All pictures property of Terry Border, http://terryborder.com/bentobjectspage1/
Ever heard of Terry Border? He's a fantastic artist with a talent for creating hilarious stories and scenes with objects.
Head on over to his website, and print out your favorites for tons of language fun.
My kiddos loved answering Wh- questions, inferencing what would come next comic strip style, and explaining the humor.
In Microsoft Word, add one speech or thought bubble to each character in these photo scenes, print and laminate.
Print out a larger copy of the scene without bubbles too.
Creates a great group activity, as each student can have a slightly different photo card and all construct the scene together. Make individual cards, OR comic strip style it out with 2 or 3 sets of the same photo.
To break down the complex and subtle interpretation required, we talked about what we KNEW about each object and our past experiences with that object graphic organizer style on the whiteboard.
Some groups worked better with free mapping, some needed more structured feature mapping. We then talked about what was happening in the scene, clues, and how the objects were interacting.
My older kiddos wrote what characters were thinking or what they could be saying directly on the cards with whiteboard markers and then we discussed the guesses and if it fit with our graphic organizer. Need to make it even harder? Switch the order around if using speech bubbles. How did does this change what might be said?
Pragmatics and semantics oh my!
How else could you use Terry's genius?
Let me know!