Color-Symbol- Image: I Want A Little Brother

I want a little brother is the fourth book in Willy Goat: Not Easy to Be a Child series.

It’s been a while since I wrote last time.  The negative impact of COVID-19 still pretty much overwhelms my daily life and teaching.  After washing, ironing cloth masks for 18 months, just last week, I switched to wearing disposable blue surgical masks because I’m so tired of doing the washing and ironing weekly.

Teaching with a mask is no longer a news item.  The challenge remains the same, but it has been embraced as a new “normal”.  Still facing all the uncertainty, my desire to hold a stable and safe space for students is even stronger.

How can I design deeper and meaningful projects for students to be fully interested in and have fun?  I always ponder.

At the beginning of the story, Willy is frustrated with his mom, she is always busy doing things: cooking, cleaning, reading recipe books to create nutritious meals… but there is very little time left to have fun and play.  Therefore, Willy asks for a little brother.  He doesn’t know mom actually has a bigger surprise for him.  What’s the surprise?  You will need to read the story and find out.  I won’t spoil it for you here.

After doing various reading activities, and engaging in a few spontaneous Reader’s Theater acts, I ask students to create a Color-Symbol-Image to reflect on their takes on this book.  Here are a few examples to share with you.

For teachers who are using Willy Goat, this is an additional project I added in.  If you’d like to give it a try, please let me know how it turns out for you.



I Want a Little Brother I Want a Little Brother A Talia Ciralsky_ CSI

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