My students are a group of bright, funny, and inquisitive fourth graders. Being a small school, most students in my class have been each others classmate since kindergarten. This has strengthen our sense of ohana, which in Hawaiian means family. The family that we have created in our classroom is a group of students who look out for one another. I love that my students are so accepting of one another and so willing to help each other. This support can take the form of helping someone understand a math concept or inviting the new student to play at recess. The Hawaiian concept of helping each other, or everyone pitching in, is laulima. Laulima is what I see everyday in my classroom.
These students love to read, they love how reading takes them to new places and adventures.
Often times I will have to ask my class to put down their books so we can move on to other classwork. Imagine having to ask students to stop their reading! I would like to provide my class with a set of Wild Robot, a warm, adventurous tale of a robot that gets shipwrecked on an island.
A robot stranded on a deserted island? Sounds implausible but that's the plot of Wild Robot. A robot known as "Roz" finds herself the sole survivor when her ship sinks in a hurricane. Roz washes up on an island inhabited by animals and must adapt to survive. The reviews of this book has been overwhelmingly positive as it appeals to a wide range of students.
So how would you survive a shipwreck?
Students will be able to explore this situation through an integrated language arts - science book study lesson. This book will intrigue students and help them explore questions that come up from this situation. The book study will help students develop their critical thinking skills and to touch on science standards, such as adaptation. Science engineering projects will also be tied to this book.
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