As I began reading this chapter I was a little worried about how students would react, until I read that she usually teaches this later in the year. I think students will need time to get use to the style before diving into synthesizing. That being said, I love, love, love the nesting dolls lesson! What a great way to show how things can change but still depend on what was there before! The synthesis spiral scares me a little… I can see the kids loving it, but I see it causing me a lot of stress due to my OCD tendencies. I see myself using the tangram pieces with the different strategies on them. I’ve also been trying to come up with a way to use “There is a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea” song in my classroom; I was originally thinking sequencing, but after this chapter I’m thinking it may be best used here. After doing a little research on the Owly series (there are 8 free PDFs online), I think I need to invest in these books. Especially with growing interest in the graphic novels with fourth graders!
This song popped into my head when I was reading the section on songs. I think it would be perfect!
I'm not familiar with many graphic novels, but apparently I need to start hunting some down. While reading the section on songs, I thought of the other "There Was an Old Lady" books that could also be used like There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed Some Snow, Who Swallowed a Bell, Who Swallowed a Shell, Who Swallowed Some Leaves.
The Owly graphic novels will be something I may look in to for the library. I have resisted the genre as I get kids stuck reading them and never getting enough "practice" with paragraph formed text. The wordless ones I looked at would be different and could be good tools for teaching synthesizing. I like "free" too. I wonder if the older kids would check out the wordless ones - or if these will appeal more to younger students? I think the synthesis spiral could lead to some good practice. I will try with some other poetry or a picture book as the "Snowy Day" one she used really would be best with older kids - or I might be surprised! Maybe I need to put this on my end of the year list with the 5th graders as a synthesis review and see how they do...
I will need to look into some graphic novels as well. After reading about the idea of using them I started to google some graphic novels for young children. Here is a link….I will definitely have to check these out! Owly is on the list!
I love the idea in this chapter about the spiral songs/stories.
Vicki….I immediately thought of the "There Was An Old Lady" books as well. My kids love those books and there are so many to choose from now. What a great way to incorporate synthesizing!
One of the ideas that seems so simple and visual for my students would be the tangram idea and the spiral thinking poster. I think that my kids would not only love both of these ways of seeing the idea of synthesizing visually but they would think that they are both fun ways to show our learning and understanding.
I like the anchor chart that spirals out of control with synthesizing. It clearly visualizes the thinking growing and changing. It is about keeping the change in the process of learning as we fuse the learning, unlearning, and relearning.
Kimber TateCoordinator of English, Reading and Libraries