Thursday, December 7, 2017

Roz's Island

Since almost the start of the year, we have been reading Peter Brown's The Wild Robot in our grades 3&4 library classes. As part of the Global Read Aloud, we have been sharing our thoughts and ideas about the book with classrooms in Illinois and North Carolina using tools like Edmodo and Padlet.

The Wild Robot is the story of Roz, a robot who is shipwrecked on an island, and the animal creatures she comes to know. This week, we took a break from reading to make Lego landscapes of the different areas of Roz's island. The students were able to make incredibly  imaginative and detailed models of Roz's environment using a very limited supply of Legos.

The Meadow

Notice the eyes of the meadow animals peeking out; also a robot part in the center.
Amelia, Grace, Kelci, Brianna

The Forest and Bear Cave

The bear cave is to the right; look at that amazing tree!
Gigi, Elenore, Stella, Astrid

The Pond and Swamp

Such beautiful colors!
Ada, Phoenix, Jesse

The Beach and Cliffs

This is where the robots wash up on shore--notice the robot parts (like the eyeballs) strewn about. The empty spaces around the "rocks" are tide pools.
Kody, Adrianna, Reagan, Hailey

The Nest & Garden

The Nest is actually a small hut, and it is Roz's home; she lights a fire in the winter to help the other animals keep warm.
Evan, Savannah, Tanner, Leif

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Second Grade Story Taco

Second graders made a Story Taco for the book After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat. Our story tacos include Characters (lettuce); Setting (salsa); Problem (the "meaty middle'); and Solution (cheese). And of course, we wrapped it all up in a paper plate tortilla!

This idea came from the blog Tonya's Take on Teaching.

Friday, November 17, 2017

All Aboard the Story Train!

In first grade, we are talking about the main parts of a story: the beginning; the middle; and the end. The beginning in where we learn about the characters and the setting; the "meaty middle" is where our characters hit upon a  problem or conflict; and the end is our "happily ever after".

We read After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat, the student illustrated what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story on their Story Train! We also talked a little about times that we had to overcome a fear, like Humpty Dumpty, and "get back up again".

Harrison's Story Train

Cashlin's Story Train