline of the crow - trace the shape from the illustration and transfer to white paper. Use paint and print away, but remember the direction of the feathers. While you are doing this you might like to play with potato printing patterns and other things. How to make paper feathers here.

There are lots of other art ideas for feathers. How to draw a feather  

Have you ever tried Zentangle?   Have a look here or here.


If you are interested in the lives of the Lenape tribes this will add to your project

What was Lenni Lenape clothing like? Did they wear feather headdresses and face paint?
Lenape women wore knee-length skirts. Lenape men wore breechcloths and leggings. Shirts were not necessary in the Lenape culture, but the Lenapes did wear deerskin mantles when the weather was cool. Both genders wore earrings and deerskin moccasins on their feet. In colonial times, the Lenapes adapted European costume such as cloth blouses and jackets, decorating them with fancy beadwork. Here are some pictures of Lenni Lenape clothing, and some photos and links about Native American clothing
  general. Draw a picture and label a Lenape man and woman 

The Lenni Lenape didn't wear long headdresses.Usually they wore a beaded headband with a feather or two in it. The Lenni Lenapes painted their faces with different colors and designs for different occasions, and Lenape men often wore tattoos in animal designs. Lenape women wore their hair in long braids. Lenape men, especially warriors, often wore a Mohawk hairstyle or shaved their heads completely except for a scalplock in the middle.
You could draw a beaded pattern on paper and attach one of your feathers to make a Lenape headband.

Today, some Lenape people still have a traditional headband or moccasins, but they wear modern clothes like jeans instead of breechcloths... and they only wear feathers in their hair on special occasions like a dance.


What are Lenni Lenape art and crafts like?
The Lenape tribe is known for their 
American Indian beadwork and basketry products. Like other eastern Native Americans, the Leni Lenape also crafted wampum out of white and purple shell beads. Wampum beads were traded as a kind of currency, but they were more culturally important as an art material. The designs and pictures on wampum belts often told a story or represented a person's family.


There are some general Native American crafts to try out here


Native Americans often had totem poles find out more here and hereTotem poles are long pieces of wood carved with depictions of people and animals that appear to be stacked on top of one another. For many years Native Americans from the Pacific Northwest have made totem poles as a way to tell their family stories, commemorate events, or symbolically illustrate a pact. Making a totem pole is a unique way to tell your own story or celebrate a special time, like an important birthday, anniversary or graduation. You can also make one as an inventive way to tell a story for a school project. If you want to learn how to make a totem pole, read on,

Now how about you try to make a family totem pole you can recycle things too as you are doing it so it will be environmentally friendly. Some ideas here. This one uses plastic milk bottles.


Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them. Have a go at making a dream catcher you could use some of your paper feathers. There are lots of ways of making them here.


 This ones a bit harder




Rainsticks are something common to various groups including Native Americans. Make a rainstick. This is a simple one to make. This one is a little more complex.  


Not really linked to the topic but when I saw these as was finding the rainstick tutorial I couldn’t not share. Look at these music making  ideas


Make a factfile about crows using this.


 Maybe you can do factfile for their relatives too, more here


Who knew how clever crows are have a look,


Crows nests see what you can find out here


How to birds fly?


Not a crow but birds Wildlife challenges There are lots of really fun things to do here try a challenge and have a look at the webcams. I would really recommend getting into this website lots of fun to be had.


 Thinking about all the beautiful colours of the crows feathers Can you make a kaleidoscope ?


This is easiest one i could find, you need a tube like toilet roll middle or pingles tin. Ive tried it with cooking foil smoothed and glued onto card as didn’t have mirror card it sort of works and plastic from a food container.


If you have food colouring you could try this colours experiment


Or maybe you have some smarties or skittles sweets


Make a rainbow using an old CD


Try these fizzing rainbows below.


Keep practicing your french .


Have a go at learning the French colour names.                                    



Joe Wickes or how about Go Noodle


Check with your teacher or on Dojo or Twitter and find out what the virtual competitions are. Let's be the school with the most participants.


Watch this ballet the dance of the crows   


Try out the schools games A-Zchallenge, can you do whole alphabet?                                 


Ongoing set via google classrooms and or Dojo plus TTRS Numbots



Mrs Price has created some coding work as we know how much you love doing this. There is coding for complete beginners and some for the more experienced. She has designed two activities for each level one for each of next two weeks. To access this you need to be in purple mash. You need to use free code gibbon.


If you want to share your work with your teacher either by Dojo or in Google Classrooms, follow these instructions.  

Once you have saved it, you can then choose to Share it. Click on share, then share, then link and you should be able to copy the link.




Pretty, or ugly, thin, slim or fatter,

Your beauty inside is the heart of the matter.


This is the moral of the story and a really powerful message. The inside of a person is what matters not their physical appearance.

Discuss this with your family.