I made “Mr. Turtle Gets Sick” with a class of second-graders in Chapel Hill 4 and a half years ago.
And every time I go into a new classroom, those kids watch “Mr. Turtle”, too, so they have an idea of what this project is like.
It makes me really happy to think that after all these years, the messages from those first set of kids are still being heard. My audiences are always so engrossed! And the movies from all these new classes will hopefully be used as models in my future classes.
In fact, I already had my fifth-graders at Wolf Meadow watch the two animations (Mr. Glump and Handbook to caring for the Earth) the second-graders at McAllister made. They laughed, they leaned forwards … okay, some just kept on drawing and whispering through the movies, too, but they were still pretty interested!