Part of my experience at the National Association for Gifted Children conference Nov. 13-16 included some amazing sessions about higher level thinking and “reading beyond words”, examining picture books, and exploring artistic techniques. I returned with some incredible ideas…and came back to a HUGE pile of fantastic work waiting for meaningful feedback!
So to give me time to catch up with feedback, meet with small groups to continue some poetry explorations we started before I left, and have the children get a chance to engage in some of the amazing things I discovered (and to work around the surprise snow day we got), we put our routine on pause.
First I shared a short video clip with the children: http://youtu.be/x4BK_2VULCU (It’s a Book! by Lane Smith). This clip is a humorous look at how we may have gotten so wrapped up in our digital media that some of us may have lost the joy of just reading a physical book. (*PARENTS NOTE: I am NOT recommending that you purchase/read the actual book without inspecting first! The characters in the story are a “donkey” and an “ape”. The actual text uses another term for the donkey at the end, which is an accurate term but can have an “inappropriate” connotation that some may find offensive.) The video however was “safe” and appropriate for the lesson.
The Picture book project is giving the children a chance to explore the amazing things publishers are doing with hardcover books. From the book jackets, to the inside covers, to panels and vignettes…there are so many incredible things to discover. I intentionally left things open ended…
Here’s where we are sharing our projects: http://greenroompicturingbooks.weebly.com/