By: Peter H Reynolds
Marisol loves to paint. She was excited to help make a mural for the school library. But hold on – how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint?
View the trailer of the book:
Engage your readers and build their understandings by:
- Draw three events from the story and retell to a partner.
- Make connections from text to text. Compare this text to Ish written by Peter H Reynolds.
- Read the story to the readers without showing the pictures. They visualise and draw the images described in the text.
- Marisol painted posters to share the ideas she believed in. Read factual texts to research your poster for a cause.
- Select a page from the story to practise fluent reading. I suggest:
- At school, Marisol was famous for her creative clothes, her box of sort materials and her belief that everybody was an artist.
- Role play the last page of the book. The students are looking at the mural. What could they be saying to each other?
- Discuss: What is the important idea in this story? What is your evidence?
- View and describe the famous art work by Van Gogh – Starry Night.
Explore the vocabulary by:
- Use paint chips to explore the vocabulary to describe shades of colour.
- The character Marisol has 3 syllables in her name. How many syllables are in your name? How many words on our word wall that have three syllables?
- Collect the nouns, verbs, and adjectives from the story. Record them in a three-column table.
Inspire your writers with these learning experiences:
- Write a description of the mural.
- Complete a daily sky journal. The writers record their daily observations.
- Marisol created a poster for a cause. The writers create their own posters.
- Explore an art work and write a description.
- Use photos of colour in nature as a prompt to generate and collect writing ideas.
- Explore colourful fonts when you publish.
Pose questions for you mathematicians to investigate:
- ‘What shapes appear in the sky?’
- ‘What time does day turn into night?
- What patterns appear in the book?’
- Select several pages of the book and ask ‘What time of the day is it? How do you know?’
- There are jars of paint in the story. Investigate the capacity of different jars. ‘How much does the jar hold? How do you know?’
- Horizon is a word that features in the book. ‘What is the related math term?’
Investigate, design, and create…
- Create clouds in a cup by setting white marshmallows in blue jelly.
- Paint an image of the sky with:
- cotton balls
- cotton buds
- nature brushes
- Recreate the mural as a collaborative art project. Each learner creates a fish. The learners work together to paint the sky without blue paint.
- View the sky and investigate the shapes, objects, and images you can see in the clouds.
- Host a weeklong series of lessons focusing on the ‘Colour of the Day’.
- Photocopy a page from the text and add colour using water colour pencils.
- Learn more about Peter and his books at his website
Have an awesome day!