Category Archives: Discovery

Robyn Boid: Architect

 

Robyn Boid: Architect”

Robyn Boid lives on the ledge of the university’s architecture school. She wants to be an architect when she grows up so she listens and learns.

Before designing a nest, she asks herself questions to investigate. Are nests always best? What comes first: the nest or the egg?

She practices different nest-shaped designs such as a dome, a towering spire, cylinders, and pyramids. Robyn always asks herself: how will an egg fit.

Will Robyn find the answers to her questions and design the best nest for an egg?

At the back of the book are a glossary of architecture terms and teacher notes.

This story promotes creative components of curiosity, risk-taking, and creative problem solving.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the main character continually asks questions as she experiments with her designs.

TITLE: Robyn Boid: Architect

AUTHOR: Maree Coote

ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote

PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

TOPIC(S): architecture, design process

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, risk-taking, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) After reading the book, which nest do you like best? What questions might you ask in order to better understand how to build this particular design? What types of materials and bonding agents can be used? Research answers to your questions. Using trial and error, experiment with different materials and bonding agents. Then build your favorite nest from the book.

2) Invent a new nest design that you think would be fit for an egg.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author and illustrator Maree Coote, visit:

http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/maree-coote/

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution”

It’s New Year’s Day and Squirrel doesn’t know what a resolution is.

As she visits her friends, her friends tell her about their resolutions.

Bear resolves to teach others to read. Turtle and Mole resolve to plant a garden. Porcupine resolves to be less grumpy.

Will Squirrel learn how to make her own resolutions?

This story promotes self-discovery.

TITLE: Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

AUTHOR: Pat Miller

ILLUSTRATOR: Kathi Ember

PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company, 2010

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: self-discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) “Think of a way to improve yourself. Or a way to use what you’re good at to help others,” said Rabbit. Make your own two New Year’s resolutions.

2) What is one act of kindness you can do for each of the twelve months of the year?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Pat Miller, visit:

https://www.patmillerbooks.com

To learn more about illustrator Kathi Ember, visit:

http://www.mbartists.com/cgi-bin/iowa/artists.html?artist=63

Skunk On A String

Skunk On A String”

A hapless skunk finds himself tied to the string of a balloon. He floats up and away.

Traveling past many places he has never been before – a desert, a city,

   a zoo,

 

   an ocean.

Too afraid of Skunk’s stink, no one will help him. Finally, he reaches a Ferris Wheel, grabs a seat and releases his balloon. But then…

Read to find out the surprise ending.

This story promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: Skunk On A String

AUTHOR: Thao Lam

ILLUSTRATOR: Thao Lam

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books, Inc., 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What can you do with a deflated balloon? Brainstorm ways. Pick one of the ways from your list and design it.

2) Using collage, tell a story in one image. Use papers with patterns and textures.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Thao Lam, visit:

http://thaolam.com