The Composition

compositionLast Thursday, grade 5 students spent the day in Middle school and during library orientation, Mr Loste read them the captivating story, The Composition written by Antonio Skármeta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. The main character in this story, Pedro, is faced with an ethical dilemma when he is asked to write an essay for a government official representing the military dictatorship of his country. This brilliant book is well deserving of the many literary prizes it has been awarded and illustrates many of the IB attitudes.

Truck stuck

truckThis past week all ELC and Elementary library classes have read the same book, Truck Stuck by Sallie Wolf and illustrated by Andy Robert Davies. This clever picture book written with minimal rhyming text shows how all of us, especially young people, can come up with very clever ideas to solve problems.

To understand how trucks can get stuck under bridges we watched this video:

We’re pretty sure they didn’t think about taking the air out of the truck’s tyres!

While ELC classes went on to make truck pictures using coloured shapes similar to this example the Elementary classes were frustrated by this video (passed on by Mr Loste):

If only they had used their brains to solve the problem!

storiesTalking of using our brains to solve problems, we then went on to enjoy some stories from George Shannon’s Stories to Solve series. These were hugely popular and we had a turn at acting out the story of the boatman, goat, wolf and cabbage.

We also got to look at our fantastic collection of scanimation books mostly by Rufus Butler Seder, and looked at how scanimations are made and watched this clever idea for a coffee table and mat:

Ten little caterpillars

10This week ELC library classes read Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. We learned what a ‘bower’ is (and that it rhymes with ‘flower’), and were amazed at how many different types of caterpillars there are and how they change into different types of butterflies and moths.

We then watched this delightful video clip of a butterfly life cycle:

Making our own (some very long) paper-chain caterpillars using these ideas proved to be quite creative!

Chopsticks

chopsticksWe read another clever book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal this week in ELC library classes. She wrote Duck! Rabbit! and many other books we have in the ELC library. Chopsticks tells of two close friends who found that sometimes being apart made each of them stronger. This book illustrates the PYP attitudes of independence and confidence very well. We also learned a little about word play from this witty book.

We then had fun making puppets using wooden chopsticks using our own pictures and some Mr Men pictures from here.

Aesop and Michael Morpurgo

aesop mmThis week Grade 1-5 classes read some more Aesop’s fables but this time retold by Michael Morpurgo! Many of our students love stories written by Michael Morpurgo and we have a great selection of his books in our library.

Michael Morpurgo would like all children to get into writing and he gives a very inspiring talk to young people here:

Some classes then listened to him read the first part of The Butterfly Lion and now we all want to read it! Thank you Michael Morpurgo for inspiring us to read your books and write our own.