"Living Ishly" Book Activity and Lesson
This is a beginning of the year lesson and activity based on the book "Ish" by Peter Reynolds. It is correlated with the Common Core ELA Standards for 4th grade. It is designed to help students gain confidence at the beginning of the year to try new things and continue working hard on things they might think they aren't very good at based on previous negative beliefs.
"Ish" is about a boy named Ramon who loves to draw: "Anytime. Anything. Anywhere." When his older brother laughs at one of his pictures and points out that it does not look like a real vase of flowers, a heartbroken Ramon crumples up all of his drawings. However, he soon learns that his younger sister has hung the discarded drawings on her bedroom wall. When Ramon tells her that the picture of the vase doesn't look like the real thing, she says that it looks "vase-ISH." He then begins to produce paintings that look "tree-ish," "afternoon-ish," and "silly-ish." His "ish art" inspires him to look at all creative endeavors differently.
I love to read this book on the first day of school to make my students understand that we are at school to learn and grow and that even though we don't always get it just right, the important thing is that we are trying. In my classroom we call this "living ishly".
This product includes:
-CC Standards addressed
-Pre and Post Reading activity
-Guided Practice art activity
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