Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Na Hoku, Na Kukui, Na Lupe and Na Manaku Meet Tom Angleberger (Via Skype That Is!)

There is no better way to start your day than with not one, but TWO Skype sessions with the totally and completely hilarious Tom Angleberger. After our amazing Skype session with him last year, one of our 3rd grade teachers began asking if we would be able to do it again this year. So as soon as I saw that Tom had some time open this month, I jumped on it.The kids were raring to go and could not wait to meet the man behind one of their favorite books, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
The Skype started off with the students being able to see some of the amazing origami Star Wars characters that Tom had made, including the Origami Yoda that graces the cover of the book (Please note that the Yoda below is not it.)
The students then had the opportunity to share with Tom their favorite books. The titles were varied from Tom's books to Diary of a Wimpy Kid to The Lemonade War to Arnie the Doughnut.
As the kids were sharing their favorites, Tom was drawing images from each of the books, creating a mash-up of all the titles and an all together new and hilarious book. We came up with The Cafeteria  and The Book.
The kids loved having the opportunity to ask him questions too. This student wants to know, "How many rough drafts did you have to write to make Origami Yoda?"
This child wanted to know, "Who is your favorite Star Wars character?" This answer came with a special personalized drawing.
Then the moment we had all been waiting for had arrived! The chance to learn how to fold Origami Yoda from Tom Angleberger! So cool!
The directions were super easy to follow and the kids were thrilled with their finished product.
Unfortunately after that, our Skype was over. The kids had such a wonderful time and they have already started to ask me if they can meet with Tom again. They have also become Origami Yoda folding masters, turning anything they can get their hands on, no matter what the material or the size into Yoda.
Thank you so much Tom for making time to Skype with us. You are incredibly kind, generous and absolutely hilarious! You made the day of 100 3rd graders.

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