Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chris Van Allsburg - Author Study Center

I am so excited!! I finally got a chance to put together my Chris Van Allsburg Author Study Center today! 

I have an activity included for the books:
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Just a Dream
The Stranger
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

I love sharing this author with students because he is both an artist and writer and his stories always seem so magical. I want my fifth graders to continue to read and appreciate picture books and I think Chris Van Allsburg is the kind of author that kids can love at any age. Heck, I still love him and I am 31!

I set up my center with the activities for each book in a separate folder and the materials right on the desk here. There is a mini box that students can fill up with the supplies they need and then take the book, supplies and activity folder with them to anywhere in the room to work. 

This is something I allow them to do either during Independent Reading or if they finish working early in Writing or Reading this could be an option (depending on the day).

I have so many creative thinkers in my class and I can't wait to see what they do with this! 

There is room for one student to work at the desk, but I am thinking they most likely will want to take the materials and go to somewhere else in the room to work. 

This envelope is for The Stranger activity (click here for this freebie!). The students write a letter in the point of view of the stranger and send it to The Bailey Family. I get to write them back!

I am sure if you are familiar with Chris Van Allsburg then you know the Mysteries of Harris Burdick story. Peter Wenders was the publisher that Harris left his stories with. Students will write their own stories after being inspired by the pictures Harris drew and place them in the box for Mr. Wenders to review. 

If you like what you see here, you can make your own Chris Van Allsburg Author Study Center!! I have all the digital materials available in my store! Click here if you would like to preview this in my store

Do you have an author study in your classroom? I would love to see it!

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