Friday, November 4, 2011

Awesome Biography I wanted to share!

I ran across a book that I wanted to share with you guys!

The Glo-Brothers by Chris Barton

It is a biography about the two brothers who invented fluorescent day-glo colors. The book has awesome and engaging pictures, short enough to read in class and leave time throughout the week for some really awesome activities.

I had them complete a biography analysis sheet as we read (Part of this packet here)
All this week they have been working on a large group poster project. they split their groups into 3 teams:

Team A did an awesome newspaper activity (click here to see the url) showing a summary and cool facts from the story. They also drew and labeled the diagram from a url given in the book (click here to see it) about how light, fluorescent light, and day-glo works.

Team B did a timeline, conflicts and solutions, and major turning-point events from the story. (The analysis sheet was a big help here)

Team C did a Venn-diagram between the two brothers and created a rhyming poem.

Extra small poster that told it was a biography and how we know (i.e. 3rd person, told about another person's life, etc...)

Two days ago I had them choose from a variety of really cool black and white pictures that I printed off the computer. Didn't tell them what we were using them for but said to choose the most visually appealing to them. Today, they will be adding fluorescent paint to their photographs in the style of Andy Warhol and others who took advantage of the fluorescent paint in their works. I have a short PPT that I will show them first displaying some of Andy Warhol's fluorescent works. It should be fun!

The following pictures are from my students work. These are displayed in my hallway outside my classroom. Enjoy!

Such a great book and I hope you give it a try in your classroom!

Please leave a comment if you have any other great ideas for classroom uses!

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