with Michelle Cameron
As you know, we’ve been collecting words throughout the session. The kids have really enjoyed doing this – in fact, they have reminded me a couple of times on their way out the door!
Today we used those words to create a story and then turned that story into a form of “word art.” It was a great rainy day activity.
Choosing anywhere from 6 to 17 words, the kids had to figure out how the random words they selected would fit into their story. There were groans when some of the words were picked. “How am I going to make THAT word work?” was heard. Their solutions were ingenious – including using some of the more difficult choices as names.
After listening to their stories, which were all fairly nonsensical, we then began re-writing the stories on large pads of paper. We pasted the words onto the paper at the appropriate point – and created some interesting shapes based on the word’s meaning – a banana-shaped banana, a salt-shaker for salty, and so on.
We ran out of time, so I’ve asked everyone who didn’t finish this project to do so at home this week and bring back their word art so we can take a final photo with everyone showing their creations.
Next week is my last week with the class. We’ll be playing a board game created by The Writers Circle, and I appreciate the willingness of a few extra scribes for this game. I’m curious to see how these kids respond to the wackiness of Plotfoolery. (If you have older kids in the program, ask them to preview the game for their younger siblings!)