THE RIDDLE OF WASHPOOL GULLY

CLASSROOM RESOURCES

 

Here you will find a trove of resources to explore the ideas and characters of The Riddle of Washpool Gully in your classroom. These are flexible to suit a range of year levels. This pack includes:

 

  • A PowerPoint with discussion and reflection questions
  • 4 printable making and drawing worksheets
 
We’d love to hear from you as you work through these resources! If you have feedback, suggestions or questions, please contact us at schools@terrapin.org.au.
 
PRE-SHOW VISUAL STORY

Suggested for Years K – 6

 

The following visual story has been created as a resource to share with students before they watch The Riddle of Washpool Gully when it comes to your school.

Primarily it has been designed to support younger students and/or students who might find live performance a challenging sensory experience by providing lots of information about what to expect when they see the show. We hope that it will be a useful resource to share with older students as well, and that you can adapt it as you need.

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION POWERPOINT

Suggested for Years K – 6

 
This post-show PowerPoint has been developed to support teachers and students to have an in-class discussion after watching The Riddle of Washpool Gully. Questions in the PowerPoint are supported by imagery from the show and have been kept broad so they can be used across year levels.
PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS

Suggested for Years K – 6

 
These printable worksheets include activities for students to remember parts of The Riddle of Washpool Gully and experiment with puppetry. They are hands-on making and drawing activities, which can also include class discussion to brainstorm ideas and scenes from the show.
 
For these activities, you will need:
 
  • All: A4 or A3 printouts, coloured pencils, textas or crayons
  • For stick and split pin puppets: thick paper/thin cardboard, scissors, split pins, bamboo skewers or pop sticks, tape, small twigs, feathers and/or dry leaves
DRAWING ACTIVITY: PERFORMANCE RESPONSE

In this worksheet, students can draw their favourite character or scene in the show, or respond to a series of drawing prompts.

CREATIVE WRITING: WASHPOOL GAZETTE

Students become the reporter and create their own news story of a “monster sighting”.

MAKING ACTIVITY: STICK PUPPET

Students can colour in and cut out their own stick puppets of characters for the show. These could also be used as shadow puppets.

MAKING ACTIVITY: SPLIT PIN PUPPETS

Use split pins to create jointed puppets, based on the characters from The Riddle of Washpool Gully.

GUIDED MAKING VIDEOS

Suggested for Years Prep – 6

 
In these videos, theatre maker and Terrapin teaching artist Julie guides students through making their own rod puppets. This includes a step-by-step guide to making a scrunched-paper person and an introduction to three key principles of puppetry that students can practice.
 
For these activities, you will need:
 
  • Paper shopping bags, or other sturdy brown paper
  • Paper straws
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Recycled cardboard – cereal or biscuit boxes
  • Masking tape or sticky tape
  • Scissors, pencil
  • Optional extras: coloured scrap paper, egg cartons, googly eyes…
MAKING A PUPPET

Julie guides you to make a simple rod puppet from recycled paper, tape and bamboo skewers.

ANIMATING YOUR PUPPET

Learn the three key principles of puppetry to help bring your puppet to life.

MAKING A ROD PUPPET

Download this accompanying PDF to help your class navigate through our video on making and animating a rod puppet.

CURRICULUM: BIG IDEAS & UNDERSTANDING
 
These resources have been developed to respond to ideas in both the English and Drama curriculums:
 
ENGLISH – Literature
  • Understanding, appreciating, analysing and creating literary texts
  • Students learn from considering their own and others’ perspectives and points of view
  • Stories told through performance have similar features as written stories including characters, settings and plot development

DRAMA

  • We can learn about the arts through the arts
  • Learners connect to others when communicating ideas
  • The arts can involve play, inquiry and imagination and are informed by sense and perception
  • Students learn from both making and responding
  • In performance the elements of drama and production elements are used to communicate meaning

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