Today our One and Only Ivan study came to a completion. After all grades read Ivan, they completed a project based on a selected element of the novel. The results are terrific and range from art and writing, to studies about habitat, child heroes,
Teachers led a directed draw of a gorilla and students used watercolor to finish it off. After having a discussion on the best home for Ivan, kindergarteners wrote their opinion and reasons why.
First graders created the puzzle that Ivan used to communicate to Julia as his means of rescuing Ruby the elephant.
After extensive research on child heroes, second graders chose their own hero, after The One and Only Ivan's Julia, and created posters sharing their hero's attributes. Their faces took the place of the real hero.
Students wrote poetry about a character from Ivan and then illustrated their work.
Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade
Do We Have the Right? is a collaborative digital book created by students who read The One and Only Ivan. After researching endangered animals and examining critical moral issues regarding their research the students produced poems, haikus, and speeches about endangered animals and Ivan.
See the link below to access the digital book.
Seventh and Eighth Grades
Students chose to recreate items that were Ivan's favorite things to draw- he was, after all, an artistic gorilla. After a lengthy study on realistic drawing this year, they continued that focus and drew beetles, crayons, pink milkshakes, yogurt raisins and french fries using oil pastels.