To introduce data and graphing we learned about the parts of a graph and why each part is important. Then, we collaborated with our table groups to collect snap cube "data" and organize it into a graph, making sure that we included a title, labels, and the data.
As we continue to talk about some of the story elements that are part of a strong retelling of a story (characters, setting, problem & solution, author's message), we took some time to focus on two characters from Kevin Henkes books that we read. We thought about the character's actions, feelings, personality, and appearance.
Today we began to think about about the author's message, or theme, of a story. As an interaction to this idea, we thought about the movie, Finding Nemo. Some of the topics of the movie are love, family, obedience, trust, danger, and safety. After choosing a topic, we wrote a sentence about it beginning with "The author believes that...", making sure to use the topic within our sentence. The last step was to cross out that beginning part of the sentence so that we are left with the author's message (theme). This really started our thinking on what the author's wants us to learn about a topic. Love by itself isn't a theme...but what the author wants us to know about love is the theme. We then collaborated with our table groups to choose a optic from the movie and write what a theme might be based around that topic.