Not a Box by Antoinette Portis: IB-PYP Inquiry – How we express ourselves!

Central Idea
Imagination is a powerful tool for extending our ability to think, create and express ourselves.
Concepts: perspective, reflective
Related Concepts: creativity, interpretation, imagination
Communication Skills: reading, writing, viewing, speaking, listening, presenting ideas
Self-management: Adopting a variety of roles, cooperation, group decision making, accept responsibility
Learner Profile: reflection, risk taker

Not a Box

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‘A box is just a box . . . unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real–when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.’

Purpose: To highlight that people view things differently and use their imagination in many ways
Book: Not a Box
In small groups children turn a box into something of their choice.
Reflection: Children share their designs with the class.
Question: Why do you think everyone’s is different?

My students enjoyed this simple story and were able to talk about how they imagined what their box would look like. They were totally engaged in creating their ‘not a box’. All groups presented their creations to the class. Young children need time to explore, collaborate and create.  Reflection: Plan opportunities for my young students to create and make.

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Cheers Nina

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