The Activity Center was an extension of the Workshop that offered participants an opportunity to work hands-on with the concepts discussed in the topic areas. During the Workshop, Activity participants designed an emergent writing unit based on a storybook of their choice.
Books for Learning: Participants chose a book and evaluated it using the Books for Learning Checklist. They then used the format presented in Favorite Books for Learning to write a book review with goals.
The Art and Writing Connection: Using the book selected in Week 1, participants designed one light tech and one high-tech extension activity to promote independent creativity through art.
Making Writing Fit into Your Busy Schedule Using the book selected in Week 1, participants designed a simple light tech, device-based, or software-based story construction. Using the old story line, participants added new content (e.g., different characters, actions, descriptors used to fill in slots in the story line) in Weeks 3 &4.
Book Reviews & Extension
Activities: (Select from the menu below)
- Title: Jump, Frog, Jump!
Author: Robert Kalan
Reviewer: Roberta Thornhill
- Title: Wicker's Wishes
Author: Carol Kaplan (Milliken Publishing)
Reviewer: Julie White
- Title: P.B. Bear's Birthday Party
Author: Lee Davis (Dorling-Kindersley Books)
Reviewer: Gracie Williams
- Title: Quick as a Cricket
Author: Brace, Jovanovitch (Child's Play/Harcourt)
Reviewer: Bill Peet
- Title: Too Much Talk
Author: Angela Shelf Medearis
Reviewer: Jean Hightower
- Title: Ten in the Bed
Author: Penny Dale (Discovery Toys)
Reviewer: Sandra Ourth
- Title: It's a Perfect Day!
Author: Abigail Pizer (J.B. Lippincott)
Reviewer: Sandra Ourth
- Title: Earl's Too Cool for Me
Author: Leah Komaiko
Reviewer: Rhonda Etter
- Title: Wonderful Snow
Author: Jean Slater (Slater Software)
Reviewer: C Rawlins
- Title: The Very Busy Spider
Author: Eric Carle
Reviewer: Renee Prochaska
- Title: Little Buddy Goes Shopping
Author: Patrick Yee
Reviewer: Bonnie Lattin-Hensel
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