Converting the events of the Eclipse Day into a story Arc relating to the shared experiences of the large group. After referencing The Three Billy Goats Gruff as a story with an Introduction, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution extending that story arc to document the eclipse myths the fourth graders read in small groups and recorded on cube sized sketches (inspired by story dice).
The students took their sketch books along with their knowledge of eclipse myths with them to Orr St. Studios to experience an exhibition called, Celestial Bodies.
After going to the gallery and being inspired by the pieces of art in the Celestial Bodies Show coupled with the Eclipse experience and Eclipse Myths, the fourth graders told their own stories using story arcs and thumbnail sketches as if they were story cubes. Some students wrote out their stories using more complete narrative. They practiced telling each other the stories and used a guide for listening and giving feedback as critique.
The Fourth Grade teachers alongside Art Teachers at Lee Elementary contribute to this blog by sharing happenings in their individual classrooms.