Today we looked at this comic to being a few lessons using talking bubbles in our writing. We studied each frame which was really a good lesson in checking for understanding as we read. We noticed the talking bubbles and thought about an author we all love who uses a lot of talking bubbles. Ask me to tell you which author uses all talking bubbles in his Elephant and Piggie books!
We talked about how we can look at other authors work to use as a mentor, another teacher, to help us in our writing. Many of the students have read the Piggie and Elephant books, over and over again, so we looked at an author that Mo Willems was a mentor to and used this book to begin our study.
We read We Are GROWING, by Laurie Keller. This book is about eight blades of grass who are talking about what is special about each of them. One blade of grass is not able to think of what it is that makes him special. In the setting we see a mower approaching and hear it's sound. Ask me to tell you what happens, and what the last blade of grass finds out is special about him. Although we were noticing that this story is told all through talking bubbles, we also noticed how authors make some letters stand out either by size, their color, boldness or all capitals.
We also studied the seasons today. We watched short videos from BrainPopJr. that talked about how people, animals and plants, and our weather changes in each of the seasons. Then we talked about how people dress for each season and kind of weather. We practiced talking about clothing for different weather with some bear paperdolls on our board in preparation for our fashion show.
We are really excited about our Weather Fashion Show tomorrow! I'll post lots of pictures!
Have a nice evening!