Where’s Aaron: YEAR 2 - Media Arts - Explain

The class is taking turns hosting ‘Aaron’ the class mascot, taking him on adventures. It is Little J’s turn, so Little J, Nanna, Big Cuz, and Old Dog take Aaron on Country to look for mica rock, and along the way they photograph the expedition. Distracted by the events of the day, Little J loses Aaron and the family enrols the help of Uncle Mick, a Search and Rescue officer, to return him.

Explain - Respond to media artworks and consider where and why people make media artworks, starting with media from Australia including media artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Theme - SYMBOL

After viewing Little J & Big Cuz, Episode 8 ‘Where’s Aaron?’, engage students with the following activities to support their understanding of the conventions of media production and symbolic elements. Access the Little J & Big Cuz eBook for “Where’s Aaron”. As the students read the story each frame will respond with different sounds that are elements to the specific part of the story.

Have students identify in Episode 8 ‘Where’s Aaron?’, the following technical elements that media producers use to create their story:

  1. story structure (plot): beginning, middle and end
    What action happens in each section?
  2. characters:
    Who is the hero, villain, sage, and facilitator?
  3. setting:
    Where does the action takes place?
  4. sound: dialogue, narration, music (title and background), sound effects
    How does sound add to the story?

Have students consider what other elements in the animation assist the audience to understand the meaning of the story and react to it.

Select one of more of the Aboriginal Dreaming stories and/or Torres Strait Islander Bipo Bipo Taim (Before Before Time) stories, such as: