This Week we began our second unit of Inquiry, How We Express Ourselves. The central idea is:
Stories can be constructed, retold and interpreted in different ways.
We are inquiring into:
Different types of stories
How people create a good story
Different ways to share a story
How stories can be improved
We began our Unit of Inquiry by asking the following questions:
What makes a good story?
How can I share my stories?
Here are some of our ideas:
“Really interesting details”
“We can share our stories with expression.”
“You try to tell the big idea.”
“You can have someone saying what’s going to happen. Or you can name the title something other than the main character ( like a second or third character).”
“We can share with a picture story and the reader has to use their imagination (because there is no words).”
“A good story explains what’s happening for the reader while they are reading it.”
“A good story is a story that we understand.”
“We can share a story by drawing it.”
“We can share a story by just speaking.”
“We can share a story by moving our bodies.”
“We can share a story by doing Drama like a puppet show.”
“We can make a book and share it.”
“We can imagine a story.”
We were so fortunate to be able to meet with author and illustrator Barbara McClintock. We had lots of fun reading a number of her books this week and we were very excited to get to meet with a real author! For more on Barbara McClintock you can visit her website here.
Before meeting with the Barbara the students had generated questions they wanted to ask the author expert:
Why is the wood bucket falling over when the Gingerbread man jumps out of the oven?
How do you get your ideas for the stories and illustrations?
Did you want people to look at the illustrations to try and find the objects that Simon loses?
How long does it take you to make one book?
What colours do you like to use in your illustrations?
How many books have you illustrated?
Where did you hear about the story of the Gingerbread man? Why did you decide to retell it? Have you ever written stories for 2 year olds or 4 year olds?
Is there anything else you like to do?
How old were you when you started to write and illustrate books?
How did you get (interested) into books?
What did you use to colour the covers of your books? Is it paint?
How many colours did you use to illustrate your books?
Do you know the I Spy Books? Is the Adele and Simon book like an I Spy Book?
What is your favourite book from all of the books you have made?
Click on the folders below to see other photos from the week
Sharing our Thinking about the Weather
Sharing our Stories
Practice with Number Facts