The One and Only Ivan Continues …

We have got to a CRUCIAL part of the novel where Ivan has promised Ruby he will get her to a zoo. Will he succeed?? Here is a clip of the real Ivan that this novel was based on:

 

Why do you think Ivan has made such a big commitment to Ruby?

What aspect of Ivan’s personality is revealed by this promise?

Have you ever made a promise that was hard to keep? How did you go?

Guest Post from Paul, Emma and Bianca

This week in literacy, we have been looking into the features of a picture story book. Our class, 5/6  M and M have been split into groups of up to four and have taken turns in sharing their picture story book that they have chosen to study. As well as discussing our picture story book, we also had to create a front cover for our litracy book along with a  favourite picture and sentence. Here are Paul, Emma and Bianca’s front covers for our literacy activity which were chosen by Mary as the best picture story book front covers.

Picture Story Book Discussions

Today we began the first of our Picture Story Book discussion triads. We chose a leader and the leader read his/her story to the group. We then worked together to discuss some of the important elements and features of the book. Some of the things we focused on were:

  • plot
  • characters – their traits, looks, actions, attitudes
  • setting – how it impacts the story
  • themes
  • messages contained within the story
  • illustrations and their relationship to the text
  • rich language 

Here are some photos of us in action!

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Do you have a favourite picture story book? What makes it your favourite?