After lunch I told them they needed a story line....they came up with several but the one they decided on was a girl and boy in the park and aliens come and take the girl, the boy turns into a super hero and saves her. I cannot even begin to tell you how all the pieces of this fell into place and they did 98% of the work. I put them in pairs first. Then we brainstormed the main idea for each page of our book. (each pair of kids was responsible for a page). I won't give all the details but it went kind of like this:
Page 1: boy and girl at the part
Page 2: Alien ship comes out of the sky
Page 3: Aliens take Jasmine (girl)
Page 4: Aliens fly to Neptune...
You get the idea. Plotting it out on the board was all I did, they did the rest. They each had to write the "story" for their page and each page had to have at least one simile. They worked so hard and their teamwork blew me away. Once the words for each page were done, I read it aloud to make sure it all flowed together...they only had to make 2 changes. Then they copied onto computer paper, illustrated it and taa daa....we have our book. It really is hilarious....the boy, Bob finds super hero gum and chews it so he can save Jasmine from the aliens. (again, all them.....love their imaginations:) ) I am totally going to look into sending it off and having it made into a book for the classroom. They did an awesome job and were so excited and proud of it.
I really wish I could post the whole book.....it really is awesome. The final product was 11 pages long plus the cover:) I feel like their doing this little activity really helped them connect to using similes in their writing. No, it wasn't in my lesson plans but sometimes when things like that happen, those are better than any lesson you could plan for:D