Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vocabulary Poster for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Our current car audiobook is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  I got it as a download from Audible.  I did a post about why here.  I think we're on our fifth listen and this is the first activity we've done around the story.  I like to use our audiobooks as vocabulary builders.  Last year we did a lot of free vocabulary puzzles but we needed some new activities.

We haven't done a lot of large format projects, mainly because our house is small and storage becomes an issue.  It's still fun once in a while so we're doing something large for this.  I had black poster board already but I think a color would have been nicer.
  
I downloaded the  educator's guide from the C.S. Lewis Foundation.  It's a great resource with lots of info.   There's also a value based activity guide on the same web page.  Home schooling is already a lot of work.  I don't have a need to reinvent the wheel constantly so I love free quality resources.  November 29th is C.S. Lewis' birthday so you might want to make use of the Foundation's resources this month.

I printed out the vocabulary pages and chose four or five words for each chapter.  I trimmed them down to be little strips of paper.  Then off the web, I printed pictures of the characters from the BBC television show in the 80's.  It's a lot less violent than the more recent Hollywood version so that's the video version I wanted them to watch.  We watched it for the first time last week.  I glued the pictures, and character names I typed up to the poster board.  Then it was play time.



Toad was given the slips with the words on them and asked to glue them to the poster board next to the character he associated with the word.  I tried to choose words that I thought he didn't know and/or were descriptive of the characters.  My goal was three chapters or 12-15 words a session.  

For him, the design of the project was not just about the vocabulary but helping him to strengthen his weaknesses.  He doesn't process information he hears as well as that which he reads.  It always surprises me how many times we can listen to a story and what he won't recall.  Also, he has a hard time with anything associated with people.  Talking about characters in a story with any information beyond a physical description is a challenge.  Trying to discuss the thoughts or motivations of fictional characters just mirrors the challenges the same activity presents in real life.
 




On the third word, lulling, the difficulties started.  He wanted to get out the story and read where it was so he could put it in the right place.  Very logical, yes, but it doesn't work to build recall well.  Instead, I said, "Read the word and definition and use your memory to decide which character faced a situation like that."  Still nothing.  "Was there a place in the beginning of the story where one character was trying to take advantage of another?"  At this point, the peanut gallery (younger Toad) pipes up with Edmund.  My kids are so different.  The younger one listens and process everything aurally so well and is Mr. Charm so this project worked to all his strengths.  He can't read but listening to us he caught on to exactly what was going on and he understands people so well he remembered where the Witch was manipulating Edmund.  I'm looking forward to the future when older Toad gets people better and younger Toad has more opportunities to help.




9 comments:

Miss Courtney said...

That's the movie I remember watching as a child. I don't know if we've seen any of them, yet.

Alice@Supratentorial said...

Great idea. We listen to a LOT of audiobooks but I never really do anything with them beyond listening. I like this idea.

toady mama said...

Thanks Alice!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a great way to explore and own vocabulary words. Thank you for sharing it on Read.Explore.Learn. I will share your post on the the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page on Sunday.

Susan said...

We love audio books! We listened to the whole Chronicles of Narnia series about a year ago or so. I am going to check out the C. S. Lewis Foundation website. Thanks for sharing this at Favorite Resources :)

Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk said...

What a great vocabulary lesson. This was my favorite book as a child! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

This is a great idea for vocabulary! Thanks for sharing at RAT!

Tulip TrueAim said...

One of my favorite books/movies of all time. Great activities for children who love the book. I always like to gear learning toward things that they are really interested in. Stopping by from Mom's Library. Thanks for sharing.

Momand Kiddo said...

What an interesting activity for building vocabulary. We like audiobooks around here, too. My three year old likes them especially. I also like the 80s version of Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf.

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