Today we made pictures from the shapes. We started out discusing what item or character each shape was for. Than we decided what shape to use for that particular item if there were multiple possibilities. We cut the shapes with scissors and made arrangements for each page using the different shapes. We used concepts like above, below or in the middle.
Now the children from the different countries have made their suggestions of SHAPES that we could use instead of items and characters in the Saga of the Green Cat. The children in Iceland will now discuss the different suggestions and decide what shapes to use in the story.
Here are our shapes for characters and items.
These are our suggestions for the main characters and items we can find in “The Green Cat” story.
We decided them after reading the story both in English and Spanish!! See how cool looks the story in Spanish, and it´s full or rhyme and rhythm!! Amazing!!
STORY IN SPANISH
Yo tengo un gato que es verde.
Mi gato es dulce y no muerde.
A mi gato le gustan las aventuras, ya veréis.
Así que venid y ahora escucharéis.
A mi gato verde le gusta hacerme cosquillas.
Ronronea sonando como una abejilla.
Se acurruca entre mis pies.
Enredándose del derecho y del revés.
Diez dedos tengo en mis pies.
Son como tigres, así es.
Ellos muerden y arañan si te acercas demasiado.
¡Ay mi pobre gato verde! Su nariz le han dañado.
Por allí viene una pelota de lunares botando.
Mi gato quiere cogerla y se va rodando.
Siguiendo la pelota, nuestro amigo se pierde.
Lloro y lloro… ¡Ay mi pobre gato verde!
Esto no acaba aquí
Todavía hay mucho por oír.
La pelota de lunares botando al lado de un ratón pasa
Que esperaba tranquilo fuera de su casa
El ratón no está muy contento
Por miedo al aplastamiento.
De repente el ratón ve a mi gato
Que es más grande que un zapato
Y rápido el ratón comienza a correr
Gritando: “¡no me comas como a un pastel!”
El ratón que es listo y espabilado
Encuentra a un amigo necesitado
Un perro gruñe con enojo
Mi gato se para a su antojo.
El perro la pelota muerde
Y a ella se agarra mi gato verde
La pelota hacia el cielo va
Y mi gato se pregunta “¿dónde está?”
La pelota ahora está desinflada
¿Puede ser? ¡Qué pasada!
Mi gato cae a toda velocidad.
Desde el aire ve la Tierra, ¡qué inmensidad!
Finalmente mi gato cae con delicadeza
Y no se rompe su preciosa cabeza
En una gran olla acaba aterrizando
Con sus cuatro patas en el fondo golpeando
Enojado y enfadado mi gato se ha perdido
Quiere comer, el hambre no se le ha ido
Aunque todos los caminos llevan a Roma
Mi gato verde, el suyo toma.
Rápido encuentra el camino a su hogar
Ronroneando va sin parar
Feliz de acurrucarse de nuevo entre mis pies
Mira mi gato ¡qué dulce es!
Bees for Polish kindergarten discussed the topic of reading books.
They discovered that “The Saga about the Green Cat” is available in Icelandic, English and Polish to be read. But reading this story is also possible for those who can`t read letters at all. It is possible through international language of illustrations, which we tried to translate into symbols.
Bees tried different shapes and colours to find appropriate symbol for each item in a story. Sometimes we had to vote for our common choice. Despite that it was hard to decide a symbol of a green cat so we stil have two proposals for this.
Look what we decided to propose.
Waiting for the official bank of patterns to start scene making!
Today we started discussing a cat that arrived to Iceland from Spain. It had many colors and consisted of different shapes. So what shapes could we find and what colors for different items or characters in the book? We looked in our ReMiDa and found different materials.
We played with the materials and found different solutions.
Some of the shapes did not have the right colours…this is what we did.
We are now preparing for changing the pictures of the book “Saga of the Green Cat” into shapes inspired by “Key to learning – Literacy” (see further http://wp.me/P6Y4DC-8Q). Then we started out reading the book the children made during our “Four Headed Dragon project” (see further http://wp.me/P6Y4DC-pn). Then we read the book of the Green Cat and found different items and caracters that we would like to transform into shapes: the cat, the dog, the mouse, the sun, the ball, the feet, the house, the flowers and the old pot.
Now we needed to discover and discuss different possibilities.
We thought the sun, the pot and the ball looked like circles and drew pictures of these items.
After discovering shapes in a cat we discussed what other animals we could find in the book….like the dog and the mouse. We also discussed what other animals we could possibly find….like hens, horses, spiders, bulls, ravens, goats, sheep and pigs. One of the children announced that the raven has a triangle…and a circle. The circle is inside but the triangle is outside. Well we decided to go for an excursion looking for more animals.
One of the children heard a wasp, the child said it would look like a box (a term that the children often use instead of a square). We discussed why it was a square and not a box (you can put things into a box). Now we saw different squares everywhere.
We continued to the place where they keep some animals during he summer. But all the animals were gone…or almost all the animals. We heard some sound from indoors….We decided to draw some pictures all the same…looking for shapes in our drawings.
Now we were also wondering what kind of animals we would possibly find in Slovenia, Poland and Spain. We would like to know if there are cows, goats or pigs in your countries. We would also like to know if you have any green cats or if there might be dinosaurs in your countries. We think their might be dinosours in Poland.
Going back home we saw this thing. We recognized some shapes. The teacher took a photo and printed it in grayscale for the children to elaorate with different ideas. Some thought it reminded them of the green cat but others draw pictures of each other.
Maybe you can try and see if you can draw a cat from the picture?
Inspired by one of the posts from Poland we also decided to explore the shapes of a cat. Each child choosed one of our Erasmus cat and used it as a model working with unit blocks. After each child had presented the ideas of its’ design of a cat, the children made one final cat using the different ideas appearing in their constructions. Finally they draw their cats.