Draw and Write Together: Boat Characters

  • crayons
  • drawing paper
  • pen
  • pencil
  • Toy Boat (book)

MA Standards:

Writing/W.PK.MA.3: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to tell a real or imagined story.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.
Approaches to Learning/Persistence and Attentiveness: Maintains interest in a project or activity until completed.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: Boat Characters

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STEM Key Concepts: Water has currents

ELA Focus Skills: Concepts of Print, Listening and Speaking, Recall and Retell, Vocabulary, Early Writing

Hold up the book Toy Boat for children. Do an illustration walk and talk about the boat characters in the book and their traits. Discuss the tired tugboat (have children point out the tired eyes on the boat in the illustration), the angry giant ferry (point out the eyes), the fierce speedboat (point out the eyes again), the serene sailboats, and the humble little fishing boat. Talk about what the water does as the boats move through the water. Have children choose a boat, and continue the story using what they know about the boat. What happens to the speedboat as it rushes off? Where is the giant ferry traveling off to? Help children imagine a story about the boat as they dictate a few sentences to you. Write their sentences on the paper, and have them illustrate their story. Make sure to encourage them to include a description of the ocean water in their story.

Social Emotional Tip: Writing together helps children develop an understanding of group dynamics and expectations and how one’s thoughts can affect others.

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