Summer SAVY 2017, Session 2/Day 2- Playing with Words (Rising 1st)
These authors are already beginning to synthesize the new content they are learning. It’s fun to see them spot adjectives, hyperboles, idioms and similes as we enjoy a variety of literature. Crazy Like a Fox sparked our imaginations as we began our simile lists. We are on the lookout for “like” and “as” in author’s comparisons.
We began noticing how the language of books can elicit emotion and help us resonate with the text. We are making continual text-to-self and text-to-world connections. We played emotions charades as a preface to developing our self-similes. We thoroughly enjoyed the overcomer aspect of two read-alouds, Scaredy Squirrel and Mirette on the High Wire. Tomorrow we will collaborate on an 8-part feelings chart, and we will write about a time that we changed from nervous to brave. Tomorrow we will also tie various emotions to colors.
We are even realizing how communication can occur without spoken or written language. The class was totally engaged with the reading of award-winning wordless book, Tuesday, by David Weisner. Your young authors’ minds were dynamic with the figurative language they applied to describe each page of flying frogs.
Change is the overarching concept around which we are organizing our content and activities this week. Discussion of change is threaded throughout our week. Today we looked at ways language and words can change the way we think about the world by creating new images and connections in our minds. In considering the concept of change in nature, we discussed the life cycle, metamorphosis, of a butterfly. We are learning to be actively engaged readers in both fiction and non-fiction. In guided groups, we used non-fiction sources for ‘5 minute research’, researching monarch migration and then individually presenting our findings. We were filled with wonder at this time-lapse video of butterfly stages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocWgSgMGxOc
Each day we are discussing various traits that a creative person develops: awareness, imagination, wonder, courage, dedication, and enthusiasm. Share time today about the trait of wonder led us to look at geodes and to make analogies of how books can be like geodes, because, as one student said, “they may look boring on the outside, but then you get into the story and it’s amazing”.
Today was a full, fun, fabulous day exploring figurative language with friends. We’re looking forward to tomorrow and our visit with author, Jessica Young.