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									The Scarecrow Project Teachers’ Notes For the Go Organic Festival Botanic Park 24 - 25 September 2005
Scarecrow Project Coordinator: Jacqui Hunter
hunter gatherer designs Phone: 08 8354 5134 Fax: 08 8303 3421 Mob: 0402 969 744



__________________________________________________________________________ The Scarecrow Project Teachers’ Notes 1 th For the Go Organics Festival 24-25 September 2005


Introduction ........................................................... 3 Why scarecrows ................................................... 3 The Great Scarecrow Limerick Competition ......... 3 When to make your scarecrow ............................. 3 Where to take your scarecrow .............................. 4 Judging and Prizes ............................................... 4 How to make a scarecrow .................................... 5 Curriculum Links ................................................... 6 Scarecrow related activities .................................. 6 Resources ............................................................ 6 REGISTRATION FORM ....................................... 7

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Introduction The ‘Scarecrows Project’ is an initiative that involves schools and kindergartens making scarecrows (as many as you like) as part of the GO Organic Festival Sept. 24th-25th 2005 at Botanic Park, Adelaide. The bright and quirky scarecrows will lead the many thousands of visitors around the festival, as they protrude from the ground, from bushes and from behind trees. The GO Organic Festival is part of the IFOAM* World Congress, which is being held for the first time in its 30 year history in Australia. It will be the largest gathering of International and Australian organic experts, practitioners and consumers in the world, and takes place from Sept. 20 – 23rd at the Adelaide Convention Centre. *IFOAM = International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements Why scarecrows Since ancient times farmers from many cultures have used scarecrows as a way of managing pests that attack their crops. Different versions of scarecrows have also been placed in fields as a way of bringing fertility to the crop and ensuring a good harvest. Although they are now rarely used by farmers as a form of pest control, scarecrows do remind us that there are alternatives to pest management, especially if we want clean, healthy food. We invite you to let your imagination go wild as you design and decorate your very own scarecrow for the Go Organic Festival.

The Great Scarecrow Limerick Competition We would like our festival visitors to take a closer at your scarecrow, so here’s our strategy: Write a limerick about your scarecrow Attach it somewhere – you can glue or sew Instead of scaring off the birds People will come to read your words So make sure you put on a good show!

There was a scary scarecrow named Horatio Who stood in a grove of pistachio The farmer’s life was a breeze With Horatio keeping birds from her trees That scary scarecrow named Horatio

When to make your scarecrow You can begin straight away! Take a digital photo of your creation, and email it along with your limerick, to: We will be using great photos for publicity leading up to the Festival, on our website and in the press.
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Where to take your scarecrow Bring it along to Botanic Park on Friday 23rd September, from 8am to 4pm. (preferred) Or Contact Jacqui Hunter, or 08 8354 5134 for the alternative drop off venue in Thebarton prior to the 23rd September.

Judging and Prizes Judging of scarecrows and limericks will take place on Saturday 24th Sept. with winners announced on Sunday 25th Sept. Our judges include famous chef, Ian Parmenter, who will be looking for the following qualities: In scarecrows:  The most original way of keeping pests away  The most innovative use of recycled materials  The most sophisticated scarecrow  The happiest scarecrow  The scariest scarecrow In limericks  The most thought provoking limerick  The funniest limerick  The cleverest limerick

The prizes will be awarded for different age categories, and for individual or group entrants. They include cash prizes and fabulous goods that will help your school or kindy to be more ecologically sustainable.

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How to make a scarecrow
A traditional scarecrow is basically a crossed figure that has been dressed and stuffed to add volume. You will find that your scarecrow begins to take on its own personality as you experiment with the different materials that you can find. You will need: Body: Two pieces of timber, approx. 1.5m and 1m long (or strong sticks, bamboo, plastic pipe) Head: Pantyhose (or tights, a small bag or old pillow case) Stuffing: Straw, fabric, dry leaves, old plastic bags or newspaper Fastening: Nails or screws; string or wire; glue; needle and thread or stapler; rubber bands Clothes: The character you are making will help decide the clothes they want to wear! Suggested Steps:  Attach the two pieces of timber together to form a cross, using wire, raffia or pantyhose. Make sure that the arms are not too long for a shirt or jacket to be put on later.  Make the head by stuffing it into a head shape: o cut the legs off the pantyhose or tights and put one inside the other for extra strength. o Or stuff the bag with wadding  Tie the head loosely at the neck end  Paint a face on with acrylic paint or permanent marker, or stitch or glue features with wool or thread.  Slide the head onto the short end of the vertical pole, then attach the head to the body by tying tightly with string or wire.  Dressing suggestions: o Place an old shirt on the short cross-piece of the frame and button the shirt in front. o Stuff the shirt loosely with straw, dry leaves or rags o You can pull one leg of a pair of trousers onto the long pole. The other leg will hang freely. Stuff the legs and tie the ankles o Tuck the stuffed shirt into the waist of the trousers o Secure the waist of the trousers to the pole with a rope or belt, tying the belt or rope to the cross-piece if necessary to keep the pants from falling down. o (Tip: One way to avoid the pants falling off is to use overalls and secure them over the cross-piece) o Attach strands of wool, straw or other fibre under a hat or head scarf o Tie gloves to the outstretched ends of the crossbar. o Wrap a scarf around its neck or tie a neck tie  If possible, attach your scarecrow to a base so it is free standing, otherwise, we will attach it to a garden stake to be ‘planted’ in the ground or tied onto a post.

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Curriculum Links Strand: place, space and environment. The Scarecrow Project connects students to their environment through an awareness of the purpose of scarecrows and their role over hundreds of years of keeping pests away from growing crops. Understanding about food production and its effects on the health of the environment and health of humans can be explored through this project. Early, Primary, Middle Topic: Scarecrows Essential learnings: Futures: Consideration of where our food comes from and how we will grow it in the future, with the increasing consumer drive for clean, healthy organic food. Interdependence: Links can be made between the food we eat, the health of the land and our own health. Curriculum links: Visual arts, S & E, Design & technology, science, english Scarecrow related activities  Research scarecrows from other countries. How are they different from the scarecrows you are familiar with?  Write a limerick about your scarecrow. Research the structure of limericks, and ways to make the limerick interesting and/ or funny.  Think about the character you want to portray in your scarecrow: Is it male or female? Old or young? What is its name? Does it scare away birds or just look good?  Research farming practices to investigate how pests are managed. If you have a garden at home or school, find out what pests damage the garden and different ways they can be managed.  Compare organic farming with non-organic farming – what is the difference?  If your class has made a few scarecrows, write a play that involves them all. Resources
Limericks Forms of poetry for children Funny poetry for children Alternative pest management Jackie French has written a number of books on alternative pest management. Research Permaculture, companion planting Scarecrows The Maleny Scarecrow Carnival:
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REGISTRATION FORM Please return before 26th August, 2005 (but A.S.A.P. would be appreciated!) Return fax: 8303 3421 Return email:
Contact Name: Schoool/ Kindergarten: Address: Phone: Fax: Email: _________ ___________________________ ____________________________________

___________________________________P/code:_____ ________________ _ _________________ _________________________________

Our school/ kindergarten is planning to make ______ scarecrows for the Go Organic Festival. Please tick appropriate box:

 We will bring our scarecrows to Botanic Park on Fri. 23rd Sept. (preferred)  We will deliver the scarecrows to Thebarton Campus of Adelaide
University, prior to the 23rd.

 

Please fax campus map Please email campus map

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