|Working with concrete objects, rather than only on paper in the abstract, helps develop one's sense of a number.|
|acorns + organization + blood, sweat and tears = 5,295|
|After working with modeling clay, the hands and tables needed to be scrubbed. Without a sink in our room this took much longer than we intended and took writers away from their work, so we scratched it off of the list of available materials.|
"Is this helping you think through your story?"
"I wonder if you are building with too much detail. That is a very detailed dog and it looks great. But building it might have distracted you. What if a single pop cube were your dog?"
He built a few more piece in a matter of moments and moved on to rehearsing his story.
All throughout our project, the children were fascinated with the old photos we would see. They frequently commented about how serious everyone looked and theorized about why parts of some pictures were blurred out. Was it edited like the children see on TV? We realized that a single photo could communicate so much about the times in which it was taken. So one day, towards the end of our project, the children dressed up at their characters and set out to take "historical photos" that communicated information about the times in which the characters lived. Anna brought her camera and served as our photographer. With Anna's help,the children tried very hard to have their photos be as accurate as possible by making them grainy and black and white. They removed modern objects that would not have been present. They tried to match their clothes to the times and even chose books to read that would have been published in the days of their characters. Classmates stood in as family members or friends as needed. They often had to take pictures several times to get the serious faces they had seen in photos from the past (we're so used to giving a grin when we get our picture snapped).
|Nina Watson reads A Little Princess to her daughter, Moses, at bedtime.|
The story was a popular one of the time.
|The Snyder family from Germany.|
They look quite serious. No smiling in picture back then!
|Joan Adwent hosts a tea party with new friends from America.|
|Bernard Bunnell poses with his copy of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.|
The story was a hit in his day and so good that it remains well known today.
|Rosa Maria De Rosa sleeping in her tenement building.|
|Kirsten Johnson sews her mothers ripped bonnet.|
|The children are working to expand their ideas of where one can look to research. They are often looking at artwork or photographs of the times to find out about the clothing. Just because there isn't a chapter in the book about the topics of interest, doesn't mean there isn't any information about that contained within the pages. The children are getting used to looking harder for clues about the sophisticated questions they are asking.|
|We are refining our research skills by refining our understanding of tools like the index to find what we want in a giant resource. The children are also practicing recording their findings in their own words rather than just regurgitating what the resource says. It is tricky, but with more practice the children are getting better and better.|
|We practice using a pen and ink.|
It is harder than we anticipated.
|"The quill is actually easier than the pen. That surprises me."|
"Now I know why they all wrote in cursive! When you have to keep dipping your pen it is hard to
make your letter all blocky. It is easier to just keep flowing."
"Writing was a lot messier back then!"