Shapes and "The Enormous Crocodile"
July 22, 2001
Class Three Session One
'Horse and Lightening' by Sage
As the children assembled, eager to begin, Zoe pulled out a dry erase board
and said, "I see we have some new children here today, but many of you
were here last week. What was it we explored last week?" Silence
"I said there were "Ziggly zaggly..., and T-intersection... and snail rollup...
Sage piped up, and said that we had been exploring LINES.
Zoe proceeded to explain that today, we were going to play with shapes and
that shapes can be made from lines. The children proceeded to call out
shapes while she drew them on the dry erase board. She put the random
shapes together to form characters in the story she was about to tell.
Lyle the crocodile puppet (the class mascot) suddenly announced that he
had a story to tell the children. (Lyle is the kindest crocodile and the
sweetest crocodile, and he loves to give soft kisses. Several children
wanted a soft kiss from Lyle. This helped to establish the foundation for
a safe space before Zoe proceeded with the story.) She then told the
story that Lyle's great great grandfather had "told him" about the
enormous crocodile. ("The Enormous Crocodile" is a story by Raold Dahl
about a crocodile who encounters many different animals in the jungle.)
The children thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Zoe went on to take out precut paper shapes arranging them on a piece of
paper to show a scene from the story.
'Two Alligators Climbing on Dirt' by Torrin
Another piece of plain paper was
laid on top and an oil pastel crayon was pushed over the entire top paper
revealing the cutouts below. The children found this magical. They were
given stiff paper, scissors, plain paper, oil pastels and crayons and they
went off with their parents to work on their own creations. Many had to
learn the skill of pushing the crayon with enough pressure and direction.
For those with a very light touch, oil pastels gave success. Those with a
heavy touch used wax crayons, and all came up with delightful, explorative
works of art.