Our Exploring Creation with Astronomy book suggested that we make a comic strip following reading our chapter. What a novel notebooking idea!
My youngest daughter is very visual, so she immediately conceptualized images for her comic strip and drew incredibly detailed illustrations.
I love comics because you can pack a lot of information in a small space, and comics compel children to read! (Moms and Dads, let your children read comics!)
Then my 14-year-old read our comics and decided to join in the fun. She had us in stitches with her humorous comic strip!
The girls and I shared our comics with Dad and older brother . They thoroughly enjoyed them, and more exciting, they could tell us quite a lot of information based on what they had just read!
Here are our comics on Mercury~
Here is a free blank comic strip page download ~ Solar System Comic notebooking pages
Encourage your children to draw comics for their narrations.
Here are some tips:
- Plan out 8 facts/ ideas on rough paper first. Just think … eight blocks = eight facts?
- Look at some real comics with your children before your start to show how a reader reads the dialogue from left to right, from top to bottom if there is more than one “call out” or speech bubble in a block.
- First write out the dialogue small & neatly, then draw the speech bubble around the words. This prevents you running out of space in your bubble.
- Use different shaped “call out” bubbles – bubbled for thoughts, pointed to a mouth as speech, zig-zag to show radio comments or computer voice.
- Add a top or bottom information phrase block if needed, like: Later on … or Back inside …
- Use the space left after the speech to draw simple ideas.
- Use onomatopoeic (sound effect) words and draw them with style to show something popping, crashing, exploding, squeaking etc.
- Be creative! Have FUN!