State Library of South Australia

A Theatre Inside the Book [opportunity 2]

Time: 10am for 10.30 to 1.30pm for 2pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Bookings essential

Noahs Ark Vojtech Kubasta Childrens Literature Research Collection State Library of South Australia

A Theatre Inside the Book explores the art of paper engineering and the different mechanisms designed to create movement in texts. This program is facilitated by a Community Learning Educator.

Suitability: years 4 to 7
Cost: free
Duration: 3 hours (arrive 10am for 10.30 start. Includes half hour for lunch)
Days: Monday - Friday
Capacity: Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education officer

Students investigate texts from the Library's collection, delve into the art of paper engineering and then design and make a moveable text. This engaging progam has been co-created with children and includes an interactive eBook that supports students to make choices about their learning.

Tools and materials will be provided by the State Library of South Australia free of charge.

Learners will:

  • investigate the purpose and features of paper engineering mechanisms
  • design and make their own pop-up or moveable page
  • visit the Mortlock Wing (where possible) to investigate the role of the State Library in collecting, preserving and sharing the history and stories of South Australia.

Curriculum Links

A Theatre Inside the Book is aligned with the Australian Curriculum highlighting the learning areas of Humanities and Social Sciences: History, The Arts: Visual Arts, Design and Technologies and the General capabilities of literacy, numeracy, critical and creative thinking. The program is underpinned by Teaching for Effective Learning principles and is facilitated by a Community Learning Educator.

To enhance this learning program a free interactive eBook is available for download.


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Contact: Community Learning Team

Phone: 8207 7239

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