This week in class we read the book “The Art of Miss Chew” by Patricia Polacco. In this story Trisha discovers her passion for art. Her art teacher taught her many valuable lessons one being to “see” and not just “look” at a painting. We discussed what that phrase meant as a class. As an extension activity I hung up 6 well known paintings around the room and the kiddos had to write about what they saw in the paintings and how it made them feel. They also wrote their opinions about the paintings. The responses were incredible and proved that their thinking is very deep. They had a blast!
We did an author study on Beatrix Potter last week. Beatrix Potter is known for her stories such as “Peter Rabbit” and “Benjamin Bunny”. The students learned that Beatrix Potter was an artist who illustrated her own books with watercolor painting. To wrap up our author study I had the kiddos pick their favorite scene from Peter Rabbit and watercolor it. They had to write about what scene they were painting. They had a blast with this comprehension activity : )
This week we started learning about opinion/persuasive writing. We read the book “I Wanna Iguana” by Karen Kaufman Orloff and David Catrow. In the book, Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing.He promises that she won’t have to feed it or clean its cage or even see it if she doesn’t want to. Of course Mom imagines life with a six-foot-long iguana and she is hard to convince. Alex and his mom communicate back and forth via letters. This book is hilarious! After reading, I had the kiddos write a short letter to their parents trying to persuade them to get something they want. They had to give strong reasons and support their reasons. Take a look and enjoy!