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If You Were The Moon

If You Were The Moon”

 What would you do if you were the moon? In Laura Purdie Salas’ creative and lyrical nonfiction book, If You Were The Moon, readers discover the roles the moon plays.

“Be a bright alarm clock to wake the night.”

Sidebars explain facts about the moon.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking, analogy, and nature.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because young readers can easily relate to the moon analogies while learning science facts about the moon.

TITLE: If You Were The Moon

AUTHOR: Laura Purdie Salas

ILLUSTRATOR: Jamie Kim

PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): functions of the moon

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, analogy, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Author Laura Purdie Salas wrote about the functions of the moon and how that might look to us. Find out some facts about the sun. Imagine you are the sun. What jobs would you do?

2) 

Using your creativity, think up two or more additional analogies that could be added to this book about the moon. For example, the author, Laura Purdie Salas, wrote the moon spins like a twilight ballerina. What else could the moon spin like?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Laura Purdie Salas, visit:

http://laurasalas.com/how-laura-became-a-writer/

To learn more about illustrator Jamie Kim, visit:

https://www.jaimekim.com/about

Creative Thinking Prompt: Write A Musical Autobiography

 

Creative Thinking Prompt: Write A Musical Autobiography

How might a series of songs represent your life?

As you begin to plot your autobiography, jot down songs or sounds that might represent you or an event in your life.

Step 1: Write out your timeline

  1. You can start with your birth or include a little bit of your family history.
  2. Think about events that changed you.
  3. Think about how you will organize your timeline. Do you want a song for each year of your life or certain life events?
  4. Are there certain movies or TV shows that “define” parts of your life?
  5. End your timeline with at least one future goal you have for yourself.

Step 2: Identify the characters in your life.

Are there particular songs or sounds that can represent people and/or things in your life?

  1. What were your favorite toys, activities, games, or books? What song or sound can represent these?
  2.  Did or do you have a favorite pet?
  3. How might your sibling(s) or being the only child influence you?
  4. What about friends? Coaches? Others who have been mentors to you?
  5. How about your parent(s) or other family members that have been strong influences on you?

Step 3: Collect Songs and Sounds

  1. With an adult’s help, download the songs you have chosen. Make sure you legally download your music.
  2. Put the songs in order of your timeline.
  3. Add a title to your song mix such as “All About Max.”

Think Deeper: Write an autobiographical poem.

Visit these sites for free music downloads: (https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/06/25/top-free-music-download/)

  1. Jamendo Music

This is all independent music.  So if you’re looking for a big name artist, you’ll probably have to go elsewhere (try YouTube Music or Spotify).  Or pay at iTunes or Apple Music.

You’ll need a music downloader app to help organize it all (here’s a list of them).

Go to Jamendo Music here.

  1. PureVolume

PureVolume is a site that features lots of free music downloads from a range of different artists.

Check out PureVolume here.

  1. Amazon Music

 

Check out Amazon Music’s free music download section here.

  1. SoundClick

SoundClick offers free downloads from thousands of artist websites.  That includes signed, unsigned, independent, and everything in-between.

Manage your collection with a music downloader app.

Check out SoundClick here.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Alien Pizza

Creative Thinking Prompt: Alien Pizza

For pizza lovers out there, today is National Pizza Day. Invented in Naples, Italy around the 10th century, pizza is America’s second favorite fast food behind number one fav hamburgers.

The Guinness World Records chronicles the largest pizza at a total surface area of 13,580.28 ft² (1,261.65 m²) in Rome, Italy on December 13, 2012. The 100% gluten-free pizza was named Ottavia in honor of the Roman emperor Octavian Augustus. –http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-pizza

Creative Thinking Prompt: Alien Pizza

Invent a pizza for an alien to eat. What unique ingredients would you use? What would the crust be made from? Will it thick or thin? What shape will your pizza be? How would your pizza be assembled? What is the best way to eat your pizza? What nutrients or superpowers might your alien receive by eating your pizza? Name your pizza and give step-by-step directions on how to make this specialty pizza.

Think Deeper: How are you like a pizza? How is an alien like a pizza? How is a worm like a pizza?