On Friday, I visited Margaret Choinski’s grades 1 and 2 class at Diefenbaker to hear and see the stories the students have been working on. This class is part of our district’s QTL project looking at playful storytelling and oral literacy.
The class had read the book Sharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest Coast by Garfinkel Publications during which they learned about the importance of different animals in local Aboriginal culture. Each student chose an animal that was important to them and this was a character in their group stories.
The students went outside and collected various materials to create their settings. They wanted to be able to create forests, beaches and tree top settings.
Margaret gathered paper box lids for the students to create their settings in. This gave the students a defined space and also made the settings portable and able to be “saved”.
The students then created their settings – one of their favourite parts of the project. They thought carefully about the types of habitats their animals would live in.
A short animoto with parts of the stories:
The students were so proud of their stories and told me they thought the best part of the project was creating their settings and presenting their stories.