Light and Shadow Play with Storybook Characters

While exploring the changing shapes and colors with the light and shadow play, children began to draw and trace on the paper taped to the wall.  Students traced letter shadows and allowed freedom to their writing and drawing on such a vast canvas. 

 
Soon the students were celebrating their favorite characters of our most treasured books by drawing these characters on the mural.
— Ms. Amy
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It was missing a piece.
And it was not happy.
So it set off in search
of its missing piece.
And as it rolled
it sang this song—
“Oh I’m lookin’ for my missin’ piece
I’m lookin’ for my missin’ piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
Lookin’ for my missin’ piece.”
— http://www.shelsilverstein.com/books/missing-piece/

.  Students honored Shel Silverstien by including The Missing Piece and The Giving Tree.

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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

 

.  Rudecakes and Stick and Stone and Pine cone were all invited to the party too!! 

2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award – New Illustrator Honor

Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts. Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Rowboat Watkins, a former Sendak fellow, has cooked up a laugh-out- loud story that can also be served up as a delectable discussion starter about manners or bullying, as it sweetly reminds us all that even the rudest cake can learn to change its ways.
— https://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/rude-cakes.html

Children often invite these characters to our activities throughout the day - interpreting instruments and numbers to represent these characters, especially Stick and Stone. 

. Such a beautiful way to be...never forgetting the characters we meet, liberating them from the two dimensional realm of a page in a book, to include them in our fourth dimension - our present time, to dance, to explore, to create with us!
— Ms. Amy, Master Teacher