Like bear, in Philip Stead's story, I have a story to tell. It is about this great teaching experience I recently had, it was just one of those times when things come together really nicely without a lot of work.
Part the First
I was shifting out of a long unit with my second graders and wanted to spend a few weeks on picture books. I picked up Bear Has a Story To Tell, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead.
Don't know the book? Watch the book trailer:
The Steads’ spare writing and illustration styles engage readers while also leaving room for each child to grow the story and make it his or her own. (Those familiar with A Sick Day for Amos McGee will know the talent of this husband and wife team.)
Part the Second I invited the teachers to collaborate on a project using these themes. I developed a story board. The teachers and students returned to the library on Wednesday. I introduced the lesson using the students' story seed posters as inspiration. The classroom teacher then modeled working through the storyboard. (She was perfect and had no idea I was going to put her on the spot!).
Part the Third
The students came back to library at their normal time on Friday, story boards in hand and created two sides in Kid Pix. The first slide was their story seed sentence -- designed to entice someone to read the story. The second slide was an image from the story -- designed to compliment and expand upon the story (think precursor to Caldecott).
Part the Fourth
We are going to finish the project by having the students narrate more of the stories. These students have a story to tell and I am ready to listen.