John Klossner, a beloved local cartoonist, came and worked with Fourth and Fifth Grade students during the month of January. They worked together during their classes with Rhonda Miller, their MGW Art teacher. The opportunity to work with John was made possible by a Marshwood Education Foundation Grant. Fourth Grade students did some improvisation and were encouraged to use their creativity to react to each other’s ideas. Students made sketches based on something they experienced during the improvisation games.
Fifth Grade students learned about visual storytelling. Each student wrote a phrase about a character they had created by using adverbs and adjectives. Then they shared their work and found connections between their characters and phrases and the ones their peers had created.
Students formed groups based on the connections they found. Then they had the task of creating a story that flowed well from beginning to end. They learned how to use a storyboard to determine whether their stories flowed well and made sense. Students chose their preferred forms of media to share their stories. Students could select methods of storytelling that included: graphic novel, picture book, play, or puppet show.. Many groups chose to act out their stories. The students work was so impressive. The project took longer than anticipated because the students were so engaged and thorough while creating their stories.
Thank you to John Klossner and the Marshwood Education Foundation for providing this very special opportunity for our Marshwood students.