First off I have a question for you that was brought about by today’s book and activity inspiration, The Girl Who Thought in Pictures. Do you think in pictures? Before we even finished the book in our homeschool reading lesson we had a long discussion.
Both, Princess and I, were like, “of course you think in pictures, how else would you think?” My boys were silent on the issue. So, do you think in pictures?
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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
The Girl who Thought in Pictures* follows Temple Grandin as she grows up and realizes she’s different from everyone else, but what makes her different actually makes her special. It is part of what makes her so good in her chosen field of science.
I loved this book for two reasons: 1. I loved how it presented autism as part of who a person is, and what makes Temple such a good fit for her line of work and 2. because it’s got a female lead. I get complaints from Princess about the horrors of never seeing women in history lessons and science lessons.
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures activity
One of the big things in the The Girl who Thought in Pictures is how Temple looked at the world and how she looked at treatment of farm animals. Because of how she looked at the world and the time she spent on a ranch as a young kid, she wanted to make sure the animals were treated more humanely, and she designed farm equipment to make their lives better.
Taking that concept, but not wanting to completely copy it, I changed the idea and had the kids design an ideal habitat for a zoo animal. Since I just wanted to do this for a quick activity I didn’t put any additional requirements like extra colors, or building it.
If I’d had more time on the day we did this activity, I would have taken their ideas from the drawing stage to building a model.
That’s always popular here.
Princess designed a habitat for a dolphin. Her big points were having a way for the dolphins to interact with humans because both dolphins and people like to interact with each other. She also thought having more than one was important because dolphins go crazy if they are alone, AND they need toys to interact with, so she designed an area with toys.
Batman designed a habitat for pollen bats. The big thing in his habitat was lots of plants for the bats to eat from. I thought that was an interesting idea, and he wanted to make sure people could learn about types of bats they probably weren’t too familiar with.
Superman designed a shark tank. I don’t think he was as concerned with what the sharks wanted as ways for people to see the animals. He designed a tunnel for people to walk through and be able to have sharks swimming all around.
I made a super simple printable to go with The Girl who Thought in Pictures, just click on the link or the picture to get your own version to use when reading the book.
Some more zoo or habitat ideas I’ve seen around the web that could go with this
I used to put related posts I’d seen around the web at the bottom, and while I won’t do this everytime, I still think it’s fun to do.