Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Annual PB10for10!

            Hooray, it's PB 10for10 day, hosted by Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek. Be sure to have your wish lists ready for more additions! If you want to come along, go HERE for instructions! The Google Community can be found HERE. Thanks for hosting Mandy and Cathy. I'm leaving town Thursday, so glad I haven't missed your special day!

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         At the school where I taught every student had a sketch/writing journal, different from their writers notebooks. They were used to capture different experiences outside the building, sometimes on field trips to learn more about a topic, often in nature trips for observations. For example, one year each of my students chose a tree to observe during the first days of every month, August to June. Many times my class just moved outside to see what was happening, and to record in sketches and in words. Sometimes the notes led to further art and additional writing, poetry or prose.  As educators, we felt that sketching helped slow students' thinking and improved their observation skills. Here are favorite books, old and new, that I recommend as wonderful motivators when observing. Each can be used as a prompt of what to observe, a lesson in how to observe, or a way to capture what was discovered.

           Kim Krans first created her alphabet pages singly, then late colored them and combined them into a book. Each page holds more than one thing for that specific letter. An experience in or out of doors searching for what to add to a class alphabet book or one's own creation can result in seeing something ordinary become extraordinary.






           Learning to observe and translate one's sketches into paper collages is challenging, but through seeing how Geraldo Valério used materials for "his" birds, attention to the details can result in wonder at the birds' unique qualities.


          This time observations and connections are key when one learns how Daniel looks for, and discovers, poems all around a nearby park. Here too discovery is key, and looking for what only oneself "sees" is a revelation when sharing with the rest of the group. 


          Time for a special place to "hunt" in this book, and a new look at how to gather ideas. Is it brainstorming and putting it all together in a bouquet of things seen, or looking for one special thing that speaks loud to the artist and writer. Here one is called to use all the senses when making notes of the discoveries.
        A walk around a neighborhood can make a terrific start to any day. I’ve had students take journals home and walk around their own neighborhood, recording with all the senses. This is a very favorite book of mine, one I've used for myself, taking my own walk and recording. 


        This indeed is a magical book, asking the reader to look and find the magic in everyday life. In its words, it nearly commands for those in the day-to-day not to miss a thing! 


           Jane Goodall spent her life observing in the field, and this book tells some of her story and gives examples of Jane’s early journals.


        One doesn't stay with realistic observing in this story, but shares about observing, then turning what one sees into something more. As you can see by the cover, it's an exciting tale of what can be.


        This book is quite enticing as Lois Ehlert shows both kinds of fish and also the materials that she used to create them. I wonder if a table full of materials can help the artist imagine something out of them, by playing around with different objects, just like playing with words, new objects emerge. 


       This is a slightly different look at combining art and words because it also introduces the use of primary source creation like newspaper articles. When researching, stories emerge, and putting together one’s own imagined sketches while reporting some topic of research can be both fun and exciting. One can create original-looking news articles online, sketch the action, and tell more of the story in letters and postcards.

        There are other books I've used for observations, sketching and writing, but this time I stayed with recently published picture books. I hope you've found one or more of interest.


20 comments:

  1. This is a great theme. I like the idea of letting students sketch, too. It is a good way to spark their creativity.

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  2. Great theme! And some new titles for me.

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  3. Awesome! I am really excited about Finding Wild, thanks! Ideas Are All Around made my list this year too, and I loved reading Me, Jane with my 3rd graders. #pb10for10

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  4. Beautiful theme Linda! LOVE the titles you have chosen I still need to find The Whale.

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  5. The art in these books is so gorgeous, and so varied. Great for your observational theme!

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  6. Ideas Are All Around has become a fast favorite of mine. It sits on my desk and I read it for inspiration from time-to-time.

    Looking forward to checking out some of the other titles you mentioned.

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  7. Great list! Thanks!
    Lynne Marie - www.literallylynnemarie.com

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  8. I've been asked by teachers for books that speak to 'observing'. I appreciate your list. The Whale looks very intriguing. Thanks.
    Tammy
    Apples with Many Seeds

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  9. oh, wow! I can't wait to get my hands on these! Great for all ages, I think!

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  10. Linda, so many titles I've loved recently, but with your unique spin on them it provides a new way to read them. Your post is good for folks like me who are sketch phobic. ABC Dream and The Knowing Book are titles I would like to own. Requesting The Whale and Outside from the library.

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  11. We Loved Ideas Are All Around last year. Thank you for the encouragement to considering sketching and journaling more as I read with my kiddos!

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  12. Hi, Linda! WOW! I love your post today and the inspiring theme you chose for 10 for 10 this year! I know most of these titles but have noted The Knowing Book and Outside as ones I will be searching for! Thank you!

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  13. I bought Whale on you recommendation, Linda - looking forward to receiving it.

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  14. I've added My Book of Birds and Outside to my To Read list. You have an awesome list! Have great travels this week!

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  15. Linda, I just passed along your post to my voxer group. We were just talking about writing and sketching today! Thanks for the timely post :)

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  16. What a great list! I absolutely love Daniel Finds a Poem and Ideas are All Around. I've added FInding Wild and Outside to my TBR list. Looking forward to checking them out!

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  17. We were on the same wavelength here, Linda. I have many of the books you included, but will now be on the lookout for Finding Wild and The Whale. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I'm so exciting about this list, Linda! I just attended a sketchnoting session with Tanny MGregor earlier this month and loved it! I just bought My Book of Birds because it was so beautiful. Thanks so much for this list. I'll be adding them to my TBR pile!

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  19. Love the way you organized these books - Sketching is such an important thinking tool. Wild is one of our new favorite titles and we can't wait to read The Whale.

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  20. What a fascinating and inspiring topic! Thank you for sharing this list!

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