This week in Zach’s class, they’ve been studying dinosaurs. To end this special dino-filled week, the class is having the Great Dinosaur Extravaganza. (Seriously – nothing is funnier than hearing a bunch of snaggle tooth first graders trying to say “extravaganza.” lol) Tuesday, his teacher sent home a sheet about this extravaganza. The students were to bring in dinosaur related books, posters, toys, etc, PLUS they were supposed to do one of the following to bring in on Friday:
- draw or color a dinosaur picture
- make a dinosaur diorama
- make a dinosaur fact poster
- make a dinosaur fact book
I’m going to say it’s very safe to assume that most kids will probably bring in a dinosaur picture they colored that their parents either printed or got out of a coloring book. But did my son want to take that easy route? No. It’s not like we live with dino-obsessed Ryan, so we have literally twenty dinosaur coloring books. It would just be much too easy for him to find a page in one of the coloring books to color. Oh no no no. He wanted to created a fact book AND a diorama. After it taking him almost all of the time we had during the week for him to gather the information for his fact book alone, I managed to talk him out of the diorama also.
What we did with the fact book was both of us sat down Tuesday and thought about what we wanted to put in the fact book and how we wanted it to look. We worked on how he wanted to phrase the questions, how he wanted the pages set up, and then I showed him around the websites he would find his answers on. Wednesday, I gave Zach a piece of paper with his questions, opened the websites, and told him to find the answers. (I had to help him some, but really only on big stupid words that the letters don’t say the sounds that they’re supposed to.) Then, we got together the dinosaur images we wanted to use. After he went to bed, I opened Photoshop and started putting the pages together. (more…)