I also wrote about how much I love the website Values.com. It's basically real life theme. If you've never see the billboards, here are a few:
There's a person. Enough to give you their story. Then a one or two word THEME. Brilliant. If you visit the website, you can get a longer background story for each billboard.
On Monday and Tuesday, we used the Mimio lesson I made using some of the billboards and stories. We went through the different stories, and the kids tried to guess the theme for that person.
I also read a book each day with a strong theme to it. We did a lot of turn and talks with this. Calling on just one student isn't going to help the whole class. Theme is hard. They need a lot of chances to talk it out.
On Wednesday, I read another book, and then each kiddo sketched out their own billboard for a fictional character of their choice. Some kids needed more help, but that was good because it gave me a chance to talk out theme with them one on one.
On Thursday, they made their billboards. I love how they turned out. Take a peek:
Stephanie from Stephanie's Ponytail
It's been a great week. Today the kiddos are going to spend some quality time with our laptops and the Values.com website reading some of the stories from other billboards. And I will clean my classroom. It's a win win.