Now that the snow has settled, we're finally back at school! And oh goodness. I feel like it's been years since we started our author study! Luckily, we are starting to get back into the swing of things. Today, we read Fly Away Home. We began by looking at the cover and taking a picture walk to ask questions before reading. We talked briefly and shared out a few questions before reading. Of course, they continued to record their thinking during the story, and then they turned and talked to a neighbor about their questions. Afterward, we had a discussion about what the book was really about and started peeling it back in layers. The kids are DEEP...ocean trench deep! So, I sent them off to generate more questions after reading about some of the larger points about homelessness, the importance of education, etc. Wowzers.
Can I just brag shamelessly for a moment? My kiddos are amazingly smart! Really. Today, they took their smartness to a whole new height, and I am super excited to say the least! After reading the story and going through a really amazing questioning lesson, I went back to the text. We talked about a portion of the text where Eve Bunting writes about a small brown bird that the little boy finds in the airport. I said, "We all know, as authors, that everything we put in our stories is there for a reason. We add details, because we feel that it's important. Why do you think Eve Bunting devoted an entire page to this little brown bird? What significance does this little bird lend to the story? Why is the bird so important?" Here is what they came up with in their own words:
We discussed how the bird impacted Andrew before zeroing in on our main character. Each kid created a character poster highlighting his appearance, character traits, friends, home, problems and feelings. I love kid art!