At school today, Madalyn’s class drew pictures after they read a Curious George book. She brought her picture home and was telling me all about it. (She told me the list of words on the side are words you are supposed to find in the picture on the other side .. but that is a topic for another post)
What would Curious George do if he visited your school? What crazy adventures would he have? These and many other questions provide the framework for students to create a digital class book about Curious George’s adventures in their school. In this lesson, students begin by exploring a familiar character (Curious George) by using books, a website, and a graphic organizer. Students extend what they have learned by imagining what George would do if he visited their school. Students work in pairs to discuss locations in the school George might visit and what he might do in each location. Next, students take George on a trip to each location and take a photo of him posed in a humorous way. After taking pictures of the funny monkey in a variety of poses and locations, students work together to create a storyboard and then a digital “book” that tells their story.
As both a teacher and a parent, I see ways the ideas in the lesson could be used at school and home with other storybook characters besides just Curious George. Have your child and/or student think about the main character in the book he or she just read/listened to and discuss some of the questions listed in the description above. As a class or as a family, you could create a project to go along with it (a reader response project really encourages comprehension) but having a talk is good too.
Think about all the creative thinking this would encourage … and even require. In my mind, creative thinking is a form of critical thinking as well.
Just because this lesson is designated as a k-2 lesson, that does not mean that it would not also have wonderful results with older children. This could be used as a great prompt for the creation of a story and some digital media.
Imagine all the crazy adventures that story character could have with your child/student …