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Welcome to February... Special project night was so fun! I really appreciate the support of your presence. All of you took an evening out to see what the students had been working on. They were so proud, so excited. You saw many very different learners at various stages of development, expressing who they are. Their choice of subject, and the way they communicated it spoke volumes.
I also want to thank all of my conference attendees. It is intense work, but I love talking with you and our students, about school. There are just a few more folks that I need to schedule who weren't available during the closure. They will likely be after school next week.
Our next big writing project is a picture book! We started brainstorming today with thanks to Mrs. Calkins who was there to help 1st graders nail down their ideas. We read and discussed examples during literature. In the afternoon, we listed our favorite picture books and identified why we liked each of them. Then we made a list of the ingredient pages.
1-Cover; title, "written and illustrate by..."
2-Copyright info; Academy Press, 2015, Issaquah, Wa
3-Title page; similar to cover, but with dedication
5-Back cover; summary or 3 short book review quotes "this book will have you laughing up your lunch" -Fern Wilson
1st graders will need a lot of close guidance, which we provided today, but the amount and type of help will vary.
Students will have a lot of freedom in design of pages and content. Text must be written carefully and correctly by hand for grades 1-4. 5th grade and up may type their text and add hand drawn art. All art must be drawn with effort. All work should begin in pencil, and move to black line marker, then color medium in that order. Drawings don't have to have color if it's a style choice. If they just aren't using color because they are being recalcitrant, then it will be required.
"How many pages does it have to be?"
As many pages as necessary to tell the story effectively. A sweet spot for many book publishers is 26 pages but I would shoot for a smaller number in 1st and 2nd grade. Keep it manageable.
Students can make it silly, poetic, absurd, narrative. The act of conceiving and executing a visual and textual product like this has so many benefits to growing minds. It is also a lot of fun! They will want to work on it at home so we handed out folders to keep materials organized in the drafting stage. If you wind up working with your student on this, I find it really helpful to ask them questions. This is especially useful if you notice the story lacking some information or seems too random. They can always add a page.
Next week we will talk about storyboards and how they can help us organize the book, along with elements of page design.
We'll also look at more examples.
Picture books are due the last day of February, Friday the 27th. We will explore diy binding during that week.
1st/2nd grades come into morning gathering with a dry erase board sentence for us to read and discuss each day. "My personal headline news" The older students, of course, want to get in in the act.
5th grade starts a new novel; The Witch of Blackbird Pond (historical fiction)
Keep filling out book tickets for 25 books! Two students are already over 25...
4th graders begin studying European explorers of the Nw
In Science we begin a multi-age unit on Cycles.
Weather graphs came out nicely.
Valentine's Day party!
On February 13th we will celebrate Valentine's Day in the Academy way with a few traditions, snacks, games, and dancing. Only send 18 Valentines with your own student's name on them! Peanut free. If you'd like to send something salty, liquid, or sweet, comment on this blog or email me!
Welcome to early spring?