Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Using Math Literature - Henry the Fourth by Stuart Murphy

Another fantastic literature piece is Stuart Murphy's Henry the Fourth.  The story lends itself to an easy role play situation.  Check out some of the amazing props that we created before 'acting out' our story.
So heres what we started with: a blank slate to help us understand the story better.  This was completed the day before we acted it out.

Everyone gathered around and shared their ideas after listening to the story.  They did a fabulous job recalling the characters, setting, problem, solution, and order of events.

And so the fun began!  First we compiled a list of characters and props as a class.  (You can see the lists below).  Then each child had 8 minutes to design his/her prop.

Lillian was one of our main character, Henry.  Dayton was her 'owner'.

Bryce was our announcer; can you get any cuter than that?

Skylar, Landon, and Jackson helped to create our story line.

Da'Lynn and the above friends also created a sign for the show.

Melody was Bryson's 'owner'.

Kaleb was Ian's owner and Aylin was Savannah's owner.

So proud!

The first one to arrive on stage!

Everyone's ready!  Kaitlynn, the second cutie pie in the row, is an excellent artist.

Sweet Aylin got to tell her best friend how to perform!

Does this smile not melt your heart?

Aidan designed our main characters bone; this is what solved our problem!

Kaleb did a great job!

Bella's smile lit up the stage!

Bryson 'rolled over' beautifully.

And Henry, oh what a dog!

Jackson crowed Henry queen of the show!

Dayton led his dog nicely.

And finally, Rylie and Bryce created the best looking megaphone I've ever seen!

Here is our list of characters and Props.  We completed this during the second day of the lesson, before we made our props and acted our the story.



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