Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1st Graders Try Out Chalk! - The Fantasy Book By Bill Thomson And The Hello Chalk iPad App!

1st graders loved reading the beautifully illustrated book by Bill Thomson entitled Chalk. This book marks the beginning of our look at wordless books and how well a story can be told with pictures alone!  Chalk sparks the imagination as each of the chalk figures drawn by the children in the story come to life!! It can stand tall beside other great drawing fantasy books like Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson and Journey by Aaron Becker. 

Students enjoyed the story's make believe elements, so it seemed like the perfect time to discuss the meaning of fantasy fiction too!  We will discuss more fiction genres as the year progresses.  This seemed like the perfect starting place!

For a quick look through the pages of the book, check out this video!

1st graders were anxious to see if their chalk work would come to life like they did in the book! They used the Hello Chalk iPad App for their chalk drawings! Students drew what they would want to see come alive if they were in the book! It was interesting to see what they chose to draw!!