If You Build It, They Will Have Fun: A Picture Book Programming Idea
It’s back-to-school time around here and although school is looking pretty different these days (my district is on a hybrid schedule), it has been really nice to get back to being a school librarian. Makes a guy feel useful.
This week I’m doing something that seems to be valuable and engaging for students, fun, and a snap to pull off.
What You’ll Need
And some paper that looks like this:
I explain to students that they’ll be designing their own school/car/house (depending on which book we read). After reading the book, I let students loose, drawing their creations and describing them on the lines below.
I like that it combines literacy, art, writing, and creativity. Here’s one I made with kids:
I recommend trying this with kids if you get the chance.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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