Today we talked a lot about how illustrations match the text. In fact, in some picture books, the illustrations tell more of the story, or even the whole story as in wordless picture books. We read and sang together The Itsy Bitsy Spider. We looked at each part of the story of the song and thought about what was happened. We visualized so we could illustrate the song. We talked about what a water spout is and why it is important to a house, and let me tell you, we have some very informed students about home maintenance! We talked about the importance of putting a setting in our illustration. The students folded their paper into four rectangles and illustrated the song.
We also read a story by one of the most amazing children's book authors, Patricia Pollaco called Oh, Look! This story is about three billygoats who get out of their pen and run off on an adventure. Before we read the book, we did a picture walk through the story and used the illustrations to figure out what was happening in the story. Ask me to tell you about where the billygoats go! We will be listening to another story later in the week by this wonderful author.
We also began talking about the water cycle. We read an information text called Splish! Splash! A Book About Rain! It was interesting to think about how the water we drink was once rain. We will continue learning about the water cycle this week. We also looked at important parts of an information book, such as the table of contents and headings.
In Writing Workshop, we didn't write! We just drew pictures to tell our story. We made sure to include a setting, characters, and made the illustrations show the story. We also talked about the kinds of details we should be adding to stories.
We ended our day with a Mystery Reader! Ask me to tell you who our Mystery Reader was today. Be sure to check out the Mystery Reader tab for pictures of our Mystery Readers.
Don't forget, tomorrow is individual portrait day. Individual pictures will be taken for the yearbook and will be available for you to purchase online.
Have a nice evening1