Discussions and Projects
based on Elisa Kleven's Books
Your Place in the
Muir, a man who loved, studied, and worked to conserve
nature, said "Whenever we try to isolate anything in
the universe, we find that it's hitched up to
Like the deer in the story who can't dance apart from her home in the forest by the sea, each one of us is "hitched up", or connected, to everything else in our environment. Imagine life without the sun which warms us, the earth which gives us food, the rain clouds, oceans, forests, people and animals which support us in all sorts of ways. Like the deer, we're all part of an infinite web of life.
and who are you connected to in your world? Who and
what do you need, and who needs you? (I'm sure that
the answers are endless.)
ERNST Ernst, the small blue crocodile, is always wondering "what if": "What if sand were fudgy instead of sandy?" "What if my birthday came every day?" What are some of your own "what ifs?" Try collecting them into your own "What-If" Book and making pictures to illustrate them. You might even want to expand one of your "what-ifs" into a story. Just about all stories, after all, start out as "what-ifs" in the author's mind. Examples: "What if there were a boy named Harry Potter who was really a powerful wizard?" "What if there were a spider named Charlotte who saved a pig by writing messages in her web?" "What if there were a grandma called 'Abuela' who flew over New York City with a girl named Rosalba?" "What if there were a little blue crocodile who loved to wonder "what if..."
Ernst got a spaceship
Friends and Collage
Trash & Treasure - our many selves
THE PAPER PRINCESS The paper princess is many things to many people (or should I say characters?) To the little girl who made her she is, of course, a princess and a work of art to be proud of, "the best thing I've ever made." To the little girl who finds her on the playground she is just an unfinished paper doll, an object she throws away after mistakenly giving it green hair. To the the bird who finds the princess in the trash can, she is "a fat wad of paper", a handy piece of material she'd like to weave into her nest. To the little boy in the meadow, the princess becomes a piece of blank paper on which to draw a birthday card. Once she is returned to the girl who made her, the princess becomes a beloved princess once again!
You are many things to many people, too. To your parents you are a daughter or a son. To your sibling(s) you are a sister or a brother. To your teacher you are a student; to your grandparents you are a grandchild; to your friends you are a friend. All of these various "people" add up to one special you.
Objects can take on many uses and "new lives", too. When my daughter was young, ordinary shoe boxes would magically become houses for dolls and small toy animals. What can you do with a box? Make it into a chair or a table, perhaps? What else? What other objects can be many things to many people?
friends - and pinatas, too!
sun shines not on us but in us." --John Muir