Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pumpkin Patch of Characters

This month, the fourth grade book report focused on studying character development. All students chose a picture book to read and then complete a character study of one of the characters form the story. In addition to the writing assignments, each student decorated a pumpkin to illustrate the character. Enjoy these photos of some of the Pumpkin Patch of Characters!

You may ask, “Why are fourth graders using picture books?”

Picture books are not just for young children. In fact, they can be effectively used at all grade levels. High quality picture books are carefully written, exposing students to high level vocabulary and beautifully crafted language. Story elements are artfully developed and therefore support instruction well. Many books contain poignant themes and moral messages and therefore provide a powerful means to examine life. In addition the illustrations are purposeful as they extend the story effectively and are visually delightful.

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