Blue Bike in the Meadow
Objective: Write a story about how this bike came to be in the meadow.
Setting Up the Wonder: ... I was walking through a meadow and I spotted something blue. It was a bike, but nobody was near.
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Step One: Cloud-Think
Cloud-think about how the bike came to be in the meadow. Did a person leave it there? Are they coming back for it? Was it lost? If it wasn't a person, what would be another explanation? Where is the meadow? Is it at the edge of a city, or down a long country road?
Step Two: Tight-Think
Tight-think about the condition of the bike and the way in which it's resting against the fence. Look closely at the fence and the weeds.
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 Tight-think questions:
Look closely at the bike. What do you notice about the color and how it's painted? The seat? Is it old or new? Do you think the bike works?
The bike is leaning agains a wooden fence. Why?
There are weeds and tall grasses around the bike. Was the bike hidden there or did they grow around the bike?
What might be on the other side of the fence?
There are many types of grasses and clovers here, look carefully at the various shapes of leaves - how would you describe some of the leaves and grasses?
Step Three: Dash-Write
Post brainstorming and discussion, give students 10-minutes to write their story in a Dash-write fashion. 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 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 Meadow in Real Life:
A meadow is a large grassy area, often filled with native plants and interesting grass species. Some names of grasses you may see in a common meadow are Sweet Vernal, Quaking Grass, Cat's Tail, and Yellow Oat Grass.