Colorful Characters and Construction

By Ms. Gianola and her 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

In February, the students were reading “The Indian in the Cupboard” as our chapter book.

Inspired by the book, The Indian in the Cupboard, the students build a cupboard, armed with a key to unlock the mystery within

Inspired by the book, The Indian in the Cupboard, the students built a cupboard, armed with a key to unlock the mystery within

 

What hides within the cupboard?

What hides within the cupboard?

The kids have really enjoyed the story and its colorful characters. They built a longhouse and a cupboard just like the ones they imagined in the book might look. We looked on the internet to help get ideas on how to build them. Mr. Daniel helped the kids collect wood and sticks as well.

 

Longhouse - a traditional home of the Iroquois

Longhouse – a traditional home of the Iroquois

Longhouse

The kids had to navigate how to work together on a group project and share materials. They had to agree on design and colors for the project as well.  I helped with the hot glue gun but the kids did all the rest of the work themselves. They had a great time doing this project and they all worked together so well.  I feel very fortunate to have this great group of kids this year…

I asked the kids their favorite character from the book is and here is what they shared with me…

Cayla : I like the Indian because he makes me laugh, he’s funny and he talks funny”

Colby:  “I like Little Bear, because I like Indians and he built a longhouse.”

David: “I like Little Bear because he is a little Indian. I would pick him up and he’s unusual and he talks different. He has a little horse and they came to life in a cupboard.”

Jack:  “I like the Indian, his name is Little Bear. I like the part where he says he will have a fair fight and it’s a funny part.”

Jesse: “I like the cowboy. I like him more than the Indian.  I like his nickname which is Boo Hoo.”

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