This is a great activity for establishing a positive and supportive classroom environment. In this activity, students use a picture book full of famous quotes as a launching pad for reflecting on their own lives as members of the classroom community.
This activity is rather open-ended, adaptable, and taps into higher level thinking skills. Your higher level thinkers can take this as far as they are able, and your "lower level thinkers" might just surprise you! Students brainstorm and then put into their own words quotes delivered by greats such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein. They work collaboratively in groups to present their ideas and then independently to reflect in a more personal manner.
There are extensions for the activity that relate to classifying and finding the main idea as well as an extension for using technology as a tool for research.
This lesson corresponds nicely with the picture book, Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life by Kimberly & James Dean
Grade Levels – 2nd & Up
(although it would be interesting to see what a K-1 student could come up with!)
Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life by Kimberly & James Dean
2-3 standard size copies of each brainstorming sheet
(exact # of copies dependent upon number of students in each group)
1 copy of each brainstorming sheet on 11 x 17 paper for “final draft”
(most copy machines have a function to enlarge original copy. If not, a fresh copy of the brainstorming sheet on standard sized copy paper will work)