My kids are so invested in this unit, I can't stop them from investigating it every chance they get.
I have read about 15 dragon books. With each book we stop and talk about what the author was trying to teach us because we have learned that people have used dragon stories for years and years to share a message or explain the unexplainable. We track each kind of story and keep a list for ideas to use in our writing.
- Dragons who start small and grow very quickly
- Dragons who are not seen by adults
- Dragons who hatch from presumed chicken eggs
- Dragons who are scared of mice or other innocent things
We use all the books as mentor texts. I have learned so much about facilitating writing and teaching craft. They are writing amazing stories with detail and depth because they are writing from a wealth and store of knowledge.
We are also doing lots of dragon art. We followed what Patty teaches so beautifully in her blog: Deep Space Sparkle. We drew these (click on picture for lesson).
I am reading one chapter a day of My Father's Dragon aloud and then doing each part of this amazing lapbook.
We got a lot of practice with this study method from our plant lapbook, so it's going great. I have never seen such amazing comprehension.