“Quiet please, Owen McPhee” is about a boy who talks too much. What do you think can make him quiet? Watch the full video below:
Book Title: Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!
Author/Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Central Topic/Theme: Being quiet, other way to communicate
Owen McPhee loves to talk a lot. One day, he has a bad case of laryngitis. Because of this, he finds other ways to communicate with his friends and teacher. What do you think did he do?
Questions to ask
- What does Owen McPhee likes to do?
- Are you like Owen McPhee who likes to talk a lot?
- What will happen if you talk a lot?
- How can you take care of your throat?
- Aside from talking, in what other ways can you communicate with others?
- Unlock the word “laryngitis”. Do a simple research with children what laryngitis is, what are its causes and how to cure it.
- Play charades or paint a picture. These games will allow the children to communicate via actions or through writing/drawing. You can also play “Pass the Message” whereby children will whisper a sentence to each other.
- Provide a teamwork activity with the children (e.g. build a structure using lego) without talking to each other. They can use all types of communication but not talking or speaking to one another.