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Winter Dance

Winter Dance”

Opening:   A single snowflake floats through the air, spins, leaps, settles on the nose of a fine red fox. What is a fox to do?

Other animals share with fox what they do in the winter. Squirrel gathers acorns. Turtle buries deep in the mud. Caterpillar wraps itself in a chrysalis.

But none of that will work for fox.

Until another fox comes along.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and beautiful lyrical language.

TITLE: Winter Dance

AUTHOR: Marion Dane Bauer

ILLUSTRATOR: Richard Jones

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: lyrical, nonfiction

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) In the winter, humans and animals wear winter coats. Design a winter coat for an alien or dinosaur.

2) Create a creative dance movement  for each animal in the story.

3) If a snowman were to take a summer vacation, where would he go? Design a travel pamphlet for his vacation destination. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Marion Dane Bauer, visit:

https://www.mariondanebauer.com

To learn more about illustrator Richard Jones, visit:

http://www.paintedmouse.com/about/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Original Stories Using Why

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Original Stories Using Why

Why do snakes slither?

Why does a cow “moo?”

Why don’t humans have eyes in the back of their heads?

Why does the sun greet the day and the moon greet the night?

Why does it snow only where it’s cold?

Right away, our minds search for a logical answer to these questions based on the knowledge we already know. For the moment, put that aside. Pick two questions. For each one, use your imagination to develop a mini-story as to why these things happened. The stories can be farfetched like a Tall Tale if you’d like.

Think Deeper: Make up your own why questions and share with a friend.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Frozen City or Ice Sculpture

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Frozen City or Ice Sculpture

http://www.harbinice.com

For the past 33 years, Harbin, the capital of China’s Heilongjiang province, hosts the annual Harbin International Ice Snow Sculpture Festival, now the largest ice and snow festival in the world. With subzero temperatures, exhibits of ice sculptures created mostly from ice blocks cut from the Songhua River are displayed across multiple locations. One 2018 exhibit stood almost as tall as Paris’ L’Arc de Triomphe. Multi-colored lights give color to ice while deionized water is used to give ice perfect clarity.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a Frozen City or Sculpture

  1. Think about ways on how to make ice cubes stick together.
  2. Design your city layout or your sculpture.
  3. Gather Materials:
  • Ice cubes (different sizes and shapes)
  • Food coloring – to create different colored ice cubes
  • Jello – use gelatin to create different colored cubes instead of food coloring and/or use jello as building material
  • Water
  • Cookie sheet to build your city or sculpture upon
  • Multi-colored lights to light up your work
  • Any other materials that will make your creation unique

*Note: When ice begins to melt, you may need to refreeze. Once solid again, begin working on your creation. 

Think Deeper:  Experiment with crushed fruit ice cubes to make an edible ice sculpture.

For a how-to on making colored ice cubes, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Colored-Ice