I shared already about how we finally started this year’s Global Read Aloud, and about many things we had already done with our first book–Koala Lou.
Well, those predictions and pictures weren’t the only things we did! As in the story, we created our own version of the Olympics, but made the Robinson Olympics and created animals that we would see in our own “bush” that could cheer on Koala Lou. We worked with our “pincher” fingers to create our animals, rather than scissors. Ms. Turken created a fabulous tree for our Koala Lou to climb, and two friends also created a sign. We were pretty proud, and hung our Olympics in our hall for all to see.
As we went through the week, however, I kept looking at our FABULOUS display thinking something was missing. Those animals down there, who were supposed to be cheering on their friend Koala Lou, weren’t saying anything! Also, we didn’t have a sign and so really only we knew what the mural was for but no one else who walked by and saw it knew what our creation was about.
So…we worked another morning to add speech bubbles to our animal friends. We worked in partners to make sure our work was first grade perfect and that others could read what we were saying. Our friends helped us make sure we used the word wall, put in all the sounds and had the correct punctuation before we “published” our final bubbles for the wall.
And so now when you walk down our hallway–which is a pretty great location for sharing what’s going on, by the way!–you can tell exactly what’s going on and what the mural is for. And so that way you can more greatly appreciate all the hard work that these first graders have done! Way to go, Rm. 111 and 112 friends!
What a great way to respond to a great book!! 🙂