Our unit on Journeys has taken a new turn. The students in Excellence have decided that they would like to know more about the different people living around the world. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to introduce them to the story, “Whoever You Are” , by Mem Fox. It sends a message that even though we may seem different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. We can all feel happiness and we can all feel joy. We can all feel sadness and we can all feel pain. It is our responsibility to be caring and to show others respect no matter who they are.
The students were first given the task to look at an image from the story and describe what they saw, what they thought and what they wondered through a thinking routine called I See, I Think, I Wonder.
Here is how they responded:
- 2 Babies and 2 girls.
- Mountains with houses.
- Parents and families.
- A man and hearts.
- The man can fly.
- A hat.
- The man has a shirt with clouds.
- Different coloured skin.
- Some people have shoes and some people do not.
- The man is throwing the hearts on all the people.
- It’s Valentines Day.
- They are waving to a boat or car.
- The leaves are hurting the boys hair.
- I think people are in the house.
- The clouds are moving.
- He is catching the hearts because they are his favourite colour.
- Why do some wear shoes and some do not?
- Why is the man throwing the hearts?
- Why are people in the house?
- How does the man fly?
- Why did they build a house on the mountain?
- Why is he wearing his shoes and flying?
- Why are the people not going home?
While reading the story, they were able to make many connections. To give them a chance to discuss their feelings, we ended the story off with some think, pair, share. A chance for them to work with a partner to answer some of their own questions from our previous inquiry into the story.
We hope you have enjoyed viewing our critical thinking from today! Stay tuned for more fun learning in the Excellence room!