Reynolds’ Ish and Flipgrid

As I was suffering from post-book fair fatigue I decided to read a good book to 2nd and 3rd graders, one that would illicit some discussion, strong opinions, or creative thinking.  Since I had read Peter H.Reynolds’ book, The Dot, during September as part of our Dot Day Celebration, I chose his book, Ish, as a follow up.  I figured the students would be familiar with The Dot and remember it pretty clearly.

I began with a brief discussion about what the expression “ish” meant.  At least one student in each class nailed it, with answers like, “it means kind of” or “it means you’re close.” After reading the book, I asked the students to consider how the books were the same, how the characters exhibited any IB/PYP Learner Profiles or Attitudes, who was their favorite character, etc.

Ish Was a Hit!

The students all really enjoyed the book and most immediately made the connection between the books (characters who think they can’t create or stop creating, but are inspired by someone else). I gave each student an index card and had them write their reflection on it. One of the 2nd grade students even described Marisol’s behavior as “sister-ish”.



I used Flipgrid as a way for the students to record and share their responses. One second grade student made a very interesting comment as soon as I held up copies of The Dot and Ish and told the students that we were going to read another book by Peter Reynolds.  He said that he (the boy on the cover of Ish) is the same boy at the end of The Dot!  I never made that connection.  I replied, maybe he is, we don’t really know.img_0025

Check out our Flipgrids.  They are a work in progress as I continue to read to students this week and next.

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