Sunday, October 24, 2021

Wild Thing Ethics

I LOVE using the book Where the Wild Things Are. I think there are many ways you can make the activities you do in response rigorous.

One way is to bring in the concept of Ethics. I use the part of the story where Max leaves the Wild Things-they plead with him not to go but he says "no". My question is was it right for Max to leave the Wild Things?

Here are the responses I got this year:

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Where the Wild Things Are-Change a Detail

Details is one of my favorite concepts of Kaplan's Depth and Complexity. I love to have the students change a detail and then discuss what other details in the story will change. We read Where the Wild Things Are and I asked the students to change "Wild" to another adjective-what details would change. 


Where the Fancy Things Are-love the eyelashes and lipstick. :) 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Fall Self-Portraits

Fall is hard to teach in Texas because the temps are still in the 90's and  the leaves are still green. So we look at lots of pictures from the east and read stories like Leaf Man. Then the students go on a nature walk and find leaves and sticks they can use to make a portrait of their face. I love how they are all different-their creativity is really coming through.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Videos to Use When Teaching Depth and Complexity

Let's face it-kids today are very much visual learners. They watch YouTube videos in their free time. I can read a story using voices and emphasis-it can be about dinosaurs or underwear and they still won't be as engaged in my story as they would be if I played a video of it.

Keeping that in mind, here are some videos I use to tie in the Depth and Complexity concepts. I play the video and then we discuss or the kids write about what they noticed. How is this told from another perspective? What is the big idea?

So here are some of my favorite ones to use:

Multiple Perspectives:

A Piece of Chalk-video about the life of boy who gets rid of stress by breakdancing:

How was the story told from his perspective?

How is the perspective of living in a snowglobe different from your perspective?

How did the perspective of the raccoon differ from your perspective?

Videos for Big Idea

Rock, Paper, Scissors Commercial

A Girl and Her Cloud

Fur-ever Friends

Friday, September 24, 2021

Changing the Details-Cinderella

We are in the midst of our fairy tale unit and we read several different versions of Cinderella including:

We made a chart comparing the trends in all these books. They all followed the basic Cinderella story, only the species of the protagonist changed. So then I asked the students to create a new version and make note of what details would change. Would it be a new setting? A new ending?

I wonder how Vin would feel about this one. :)