We have been documenting our learning on a collaborative poster:
After we read books, I asked students what characters we met or if they noticed anything we should add to the poster. I wrote their ideas on sticky notes and added them to the poster. Students could add anything they wanted to the poster on their own - questions, comments, characters, drawings, origami, facts we learned. I think the kids did a great job! Here are some examples of their sticky notes:
To add to the display, I put out books from our library (I supplemented my collection with books borrowed from a colleague and my public library). I also created an author showcase (Pinterest inspired, originally from here). I used pictures and a short biography from Grace Lin's press kit.
In the weeks leading up to Grace Lin's visit we have had special Grace Lin centers:
Grace Lin's Books Center- Students can read and look at Grace Lin's books. I put pencils and sticky notes at this table for students to add characters, books, and other information to our Grace Lin poster.
Grace Lin Coloring Center- Grace Lin has TONS of printables on her website, from coloring pages to activities like mazes. I put them all in a folder for students to choose from. Students added a few of their pictures to the poster.
Grace Lin Origami Center- One of the first books we read was Lissy's Friends where a young girl makes friends out of origami when she is the new girl at school and doesn't have anyone to eat with at lunch. I printed a few easy origami instructions from here and put out any origami books I have. Students made dogs, cats, and foxes using the printed instructions. Some talented students knew how to make cranes, boats, and other fun things on their own!
Grace Lin's Website Center- Students could explore Grace Lin's website and find facts to add to our poster and watch book trailers like this one:
What fun projects have you done with an author study? Any recommendations for authors to study?
PS - The kids are thrilled with the Truffula trees and they have really brightened up the library :) I'll be back later this week with pictures of the Truffula Trees in the library. Yesterday my camera battery died and today I left the memory card in my laptop but tomorrow I should have my act together and be able to take pics!