Big Learning News 12-30-03
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Table of Contents
Activity: Draw Cartoon Faces
Book Review: How to Talk to your Dog
Web Site: Calendopaedia Calendar Site
Learning to draw expressive cartoon faces gives you a lot of bang for your buck. That is, it's fairly easy to learn how to represent funny facial expressions, and they make even simple stick drawings lively and engaging.
http://www.cartoonconnections.com/1.pdf (note: free Adobe Reader software required to view this file. If you don't already have it, you can download it from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html )
You can use these pages to play "Collaborative Cartooning" - here's how. First, print the pages for reference. To play, one person, playing the role of "artist," copies one of the expressions. The artist, without commentary, asks the other player to look at the face in the drawing and make up what just happened to it. Then the artist draws the rest of the scene. Or, the second player can complete the scene. Then switch roles.
How to Talk to your Dog by Jean Craighead George (HarperTrophy, 2000).
Jean Craighead George has intrigued millions of fans with novels that focus on children's interactions with wild animals, such as Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain . In How to Talk to your Dog , she provides advice kids can use to communicate with their pets in "dog language," much as Julie in Julie of the Wolves learns to communicate with wolves by observing and mimicking their natural behaviors.
If the New Year holiday provokes questions about calendars, check out the Calendopaedia. While I can't vouch for the site's accuracy, it's an impressively broad collection of information about the many ways people construct calendars.
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