Solo Flight


Objective: Write a story about why this goose is flying alone.

Setting Up the Wonder: ... Briefly explain bird migration as the time of year when birds travel in groups, and that it is unusual to see a lone goose flying across the sky. In nature, there are many reasons why this can happen, though uncommon. Most often it is because a goose remained too long with a partner who was too ill to make the migration, or the goose itself is not feeling well, or has somehow gotten lost.

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Step One: Cloud-think

Cloud-think about why the goose is by him/herself. Using broad imagination, develop fictional scenarios, for example: Did it play a game that made it dizzy and it became lost?  Was it a late bloomer? Is it lost? Did it offend it's friends? Did it volunteer for a brave mission, if so what? Where is the goose going? Where is it right now? What is this goose's personality? Does he/she have a name?


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Step Two: Tight-think

Tight-think about the goose and the cloud. 

Note: During the Tight-Think, have the students/children take a few minutes to carefully study the photograph, searching for details that might have meaning to them, or which might spur descriptive elements to add to the discussion/writing project. If necessary, help draw their attention to the details through these guided :

  • What do you notice about the cloud and how would you describe it?

  • The sky is blue, how many other words can you use to describe the color blue?

  • The goose flaps it's wings to fly. How would you describe the sound it makes?

  • What might be on the other side of the cloud?

  • How can the cloud add to the story?



Step Three: Dash-Write

Post brainstorming and discussion, give students 10-minutes to write their story in a Dash-write fashion. It can be humorous, ridiculous, sentimental, or serious.  Depending upon age or grade level, you can also simply use the prompt for a brainstorming creative discussion. 


In Your Home:

You can use this Writing Wonder in your home for fun! If the children are too young to write words/sentences, this is a great activity for spurring wonder-thinking in a casual manner:

  • At the dinner table

  • At bedtime

  • At quiet time

  • When teaching about nature

  • In the car

  • In waiting rooms

Just bring your ipad or phone with you and click through to the photo so the children can look at it while you pose the questions, then let them answer while guiding their brainstorming along in progressive fashion.

About the Goose in Real Life:

The Canada Goose is a common, large bird that is migratory, which means it travels in groups from one place to another, most often from temperate regions of North America to Northern Europe. It is also typically found near fresh water, and is recognized by it's black head, neck, and white chinstrap. Many people casually say "Canadian Goose" but that is not accurate, as geese do not have Canadian citizenship, therefore the proper term is Canada Goose or Canada Geese.  


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